• Google Highly Open Participation Contest: Horrible Name, Good Idea

    Google has announced the “Google Highly Open Participation Contest,” a new contest that aims to introduce secondary school and high school students to open source software development. The contest, announced at the Open Source Developers Conference in Brisbane (Australia) aims to pick up where Google’s highly successful Summer of Code program finishes and comes complete with… Read More

  • English goalkeeper blames video games for failure to qualify for European Championship

    Pic via IGN. Duh. Video games make you violent, video games cause global warming, blah blah. Every day, some bonehead gives games a bad rap. Today that bonehead is Robert Green, a goalkeeper for West Ham United, an English soccer team. England crashed out of Euro 2008 last week—hilariously, I might add—and Green partially blames video games. Said the Green, “We would have… Read More

  • Google Provides Details Of Anonymous Blogger In Israel (Updated)

    Google has provided the IP address of an anonymous blogger to an Israeli court as part of a defamation case, according to the Globes Online. The defamation case centers on allegations against three members of the Shaarei Tikva council posted on Blogger, including posts that suggested the council members took bribes, pretended to be disabled to gain tax advantages, and that the councilmen… Read More

  • Seiko Velatura video review

    Christian over at WatchReport did a great job on this Seiko Velatura watch review. It uses Seiko’s new Direct Drive Kinetic movement which lets you wind the watch from the stem as well as through the internal rotor. It even has a little “power generation” tachymeter that shows you how much you are charging it at any time. via WatchReport Read More

  • Dell's XPS M1530 hits the road

    Taking aim squarely at the MacBook, Dell today launched the XPS M1530 series notebooks. Prices range from $999 (basic) to $1499 (loaded), and comes in a 1-inch thick, svelte form factor. Notable add-ons include the cheesy fingerprint scanners and slot-loading Blu-ray R/W drives for $500 more. Sadly, you only get Vista as an installed OS, and you get your choices of Home Premium, Business… Read More

  • The Internet: Cause of weightloss

    Yours Truly Watch Oprah much? Then you might be familiar with the lady who lost 530 pounds by chatting on the Internet instead of eating. You read that right. Nancy Makin of Michigan claims that by hanging out and playing on the Internet, she made friends she wouldn’t in real life, and was able to talk about her feelings and stuff instead of drowning them in food. I’m so going to… Read More

  • "Vista-Capable"-stickered PC's Vista-incapable; Microsoft to pay?

    So some Washington folks are getting all ornery over what they believe is a misleading sticker put on new computers during the lead-up to the Vista release. “Windows Vista Capable,” boasted the stickers proudly. Of course, many were only capable of running Home Basic, the most spartan of the many flavors of Vista, which does not include the flashy Aero effects. A group of… Read More

  • NASDAQ Launches An Internet Index

    The National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (NASDAQ) stock exchange has launched a new internet only index, the NASDAQ Internet Index. The new index will track the performance of internet companies across the full spectrum of online activities, including ecommerce companies, ISP’s, search engines, web hosting and web design firms. The index will benchmark the… Read More

  • Broadband in California: Free market is the key?

    The governor of California, some guy named Schwarzenheimer, has an idea for broadband in his state: let the free market decide. His plan is to pressure the utilities commission to place less restrictions on broadband operators, letting them duke it out, thus reducing prices. While this sounds nice in practice, it does nothing to alleviate the local monopolies cable TV companies have in… Read More

  • Nice, fat Xbox 360 back-compatibility update

    Microsoft has updated the Xbox 360’s software emulation, allowing more than 80 Xbox “original flavor” games to be played on their big, curvy console. Personally, I’m happy as long as Barbie Horse Adventures works, but they’ve also brought one of my old favorites, Armed and Dangerous into the mix, along with the classic Freedom Fighters. I’m sure you can… Read More

  • Greenpeace says Nintendo kills puppies, kittens, orphans, baby aligators, saplings, pandas, and your mom

    Not long ago we told you that all of your electronics will someday likely kill an asian person? Turns out there’s more you can do about it. Each year, Greenpeace (yes, that Greenpeace,) issues a Guide to Greener Electronics, a report card on who is and isn’t making their stuff responsibly. They took Apple to task, as well as Dell and others. A year later, it looks like Sony-Ericsson… Read More

  • Make your iPod Nano box into a portable speaker set

    I still have the box for my 5G iPod sitting on some shelf somewhere, because it was just too nice to throw away. Of course, I’m a pack rat and keep worthless stuff all the time. But now I have a decent reason to keep the thing, at least if I buy a new Nano. Japanese gadget outfitter Bird Electron has a sweet little kit to convert your Nano’s box into a little portable speaker… Read More

  • Beta Invites for SeeToo, Another Yossi Vardi Startup

    I guess it’s Yossi Vardi Startup Day here at TechCrunch. The prolific Israeli investor behind ICQ is now backing a video chat service called SeeToo that was founded in January, 2007. SeeToo closed an angel round of about $1 million a month ago, and Vardi is the biggest investor, as well as an active board member. The NYC-Israeli startup quietly launched a private beta last week, and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Amex My WishList goes live today

    Amex is once again enticing card holders with the My WishList site that’s pretty much the equivalent to blue balls. The discounts are outrageous starting at 24 percent on up to 80. It opens up today and you can score a Panasonic 42-inch HD Plasma for $700 on the 30th of this month or how about that Dell XPS M1330 notebook for $900? Feeling a bit more dangerous? How about the BMW K 1200… Read More

  • CellQ lets you wait in amusement park lines virtually

    Okay, time to try to wrap our heads around this one. There’s a service called CellQ that allows amusement park patrons to wait in line virtually. When their place in line comes up, they are alerted via cell phone. Until then, they can "explore the park, take other rides, and visit shops." Okay, fine. But what happens if the phone rings when you’re on the other side of… Read More

  • Brightcove.TV Gets Its Plug Pulled (Sort Of)

    Brightcove is pulling the plug on Brightcove.TV, its consumer-oriented video showcase. In an e-mail to the site’s members, Brightcove says that it will no longer be accepting video uploads after December 17. The YouTube-wannabe site was never one of Brightcove’s strengths, which is serving video for professional and semi-professional content creators. That is something that… Read More

  • Open It now!

    If you’ve been following BFF, which I know you have, then you know how aggravating it is to try and open those obnoxious blister packs. With the gift giving season in full force what better gadget could anyone ask for other than the Open It? The Open It from Zibra combines a cutting tool, dual-head screwdriver and retractable cutting blade into the ultimate ‘wrap rage cure’. Read More

  • Ten foot arcade screen has 145 games, Wii adapter

    That’s a big screen right there — 120 inches to be exact. It costs just under $4000 for a limited time (regular price is $4499) and comes with a two-player control panel featuring six buttons per player and 2 pairs of side pinball buttons. Wait, there’s more. Read More

  • Unlocked iFones from Orange cheaper than T-mo

    I’m sorry but an unlocked iPhone is not worth $1,500, which is what T-mo in Germany is selling the precious for. It’d be a lot cheaper to have someone visiting the US pick one up or just find someone on Craigslist to do it for you. But that’s not always the case and luckily for you, Europeans, Orange will be doling out unlocked iFones for less than 999 euros, but more than… Read More

  • HD DVD kicks some ass on Black Friday

    The numbers are in from Black Friday and HD DVD players including the Xbox 360 HD DVD player and other stand alone players sold more than 750,000 units. The data pushed out by the NA HD DVD promotional group is comprised of retailer reports and other point of sale data. If you’re still on the fence then check out this edumacational site and see what HD DVD has to offer your home… Read More

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