• Early adopters always get screwed, watch out Blu-ray 1.0 owners

    The Blu-ray camp can boast that their technology is superior, but HD DVD started off with local storage and a second video and audio decoder for PIP, which Blu-ray does not have. BD-R wanted to cut costs, but the last time I checked, HD DVD players were still much, much cheaper. What’s going to suck for BD-R owners is that when Profile 2.0 is released, those with Profile 1.0 or 1.1… Read More

  • IAC "Very Close" To Acquiring Flixster

    In late October we reported on well placed rumors that IAC was in talks to acquire movie-centered social network Flixster. Those discussions reportedly stalled, likely over IAC’s preferred deal structure (partial buyout with an option for the rest) and/or Flixster’s declining traffic and visitor count. Now perhaps, those discussions are back on track. One source says the deal is done. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Come Hither Edition

    ‘Starry Night’ bed is great for everything but sleeping
    Game characters in real life
    MacBook’s new name is Air?
    On Gizmodo’s douchery and blogging Read More

  • Rumor: Pentax K20D outed as Samsung GX-20

    I’m totally on the fence about going to PMA only because Vegas kicked my ass this last week, but I am obsessed with cameras these days so I may bite the bullet and go. Purported images of Pentax’s refresh to their DLSR line showed up a couple weeks ago and now it seems that during the CES press release circus on Sunday revealed details of Samsung’s next DLSR, GX-20. So what… Read More

  • MacBook's new name is Air?

    MacRumors is reporting that the new MacBook will be dubbed “Air” and that it will have a 13.3-inch screen, external optical drive, but it won’t be a sub-notebook, rather, just a thin one. 9 to 5 goes on to speculate that Air implies WiMAX will come to the new notebooks or to AppleTV. Read More

  • Grouply Closes $1.3 Million Round

    Online discussion aggregator and management service Grouply has taken $1.3 million in funding from Reid Hoffman, SoftTech VC, Harvard Angels, and Western Technology Investment. Grouply offers a centralized discussion platform that allows users to track and manage their discussions on sites such as Google Groups (coming soon) and Yahoo Groups. To quote Nick from our November 2007 review: … Read More

  • Chinese Blogger Beaten To Death By Government Officials

    A Chinese blogger has been beaten to death by Government authorities for the crime of attempting to record a protest on his mobile phone. When Wei was present at some sort of confrontation or protest by local villages against municipal authorities when more than 50 municipal inspectors turned on him, attacking him for five minutes. According to CNN, the killing has sparked outrage in China… Read More

  • Google Now Offering iPhone Version Of iGoogle

    Spotted by Google Operating System is a new iPhone specific interface for Google’s personalized webpage product iGoogle. The page can accessed directly from http://google.com/ig/i, although iPhone users should be immediately redirected to this page when trying to access iGoogle. The new iPhone interface is a step up from Google’s previous offering of a mobile specific page at… Read More

  • AMD delays the Phenom 9900 and 9700, Intel looks on approvingly

    The last year has been hard for AMD: Intel’s Core2Duo and Quad-Core processors have been beating the pants off of AMD’s most advanced offerings, and while the Phenoms are a nice step up from the Athlon cores, they haven’t been able to bring it to Intel just yet, especially with the latter moving to a 45nm process with the Penryns. I myself switched to Intel several months… Read More

  • Gaming section at CES sucked ween, PR reps didn't fare so well either

    In case you were wondering why our gaming coverage was close to non-existent at CES other than a hands on with Nyko (they saved CES for us in terms of gaming) or the Wü is because it sucked. It was the worst display I’ve ever witnessed at any show. The fact that they called it the ‘Gaming Showcase’ is a joke. There was no showcase other then crappy gaming chairs, stupid… Read More

  • Macworld 2008: 'There's something in the air'

    PHOTO CREDIT: Ars Technica Ars Technica got a snap of the first banner to go up for Macworld 2008. It says, “There’s something in the air.” What could it mean? My guess is that Apple is definitely starting its own airline to compete with JetBlue, Virgin, and SkyBus. Your thoughts? Macworld.Ars: First banner up at Moscone Center [Ars Technica] Read More

  • Is ThinkFree ReThinking Its Business?

    Web-based productivity apps may be where software is going, but the budding market will also see its share of casualties. One early casualty could be ThinkFree, which looks to be in turmoil. The company’s Web-based versions of Office never really gained much traction—they trail well behind Google Docs, Zoho, and others. Founder and CEO TJ Kang is on the outs with Haansoft, the… Read More

  • No love lost between the OLPC project and Intel

      A week ago, Intel announced that it was leaving the OLPC project due to various disagreements between the two groups. OLPC software and content president Walter Bender doesn’t seem too misty-eyed about it. When asked by ABC News what effect Intel’s departure would have on the program, Bender replied, “Zero. Intel had contributed nothing. They contributed nothing to… Read More

  • Inside the making of Portal

    [photopress:portallll.jpg,full,center] Lots of behind-the-scenes articles written recently. Lots meaning two. This is the second; that was the first. Part of the genuinely terrific Orange Box collection, Portal made me feel like a complete idiot when I first played though it. The vile curse words I strung together while trying to figure out the latter levels bordered on the poetic. This… Read More

  • MP3sparks.com linked to Russian cybercrime outfit

      When Allofmp3.com got shut down in July, it took little time for its replacement MP3sparks.com to fill the void. Well, MP3sparks has recently been blocked from many major ISPs in the United Kingdom thanks to its alleged links to the Russian Business Network, “a notorious group known for pumping the internet with child pornography and denial of service attacks” according to… Read More

  • El Rumor: SlingMedia working on iPhone/iPod Touch version of Sling software

    [photopress:SlingPlayer_BlackBerry_Pearl8120_Favorites.jpg,full,right] A blog I’ve never heard of, Electric pig, claims that an “extremely senior source” (they’ve fans of All the Presidents Men) at SlingMedia has promised an iPhone and iPod Touch version of the SlingBox software. If true, that would mean you’d be able to watch your at-home TV channels… Read More

  • Last Batch of Tickets On Sale For Crunchies—Get 'Em While You Can

    The Crunchies are only a week away. Voting is closed. But the last batch of 150 tickets just went on sale. The startup awards ceremony and party will be held on January 18 in San Francisco, at the Herbst Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a party. This event is being produced by Read/WriteWeb, Venture Beat, GigaOm and TechCrunch. In addition to the Richter Scales singing their… Read More

  • Ubuntu 'Hardy Heron' Alpha 3 released

    The next iteration of the wildly popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, Hardy Heron, has just hit Alpha 3 status if you’re keen on tinkering around with it. Has anybody tried this out yet? I’m running Gutsy Gibbon on my laptop and it’s been nothing but smooth, like rice wine and/or Swedish radio. Hardy Heron includes Xorg 7.3, the 2.6.24-3.5 (2.6.24-rc6-based) Linux… Read More

  • Facebook disables UK entrepreneur's account

    UK entrepreneur Raj Anand, founded of kwiqq, has had his Facebook account disabled after he individually emailed all his friends and members of a Facebook group he runs. Anand recently launched an independent social network for Salsa dancers in Brighton and set up a Facebook group to support it. It was this group he was contacting. As he blogs today: I have spent god knows how many hours… Read More

  • Game characters in real life

    Well this is pretty funny. Gamerhelp as built a top-ten list of game characters and their real-life counterparts. While the picture of Blanka/Carrottop is hilarious, I think this image says it all. GamerHelp Read More

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