• TF2's Pyro update is live, plus TF2 is free for the weekend

    You’re probably already in the know about this, but the big Pyro pack has arrived along with his/her achievements and unlockable weapons. The full update info is here, including this little gem: Removed Soldier’s 40% damage reduction from his own rockets. Does not affect rocket jumps Thank you Jesus. I look forward to a rash of self-destroying soldiers. Also, in case you… Read More

  • OrganizedWisdom, the "Mahalo For Health", Raises $2.3 Million

    OrganizedWisdom, a human-powered search engine that focuses exclusively on health, has raised $2.3 million in a Series A round led by ETF Venture Fund, Esther Dyson, and a number of other investors. OrganizedWisdom has compiled a database of over 10,000 “wisdom cards” that list the most relevant and useful information related to health searches. Links are separated into groups… Read More

  • High school hacker could get 38 years in jail

    A student in Coto de Caza, California has done what each and every one of us has only dreamed of doing; he broke into his school’s computers and changed his grades. Gather ‘round children, and I’ll tell ye of the time that your old buddy Doug failed his fourth grade geography test. See, I mistakenly labeled Pennsylvania as New York and all hell broke loose as I filled in… Read More

  • Canada: Internal Rogers memo leaks iPhone 3G info?

    Take this with a grain of salt, but a user over on HowardForums who’s been known to leak credible information in the past has apparently leaked some pricing information about the iPhone 3G that’ll be heading to Canada on the Rogers network. Here’s the short version: Pricing looks very similar to U.S. pricing in that the 8GB version will cost $199 and the 16GB version will… Read More

  • This Just In: iTunes is a popular music store

    Apple has now sold over five billion songs from its iTunes music store. The program has been around since early 2001. Earlier this year, iTunes surpassed Wal-Mart as the most popular place to buy music. Apple still hasn’t figured out how to sell Drakkar Noir for under $40 through its store but, still, five billion songs is impressive. It’ll be interesting to see how long iTunes will… Read More

  • $1000 for 27 inches – Dell's new UltraSharp 2709W looks UltraNice

    I have a 2407WFP (I think) at home and it’s been a fantastic monitor. Of course, having paid $700 for it, I certainly expect it to be nice. Same with this, their newest 27-inch model [Update: looks like Dell has removed the page. Thanks for the tip, Jason]. It’s going to set you back a G, but if it’s anything like mine, it will be sharp, bright, and responsive, not to… Read More

  • Analyst: Apple needs new iPod Touch by September

    Is it the end of the road for the first-generation iPod Touch? An analyst from Lehman Brothers seems to think so, according to Apple Insider. Speculation began as both Apple.com and Best Buy seem to be scaling back on their respective supplies of the device. Apple’s shortage is somewhat easy to explain away, as the company is offering a free 8GB iPod Touch with the purchase of certain… Read More

  • Western digital gets into the RAID backup game

    I’m sure there are plenty of WD hard drives in RAID configurations all around the world, but now they’re stepping into the arena for reals with a consumer-oriented RAID array. They’re all the rage, these days, after all – what with Drobo, the HP MediaSmart, the Newertech setup I mentioned a week ago, and I suppose you could even rig up this thing to be an array. It… Read More

  • The A.P. Has Violated My Copyright, And I Demand Justice

    As far as I can tell, the Associated Press is sticking by its ridiculous and unlawful assertion that “direct quotations, even short ones” are copyright infringements and result in lawsuit threats and DMCA takedown notices. This story led us to ban the A.P., call the New York Times out on undisclosed conflicts of interest and begin to investigate some ridiculous organization called… Read More

  • Correction: Firefox vulnerability update

    Just a quick update on something we posted yesterday concerning a security vulnerability found in Mozilla’s Firefox web browser (see the original post here). First, this incident was NOT a zero day attack, as was originally reported. The exploit was discovered by a group called “The Zero Day Initiative” but was not actually a zero day exploit. According to the Mozilla… Read More

  • Review: SteelSeries 7G gaming keyboard

    High-end keyboard week continues! You may not have heard too much from SteelSeries yet, but they’re big in Europe and they’re starting to make their mark here. One of their flagship products is the keyboard I’m typing on right now: The 7G. It’s aimed at gamers, but more in that it’s extremely durable and reliable as opposed to being covered in buttons. Read on… Read More

  • Mario and Princess Peach tie the knot, here’s the cake

    Yum. Look at this deliciously entertaining wedding cake, will you? It’s like Mario Kart meets Super Mario Galaxy meets whichever game features the Princess’ palace. Smart of them to move into her place, too, since Mario lives in a garden level apartment in Brooklyn (as you’ll remember from the Super Mario Brothers Super Show). Peach’s place is probably a lot nicer… Read More

  • Amazon Said To Be Preparing a PayPal Killer. Wait, It Already Tried That.

    Barrons is all breathless about Amazon getting ready to step up its game in the payments arena. Eric Savits writes: Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Derek Brown asserts in a research note this afternoon that Amazon “may soon launch a PayPal-esque Payments service for use by consumers and merchants across the Web, potentially siphoning growth and/or profit from eBay’s crown… Read More

  • 10 reasons why Japan will hate the iPhone (or maybe not)

    Japan’s most renowned business newspaper Nikkei recently released the result of a survey among Japanese consumers according to which 91% don’t want to buy an iPhone. Tokyo-based web research company iShare [JP] conducted the survey on June 5th and 6th. The findings are not representative for a number of reasons. There were only 402 respondents, but Japan has a population of 128… Read More

  • TI's 3D projector "press photo" is pretty damn crazy

    BBG’s John Brownlee says it better than I ever could: You can’t farm out Photoshop work to chlorine huffers, TI. I’ve had theophylline fever dreams with more cogent Newtonian physics than this. Really, what else can you say? Read More

  • Flower Rock 2.0: The singing and dancing flowers from Japan are back

    A lot of us waited for it (or maybe not), but now the singing and dancing flower toys from Takara Tomy are giving a comeback [JP], at least in Japan. The company yesterday announced the updated version, dubbed Flower Rock 2.0, will be sold only in this country beginning October 30th and for $57. The new models are upgraded with a glow function. The petals and leaves will flash in up to 50… Read More

  • ZP reviews Haze

    http://static.escapistmagazine.com/media/global/movies/player/FlowPlayerDark.swf Not one of his best, but he is pretty mean to this game that looks like a cross between Halo and Turok and little else. Read More

  • Mydeo extends into enterprise video hosting

    UK video hosting startup Mydeo, has launched an enterprise version of its service under the name m3 (Mydeo Media Manager). The idea is to aim the service at the SME business market, providing simple, turnkey uploading and reporting interface for companies wanting to deliver high quality video on their sites and run rich campaigns. M3 supports all the major video formats including Flash… Read More

  • Space camera to monitor deforestation in Congo Basin

    The UK and Norwegian governments are getting set to launch a $215 million project designed to “curb climate change by preventing deforestation” in the Congo Basin, according to BBC News. Part of the project involves a satellite-mounted high definition camera capable of capturing a 55 mile-wide area of the forest in one fell swoop. A single pixel can capture about ten square… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK on Sky News – The Associated Press debacle

    Last night Sky News asked me to comment on the Associated Press move to stop sites quoting AP articles (BTW TechCrunch has now banned linking to AP stories. Payback sucks): More from Mike A. on this. Read More

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