• In brief

    • Trabber (a contraction of travel + grabber, apparently) is a new search engine that searches across the main online flight providers, compares all the flight offers and shows the final prices of the flights. It’s pitching itself at travelsupermarket.com and kayak.co.uk, but it doesn’t feel like a totally finished service just yet. • WatZatSong (geddit?) allows you to upload… Read More

  • Comcast fires employees for P2P discussions

    Comcast employees are on lockdown with the recent storm of controversy regarding accusations that the ISP is throttling Bit Torrent traffic. Those in Comcast’s support department is finding out that if you let customers know their traffic is being modified, you will lose your job. Customer support reps are supposed to stick to a script and if asked about “the situation”… Read More

  • Car battery-charging stations for all within three years

    If Al Gore has taught me anything, it’s that the Earth is going to explode any minute now (think Sephiroth’s Super Nova) because we burn too many fossil fuels. So let’s stop burning them. One man has just such a plan. Some guy from Silicon Valley, Shai Agassi, plans to launch a VC-backed system of battery-charging stations. This would encourage the development of… Read More

  • Alenty winds funding for blog influence widget

    Alenty, a French provider of web 2.0 marketing tools, has won a funding round of 370,000Euros from unnamed private angel investors in the UK and France. Co-founded by two experts of Internet audience measurement, formerly at NetValue and NetRatings, Alenty develops tools to optimise sites, automatically detecting the most important and influential members of a community (blog, online… Read More

  • Video: Water-powered CD blade spinning thing

    Exactly why you’d want a water-powered and, in turn, CD-powered blade thing, I don’t know. I do know that it makes for an interesting YouTube video. No, it’s not as amazing as the New Haircut video (could be NSFW, I don’t know) but it’ll kill about two minutes of your long, boring day. Jager bombs. Hose-Powered Magnetic CD Turbine with Sawblade [Boing Boing Gadgets] Read More

  • Another Taser death: Addled Polish immigrant killed by airport officials

    What do you get when you mix bored police with frantic immigrants and a raucous, confusing immigrations hall? A dead Pole whose mother was waiting for him at the arrivals terminal. Dazed and confused after more than 15 hours of travel, unable to communicate in English and scared because he couldn’t find his mother, Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski was jolted by a taser just 24… Read More

  • eXelate Raises $4M for Delayed-Ad Exchange

    In another example that investments in Internet advertising startups are far from cooling, eXelate is announcing a $4M investment from Carmel Ventures. The Israeli company offers a marketplace called the “eXelate Targeting eXchange” which is focused on what they are calling “Delayed-Ads.” Here’s how it works: An ad network participating in eXelate’s… Read More

  • iPhone 1.1.1 Firmware? You're all set, Mr. Hacker


    To jailbreak your 1.1.1 firmware iPhone or Touch, begin by gathering the following tools: A screwdriver A putty knife That blue stuff barbers put their combs in Pop Rocks A couple in 18th-century ball garb 2 cans of Lestoil A sense of wonder The tail of a gilded Tibetan Wombeast Step 1 – Point your Safari browser on the Touch or iPhone to http://www.jailbreakme.com.
    Step 2 – Wait.
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  • Skype phone lands in the UK

    Good news for our readers across the pond today. Skype and mobile provider 3 have partnered on a handset that will allow you to make free Skype calls using your account. Bearing a striking resemblance to NETGEAR’s SPH-101 Skype WiFi phone, the phone will cost 49.99 pounds (about $102) on a pay-as-you-go plan and goes on sale Friday, November 2nd. Get this though: if you’re already a… Read More

  • Newsweek Confirms MySpace CoFounder Lied About Age

    Newsweek has confirmed our story that MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson, who automatically becomes everyone’s first friend when they register for the site, has lied about his age. Newsweek based their confirmation on “professional license information, voter registration and utility and telephone service applications” (our story was based on a statement by a MySpace… Read More

  • iPhone available in Canada on December 7th?

    Prepare your grains of salt, but according to BGR, our neighbors to the north might be getting the iPhone in early December. It’ll apparently be running on the Rogers network and will cost $499CAD with a three-year contract. Is that normal, a three-year contract? Can any remaining Canadian readers shed some light on that? Whether this rumor is true or not, I think we all can agree that… Read More

  • Team Fortress 2 IRL

    Anyone who can round up 8 nerds to dress up like characters from a recently released video game is a master of manipulation. Anyone who can get them to huddle together for a picture, is a demigod. Team Fortress 2 Group Halloween Costumes Read More

  • Stephen Colbert Facebook group sets all kinds of records, Founding Fathers pleased

    We get it: everyone loves Stephen Colbert. Now the New York Times gets it, too. It interviewed the 16-year-old who started the Facebook group “1,000,000 For Stephen T Colbert,” and boy oh boy did the kid have tons of insight. What amazed me the most was how [Barack] Obama’s 1 Million Strong Group took more than 8 months to get about 380,000 members, but Colbert’s 1… Read More

  • GameStop no longer offering Xbox 360 replacement plan

    If the failure rate of the Xbox 360 doesn’t start improving soon, even Best Buy of all places will stop offering a replacement plan for the console. Normally, these plans are designed to increase profits for the retailer by offering an extended warranty to the customer for more money. However, as GameStop has quickly realized, this becomes more of a pain in the ass for a store when a… Read More

  • 'Black Nerd' raps about Nintendo Wii, dethrones Urkel

    Wow. Top notch video here from one of Vid-hop’s up-and-coming superstars. I may or may not have just made up the term “Vid-hop” in that I’ve never heard it before but it might already exist. If it doesn’t, I got dibs. If you like this video, there’s plenty more on Black Nerd’s website. Buy Mii a Wii – Black Nerd Music Video [YouTube] Read More

  • Hulu.com Beta: Huh, OK

    I’m going to withhold my haterage for a bit as I try the new Hulu beta, but so far it’s acceptable at best but not earth-shattering. Here’s what’s going on: NBC Universal and News Corp decided to offer their hot hot content online. What is that hot hot content? Mostly SNL clips, Family Guy episodes, and The Office. However, they do have the Breakfast Club, Heroes, and… Read More

  • T-Mobile Shadow, the fun phone, on October 31

    The “official phone of fun,” the T-Mobile Shadow, now has a release date: October 31. The HTC-manufactured phone is very much consumer-oriented and emphasizes “fun” above everything else. (Hopefully not functionality.) MyFaves has been enhanced. In addition to being able to call your five favoritest people in the whole wide world, you’ll be able to e-mail, IM and… Read More

  • Oral Hygiene Monitor automatically tells your dentist if you've been flossing

    This is fairly high up on the weird scale, but since October is wellness month at CG… Meet the Oral Hygiene Monitor. It’s a small metal plate that you bite down on once or twice a day. The monitor scans your mouth to see what’s been going on: any sign of flossing, brushing, how often, etc. It then sends all this information to a database at your dentist’s office, giving… Read More

  • EveryScape Takes Streetview Indoors

    The geographical web is growing a little bit more today, EveryScape, which we first covered in June, is launching in Boston, New York, Miami, and Aspen. On the face of it, their service is exactly the same as Google Streetview. EveryScape has driven around each of the cities creating full 360 degree panoramas. However, there’s one key twist — anyone can contribute. Contributions… Read More

  • Three to launch Skype phone today

    UPDATED: See below for the details following the announcement… The finer details of the long-awaited Skype phone announcement from mobile operator Three break this morning, but quite a lot is known already about the deal which the network hopes will revive its flagging fortunes. The phone will offer free international calls over the handset between Skype users, but won’t allow them… Read More

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