• Facebook Is Blocking Ads From MySpace, Friendster, Hi5, Orkut . . . and 3Jam?

    If you try to buy an ad on Facebook, there are certain words that are taboo. Any ads that contain four-letter words are automatically blocked. So too are ads with the names of competing social networks “MySpace,” “Friendster,” “Hi5,” , or “Orkut.” (Curiously, “Bebo” and “OpenSocial” go through just fine, as does… Read More

  • Hooray, my credit/debit card now has RFID!

    Guess who’s credit/debit card now has RFID? Yup, apparently I used my old card at a highly insecure location within the past few days, so much so that Citibank had to rush me a new card. And lucky me, this one has RFID, only MasterCard calls it PayPass. I do have the option of disabling the RFID chip by calling the bank, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing that as soon as this… Read More

  • Canadians Unite To Fight Off The "Feared TechCrunch"

    I really miss former TechCrunch writer Duncan Riley. But at least he gave us a gift just before he left that just keeps on giving – his May 5 post calling BS on a Canadian startup called MediaScrape and its founder, Tyler Cavell. Cavell took issue with our post, demanded an opportunity to respond (although he’d already done that in a comment to our original post), and threatened… Read More

  • Improved Street Fighter IV trailer looks pretty ridonkulous

    I still play Street Fighter II Turbo on the SNES primarily with my friends if I play any fighting game at all, so seeing this insane trailer is kind of a shock for me. I love the art style and while I’m sure I would suck pretty bad at it, the gameplay looks pretty good. It’s awfully hard to judge without playing it oneself, but you can usually tell if something truly sucks just… Read More

  • Creative Commons-licensed shirts with phone-scannable codes

    Seriously, I’m about to move to Japan. I think they should stop calling their phones “phones” (or the Japanese equivalent) and call them “Tricorders” (or the Japanese equivalent). Because where else in the world can you point your phone at someone else’s shirt and have one just like it sent to you? I’d love to use Nota’s intriguing service here… Read More

  • Jack Thompson could be disbarred because of courtoom hissy fit

    Penny-Arcade Everyone’s favorite real life Lionel Hutz could find himself disbarred in the near future. Jack Thompson walked out of a Florida court room today, claiming that it was a sham hearing and that the presiding judge was “incompetent” and “arrogant.” (Sounds like him, too.) Since he walked out in a huff, the Florida bar asked for an “enhanced… Read More

  • Samsung enters 15.6-inch 16:9 widescreen LCD market

    One of the best things the current MacBook Pro has going for it is the gorgeous 15.4-inch widescreen LED backlit display. The first displays at this size and resolution at all came out with the last generation Powerbooks, and people hailed the widescreen format. But those of us in the know have always been bugged that they’re not true 16:9, so movies always have a little bit of… Read More

  • Steve Ballmer: Be grateful that you can downgrade from Vista to XP

    Flickr’d Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that consumers should be happy that they have the choice to downgrade from Vista to XP. (Remember, XP retail sales are set to end on June 30.) “I don’t know how you can do better than getting both,” says Ballmer, no doubt pained by all the reports that Vista isn’t so hot (to put it lightly), and that companies like Dell… Read More

  • Albatron multi-touch screen promises future amazingness, lots of messy screens

    Sure, Windows 7 is years away and multi-touch on a monitor is kind of dumb, but that didn’t stop Albatron from dumping a 22-inch LCD with Windows 7 and multi-touch. It’s actually running Windows XP right now, but it could run Windows 7 later. TGDaily opines: You don’t have to have supernatural powers to predict that this display may become a huge hit when Windows 7… Read More

  • EA complies with FTC on Take-Two acquisition

    Looks like EA’s takeover of Take-Two is on ice for the time being while the FTC does a little digging around after an information request was given to EA. But if it takes longer than 45 days for the FTC to conclude their probing then EA can go ahead with their attempted acquisition of the GTA publisher. The drama continues. Read More

  • Third party Wii-mote only offers marginal savings

    I think that $40 is too much for a Wii remote. There, I said it. So it’s been with great interest that I’ve kept an eye out for a replacement remote for the one I lost, hoping against hope that we’d all soon see some third party remotes start to pop up. Well, there appear to be some coming from Germany. A company called Hama has some poorly-translated information about… Read More

  • New York launches anti-piracy ad campaign: Your intelligence is in no way insulted

    Go ahead and tell me that New York isn’t over. The city will be plastering subways with anti-piracy flyers throughout the summer, telling people, essentially, not to copy that floppy. Harried New Yorkers and in-the-way tourists will be treated to mock movie ratings, like the kind seen here. Instead of “R” and “PG” we’ll be seeing “RO” and… Read More

  • VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    Whooo! VLC media player, which tends to be one of the first things I install on any new system, has been ported over for use on jailbroken iPhones. The crazy-talented ZodTTD (the guy behind snes4iphone) has released a beta version of the port, vlc4iphone, which allows for drag-and-drop playback of a number of media formats not otherwise supported on the iPhone. Good news: It supports playback… Read More

  • Sony bringing in-game advertising to PS3

    It’s not a secret that Microsoft is making a little cash on the side by placing advertising in games on XBL, and now Sony wants to get in on the action by doing the same. It today announced that it would partner with IGA Worldwide to do just that, and will start placing in-game ads with Electronic Arts titles this year for the PS3, mostly within sports and driving games, as they have… Read More

  • GTA4 stunt compilation: Do not attempt

    Don’t watch this if you don’t particularly care about GTA4 but its fun to watch the different ways you can risk life and limb and survive in the game. That the game’s physics allows for this sort of mayhem is a testament to math teachers everywhere. Read More

  • The Really Cool keyboard might actually be so

    This keyboard is a Really Cool keyboard, as in that’s its name. What’s so cool about it, you ask? It’s waterproof. Admit it, you’ve spilled coffee or soda on your keyboard before, rendering it sticky and useless, much like our own Peter Ha. It’s also quiet, unlike Peter, meaning you won’t disturb your fellow cubiclemates with your clickity-clack while… Read More

  • AMD officially announces 'Puma' notebook platform

    AMD has officially taken the plastic-wrap off of its new high-performance notebook platform, formerly known as “Puma”. The platform consists of the new AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor and graphics powered by ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series chips, along with 802.11n and 3G wireless connections. We’ll see notebooks outfitted with the new platform from Acer, Asus… Read More

  • Verizon in talks to buy Alltel

    Alltel, the little carrier that could, is in talks with Verizon to merge this year. Verizon is expected to pay eight times Alltel’s EBITDA (“Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization”). How much that is we do not know but it’s definitely more than fifty dollars. UPDATE – The deal could be about $27 billion, according to Reuters. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Gears of War and Mass Effect for $35

    Today’s Amazon video game deal of the day brings two popular Xbox 360 titles to you, reader, for the low price of $35. Of course, the upcoming reissue of GoW will be $5 more and packed with more content, but if you care not about that then you might want to grab this deal while it lasts. I haven’t played Mass Effect, but I hear good things about it. Maybe I’ll buy it now… Read More

  • Joy Division Zune coming June 17

    I won’t lie and say I know who Joy Division is, but the rock band from Manchester is getting their very own special edition Zune with an adaption of Peter Saville’s artwork for the Unknown Pleasures album on the backside of the black 80GB. Also included on the Zune is the aptly named documentary “Joy Division” that chronicles the life of the band. There are only 500… Read More

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