• LinkedIn hits a million UK members. Suggests pint.

    LinkedIn says it has reached the significant marker of a million members in the UK, with more than two thousand British professionals signing up on any given day. The firm is celebrating with some member events in London (full, alas), Birmingham and Manchester. To celebrate, LinkedIn suggests we all go “out for a pint and all that.” Geez, with that kind of cultural localisation… Read More

  • Blurb launches crowd-sourced books

    Blurb, a self-publishing startup which specialises in illustrated books, is launching a new service to enable people to collaboratively create books. The new service is called Community Books and will initially launch in beta with photo sharing, which is Blurb’s most requested community-bookmaking feature. We last covered Blurb after their launch in May last year. Using Blurb’s… Read More

  • Should HotorNot Become Just a Facebook App?

    Ever since HotorNot abandoned it’s experiment with going totally free last month, the traffic to its destination site, HotorNot.com, has predictably leveled off. Meanwhile, its application on Facebook is doing pretty well, already accounting for about a third of its daily logins, and 40 percent of it total unique visitors (although the two remain separate services at this point). Read More

  • Chinese Bittorrent 50X faster than ours, but you feel hungry again thirty minutes after downloading


    These men had last
    night’s Heroes on Sunday China’s Blin.cn bittorrent service lets you download and preview something like season six of 24 in just a few minutes while our Bittorrent and network systems enable you to sit on your hands for 4 days until you download an ISO of Palm Desktop for Windows 95. Is this fair? This little lumpkin of info comes from an interview with Kaiser… Read More

  • MetaCafe Goes Mobile

    MetaCafe has announced it will begin offering video download and streaming to mobile handsets. The offering which will debut next month in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands will also allow users to upload video directly from the handsets themselves. The new service is offered by way of a partnership with Peerbox whose solution goes beyond video download/upload to include social… Read More

  • Bebo and Ministry in joint promo

    Bebo and the Ministry of Sound have entered into a marketing partnership which will mean Bebo users being able to upload their best dance mix to Bebo (via yousendit.com) with the winning entry broadcast on Ministry of Sound radio. The winner will also get interviewed, much to their squeals to delight no doubt. From the Ministry of Sound profile, Beboers will be able to play all the tracks from… Read More

  • TomTom ONE XL-S brings the talk

    Yet another GPS unit will now be available to consumers; this time from TomTom. Its new ONE XL-S mapping unit is feature rich with a beautiful 4.3-inch for viewing. One of the standout features is text-to-speech, which basically reads out your directions, restaurants, etc. out to you so you can spend more time concentrating on the road rather than your GPS unit. You’ll also be able to… Read More

  • Does Your Building Need A Social Network? Why Not.

    New York-based LifeAt wants to create a social network around your residential building. Do you need one? Nope. But maybe you’ll use it anyway. And perhaps you’ll even get to know some of your neighbors. The building managers control the network and post information about the building itself. Residents sign up to get news about the building, interact with other users, etc. Read More

  • RIAA appeal focuses on settlement


    My name is Judge Last week, Jammie Thomas was found guilty of copyright infringement and was ordered to pay $222,000 in fines for sharing MP3s. As a mother and working class citizen like most of us, she most likely cannot afford to pay such a ridiculous amount of money. So, she’s using our justice system to fight back; this time, with an appeal. Thomas argues that the amount of… Read More

  • ITN launches channel on YouTube

    UK TV news provider ITN is to launch a channel on YouTube, making it one of the first UK media companies to employ YouTube’s new in-video ad format that runs “transparent” overlays just under the video. The content will be largely sourced from ITN’s multimedia division, ITN On. This will consist mostly of entertainment programming and content from ITN Source, the… Read More

  • This Halloween, give them the tentacles

    From MAKE, this homemade LED jellyfish costume is crazy. Imagine running around in the dark with that thing on. Cool, right? Now imagine it while you’re drunk. Halloween LED Jellyfish Costume [MAKE] Read More

  • News Dredge 161007

    • A rather odd event has crossed my desk in the shape of the London Startup Weekend on November 30- December 2: “Startup Weekend is an idea, an experiment, a chance gather the tech community and create a company over one jam packed weekend.” But organiser Andrew Hyde appears to be a web developer from Boulder, Colorado, US, who appears to be on some kind of startup hell trip. Read More

  • iPhone does not kill fawn pee pees, you


    I put a call into Apple yesterday but I couldn’t get anyone but it looks like Macworld beat me to the punch anyway. Here is what Apple had to say about the Greenpeace video that circulated yesterday suggesting that the iPhone contained PVC and BFRs, two products that could make you lose your ween. “Like all Apple products worldwide, iPhone complies with RoHS [Restriction of… Read More

  • Live Free, Die Hard and Pirate Well

    In an unprecedented move by 20th Century Fox, the DVD version of “Live Free or Die Hard” will contain a copy of the movie as a digital file (AVI, MPG perhaps?) that can be played back on a computer or select PMPs. Sure to please Pirates, I know I’m excited to hear about this. Even if there is copy-protection, you can use screen capture software like Snapz Pro X if you want… Read More

  • Symbian S60 Touch interface: Durrrr

    Durrr… Hi. I’m a phone manufacturer/mobile OS programmer. Durrr… urm…. durr. Hold on. I just had to make pasgetti. So I sawed a man in the Apel stor who had a cool fone called the apelphone. it had a big screen… ICE CREAM!… and it was touch swansitive. You could move your finger on the screen like you were pushing boogers off of the screen and he had a boogie… Read More

  • YouTube/Google will destroy your piracy

    Be warned, people who videotape and then post 2 minute videos from the Hannah Montana show — Google is on to you. You may think your your mash-up of Sophie’s Choice and Chocolate Rain (see above) was fair use, but that stuff is somebody’s hard work and dedication and those people are human. Google will now terminate the accounts of repeat infringers, ensuring they are banished… Read More

  • More info on upcoming DivX hardware players

    HEXUS.tv has a pretty good one-on-one video with DivX co-founder Jerome Rota about his company’s upcoming foray into the connected video box realm, where it’ll compete with AppleTV and similar devices. As reported earlier, the difference with the DivX box will be that most of the horsepower will be provided by your network-connected PC whereas AppleTV and, say, Xbox 360 are… Read More

  • Mac OS X Leopard drops on the 26th

    The Apple store went down this morning and the world held its breath as we waited for Apple to spill the details. As expected, Leopard has gone gold and you can now pre-order it for an October 26th release date. $129 for a single-user, $199 for the 5-person family pack and $0.00 for those of us with BitTorrent, Usenet and DVD burners. Oh, and if you’re still rockin’ a G3, time… Read More

  • Leopard's Best Web 2.0 Feature: Web Clip

    Now that Apple is ready to ship Leopard, the next version of OS X, on October 26, the feature I am most excited about is Web Clip. Because it represents one more step in the gradual fusing of the Web and the desktop. Web Clip is basically an adjustable mini-browser that lets you grab data from the Web and put it on your desktop in an incredibly easy way. It lets you clip any Website and… Read More

  • Apple drops price of iTunes Plus songs to 99 cents


    Look at that, 99 cents Apple is dropping the price of iTunes Plus songs by thirty cents, from $1.29 to 99 cents. Not all of the songs have seen a price drop yet, including the only iTunes Plus songs I ever bought (The Knife’s “Like a Pen” set of remixes), but that seems to be just a function of time. All such songs will be 99 cents in anticipation of an expansion of its… Read More

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