• NBC Bails on iTunes

    The New York Times is reporting that NBC will not renew its contract to distribute television shows via Apple’s iTunes service. The agreement was set to autorenew at the end of 2007, but includes a provision that allows NBC to terminate the agreement at the end of the first term with 90 days notice. Disagreements over pricing and DRM seem to be behind the decision. That means iTunes… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Art Of Office – Mac Users Pissed

    Here’s a strange new social site that we just got a tip on – ArtOfOffice is a Microsoft site that launched yesterday. It is a place for Mac users to upload artistic content made using Office applications. The community then shares, rates, remixes and discusses the content with other Mac users. See here and here for example content. As far as I can tell you don’t actually have… Read More

  • New Twitter Visualization Tools Coming: First Is Twitter Blocks

    The Twitter team must have had a Red Bull machine installed at the offices, because suddenly they’re launching new stuff left and right. They recently added search and Gmail import features to the service. And on Friday they are launching a new area of the site called “Explore” where they’ll list some of the tools people can use to interact with Twitter off the… Read More

  • PeekYou: Spock Has Competition

    PeekYou is a fairly new site that competes in a growingly crowded people search space. The site offers the standard features we’ve come to expect from people focused search sites. A general user profile includes tags, which are divided into three categories (life, work and school) for context, web links including social network profiles, bio and picture. PeekYou was founded by… Read More

  • DailyMotion Raises $34 Million; Another Copyright Infringing Success Story

    French social video site DailyMotion has raised a $34 million round from Advent Venture Partners LLP and AGF Private Equity, a division of Allianz AG. The new round comes on top of $9.5 million in previous financing from Atlas Ventures and Partech International. The round puts DailyMotion’s total financing beyond that of their competitors, even MetaCafe’s $45 million total financing. Read More

  • Spyware Firm Sues Over Being Labeled 'Spyware'

    If at first you don’t succeed in suing an anti-spyware maker for identifying your program as spyware, try, try again. Apparently adware/spyware peddler, Zango, didn’t like PCTools and Kaspersky Antivirus calling it like they see it. Read More

  • Syntax To Unveil Budget 65-Inch, LCoS 1080p HDTV

    Let me start by saying that I’m the proud owner for a 37-inch Olevia LCD HDTV. I love the thing. I got it brand new at Fry’s for under $600, including tax. That’s a fantastic deal, especially since the TV itself is kickass. But now I’m thinking upgrade, as Syntax is unveiling a 65-inch LCoS TV next week, and it promises to kickass as well. LCoS is a cousin to both DLP… Read More

  • First Zune 2, Zune Flash Pics Quite Possibly Leaked

    Oh, boy, the first pictures of the Zune 2. All credit to the Giz, if you couldn’t tell by the inconspicuous watermarkage. We can deduce from the one and only picture that there will be two models, a regular, hard drive-based model (80GB) and a 4/8GB flash-based model. AKA, exactly what you’d expect from a DAP/PMP in 2007. Take note, Apple. Supposedly, the photos have been… Read More

  • The PS2 Isn't Even Close To Dying

    I’m pretty sure this I’ve seen this thesis before, but who am I to argue with an Australian newspaper I’ve never heard of? The long and short of it is, the PS2 is a long ways away from tapping out. Sony likes to think the system has a good three to four years left, but developers are more likely to say that the number’s closer to two to three years. Either way, the… Read More

  • HP to Sell Red Hat Linux Boxen

    HP’s new dx2250 desktop — and AMD-based workstation — will come pre-loaded with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The PC, which will cost about $500, is currently available in Australia because, as we all know, kangaroos live there. Read More

  • To Everyone I've Ever Taken Cellphone Shopping: This Is Why

    The above image illustrates what I’ve been feeling for years now. And you’re all welcome. From XKCD [Good Comics] Read More

  • iPhone Unlocking Totally Legal, We Think


    Would you trust him to unlock your iPhone? Fact: it is legal to unlock your iPhone. Sorta. The AP—you may have heard of it—decided to see just how legal it is for Joe User to unlock his iPhone. As it turns out, so long as you’re unlocking the iPhone and there’s no money involved (unlike other organizations that wanted to charge a fee for the service), it seems… Read More

  • Sony's CONNECT Closing Before Dethroning iTunes

    Good for you, Sony. You get points for finally throwing in the towel on your CONNECT Music Service. Granted you stopped trying to patch it well over a year ago and it never really worked correctly in the first place but kudos to you for shutting it down by March of next year. That oughta give all those people who never used the service a chance to back up all the songs they never purchased. Read More

  • DesignMyRoom – Very Useful Tool For Virtual Interior Design

    DesignMyRoom launched this afternoon – It’s a new product from a company called Swatchbox Technologies that allows people to decorate a real room virtually via a photograph of the room and DesignMyRoom’s library of stuff. Previously the company, which has been around for 11 years, sold 2 million copies of desktop software that has similar functionality as the online tool. If… Read More

  • Pictavision Teleprint Review

    How many pictures are stored in your cell phone? It’s a rhetorical question, but I can speculate that there are a bunch. Camera phones aren’t new, but until recently the picture quality, well for lack of a better description, sucked. Three years ago I took a picture of Bill Cosby and not one single person who I showed it to could tell it was him. Still, I do take pictures with… Read More

  • Image Resizing: Third Party Online Working Demo

    The image carving/resizing video we posted last week has sparked quite a conversation. Most people have been very positive, although there has already been at least one response saying its a bad thing for the web (which seems a little dramatic to me). Patrick Swieskowski emailed us this afternoon to say he’s created an online demo of the idea, based on using the seams of images to make… Read More

  • SocialMedia Opens Self-Serve Facebook Advertising For All

    There are several startups gunning to be the top Facebook ad platform: Lookery, FBExchange, RockYou, and Cubics. SocialMedia also became one of the early players when they launched their Appsaholic advertising network soon after F8. Previously only a select group of developers were able to sell ads through the service. However, they’ve now opened it to everyone through a self-service… Read More

  • LG T54 PMP Looks Nice, But Will We See It Here?

    So this PMP looks kinda neat. It’s from LG and it’s called the T54, not to be confused with the T1000. It’s more or less the same PMP you can find in any Best Buy or yard sale at this point: 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities, plays every audio/video format under the sun (save for AAC), built-in FM radio and DMB, etc. One more pic where? Read More

  • Nerds Ruin the Spiritual BioShock Experience, Compare Console/PC/Blah Blah

    I played a bit of Bioshock last weekend and I loved it. It was a great amalgam of Ayn Rand, Half-Life, big monsters, and Hexen-like burninating. Good stuff. Well, the NERDS at bit-tech compared all of the versions, finding that the game plays better on the blah blah blah with X gigaworts of booble flarkles running DX102.32 and Windows Vista Ultimate Bioshock Edition for XBox 360. Booooring! Read More

  • San Fran: Another City-wide Wi-Fi Plan Bites It

    . Poor San Francisco, who expected some tasty wi-fi from Earthlink later this year, is now left to fend for itself. Mayor Newsom says that the plan is still going head with public money and that Earthlink will not spoil the plans to roll out wireless throughout the city. Read More

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