• Antisocial networks for the Grinch in your life

    Spread some Christmas cheer today and tomorrow to all your online “friends.” Or, you can be a real, go-it-alone American and sign up for one of several new anti-social networks. It’s all the fun of real social networks like Facebook and MySpace, only with the faux, forced amity. Choose from the likes of Hatebookand Snubster and make things like “friend… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: The Ask Mouse Squeaked A Little Louder This Year

    IAC got serious about its Ask property this year, investing $100 million in the United States alone on a bizarre “Ask the Algorithm” campaign that even sunk to the depths of using the Unabomber as a marketing tool. Unfortunately for good taste there’s nothing like a bit controversy to draw attention to a service and Ask’s traffic was up this year, proving once again… Read More

  • Vonage Finalizes Settlement with AT&T

    Internet phone company Vonage settled a patent lawsuit brought against it by AT&T. AT&T claimed that Vonage infringed with its patents by using packet-based telephony products, which allow voice conversations to be carried over the Internet. Since going public in 2006, Vonage was hit by multiple lawsuits by telephone service providers. It settled a suit with Sprint Nextel and another… Read More

  • Digital Fear-Mongering And Hollywood Accounting

    As movies go digital, they are presenting new archival challenges for the film industry. Film cannisters stored in a salt mine last a lot longer than a hard disk drive or a DVD. The issues of preserving film footage for the ages in a digital form are real and vexing, but a recent report by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences titled “The Digital Dilemma” throw out… Read More

  • Handset Production Soars in Taiwan

    Taiwan’s production of handsets is up nearly 82% over last year’s numbers. Many of the 6.2 million devices manufactured in Taiwan are made for Apple and its iPhone brand. It is believed that similar numbers will be achieved in next year’s first quarter. This will be a jump of 150% over this year’s first quarter numbers, Market Intelligence Centre said in a… Read More

  • Yahoo Launches BravoNation. I'm Not Loving It.

    BravoNation, a site that allows users to send electronic awards to others, is the most recent product launch from Yahoo Brickhouse. Brickhouse head Salim Ismail sent me an invitation to try out the service this evening. I dove in – and this is one screwball product. The point of Brickhouse (I think) is to come up with half baked ideas, throw them against the wall, and see what sticks. Read More

  • Google Helps NORAD Track Santa

    Russian ICBM’s aren’t the only thing the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be tracking this Christmas, and Google (which is everywhere, and knows everything) is giving them a hand. The annual NORAD Tracks Santa page is back, and this year it comes with some extra Google goodies. For good boys there’s a YouTube Channel, that doesn’t care if… Read More

  • Digg, The Song

    Really? Yes, Really: The song, which is pretty damned good, is performed by Kina Grannis. Here are the lyrics (and hear Kina’s other songs here): When I’m feeling lazy, at school or when I work
    I sneak to my computer, and then I like to shirk
    I don’t go online shopping, I don’t email with my mom
    I open up my browser, and go to digg-dot-com Chorus: Gotta digg, gotta… Read More

  • Wikia Search Launches Private Beta; Public Launch On January 7

    Well, the waiting appears to be over, and the promised 2007 launch date was technically achieved. Wikipedia/Wikia Founder Jimmy Wales has publicly announced the private beta for Wikia Search – right now. And the public launch is set for January 7. In a note to the Wikia Search email list a few minutes ago, he wrote: From: jwales@xxxxx.com
    Subject: [Search-l] private pre-alpha… Read More

  • Top 2007 Education Apps: Learning 2.0

    A teacher and active blogger named Larry Ferlazzo has put together his list of the top education startups of 2007. The list was clearly put together with students in mind. And while I’m pretty sure that the average student can get to graduation with little more than Wikipedia, Delicious and perhaps an occasional stolen term paper to help them along the way, I’m glad to see… Read More

  • GPS used to track Jesus this Xmas

    While there’s Xmas irony in people stealing statues of Baby Jesus™, it’s something that’s been done for years. But the organizers of one Florida nativity scene are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Their Baby Jesus™ keeps getting ripped off, even after they nailed it down (again with the Xmas irony), so they’re fitting it with a GPS tracker… Read More

  • According to the Internet, Nikon D90 is coming soon

    Attention, Nikon camera nerds: the Nikon D90 (or D80x, perhaps) is likely on it’s way. the camera is similar in features to the D80, save for a few technical upgrades and a larger viewscreen. Look for it at PMA 2008 at the end of January. Nikon D90 [PhotoBay] Read More

  • PopSci's Bug Labs BUGBase SDK contest is on

    We’ve been covering the open-source hardware guys at Bug Labs for awhile, and that’s because the ideas that these guys have are dear to our hearts; the concept of roll-your-own gadgetry is a perfect things for geeks like us. And the wondernerds at Popular Science’s PopSci blog have put together a contest where they’re giving away a BUGBase brain-unit as well as the… Read More

  • Tired of viral marketing? Want to punch Judd Apatow?

    http://www2.funnyordie.com/public/flash/fodplayer.swfBacklash on FunnyOrDie.com Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’m a little disappointed that there’s no slam dunk line like “I’ve got a murder boner!” but viral marketing needs all the beatings we can give it, even if they’re sketch comedy beatings. I’m suspicious, though; I think this… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: The Year AOL Killed Netscape's Traffic

    Social voting remained a popular past time in 2007 with sites such as Digg more than tripling their audience, but some sites fared better than others according to data from comScore. One name with a long history is the AOL owned Netscape.com. The site was relaunched in June 2006 as a Digg clone with high hopes that a new generation would use the once great brand as an alternative to Digg. Read More

  • Green machines from MIT's Product Engineering Processes


    Some MIT engineering students were given an assignment to prototype something based on the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Seven 18-student teams teams were formed and came up with some pretty cool stuff. One team made a solar powered bin that detects and separates recyclables dropped into it. Another found a way to separate the oil from used oil filters before dumping… Read More

  • Product Clash: Sort Of Digg For Product Comparisons

    Product Clash is aiming to offer “peer reviewed product comparison in a fun way” with a site that takes Digg style voting to product grudge matches. Product Clash has a broad library of products that registered users can clash with each other or users can also submit their own product descriptions and technical specifications via the “Submit your Clash” form. The… Read More

  • Wikia Will Search. But When?

    We’ve waited more than a year for Wikia to launch their human powered search engine. The project was first announced in December last year by Wikipedia/Wikia founder Jimmy Wales. The promise was to return better results than Google and other search engines, using humans to make quality decisions: “Google is very good at many types of search, but in many instances it produces… Read More

  • Her Majesty The Queen Joins YouTube

    Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message (Americans read here) will join the 21st century this year with the Royal Family launching its own YouTube channel. The Royal Channel will feature the annual Christmas Day message as well as recent and historical footage of Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family. The launch of the YouTube channel will mark the 50th anniversary of the… Read More

  • Liquid lenses work like your eyes, but don't cut out your eyes yet


    Itochu and Holochip — yeah, I know. Never heard of them either. — have teamed up to make liquid lenses that will offer optical zoom and image manipulation without the mess of digital extrapolation. A tiny motor and squishy lens will work in tandem to deform the optics to zoom in and out without physically moving the lens forward or backwards. This means thinner, better optical… Read More

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