• Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Yes, Virginia, Some Halo 3 Discs Are Defective Ian Cavnar Man, Zac Effron has an awesome life; he gets to hang out with Master Chief *and* bone Vanessa Hudgens. Read More

  • Todays Takeover Rumor Bought to You By Google And Sirius

    The Motley Fool is running a story on a rumor that Google is considering a takeover offer for US Satellite Radio provider Sirius. The merger between Sirius and XM has yet to be approved by Federal Regulators and hence Sirius would become a takeover target if the merger failed. Google is still seeking more inventory for its Adsense for Radio program; hence buying Sirius would provide it with… Read More

  • Sugar Publishing Acquires ShopStyle

    San Francisco based Sugar Publishing, a social network and group of women-focused blogs that we’ve covered since late 2006, is announcing the acquisition of ShopStyle, an ecommerce site, this evening. The price is not being disclosed. Sugar says they will integrate shopping into editorial via widgets that allow readers to buy items directly. Combined, the company’s claim 5… Read More

  • Expect Failure From Hulu: NBCU Chief

    The first positive points we’ve awarded to Hulu come for pure honesty with George Kliavkoff, NBC Universal’s chief digital officer telling a crowd at OMMA New York Monday that they should expect failure from Hulu. To be fair, as much as the headline quote alone is worthy of at least a couple of links demonstrating how the bridesmaid service has failed already, in context… Read More

  • Demonoid Down, For Now

    Our favorite torrent site is no more, at least for today and tomorrow. Demonoid, the previously fully-private torrent catalog and tracker is down, according to reports at TorrentFreak. Trackers have not been responding for over 24 hours, and the site is completely down. Demonoid was the second largest tracker online, after ThePirateBay, and has seen its fair share of legal threats and… Read More

  • Vonage Ordered To Pony Up $69.5 Million To Sprint

    That’s gonna leave a mark. Apparently Vonage infringed upon six of Sprint Nextel’s patents, which is a big, expensive no-no. Sprint will receive $69.5 million plus 5 percent of Vonage’s future revenue. Earlier this year, Vonage lost a cool $58 million, plus 5.5% future royalties to Verizon. That now seems somewhat tame. All told, that brings the grand total to $127.5 million… Read More

  • Yes, Virginia, Some Halo 3 Discs Are Defective


    AP photo of the star of “High School Musical 2″ and Zac Effron How do you like that—some Halo 3 discs are, in fact, defective. The limited edition’s tin packaging doesn’t securely hold the disc in place, causing it to slip and slide inside. Hence, scratched, defective discs. Microsoft hasn’t said how many discs are scratched, nor how many it expects to… Read More

  • TV Coverage For Dancejam, Realius and Gizmoz At TechCrunch40

    http://v2.tinypic.com/player.swf?file=msc207&s=2 Three TechCrunch40 demo pit startups got local bay area television coverage last week – Dancejam (note: I’m an investor), Realius and Gizmoz. It looks like the reporter did the easy thing – a swing by the demo pit to film the best looking startups. Congrats to all three. Read More

  • Graspr Steps into the Crowded Instructional Video Ring

    Teresa Phillips, founder and CEO of Graspr and one-time Yahoo VP, says that “Graspr is not just another video site or social networking community.” I’m not so sure. The company has granted me access to Graspr prior to its presentation at Demo this afternoon and its public unveiling later this evening. I’ve kicked the tires, and while Graspr explicitly claims to be… Read More

  • Headphone Guitar Amp For Quiet Shredding

    I can’t really shred anymore. I sold my Gibson axe after I finished college and figured out that unless you’re really talented, being in a post-graduate band isn’t even a little bit cool. But maybe one day I’ll throw in a copy of Six String Samurai and get motivated to start playing again. If I do, I’ll surely need one of these headphone amps while I work on… Read More

  • A Chessboard For Night Owls (Because It Glows)

    Want to supply Washington Square Park’s retirees with all the chess they can handle? Once nighttime rolls around, you can break out this LED-laden chess board designed by one Daan Van Tulder. You’ll find no standard pieces here (what’s the horsey one called?), but you probably won’t miss them anyway. So even if the park smells like a pungent combination of cannabis… Read More

  • GarageSeek Rates Mechanics, But Yelp Will Kill This Category Too

    It seems like every time you turn around there’s another site out there trying to help you rate this, that, or the other thing. There’s Rapleaf (people), StreetAdvisor (neighborhood), YourStreet (neighborhood), SodaRatings (soda), and the list goes on (we wrote about Urbanspoon yesterday). Now there’s a new one in private beta, GarageSeek, for rating mechanic’s garages… Read More

  • Video Conversion The Family Guy Way

    LMAO! I’m so glad it’s fall. I can now watch mind numbing television, which will make the winter bearable. Enjoy! Read More

  • Iomega Announces Mac Drives At Apple Expo

    Iomega unveiled a plethora of external hard drives at Apple Expo including a 1.5TB drive. Said drive resembles the MacPro. The UltraMax Pro sports two SATA-II drives with RAID 0, I or JBOD configurations and a handful of interfaces (two FireWire 800, one FireWire 400 and one USB 2.0). You also have the option of picking up an e-SATA version with a USB interface. Each drive is $600. Read More

  • Game On: A Real Alternative To iTunes

    It may have taken Amazon a few years, but they got it right: their new music store is DRM free and songs, starting at $0.89/track, are cheaper than at Apple’s iTunes. The top 100 best-selling albums are priced no higher than $8.99. Songs are delivered in MP3 format, meaning they’ll work on any music player, including the iPod. The store opens with 2 million songs from 80,000… Read More

  • Samsung Armani Phone Hands-on

    The Samsung Armani phone was officially unveiled yesterday in Milan and specs seem to be the same except for the haptic touch screen, which is a nice addition. Although, I’m not entirely surprised since the F700, which was announced earlier in the year has VibeTonz as well as other Samsung handsets. We’ll also be seeing the collaboration go further with an LCD TV that is set to… Read More

  • New York Investigates Facebook Over Sexual Predator Complaints


    Gracias, AP Facebook just got punk’d. Do they still give that show? Amidst rumors that Microsoft is looking to purchase a stake in the Web site, New York’s attorney general launched an investigation into the site because sexual predators tried to pick up undercover investigators. Probably the most damning claim against Facebook is that, even after complaining to the site about… Read More

  • Sony Unveils Inexpensive VAIO NR Series

    Sony makes great electronics, but boy oh boy can it make some terrible computers. Overpriced, always breaking and never a good bargain, the Sony VAIO is a platform I’ve avoided for years. Now with the new NR series of laptops, things might change a bit for the Japanese electronics manufacturer. Starting at $750, the VAIO NR series is priced for those on a budget. Don’t worry… Read More

  • Mimico Halo Mimobots Are Here!

    Did you really think we wouldn’t see a Master Chief Mimobot? The Halo Mimobot Series 1 flash drives are limited in quantity and come in Master Chief, Red Spartan, and Blue Spartan. They’re also preloaded with Halo content that includes artwork, excerpts from the Halo novel and a special episode of This Spartan Life. Preorders are taking place now and they’ll go through… Read More

  • Microsoft To Possibly Invest In Facebook


    Go to 2:07 in the video Mark Zuckerberg is chugging a can of beer right now and screaming “Shit yeah dudes!” somewhere on this earth. Why? Microsoft is looking to possibly invest in his popular social networking site. You may have heard of it actually, it’s called Facebook. Microsoft is looking to buy a reported 5-percent stake of the company in exchange for some cash. Read More

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