• Facebook's New Ad Platform Illegal?

    We’ve already seen a backlash against Facebook’s Social Ads platform, however something far more serious may get in the way of Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for social networking domination. According to the NY Times, Facebook’s Social Ad platform may be illegal in New York under a 100 year old privacy law that states that “any person whose name, portrait, picture, or… Read More

  • Digital Telepathy Helps You Build Your Web 2.0 Startup

    San Diego based Digital Telepathy has changed direction from strategy-public relations to services, with a new model that will appeal to anyone who has ever wanted or needed a hand at getting their startup ideas off the ground. The concept is simple: Digital Telepathy offers three design my business options with varying service levels based on the length of each plan. The 15 day plan provides… Read More

  • Laser developed to fight viruses

    Physics professor K.T. Tsen announced last week that he successfully destroyed common viruses using pluses from an infared laser without harming the surrounding cells. Tsen’s primary focus is to use the technique against HIV, though he states the future of the laser may very well be in treating disease, not viruses. So, how does it work? The laser produces a vibration that shatters… Read More

  • How to fix an iPod that won't boot, revisited

    Hey, NY Times visitors: if you’re looking for the iPod fix-it article, you’ve come to the right place. Click here to read the full article and thanks for visiting. Read More

  • Best Buy handles blank disks in "Call of Duty 4" with grace, gift cards

    If you pick up the much touted Call of Duty 4, you might want to open it as soon as you buy it. No, not that you’ll get much use of it in the store, but because there are scattered reports of some boxes containing blank Philips disks instead of the game disks. These were from factory-sealed boxes from Best Buy. Consumerist has the scoop, but in a nutshell a kid buys the game, his… Read More

  • Show up the neighbors with this F1 inspired lawnmower

    I don’t have a lawn. I’m an apartment dweller, and I’m okay with that. But if you’re the domestic type who feels the need to thrash small single-leaved plants to impress your likewise shallow neighbors, you’re going to want to do it in style. Behold the majesty of the F1 lawn mower. It might look like a toy, but the F1 inspiration is in more than the shape… Read More

  • New Xbox 360 ring of death spotted: red-red/green-green

    What could this be? It’s a brand new error code spotted on the internally rearranged Falcon-based Xbox 360s. You’ve got two red lights on the right and two greens on the left. Wild message board speculation suggest it could be a brand new internal error or the same old “general hardware failure” that used to be represented by the red ring of death. But then why would… Read More

  • OS X=Win98

    I was browsing the Interwebs this evening when I found this funny example of extremely misguided marginalia. Join me in pouring a snifter of brandy, sitting down in a well-worn leather club chair, and chuckling noiselessly even as my morphine-addicted wife rages around the house calling for our dead son. Some people are so benighted! For a paper that I’m working on about technology and… Read More

  • Our friend just passed away. We thought you might be able to cheer us up, we know who you are and you’re an incredible human and you’ve been through a lot and you’re an incredible actor. We’re all DEA agents, and we think you should smoke as much pot as you want to. And we love you.

    I’m sorry for the long headline, people, but that’s what a group of women said to the “dude, you’re getting a Dell” guy, who now pours shots of tequila at Tortilla Flats in New York. You might remember that the Dell Dude, aka Ben Curtis, got busted for smoking the weed, and Dell dropped him like a bad habit. We thought he’d bounce back, but aside from a… Read More

  • MySpace Page for Alicia Keys "Hacked"

    Roger Thompson of a company called Exploit Prevention Labs has posted a video (above) explaining how Alicia Keys’ MySpace page was hacked, although not in the sense that anybody gained actual control over the page. Rather, someone managed to get a link onto the page that became activated no matter where the user clicked. Users who tried to play any of the multimedia embeds on the page… Read More

  • HP says "Goodbye!" to camera division to focus on web-to-paper printing

    I’ve owned two different HP digital cameras, and they were both crap. Don’t get me wrong, I like HP plenty, but the cameras always seemed like a half-hearted effort. They were made from cheap parts that broke easily, and with internal components that tended to come loose easily, thus the cameras were nothing I could take seriously. HP knows it to, as its finally putting the… Read More

  • Halo 3 downloadable content coming soon?

    Is anyone else out there tired of the Halo 3 map rotation? Or the fact that you have to play shoddy sniper almost every other match? Well, it seems Bungie is working on fixing the problem and releasing some new maps within the next couple of weeks. The first new map is called OK Corral, which will provide catwalks, alley ways and hiding spots for players to have long-range sniper battles on. Read More

  • Developers hard at work on Leopard fix

    I’ve held off on upgrading my MacBook to Leopard because I know things are bound to go wrong the first time through. I’m in no rush and I certainly don’t want to get a headache over this when I don’t really need to. But Apple has called upon its developer community to QA its first maintenance release; OS X 10.5.1 build 9B13, which is 267MB. The bugs being addressed… Read More

  • InFocus launches Play Big IN1 gaming projector on Woot

    Forget about LCD and plasma big screens. Projectors are the way to go. Especially when you’re tight on space. Who wants to play Halo 3 or any game on a small ass 42- or 50-inch screen when you can play on something over 100-inches? Well, InFocus has announced the Play Big IN1 Gaming projector, which features multiple S-video, component and composite inputs for DVD players and consoles. Read More

  • Pixoo Helps Michael Prepare for the Crunchies

    We were invited to try out a new service called Pixoo that takes a copy of your profile portrait and photoshops it to make you look better. Naturally, I chose to submit a picture of our dear editor Michael Arrington and asked Pixoo’s stylists to tan his skin, lighten his hair, broaden his chin, and make him look “cheery”. Since we also have an awards ceremony coming up, it… Read More

  • Smart cars coming in January. Would you buy one?

    These things are tiny. Ever seen one? They can parallel park lengthwise. Or widthwise. Whatever. Nose to the curb, is what I’m getting at. I’ve seen them all over Europe and they look like life-sized Micro Machines. They’ll be sold here in January for just under $12,000 and they’re supposed to get 40 miles to the gallon. Read More

  • DIY: Robot takes 360 degree photos

    I’m not much of a DIYer, but sometimes things come up that just make me want to break out the toolbox and start doing some damage. This is such a time, folks. I’m obsessed with photography lately, so this would be a fun project for me. At least, I think it would be. Who doesn’t want to take 360-degree shots? You can totally make the other photogs look like amateurs when you… Read More

  • AMD 'FireStream' GPU chipset rocks the float

    AMD’s newly-announced FireStream technology was announced earlier today and is being touted as the first of its kind to contain a double-precision floating point. The technology is based on ATI’s Radeon graphics card line and the new chips will cost $2000 a pop. The floating point, as you’ll remember from gradeschool, “is a numerical-representation system in which a… Read More

  • GotCast (Beta) Is Looking For Talent

    With the Hollywood writer’ strike in full swing, the TV networks are about to green light a lot more reality TV shows and other non-scripted programs. Wil Schroter, a serial entrepreneur in Columbus, Ohio wants to help fill those shows through GotCast (he is also CEO of GoBig Network, a Craigslist for startups and investors). GotCast launched quietly in beta on October 1, and is… Read More

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