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  • DARPA’s Cheetah Robot Will Stab You With Its Pointy Legs

    Seriously: this is what is going to do our fighting soon. Imagine stand-off situations with this bastard rolling through the door and then skittering across the marble floor of Oslo City Hall straight into a crowd of hostages, aiming right at the gunman. The design is based on Big Dog, our former favorite dangerous monster robot, but this guy can to 18 miles an hour, five miles faster than… Read More

  • Facebook Accused Of Reading Users’ Text Messages

    Facebook Accused Of Reading Users’ Text Messages

    Ahead of Mobile World Congress and an appearance by Facebook to explain its next moves in mobile, the social networking giant is coming under increasing strain over its use of users’ personal information. Mobile startups and operators are both fretting over the issue this week, as smartphones and the apps that come with them increasingly eclipse the feature phones of old. We’ve… Read More

  • The Tale Of A Wolfram Research Co-founder And His Beloved “Periodic Table Table” [Video]

    The Tale Of A Wolfram Research Co-founder And His Beloved “Periodic Table Table” [Video]

    Out of the annals of history comes this doozy. A man by the name of Theodore Gray is a co-founder of Wolfram Research, best known as the creator of Wolfram Alpha, the two-year-old computational answer engine, which Siri uses for 25 percent of her mobile searches. Yesterday, a new video, or rather episode of “Bytesize Science,” emerged on YouTube wherein Gray discusses the tale… Read More

  • This Twin-Lens Reflex Camera Is Built Out Of LEGO

    This Twin-Lens Reflex Camera Is Built Out Of LEGO

    Are you enough of a photo geek to build your own camera? Maybe. But are you enough of one to build it out of LEGO and some spare bits you had lying around the house? Probably not. But Carl-Frederic Salicath over in Norway is. And he did. He calls it the Legoflex B1. Read More

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    Could Google Delete Copyrighted MP3s From Gmail? ‘Only In Extreme Cases’ It Says

    Could Google Delete Copyrighted MP3s From Gmail? ‘Only In Extreme Cases’ It Says

    Some rather inflammatory news has been making its way around the web today: a user posting on the Pirateweb message board has accused Google of removing copyrighted MP3 music files from a Gmail account — possibly using the scanning services that Google employs to block illegal content on YouTube, possibly using something else. Shocking if true, so we went to Google to get a response. And… Read More

  • Perfect For A Lonely Valentine’s Day: Behold The Pinterest Porn Clones (NSFW)

    Perfect For A Lonely Valentine’s Day: Behold The Pinterest Porn Clones (NSFW)

    I was debating with myself whether this should be a post or not, and then decided I should just ask out loud on Twitter if it was a good idea or not. Because three people immediately told me that it was (two of those people were smart, attractive women, I might add), and because TechCrunch founder and former fearless leader Michael Arrington has a long history of identifying porn clones, you… Read More

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    Montblanc Takes Google To Court To Obtain Identity Of, And Sue, Counterfeit Advertisers

    Montblanc Takes Google To Court To Obtain Identity Of, And Sue, Counterfeit Advertisers

    Google has been going to great lengths to keep advertisers who sell counterfeit goods online out of its AdWords program, but as far as Montblanc, the Germany-based maker of ‘writing instruments’, watches, jewelry and whatnot, is concerned, they ought to be doing more. Montblanc-Simplo GmbH, as the holding is called, is taking Google to court in an effort to obtain the identity of… Read More

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    Here’s What Facebook Stock Looks Like

    Here’s What Facebook Stock Looks Like

    In a few months time, here’s what the world will be fighting to get its hands on, or get rid of depending on your confidence in Facebook’s business plan. The image of a Facebook stock certificate was included in the amended S-1 Facebook filed today with the SEC. It’s sure to become coveted by Scripophiliacs, or people who collect historic stock certificates, along with… Read More

  • Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp built its ad business by attracting users that know what they want, just not who to buy it from — exactly when ads are most effective. That’s why I find today’s VentureBeat piece by Rocky Agrawal titled “Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers” to be ridiculous. His sources say Yelp charges a $600 CPM, or 1,000-times the standard online CPM… Read More

  • Real Augmented Reality Google Goggles In Prototype Stage?

    Real Augmented Reality Google Goggles In Prototype Stage?

    There have been whispers in the past of augmented reality goggles or glasses, but generally we have been able to dismiss them as exaggerations or concepts. The technology, while it isn’t unrealistic, simply isn’t quite there yet. Apparently that hasn’t stopped Google: a new report is appearing corroborating earlier ones that they are working on a pair of augmented reality… Read More

  • Rdio Releases New Android App, Ought To Be Ashamed Of Its Windows Phone App

    Rdio Releases New Android App, Ought To Be Ashamed Of Its Windows Phone App

    Today, Rdio is releasing a brand new application for Android phones chock-full of fresh features, which is awesome. Mainly because it gives me an excuse to write up a rant I would have published at some point anyway. Read More

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    Tsavo Media To Pay Yahoo $4.8M For Sending ‘Low Quality Traffic’, President Quits

    Tsavo Media To Pay Yahoo $4.8M For Sending ‘Low Quality Traffic’, President Quits

    Tsavo Media, which operates a network of roughly 300 websites and blogs as an indirect subsidiary of Canadian online publishing and advertising company Cyberplex, is being retroactively charged $4.8 million “over a reasonable time period” by Yahoo for sending the latter company’s advertisers “low quality traffic” in 2011. To boot, Cyberplex president Ted… Read More

  • Drew Houston, A Rocket Man In The Making Should DropBox Not Work Out

    Drew Houston, A Rocket Man In The Making Should DropBox Not Work Out

    Clearly controversy is swirling around web lockers and online storage companies in the wake of the Federal swoop on Megaupload, but if it all goes wrong rest assured that DropBox founder and CEO Drew Houston has a second career to fall back on. The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (or just “Davos” to those in the know) is a great place for the world’s millionaires… Read More

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    Downfall: Photos Of MegaUpload Founder’s Valuable Cars Getting Seized

    Downfall: Photos Of MegaUpload Founder’s Valuable Cars Getting Seized

    The shit really hit the fan over at massively popular file hosting site MegaUpload. Yesterday, the United States Department of Justice seized and shut down the site and commenced criminal cases against its owners and others, sparking retaliatory actions from hacker collective Anonymous. Yesterday, following the DoJ indictment, the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand… Read More

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    Megaupload Taken Down On Piracy Allegations

    Megaupload Taken Down On Piracy Allegations

    Popular file-hosting site Megaupload, probably known to our readers for a variety of reasons, has been taken down after the FBI charged some of its staff with copyright infringement and “conspiracy to commit racketeering.” Seven people have been charged, and four arrested (in New Zealand), and the site itself appears to be down as authorities around the world closed in on the… Read More

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    The Day The LOLcats Died, A Song Against SOPA

    The Day The LOLcats Died, A Song Against SOPA

    Today people take to the streets and black out the web to protest unfair piracy legislation. To the tune of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ they’ll be singing:
     “Why, why are laws a thing you can buy? / They got paid off, should be laid off, re-election denied / Our web means more than lawyers, lobbies and lies / So speak up before the internet dies / Speak up before… Read More

  • MPAA CEO Chris Dodd: Blackouts Turn Users Into “Corporate Pawns”

    MPAA CEO Chris Dodd: Blackouts Turn Users Into “Corporate Pawns”

    President and CEO of the Motion Pictures Association of America Chris Dodd has issued a strongly-worded statement regarding tomorrow’s planned outages and protests relating to the SOPA and PIPA legislation. If you didn’t already think the MPAA was a ship of fools, this will convince you once and for all. Read More

  • Cálmate: Put Down Your Smartphone To Feel Better

    Cálmate: Put Down Your Smartphone To Feel Better

    A study by the British Psychological Society found a link between stress levels and the number of times a person picks up their smartphone to check messages and mails. As an addict, I can completely agree with this finding. In short, the more you do it, the worse you feel. Oddly, the study found that less stress was induced when checking work e-mail rather than other online interactions. The… Read More

  • Cupidtino, The Dating Site For Apple Fans, Releases iPhone App

    Cupidtino, The Dating Site For Apple Fans, Releases iPhone App

    It was with a strange mix of amusement and horror that I learned about the existence of an online dating service specifically for Apple fanboys and girls almost two years ago. But, Cupidtino is still around, and last night they quietly debuted an iPhone application to complement their dating website. You have to wonder what took them so long, but at least they’re in time for next… Read More

  • Patent Troll Buys ADAPTIX (And Its 4G Technology Patents) For $160M

    Patent Troll Buys ADAPTIX (And Its 4G Technology Patents) For $160M

    The 4G wireless technology space is heating up, so expect vultures. Acacia Research Corporation, a massive patent holding group with dozens of subsidiaries in the business of exploiting intellectual property by means of lawsuits and aggressive patent licensing schemes, this morning announced that it has acquired ADAPTIX, a 4G wireless technology company that originally started out in 2000… Read More