• Twitter To Kill Off The Auto-Follow

    Twitter co-founder Biz Stone sent out an Email earlier this afternoon to a number of users who had previously enabled ‘autofollowing’, stating that the company is planning to shut the feature down. ‘Autofollowing’ allows users to automatically reciprocate whenever another Twitter user follows them. The feature has never been widely available to the public (at least… Read More

  • Cobblestone treadmill patent would eliminate running on pesky smooth surface

    A patent just came across the tubes a moment ago for a treadmill with “a simulated cobblestone running surface,” the idea supposedly being that running on a flat, smooth treadmill belt doesn’t simulate the harsh old-timey cobblestone streets of Anytown, USA. Read More

  • Wherein we discuss Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    Odds are you’ve already played Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Perhaps you haven’t opened the box, popped out the game card and moved your Nintendo DS’ Power switch to “on,” per se, but trust me: you’ve played the game. And depending on your point of view, your attitude toward the GTA franchise, that may or may not be a bad thing. Read More

  • Stealing Music: Is It Wrong Or Isn't It?

    Music used to be so simple. You listened to it on the radio for free, but you didn’t get to say what would be played, and there were lots of commercials. If you went to a concert, you paid. And if you bought a record, tape or CD, you paid. People copied CDs to cassette tapes and passed them on to friends. That was just about as far as P2P music piracy got. Stealing music was when you… Read More

  • Destroying civilization with nanotechnology: a primer

    This fun little video demonstrates how to become an evil, bitter human being and take it out on the world. An interesting alternative to the Terminator-style robocalypse, and possibly worse, since you can’t shoot nanobots. They’d just eat the bullets. Read More

  • NextStart Gives South Carolina A Startup Incubator

    NextStart is the latest Y Combinator-esque startup incubator to emerge to support young entrepreneurs and their ideas. The Greenville, South Carolina-based organization is offering a summer immersion entrepreneur development program to attract promising entrepreneurs to the Carolina region. The program works similarly to other incubators like Y Combinator and TechStars in providing seed money… Read More

  • Why using Google to search for tax documents is so dangerous

    So there’s a longish—the better ones are always longish—post over at Fast Company that details the perils of using Google to find tax documents. (International readers: April 15 is Tax Day in the U.S. It’s a time that drives normally serene men, if I may, batshit crazy.) If you’re pinched for time, the moral of the story is to actually go to http://www.irs.gov for… Read More

  • Genius announces bargain noise cancelling headphones

    Genius announced today that they are releasing a new, reasonably priced, noise cancelling headphone. The GHP-04NC (say that three times fast) launched today, and promises to cancel out background noise using a “superposition principle”. Priced at just $49.99, if they work as advertised they would be ideal for the person flying coach. Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile webConnect USB laptop stick

    Let’s just cut to the chase, folks. T-Mobile’s first USB dongle is a welcome addition to the big magenta, but it has its flaws. However, as a long time T-Mobile customer I’m just happy to have a broadband dongle at all. My speed tests in the Bay Area (CA) were quite good both in San Francisco and around the Bay. I was averaging between 700 and 800kbps down and around 300kbps… Read More

  • Video: Shop! Windows! Phone! Your Windows phone!

    WinMo 6.5’s Marketplace, basically a Microsoft App Store, is getting lots of ink this week at CTIA. 1800PocketPC has some interesting news including the addition of a 24-hour “return period,” carrier-based billing, and carrier specific stores. Read More

  • Facebook Sure Does Have Trouble Keeping Execs

    Facebook will soon have its third chief financial officer in less than two years, the company announced today via a leak to the Wall Street Journal. Gideon Yu, the man who came back from Dubai empty handed, is out. The hunt for his successor is starting now. Facebook says this is about getting a CFO with public company experience (“We have retained Spencer Stuart to lead our search for a… Read More

  • Ohio man drinks 15 beers, gets DUI for driving away on bar stool

    A man near Columbus, Ohio got charged with drunk driving after he crashed a lawnmower with a bar stool attached to it. Kyle Wygle told police officers that he drank 15 beers and that his motorized bar stool had a top speed of 38 miles per hour. He was taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries and has pleaded not guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated. Read More

  • More Layoffs Hit hi5

    We’ve confirmed that hi5, the third largest social network in the world, is laying off employees today. hi5’s VP of Marketing, Mike Trigg, wouldn’t say how many employees were being let go but we’ve received multiple independent tips that the social network laid off 50% of its staff. Previous to this round of layoffs, hi5 employed around 100 people. Trigg said the… Read More

  • Networks In Motion To Launch First GPS App For BlackBerry App World

    In news that seems to indicate that Blackberry’s App World is indeed launching tomorrow, we’ve learned that Networks In Motion (NIM) will be releasing a GPS application for the BlackBerry on Wednesday, which would make it the first (or at least, tied for first) GPS app available on the new storefront. NIM has built a number of applications and services for its partners… Read More

  • AT&T data cards can remotely disable subsidized netbooks for nonpayment

    New Ericsson-brand mobile 3G data modules apparently have something called a “kill pill” that’s capable of disabling a computer remotely in the instance that a customer doesn’t pay his or her bill or cancels a credit card used to pay on-contract monthly charges. Read More

  • Confirmed: Facebook Loses CFO Gideon Yu

    Facebook is losing its CFO Gideon Yu. The Wall Street Journal broke the news earlier today, and speculated that the reason could be that Facebook might want to make an early bid for an IPO and wants a CFO with public company experience (which is complete nonsense). Yu was previously the CFO of YouTube. At Facebook, he was key to raising money from Microsoft at the famous $15 billion… Read More

  • Howard Stern is getting a Palm Pre before everyone else

    A “shock jock” by the name of Howard Stern is getting a Palm Pre before you will. Before us, even. Palm is going to give Sirius’ $500 million man an in-person hands-on, before whisking the phone away, back to Palm’s lair. Read More

  • Sprint launches the Sanyo SCP-2700, relaunches the Lotus in red

    If you’re lookin’ for a barebones QWERTY candybar on the cheap, Sprint and Sanyo have a handset you should see. Well, they will in May. We’re not quite sure why they announcing this one a whole month early, but Sprint and Sanyo have let it be known that the SCP-2700 will be hitting the shelves (exclusively at Sprint) come May 10th. For a cent shy of $30 dollars, a… Read More

  • Mozilla Weave Now Lets You Sync Your Mobile Browser Too

    Today, Mozilla Labs released the 0.3 version of Weave, its project that syncs multiple browsers in the cloud. Weave lets users sync their bookmarks, tabs, passwords, and histories in the cloud across Firefox browsers on different computers. With today’s release, you can also sync with Fennec, Firefox’s mobile browser, which unfortunately right now only works on one kind of phone… Read More

  • Video of MSI's MacBook Air-like X340

    German-language site NewGadgets.de got a hands-on with a preproduction X-Slim X340 from MSI (see our previous coverage here) and, although I don’t understand more than a few words of German, the video leaves some of the following impressions: Read More

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