• Facebook Blows A Whopper Of An Opportunity

    Burger King, through their insanely creative advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky (see their recent Burger King perfume launch), launches a Facebook application that encourages users to remove Facebook friends. Sacrifice ten of them and you got a free Whopper. 233,906 friends were removed by 82,771 people in less than a week. Facebook is overjoyed, right? What a great example to show… Read More

  • Microsoft relinquishes ‘worst promo video ever’ award to another department within Microsoft

    Remember this video from last April? The video featuring a Springsteen-like band singing about Windows Vista? We all watched, jaws on the floor, for three minutes and two seconds, each of us wondering if another video would ever come along to make this one go away. Read More

  • Motionbox Raises $6 Million Series C For Its YouTube Alternative

    Video sharing site Motionbox has just closed a $6 million Series C funding round led by Constellation Ventures, with Canaan Partners and SAS Investors also participating. Alongside the funding, Motionbox is also announcing that its founder and CEO Chris O’Brien will be assuming the role of Chairman of the Board and EVP of Strategy and Corporate Development, with former COO Josh… Read More

  • Obama's official portrait shot with 5D mk II

    The first ever Presidential portrait shot with a digital camera is up and it looks great. From the metadata we can see that it was shot by Pete Souza on a 5D mk II at f/10, at 105mm. They probably were using this lens, which is a great zoom for sitting portraits, but costs 1500 ducats. Somehow doubt they cut corners for projects like this. Focus is good, bokeh is smooth, and the Prez-elect… Read More

  • Steve Jobs taking leave of absence

    So Steve is leaving Apple to take care of himself. According to a letter to Apple staff, he has “learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.” He will be out of commission until the end of June and Tim Cook is now responsible for Apple operations. Read More

  • Video: Getting your beat on, 8 bits at a time

    Like your old school gaming blocky, and 8 bit? There’s a new game coming out for the Wii that’ll be just your thing then. Developer Aksys Games recently announced their new title, and no one noticed. Then they released a video of the gameplay. Read More

  • From The Ad Targeting At Its Finest Department

    Either this is a stock ad and a coincidence or this is a fine example of ad targeting gone wrong. At least it’s something to lighten the mood as Steve Jobs takes a break for health reasons. Read More

  • The 'don't call it a netbook' Sony VAIO P is now available for pre-order

    If the svelte VAIO P is your next computer, Sony has now started the pre-order. Sony is ready to take your money even though the little lappy will not ship until February. Read More

  • As raw as it gets – Skype legend Morten Lund bankrupt

    Morten Lund, an entrepreneur from Copenhagen, Denmark, might just be the real Rock-‘n Roll entrepreneur. Yesterday he was declared personally bankrupt by the Copenhagen Maritime and Commercial Court after losing 10M Krona in an investment into a Danish newspaper, Nyhedsavisen, which went badly wrong. The free daily newspaper owned by his startup catalyst LundXY- Global Ventures, closed… Read More

  • YouTube presses the mute button on some uploads

    YouTube is chock full of amateur videos. It’s easy to make a video and upload it to YouTube. Making a quality soundtrack for your video is considerably more difficult, though, which is why many folks punt and just use a song from their favorite artist. Don’t be surprised, though, if your recent uploads are silent. Read More

  • OCZ's mid-range SSD line may be worth hitting up

    OCZ, makers of hardware for every budget, have released a new line of SSDs that are less expensive than their Vertex series, but more expensive than their Solid series. The midrange is often where you find the best bargains, and in flash-based memory, as we learned yesterday, you really want to avoid the low end. Read More

  • Pierre Omidyar Is Getting His Ginx On (Co-founder Status Confirmed).

    Pierre Omidyar left eBay long ago to become a billionaire philanthropist and angel investor, but he is taking on an operational role in a new startup called Peer News. It operates a Twitter app called Ginx currently in “private pre-alpha.” That means nobody but Pierre and a few pals are supposed to know about it. But Dan Primack at PEHub found an SEC filing indicating that Peer… Read More

  • Video Review: Element Case iPhone Case

    The Element Case might be expensive but it sure keeps your iPhone from getting dinged or scratched. The front screen protector is attached by magnets and you essentially erect a barrier between the world and your iPhone with this monstrosity. I used it for about two weeks and was please with the protection but not so pleased with having to open the bugger up every time I took a call. Read More

  • Polaroid's PoGo camera-printer: hit or miss?

    Polaroid debuted its would-be comeback kid gadget, the PoGo, during CES, but we were a bit busy at the time. It looks like they’ve attached a shabby camera to the Zink/PoGo instant printer and made an interface for cropping and so on. Sounds less than compelling at first, but then of course that’s pretty much what the original Polaroids were. Bad glass and crappy film. But they… Read More

  • Citizen Review: Agent 18 iPhone Case by dwalk51

    Our favorite commenter, dwalk51, won an Agent 18 iPhone case in August. He filmed himself opening it in two separate videos and I think this kid is honestly the next Doug Aamoth. He’s got all the video chops – the ability to use scissors on camera, a bowl haircut, and a fascinating decorating style especially considering he’s about 18. Love the piano, dwalk! Read More

  • Nostradamical Opens Its Prediction Market. Outlook Hazy.

    We all love to prove that we’ve been granted the gift of foresight, either through our wealth of knowledge or more fantastical means, like The Force. In the last year or so major websites have been trying to capitalize on this by introducing “prediction markets”, which allow readers to make guesses about upcoming events ranging from hot news items to celebrity gossip, and… Read More

  • Steve Jobs Takes Six Month Leave Of Absence From Apple

    Text of email from Steve Jobs to all Apple employees sent earlier today, following up on an earlier public statement he made last month about his health. COO Tim Cook takes over day to day operations of Apple: Team, I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a… Read More

  • Transformers G1 collection up on eBay

    Oh. My. Gawd. If I only had $5 grand lying around I might consider blowing it on this. One mospeada30 has put up what appears to be the entire G1 collection of Transformers action figures. That includes all action figures from 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, and most of 1988, according to the seller. They’re obviously not in mint condition, but at least a vast majority of them are there and intact. Read More

  • Apple suing Wired over netbook hackintosh video [Update]

    Wired’s Brian X. Chen twittered to the world that Apple was suing his publication over his video tutorial teaching us Luddites how to hack netbooks to run Mac OS X. As Giz points out, Apple isn’t likely to sue them, but, rather, send over a cease and desist order. It’s all pretty trivial if you ask me. Read More

  • Japan says Sharp produced the best cell phone of the year 2008

    It’s not really a representative poll but the geeky readers over at Keitai Watch [JP] at least say Sharp’s absolutely awesome Aquos Fulltouch 931SH is the best handset Japan got last year. And I agree. Over 12% of all the 3,000 geeks asked gave their vote to the 3.8-inch handset with the gorgeous 1024 x 480 touch screen. Read More

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