• Van Halen, Dave Matthews Band now in ringtone form

    Here’s a tip for bands that don’t make new music any more. If you’re offered to sell your songs as ringtones, do it. It’s one of the last places that most people are still actively (and even happily) overpaying for music. Dave Matthews Band has been crapping out live albums left and right but hasn’t released a new album in over two years and they’re… Read More

  • Point/Counter Point: Xbox Live Age Matching


    Kotaku’s Mark Wilson took issue yesterday with the varying ages of Xbox LIVE users, concluding that the service needs age matching. Wilson’s point is a valid one. As I shamelessly squander all of my tangible real life relationships playing Call of Duty 4 (CoD4), I’ve frequently noticed that the tinny sounds piping through my (probably toxic) Xbox headset belong to… Read More

  • Wal-Mart stays classy

    Only 13 more shopping days ’til Christmas and now you know what to buy little Kaytlynn! Wal-Mart is selling these sassy unerpants in little girl size, ensuring that the will-power they’re teaching at those abstinence classes they’re teaching over at the Three Pines Ubermegachurch and Mall won’t go to waste. Granted, it does say “When you have Santa Claus” on… Read More

  • The random endorsement: the movie "Once"

    Well, well, I’ve just been giving permission to expand my “Random Endorsement” column beyond the world of tech. That’s fantastic news for everyone, because, if you couldn’t already tell, I was running out of tech-related things to endorse. Today I endorse the movie “Once,” easily the best movie I’ve seen all year, and that includes… Read More

  • Analysis: Bebo Snubs Google With Facebook Platform Clone

    Let’s call a spade a spade here. When the third largest social network in the U.S. announces a platform for social applications that mirrors Facebook’s and appeals to Facebook developers, it is a snub to Google. For all the promise of Google’s competing OpenSocial platform (which Bebo is also supporting), it is just not ready yet. Bebo’s embrace of Facebook says a… Read More

  • Le Web 3 startup competition winners

    This year’s Startup Competition at Le Web was very closely fought. Thirty three companies participated out of more than 125 applications reviewed. The judges said the scores were very close (judges had to mark startups out of seven categories). The winners were announced on the main stage at LeWeb3 in a session that also included many of the judges of the competition talking about… Read More

  • Greenpeace on Gaming


    “Wooooo Widespread Panic jam for the environment!.”
    Greenpeace, that bastion of left-wing enviro-propaganda, has issued a statement condemning the makers of gaming consoles for not taking enough measures to reduce the toxic burden of their products. During a rare break from “jamming out to Dave Matthews Band,” the RIAA of the environment sent angry patchouli… Read More

  • Hands on with the Kingston Media Reader

    I hate being woken up by the UPS/DHL/FedEx delivery guy. I’m not much of a morning person and I hate giving people stank attitude on top of stank morning breath. It’s in their best interest to deliver later in the day or to the office. Makes no difference to me, but let me sleep. That’s what I went through yesterday morning. Read More

  • HP customers could get haxed on support site

    Don’t visit the HP Info Center with your HP laptop — you could be open to remote execution attacks! A problem with an HP dll appears when you visit HP’s Info Center site with IE. Presumably you’re safe with Firefox, but you can click here to see if you’re vulnerable. Then again, why are you using IE in the first place? Hey, HP laptop owners: click here to get… Read More

  • Text Message Petition Filed with FCC

    Eight consumer and public-interest groups filed a petition with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) asking to prohibit carriers from blocking advertisements sent via text messaging. This petition comes after Verizon Wireless decided in September to block text messages on its network from abortion rights group Naral ProChoice America. The decision was reversed the same day and the ads… Read More

  • Bebo Embraces Facebook Apps With Its "Open Applications Platform"

    When Google developed OpenSocial, it was intended to obviate the need for developers to reprogram the same social networking applications for separate platforms. Several social networks without their own proprietary developer platforms, including Bebo, quickly embraced OpenSocial as their opportunity to get in on some of the social-application action that Facebook monopolized with its… Read More

  • Google Checkout Tries To Ring Up Market-Share Gains With Free Transactions

    It must be the holidays. Just as it did last year, Google Checkout is trying to pay for market share in online payments. It is extending a “free transaction processing offer” until February 1, 2008. That means any merchant who uses Google Checkout, as opposed to Paypal, won’t have to pay any fees for items bought through Google’s payment service. Since Google is… Read More

  • Budget Acer Aspire reviewed, gets good marks

    PC Magazine recently reviewed the $600 Acer Aspire 4710-2013 and they liked it, saying, "Cheap laptops are usually synonymous with heft and ugly designs. The Aspire 4710-2013, happily, is an exception." It uses an older Intel Core Duo processor and only has 1GB of RAM but features a dual-layer DVD burner, large hard drive and speakers that "sound better than you would expect on… Read More

  • Update: Classmates IPO is Pulled

    With the IPO market cooling, United Online has pulled the IPO of its Classmates.com business. No surprise here. I thought the filing smelled funny from the get-go. Nobody else was buying Classmate’s story either. Let’s see, a high churn rate, an FTC investigation, and hints of self-dealing. No wonder investors passed. How is United Online going to get back that $50 million… Read More

  • Microsoft Buys Multimap for a Reported $50 Million

    Mapping is a key app for any Web 2.0 player, and will become even more important as applications move to mobile devices. Today Microsoft strengthened its hand in the mapping game by buying UK-based Multimap, which is the second-most popular Web-based mapping service in the UK (between Google Maps and Google Earth). The Times of London reports that Microsoft paid $50 million for the tech… Read More

  • Big Daddy suit for sale on eBay

    The Big Daddy suit has now come full circle. From an odd Halloween costume to a VGA-feted wonder-thing, it has been through a lot and now it’s for sale on eBay. Bidding starts at $999 but expect it to go for more than that. I hear the Society for Creative Ayn Randianisms is nosing around as is a Bay Area cosplay fetish club. Has someone been good this Christmas? Product Page Read More

  • XM Satellite Radio now doing that podcasting thing

    I’m gonna be paying closer attention to satellite radio from now on, not just because the bosses told me to, but because the proposed merger is the defining moment of our times. It’s like the moon landing. XM is now in the podcasting game. The satellite radio company has created several podcasts, many of which are exclusives. Right now, you’ll find podcasts ranging from… Read More

  • PS2 still top played console for the year

    Sony’s PS2 may be seven years old, but it’s still the most played console out there. Nielsen released figures yesterday covering the April-November period that show the PS2 accounted for 42.2 percent of all gaming minutes. The Xbox1 came in second, followed by the Xbox 360 and Gamecube. Wii and the PS3 round out the list. Even though Nielsen never contacted me, I’d day my… Read More

  • Movable Type Finally Goes Open-Source

    Although it’s been long-expected, Six Apart finally transitioned its Movable Type blogging software to an open-source license today. In many ways this is a response to the success of WordPress, the open-source blog-publishing software that is increasingly popular, especially among bloggers who like to tweak their own code. (TechCrunch uses WordPress, for instance). Now, Movable Type… Read More

  • Scoble To Leave PodTech, Heading For Fast Company

    Famous blogger Robert Scoble will be leaving his current job at PodTech in mid January, he says. He will likely be joining Fast Company to start Fast Company TV. Scoble was with PodTech for just a year and a half. He was previously at Microsoft and acted as their unofficial spokesperson. Scoble isn’t saying if he’ll continue to use the same format as his current show, ScobleShow… Read More

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