• Kanye West Is Mad As Hell At Twitter — And He's Not Going To Take This Anymore!

    Celebrities love Twitter, right? Just look around, Ashton Kutcher, Jimmy Fallon, P Diddy — they won’t shut up on it or about it. But not every celebrity loves it. Take hip hop artist Kanye West, for example. Apparently mad about people pretending to be him on Twitter, he went on a Peter Finch-style rant today on his blog about the service. He specifically calls out the “heads… Read More

  • Ebay's Nazi Ordeal A Decade Ago Mirrors Facebook's Plight On Holocaust Denial Today

    In 1999 eBay was under heavy fire for allowing the sale of Nazi memorabilia. Their policy approach at the time mirrors almost exactly what Facebook is doing now with Holocaust denial groups, namely banning behavior in certain countries to comply with local laws, but allowing it everywhere else. From a 1999 New York Times article: “eBay…said that the company already prohibited the… Read More

  • F**ked Company And Adbrite Founder Launches Twitter Dating Site Flirt140

    Philip “Pud” Kaplan, founder of FuckedCompany and Adbrite, is adding another Twitter application to his name. He recently created both Tweetname, a domain name registering site and Fast140, a Twitter speed typing game. Now Pud is launching Flirt140, a flirting and dating site for Twitter. A free service, Flirt140 allows you to search for Twitter users by gender, geographic area… Read More

  • WSJ quasi-confirms 3D camera for Xbox 360

    Rumors about Microsoft’s impending attack on Nintendo have popped up here and there, but the WSJ has gone on record by saying that MS is, in fact, working on a 3D camera system that resembles the Wii’s motion system. But the Xbox 360 version won’t require you to flail around like a bafoon with a stick in hand. The purported 3D camera will track your entire body, so you… Read More

  • Review: Flip UltraHD camcorder

    Short Version: Joining the ranks of the Flip family, the UltraHD is one of the easiest-to-use digital camcorders on the market. This version features 8GB of storage, high-definition video capture, the ability to use an included rechargeable battery pack or off-the-shelf AA batteries, and HDMI output. At $200, though, it’s pretty expensive considering its feature set. Read More

  • Calling All Dudes: Break.com Wants Your Fratastic Videos

    Just when it appeared that Web 2.0 may be abandoning the UGC ship for premium content, Break.com, a social video site for guys, is upping its budget to add more user generated content to the site. Through Break’s “stimulus package,” the site is increasing its investment in content purchased from its users and other amateur filmmakers by 50%. Break.com, which had 3.8… Read More

  • Drive recorder shoots video on demand, or remembers accidents

    If you’ve ever wanted to re-enact a scene from Cops (or Reno 911), this may be your best option. The Fujitsu-Ten DREC-3000 is a video system that sits there in your car and continually records, cannibalizing its own video like a cheap security camera — or really expensive high-speed camera. That way it will always have the last 20 seconds of footage recorded on its little black box… Read More

  • Haven't Tried It Yet, But FutureFeed Tells Me I'm Going To Love It

    Real Time is the new black. Everyone’s doing it, or wants to be doing it. Even Google says it’s one of the biggest challenges in search today (making sense of all that real time data). So it isn’t surprising that people are making fun of it. Jonathan Abrams (who has mocked Incubators of Incubators and Feed aggregators, now goes after Real Time with FutureFeed, which… Read More

  • Mendeley's Klingon battle cruiser de-cloaks in London with the Last.fm for academia

    I was pretty surprised when Mendeley recently de-cloaked, like a Klingon battle-cruiser, in London’s Old Street area, slap bang in the middle of the capital’s Start-up Central. They played a blinder with their pitch at the recent Plugg conference in March and since then I’ve seen co-founder Victor Henning pitch at The Next Web. These are unassuming startup guys, the best… Read More

  • Twitter Still Headed To The Moon With 17 Million U.S. Visitors In April

    Looking at Twitter’s visitor growth charts every month is like watching a rocket go to the moon. ComScore released its U.S. numbers for April, 2009 today and it shows Twitter reaching 17 million unique visitors in the U.S. during the month, an 83 percent increase from March when Twitter had 9.3 million domestic visitors. While Twitter nearly doubled its audience in April, its… Read More

  • Survs Is Now Taking Questions

    Online survey tools are a dime a dozen, but you will not be sorry you’ve checked this one out. I signed up for Survs earlier this year because I’ve tried a number of online survey applications in the past and none have proven to suit my specific needs so far, and I wanted to see if it was a match for the likes of SurveyMonkey, Zoomerang and countless others I’ve tested. Read More

  • Top Gun pilot to lead Hubble repair team

    Remember in Top Gun, where Maverick flies upside-down to flip the bird at a rival pilot? Well, someone actually did that, and it was this guy. And in a real-life move that smacks of Hollywood, NASA has tapped this hot shot pilot (now retired, actually) to command space shuttle Atlantis during its voyage to repair the ailing Hubble. Read More

  • Disciple Is A Real-Time Player-To-Player Fantasy Battlefield For Adults

    Casual head to head games, also known as synchronous or real-time games, are becoming increasingly popular on the web. Geewa, Zynga, and Playfish all offer real-time synchronous social games where you can play against another player live, not against the computer. Resistor Productions has merged a synchronous game with role-playing, blood, guts and gore aimed at adults called Disciple. Known as… Read More

  • Almost a law: French National Assembly passes ‘3 strikes’ anti-piracy bill

    Oh, news flash! Looks like the French National Assembly passed the controversial three-strikes-and-you’re-out law. (Yes, this is after rejecting it about a month ago.) Simply put, if some new state agency catches you illegally downloading three times you’ll be disconnected from the Internet for one year. Read More

  • Ratchet and Clank, Infamous PS3 bundles headed to Europe

    Yup, two new PS3 bundles headed to Europe, it looks like. One with Infamous, and one with Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty. Read More

  • DIY "last mile" fiber trenches in Norway

    Is it just me, or has that “can do” American spirit begun to fade of late? We’re all becoming complacent as the MegaCompanies erode our sense of ownership, our sense of industry, and our ability to do things our own way. ISPs charge us an arm and a leg to lock us into restrictive contracts for crappy Internet service over which we have no real control. The install teams show… Read More

  • Is Microsoft About To Multi-Touch A Nerve With Apple?

    Zune fans (all 12 of you), I have some bad news. There will be no new Zune announcement in June, apparently that was just a mix up on Microsoft’s part linking to the wrong Twitter account. More importantly, it also means there will be no ZunePhone announcement of any kind. But there are still potentially some new details on that front today thanks to ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley. Foley… Read More

  • Review: Innergie mCube90 Universal Adapter

    Short Version: A thoughtful universal power adapter that can charge your laptop and a USB-powered device simultaneously, the Innergie mCube90 features a tiny secondary DC adapter that detaches from the main adapter for use in cars and airplanes. Read More

  • What Is Google Squared? It Is How Google Will Crush Wolfram Alpha (Exclusive Video)

    One of the next frontiers of search is taking all of the unstructured data spread helter-skelter across the Web and treat it like it is sitting in a nice, structured database. It is easier to get answers out of a database where everything is neatly labeled, stamped, and categorized. As the sheer volume of stuff on the Web keeps growing, keyword search keeps getting closer to its breaking point. Read More

  • Scheme in the UK to kick file-sharers off the Internet

    Oh, again. There’s another push to disconnect illegal file-sharers from the Internet. This time it’s happening in the UK, where people from the likes of the UK Film Council say file-sharing is costing people jobs and threatening the film industry. Because making movies is soooo damn important, right? How would we live and flourish as a civilization without 17 Again? Read More

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