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The Decline and Fall of “Draw Something”

The Decline and Fall of “Draw Something”

Just six weeks ago, Draw Something was the hottest mobile game in the world, but today its popularity has collapsed and Zynga may be left holding the bag. Online game company OMGPOP launched Draw Something on February 6 of this year and watched it soar to 35 million downloads in just seven weeks. Not since the runaway sensation Angry Birds, [...]

The University of Pittsburgh Bomb Threats

The University of Pittsburgh Bomb Threats

This spring, the University of Pittsburgh has received fifty-seven bomb threats. The targets have varied greatly both in respect to their occupancy and their function. Most recently, Panther Central (the Student's front desk. It handles housing and things like that.), Heinz Chapel (some kind of secular repository for stained glass), and the [...]

“Dumb And Dumber 2″ confirmed by Peter Farrelly

“Dumb And Dumber 2″ confirmed by Peter Farrelly

Dumb And Dumber 2 has been confirmed to shoot in September. Co-director Peter Farrelly has revealed plans for a follow-up to the hit 1994 comedy about the cross-country adventures of two intellectually-challenged friends. But he insisted that the new film will be the first true sequel. He told ComingSoon.net: "We're getting set to shoot Dumb [...]

Why Groupon is poised for collapse

Why Groupon is poised for collapse

The author has great points. Why the company is not transparent is obvious - the refunds they issue hurt the growth. I personally have about $500 in "Groupon Dollars" in my account. Deals I couldn't or didn't use, that because I'm in the State of California they cannot expire. So they don't refund my credit card, but issue me funds to use on other [...]

AIM is (unofficially) dead

AIM is (unofficially) dead

For anyone inside the generation for which AOL was synonymous with the internet, and AIM was prerequisite to any social life at all, some pretty sad news: AOL just sacked its IM team. The old king of chat is paraplegic. The NYT's Nick Bilton reports the mass canning: The AOL Instant Messenger group took the deepest cut so far. A former AOL [...]

VLC reaches 2.0

VLC reaches 2.0

While this isn’t news about the site per se, it does impact many of our visitors. VLC is one of the most universal media players with built-in codecs. It is also cross-platform, free and open-source. It has been locked to the 1.x versioning for many years, but now the latest major release VLC 2.0 “Twoflower” is here.

The megalife of Kim Dotcom

The megalife of Kim Dotcom

He attributes the charges and the raid on Dotcom's $24 million New Zealand mansion to "copyright extremism" on the part of the U.S. government... He looked like a character Hollywood might produce: a giant, swashbuckling, black-suited jet-setter, bikinied babes on his arm, yachts, planes and exotic cars at his disposal. He displayed a villainous [...]

Megaupload Founder Kim Schmitz Cars Seized by FBI

Megaupload Founder Kim Schmitz Cars Seized by FBI

After the authorities terminated MegaUpload yesterday, founder Kim Schmitz’s possessions were targeted, with his car collection being the first to be seized. We don’t know what’s more opulent: the vehicles themselves, or their number plates, which, for example, read “GOD” (Rolls-Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe), “MAFIA” [...]

America’s top export in 2011 was… fuel?

America’s top export in 2011 was… fuel?

Fuel is now the top U.S. export. The Associated Press reports that America is on pace to ship out more gasoline, diesel and jet fuel than anything else in 2011. (Aircraft, motor vehicles, vacuum tubes and telecom equipment were next on the list of top exports.) Granted, this is only for refined petroleum products — and those exports are still [...]

Hurd harassment lawyer letter posted

Hurd harassment lawyer letter posted

All Things D's Arik Hesseldahl posts the lawyer letter that got Mark Hurd fired by HP... Hurd asked her to stay the night. Fisher’s reply: “Absolutely not. I barely know you and you are my boss.” An hour later, after more alleged pressure from Hurd, Fisher said she wanted to leave and did, the letter said. Asked to dinner with Hurd again [...]

GoDaddy not only helped write #SOPA they are also exempt from it. Scumbags.

GoDaddy not only helped write #SOPA they are also exempt from it. Scumbags.

You may have heard about the mass exodus of customers from GoDaddy due to their support of SOPA. You may have also heard that GoDaddy no longer supports SOPA. The problem is, only one of those things is true. While GoDaddy no longer publicly supports SOPA, that is just a PR move. They have not withdrawn official support for the bill, let alone [...]

DB Cooper case “solved”

DB Cooper case “solved”

No big surprise here... and LOL @ "a $20 one-way ticket to Seattle" The Northwest Airlines notorious skyjacking saga that has baffled authorities for 40 years may have finally been solved. An Oregon woman who claims her uncle was the elusive criminal known only as DB Cooper says she has been told by the FBI that her evidence is enough for them [...]

Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet reviews are out

Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet reviews are out

If you're thinking about getting the Fire, you have to decide not just whether you want a tablet, but what kind of tablet you want. This isn't an iPad-killer. It has the potential to do lots of things, but there are many things I have yet to see it do, and I wonder if it will get there given the lean software support. It's my impression that [...]

Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire

This is the Kindle Fire. It's $200. Yes, it runs Flash. Kindle Fire "The number one app for the iPad when I checked a couple of days ago was called Angry Birds — a game where you throw birds at pigs and they blow up,” Bezos told me in September 2010. “The number one thing on the Kindle is Stieg Larsson. It’s a different audience. We’re [...]

Groupon Restates Revenue & COO Exits

Groupon Restates Revenue & COO Exits

Cliff Notes: Revenue was actually $312 million, not $713 million. COO returns to Google after 5 months. IPO looking even worse than before. Daily deals site Groupon Inc. said it was restating its financial results "to correct for an error in its presentation of revenue," and said its chief operating officer was exiting after just five [...]

Netflix Splits DVD and Streaming Businesses… Creates Qwikster For DVDs

Netflix Splits DVD and Streaming Businesses… Creates Qwikster For DVDs

He's recognizing that DVD is antiquated and streaming is where we are heading. Once Qwikster fails and it will, studios will have no viable other option than to offer their new release movies via streaming and Netflix then will be able to create a new streaming tier that will cost more $$ and include new release movies. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings [...]

Colton Harris-Moore: The “Barefoot Bandit,” pleads guilty to 7 federal charges

Colton Harris-Moore: The “Barefoot Bandit,” pleads guilty to 7 federal charges

Colton Harris-Moore, the 20-year-old, 6-foot-5 criminal whose hijinks in multiple countries led to internet fame and the "Barefoot Bandit" name, today pleaded guilty to seven criminal charges. (more…)

MI6 attacks al-Qaeda in “Operation Cupcake”: British intelligence hacked into an al-Qaeda online magazine and replaced bomb-making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes

MI6 attacks al-Qaeda in “Operation Cupcake”: British intelligence hacked into an al-Qaeda online magazine and replaced bomb-making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes

Wouldn't it have made better sense to just remove or substitute an ingredient? That way, if a professional terrorist stuck his big snout into it, the subterfuge wouldn't last, but at a glance the recipe would appear to be normal. It would be remarkably less British, however. When followers tried to download the 67-page colour magazine, instead [...]

PBS website hacked

PBS website hacked

I'm guessing this was Anon. Online hackers have pirated the PBS website and posted a false story claiming the rapper Tupac Shakur -- who has been dead for almost 15 years -- is alive and living in New Zealand. The group -- called The Lulz Boat -- also posted what it said were passwords of journalists, login information for the PBS series [...]

Bin Laden had cash and phone numbers sewn into clothes

Bin Laden had cash and phone numbers sewn into clothes

Osama Bin Laden had some interesting items sewn into his clothes, according to CNN. Osama bin Laden had 500 Euros (about $745) in cash and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing when he was killed, a source present at a classified briefing on the operation Tuesday told CNN Wednesday. The numbers, an official said on condition of [...]

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