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Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion

Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion

Facebook just bought Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Instagram is a mobile-only photo-sharing app. It grew from 1 million users in January 2011 to 15 million in December 2011. It has 30 million users now. What's great about it is that it is very fast... especially compared to Facebook. With the Facebook iPhone app, there are [...]

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.

Wikipedia & Reddit plan blackout in SOPA protest

Wikipedia & Reddit plan blackout in SOPA protest

A handful of large websites will go dark on Wednesday to protest an anti-piracy bill that critics say will wreck the Internet as we know it. Wikipedia, user-submitted news site Reddit, the blog Boing Boing and the Cheezburger network of comedy sites all plan to participate in the blackout. The protest is their response to the Stop Online Piracy [...]

15-year-old girl handed a 20-year-old license by DMV and starts doing porn

15-year-old girl handed a 20-year-old license by DMV and starts doing porn

I think Kimbo Slice was involved in this somehow. it made front page news on several MMA websites... In early 2010, Tyler Chanel Evans, a 19-year-old exotic dancer, took under her wing a pretty, homeless girl who said her name was Bieyanka. The girl had been standing for hours outside a convenience store with an overstuffed duffel bag. A few days [...]

Next Linux kernel release could be 2.8.0

Next Linux kernel release could be 2.8.0

News from Linus... So I've been busily merging stuff, and just wanted to send out a quick reminder that I warned people in the 39 announcement that this might be a slightly shorter merge window than usual, so that I can avoid having to make the -rc1 release from Japan using my slow laptop (doing "allyesconfig" builds on that thing really isn't in [...]

Son of Kaspersky CEO Kidnapped

Son of Kaspersky CEO Kidnapped

The son of Russian software entrepreneur Yevgeny Kaspersky has gone missing in Moscow and may have been kidnapped, Russian media report. Secret service and regular police have been searching for Ivan Kaspersky, 20, for at least two days, a police source told Interfax news agency. His father's firm, Kaspersky Lab, told a newspaper it could not [...]

“How I got a blank book to the top of the Amazon charts”

“How I got a blank book to the top of the Amazon charts”

Four points: He already had a successful career selling novelty items. This book is a novelty item. He was able to order 1,000 copies. He could afford to hire a (pretty famous) PR firm. Now, most authors would delight at this news, and of course I most certainly was thrilled, but in my case, the book in question was a little bit [...]

How a Netflix original-series deal could change TV making

How a Netflix original-series deal could change TV making

Dear Netflix, Please acquire Arrested Development and make new episodes. Sincerely, Everyone The entertainment-biz press, led by a report in Deadline.com, has the news this morning that Netflix may be about to acquire a high-profile original drama—political thriller House of Cards from David Fincher and Kevin Spacey—by outbidding the [...]

Why Aren’t You Watching Al Jazeera?

Why Aren’t You Watching Al Jazeera?

Al Jazeera news people are getting killed to bring us the story, and then their company is getting censored in America -- a double tragedy. If you care about anything more on the news than celebrity trivia join me in saying: Thank God For Al Jazeera! (more…)

Google tweaks SEO algorithm

Google tweaks SEO algorithm

Google this week launched a significant change in search algorithm intended to push down low-quality, SEO'd-out-the-ass content farms in favor of less spammy sites with more useful information. NYT article here, and the original Google announcement is here. Google says the change "noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries." So far, it's US-only, [...]

How Facebook Ships Code

How Facebook Ships Code

I’m fascinated by the way Facebook operates.  It’s a very unique environment, not easily replicated (nor would their system work for all companies, even if they tried). These are notes gathered from talking with many friends at Facebook about how the company develops and release software. It’s been over six months since I assembled these [...]

The fall of the House of Vikings

At 5:00 Sunday morning, the weight of 16-odd inches of snow accumulation finally pushed the roof of the Metrodome (Minneapolis' NFL Pro Football stadium) past its structural limits. The good news: Security cameras caught this awesome moment as it happened. The bad news: This is probably not going to stop the Vikings from whining about how much [...]

Beware the “friending” feds: Is the US government snooping on your Facebook profile?

Beware the “friending” feds: Is the US government snooping on your Facebook profile?

Need a new reason to be creeped out by Facebook? Big news this week from The Electronic Frontier Foundation: the digital rights group FOIA'd some disturbing documents for its lawsuit on the US goverment's surveillance of social networks which show that feds sometimes attempt to "friend" people applying for citizenship, or people that fit [...]

Hacker finds iOS 4.1 bootrom vulnerability that can jailbreak all current hardware

Hacker finds iOS 4.1 bootrom vulnerability that can jailbreak all current hardware

Yesterday’s release of iOS 4.1 was good news for iPhone gamers and iPhone 3G owners who had performance issues post-4.0, but bad news for jailbreakers, with the Dev Team themselves warning users not to upgrade to 4.1 as there was no known way to reverse the baseband post-update. As usual, though, what’s true in the cat-and-mouse [...]

Breaking news: Hot pole-vaulter girl Allison Stokke is fat

Breaking news: Hot pole-vaulter girl Allison Stokke is fat

Before college: New photos (after the "freshman 15") below... (more…)