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Monday, June 15, 2009



Universal Music and Virgin Media in Anti-Piracy Pact

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 04:20 PM PDT

The unusual agreement unites the leading music publisher with a broadband company to combat online theft.

Iran's Disputed Election (PICS)

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Supporters of reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, upset at their announced loss and suspicions of voter fraud, took to the streets both peacefully and, in some cases, violently to vent their frustrations. Iranian security forces and hardline volunteer militia members responded with force and arrests, attempting to stamp out the protests.

'FEAR GRIPS GOOGLE!'… Or, 'How headline writers create news'

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

"Fear grips Google?" Over Bing? … You have to hand it to the tabloid headline writers at the New York Post: They know nothing if not how to turn the tiniest spark into a five-alarm conflagration.

Rusty DePass, South Carolina GOP Activist, Says Escaped Gori

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Just another great example of the racism in the GOP

'Cloak of Silence' Tech Could Hide Submarines

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 04:00 PM PDT

A new invisibility cloak for sound could help doctors find tiny tumors or hide submarines from enemy sonar.

Google's digital book future hangs in the balance

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 03:50 PM PDT

Google, the company best equipped and most motivated to digitize the world's books, wants to offer the world an online Library of Alexandria

'Hangover' Sequel Confirmed

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Now that The Hangover is a bona fide hit, talk of a sequel is inevitable. And the film's director Todd Phillips (Old School) says that while a follow-up to the drunken day-after comedy has been in discussions since before the film was even finished, a sequel is now confirmed to be in the works.

Milestone: 500th Astronaut Heads for Space

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 03:30 PM PDT

A little-noticed but historic milestone will be reached this week when the 500th person ever to fly in space blasts off. Chris Cassidy, 39, who has led combat missions in Afghanistan, will take the honor.

The World's 20 Richest Women

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Christy Walton, widow of John Walton (and worth $20 billion), tops the list of 20 women worth a combined net worth of $160 billion. At number 20, Rosalia Mera of Spain is a self-made billionaire who started out helping then-husband Amancio Ortega make dressing gowns and lingerie in their home.

Exclusive: Introducing the Warpship

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Until now, there has been little idea about what a spaceship propelled by a warp drive (or a warpship) would look like. Would it resemble the sleek Starship Enterprise? Or will it be like nothing we've seen before? So here's your exclusive look at what could be the future warp drive propulsion...

Apple's iTunes Now Nation's Largest Music Seller

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Apple's iTunes is now the nation's largest music seller - with 20 percent of the market. Amazon has about 8 percent. And some studies show most music is now downloaded for free illegally.

The cephalopods can hear you

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Octopus and squid can hear. The discovery resolves a century-long debate over whether cephalopods, the group of sea creatures that includes octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses, can hear sounds underwater.

13 Comic Book Objects That Belong In Warehouse 13

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

In celebration of this super show, here's the Top 13 coolest objects from the comic-verse that would fit perfectly on the vast shelves in Warehouse 13.

I Applied for 300 Jobs (Still Didn't Hear from McDonald's)

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 02:10 PM PDT

How hard is it to find a job these days? Esquire's guy applied for more than three hundred over several weeks — and ended up with eight interviews. Real jobs, real interviews, real pain in the...

Top 23 Funny YouTube Clips You Haven’t Seen Yet

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Because he doesn't want the world to miss out on a racist, Jesus-loving puppet sing-along on his account, here they are: the best leftovers from two years dedicated to combing YouTube's funniest, stupidest videos. Dig in, feel free to forward, and try not to cry laughing.

Why Wealthy Nations Are Stiffing Africa

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

It may be no surprise, in light of the global economic recession, that the world's richest nations have failed to deliver much of the aid they promised Africa four years ago. But campaigners are not letting the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized countries off the hook.

Activision hints Call of Duty subscription, possible MMO?

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Activision has been busy lately with a mysterious survey that will point the direction of where COD 4 will go. Also, Activision's head cheese Bobby Kotick hinted in putting a MMO element into the game.

Hollywood just can't quit Apple

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Apple and Hollywood are a bit like Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. They're from different worlds, they never expected to wind up together, and they frequently infuriate one another.

The Golden Silk Orb-Weaver: A Horrifyingly Ugly Spider [Pic]

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:40 PM PDT


Top French Court Declares Internet Access 'Basic Human Right

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:40 PM PDT

France's highest court has inflicted an embarrassing blow to President Sarkozy by cutting the heart out of a law that was supposed to put France in the forefront of the fight against piracy on the internet.

Ultimate BIOS Guide: Every Setting Decrypted and Explained!

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Power users routinely punch into the BIOS in order to fine tune their system, but it can be an intimidating place to go exploring if you've never before burrowed beneath the surface. Here is your go-to guide for everything you've ever wanted to know about the BIOS.

15 of the Hottest Women in Politics

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Men already get in enough trouble objectifying women, but who cares? This isn't some Forbes list, and none of these lovelies are the Hollywood-actress types either - no these women all deal in the much more savage, backstabbing, drama-ridden realm of politics.

Canonical to boost Ubuntu usability by tackling

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Canonical aims to improve the Ubuntu user experience by fixing a multitude of minor usability glitches. The project, which is called One Hundred Paper Cuts, will entail a collaborative effort by Canonical's new design team and the Ubuntu community to fix one hundred usability bugs before the release of Ubuntu 9.10.

Susan Boyle Charges £9,000 A Minute

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

A prospective corporate client was told that booking Miss Boyle, 48, who was second in the competition behind dance group Diversity, for just three songs lasting about four minutes each would cost a staggering £115,000.

Florida Teen Nabbed For 19 Cat Murders

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:10 PM PDT

A Florida teen was arrested and charged over the weekend in connection with the murder and mutilation of 19 cats in Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay.

Spam IRL (PIC)

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:10 PM PDT


Court Orders P2P News Site To Dishonor Convicted Pirates

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Following a request from the entertainment industries, a French court has ordered the P2P news site Numerama to cover the cases of 27 convicted file-sharers. For their efforts the site receives 10,000 euros which they promise to spend wisely by supporting a pro file-sharing cause.

Blue Man Group: Before They Were Stars

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 01:00 PM PDT

The guys from the Blue Man Group weren't always famous. They used to work at a burger joint. And this is "Kids", from "Bye, Bye, Birdie".

Stylish Weapons: When Guns Are Definitely Not Meant to Fire

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Fragile porcelain pistols hand-painted in the style of classic tableware motifs. These are replicas of James Bond's Walther PPK and its contemporary sister, the P99.

First Look at Opera 10: Can it Make a Dent in the Desktop?

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Last week, Opera released the first beta of Opera 10 with a visual refresh and a number of enhancements and new features. The question is, can Opera make a dent in the desktop or is Opera on the desktop just a Quixotic effort in the face of Firefox and Internet Explorer?

Microsoft eyes major Xbox upgrade as Wii sales plummet

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Microsoft is reportedly eyeing a major upgrade for its Xbox 360 console. According to 1Up, Natal - Microsoft's controller-free motion control technology - will be integrated into the upgraded unit. However, the company is also expected to distribute the new controller as an add-on for existing Xbox 360 consoles.

Pixies' Minotaur Box Set Revealed

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Pixies superfans are in for a real treat with Minotaur, the previously reported gargantuan box set that rounds up the band's studio recordings and videos with a live DVD, new artwork, and a book. Here's a glimpse inside the set, which is available for presale today at the Artist in Residence website

Sweet! Star Trek Cakes [PICS]

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Boldly go where no(one but a geek) cook has gone before!

Clash Between Election Protesters And Police in Tehran, Iran

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT


A Video Diary Detailing Switch To Digital TV As It Happened

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT

A look from many different channels in the Houston area as the switch went down

Swine Flu Origins Revealed

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT

A new analysis of the current swine-origin H1N1 influenza A virus suggests that transmission to humans occurred several months before recognition of the existing outbreak.

South Africa Ready For World Cup Kickoff

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT

In its first dry run before World Cup 2010, South Africa says it is fully prepared to host the games.

Virgin Media and UMG launching unlimited music service

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Paying a monthly subscription fee, users will be able to stream AND download as many music tracks and albums as they want from UMG's entire catalog. The unlimited music service was announced today won't launch until later in the year.

Cykel: A Plug-in Electric Bike Sharing Concept

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Cykel is a plug-in electric bike sharing system designed for a wide range of users and topographies. The concept was inspired by the popular bike share programs found throughout Europe. It functions on either pedal-power or fully as an electric bike, which opens up transportation to wide range of users.

IP Address Alone Insufficient To Identify Pirate, Court Rule

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Anti-piracy groups and lawyers across Europe are unmovable - they say that since they logged a copyright infringement from a particular IP address, the bill payer is responsible. Now the Court of Rome has decided that on the contrary, an IP address does not identify an infringer, only a particular connection.

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