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Thursday, July 30, 2009



6 Things That Shouldn't Explode (But Did Anyway)

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 06:00 PM PDT

Somewhere, right now, something is exploding... for absolutely no reason at all.

The Best And Worst of the Viral Movie Campaigns

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:50 PM PDT

Around 10 years ago, the movie industry cottoned on to a handy commercial use for this massive, messy but powerful thing they called The Internets: viral marketing. Take a look at the evolution of viral campaigns over the last decade - the successes, the failures and the WTFs!

California Cops Are Trained 'Marijuana Is Not A Medicine'

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

A recent court case in San Diego has revealed some California police officers are basing their sworn court testimony in medical marijuana cases on badly outdated, legally inaccurate information.

MLB Taps Twitter for Live Commentary

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

Major League Baseball is now using Twitter on MLB.tv, and MLB.com. Fans can tweet to MLB or view the 140-character insights of "insiders". A chat box lets you view commentary from other Twitter users, including official tweeters from each team.

Is Emo Really Just Goth, But For Pussies?

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

The term emo has been spit on, pooped on, dressed up to look like a poodle, and dragged through psychiatric hospitals thanks to this new generation of teen angst but unfortunately they've got it all wrong.

Obama renews ban on blood rubies

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

President Barack Obama has renewed sanctions aimed at the military junta that rules Myanmar, continuing the ongoing ban on the importation of jade and rubies into the United States.

Researchers exploit SSL and domain flaws

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

Two researchers have independently uncovered flaws in the way domain names are verified on the internet, which could allow attackers to impersonate a site and steal information from unsuspecting surfers.

Apple as "the world's most feminine brand"?

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Fortune's Bridget Brennan has a bold statement: "Why doesn't Apple make remote controls? You ask: Why Apple? Because if any company could improve one of the world's most user-unfriendly electronic devices, it would be Apple. And then there's this: Apple just may be the world's most discreetly feminine brand."

Boxed wine: Not just for college students anymore

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Many wine snobs shy away from what once was a "great vehicle" for an ice cold glass of White Zinfandel. The stigma against boxed wine is beginning to lift, however, and people are beginning to discover that boxed wines may actually be good -- and are getting better all the time.

Living pictures formed by thousands of US soldiers (PICS)

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

The Statue of Liberty and icons of US history formed by thousands of soldiers.

Why Dole Food is crying 'rotten' about the doc 'Bananas!'

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

In the eyes of Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, his documentary 'Bananas!' is a balanced, nuanced depiction of a trial pitting Nicaraguan banana plantation workers and an L.A. attorney against a powerful multinational agribusiness. However, Dole Food Co. has threatened defamation if the doc about pesticide lawsuits plays at film festivals.

Robber Stabs 29yr old Women w/ Syringe and says he has AIDs

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

A syringe-wielding robber, dissatisfied with the small amount of cash that his female victim handed over when he threatened her early Tuesday morning at the corner of Chestnut and Franklin streets, stabbed her twice in the hand and told her that he had AIDS.

10 low-cost, high-value Web 2.0 strategies

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Get the key facts on a wide range of technologies, techniques, strategies, and skills with the help of these concise, need-to-know lists.

Big Brother Contestant Slashes his Wrists

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Reality TV show facing questions about screening of housemates after student admitted to hospital

Lamar Odom agrees to return to Lakers

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

The Lakers reached a deal to re-sign free-agent forward Lamar Odom today, retaining an important, and versatile, part of last season's championship run, a source close to the negotiations told the Times.

Fmr Treasury Sec. Hank Paulson Joins Electric Car Startup

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Today, Coda said it has raised $24 million in its second round of financing. Not only that, it has added President George W. Bush's former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. (Hank) Paulson, Jr. to its advisory board--a logical fit given his extensive business and political experience in China

Ron Howard' s daughter takes on Twilight's Eclipse. Why?

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Sorry Rachelle Lefevre, there's a new "Victoria" in town. She's hot, she's well-known, and she's the daughter of a highly successful director and child star. Bryce Dallas Howard is trying to land supporting roles in as many crappy blockbuster franchises as possible. Go, Bryce, Go!

11 Cool iPhone Keypad Codes

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Your iPhone can play games, browse the internet, watch YouTube videos and more but there are also some nifty tricks you can use to find out some neat information about your phone.

Health Care Spending in Developed Countries (Infographic)

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT

America's ongoing debate over the merits of implementing public health care inspired us to take a look at how the US currently compares to health systems around the world.

Snuggie: We're not trying to rip you off with rebate check

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

After reports of what seemed to be a scam in which Snuggie buyers received what appeared to be a rebate check but instead would sign them up for a yearly membership in Great Fun, a "20-year-old entertainment discount program," the company said that was never its intention. Mmm-hmmm.

WWII: Hiroshima [PICS]

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, which invented the atomic bomb, stands before a War Department map in August 1945, the month his bombs destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

David Pogue launches all-out war on canned voicemail message

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:30 PM PDT

You know, we love fighting the good fight -- especially if it means calling out corporations on their untoward business practices. Today we're joining David Pogue of the New York Times in calling foul on cellphone carriers' insistence that users be forced to listen to those maddening, pointless 15-second canned carrier messages.

Patent Models Record Inventions in Miniature [PICS]

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:30 PM PDT

These miniature testaments to innovation — "not more than twelve inches square … neatly made" — are the subject of a new exhibition at Harvard University, Patent Republic. The display draws on the collection of Susan Glendening, a New York psychoanalyst by day and fervent collector by night. Seventy-five of her models are on display in Cambridge.

Historic Amish Town Has More Spycams Than Major U.S. Cities

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Laid out in 1730, the whole town is 4 square miles around a central square. Amish families still sell quilts in the nation's oldest public market, and the Wal-Mart provides a hitching post to park a horse and buggy. But poverty is double the state's average. How security cameras affect crime is open to debate.

Still Got It? Older Than 40 Celebrity Bikini Bodies

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Nothing proves that age is just a number like these beach-ready beauties. Flaunt it if you've got it, ladies! Julia Roberts, Helen Mirren, Cindy Crawford and more show off their beach-ready beauty.

Crocs: The Rise and Fall of the Ugliest Shoes in the World

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

In retrospect, the rise of Crocs seems improbable -- impossible almost -- even to the people who rode the wave all the way to the top.

20 Predictions of the Future (We're Still Waiting For)

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Today we take a look at twenty predicted technological breakthroughs that never came to be, their origins and current status. To be fair, as you'll see, we've certainly made progress in the right direction, but have still to achieve the dream.

Malaria Vaccine Being Given Via Mosquitoes

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

In a daring experiment in Europe, scientists used mosquitoes as flying needles to deliver a "vaccine" of live malaria parasites through their bites. The results were astounding: Everyone in the vaccine group acquired immunity to malaria; everyone in a non-vaccinated comparison group did not, and developed malaria when exposed to the parasites late

Most satisfying costume I have seen at any Comic Con [PIC]

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT


NBA Plans to Allow Ads on Practice Jersey's This Season

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

What if a pharmaceutical company selling medication for a sexually transmitted disease decides they want the principle ad space on the NBA jersey? Will NBA players balk at having to be walking advertising models for the latest in herpes meds?

Private Student Loans: A Lesson In Debt [infographic]

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Over the last 15 years, students' unmet financial need has increased much faster than the maximum amount of money they can borrow through subsidized federal loan programs. As a result a multi-billion dollar private student loan market sprang into existence to fill the gap.

Nintendo finally feels the pain as Sony continues to fail

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

For the first time, the economic downturn appears to have caught up with the maker of the Wii, as sales and profits plunge. Meanwhile, Sony continues to struggle with both the downturn and problems of its own making.

Kobe Bryant Appearance on TV Show "All That" [Circa 1998]

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Well it's time to dive back into the archive media vault and pull out some good wholesome fun. In 1998 a young Kobe Bryant guest stars on the TV show "All That" with an even younger Amanda Bynes

Exactly how I thought it would look [COMIC]

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 02:11 PM PDT

Are Science Fiction Franchises As Popular As Religion?

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:50 PM PDT

If you don't worship Star Trek, then you must worship the Force. But maybe you're a vampire adept, or a member of the Batman congregation? Fans' faith in their franchises gets as intense and bloody as zealots' faith in religion.

"State-of-the-art" text-to-voice actually based on humans

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Spinvox previously claimed that state-of-the-art speech recognition technology is the basis of its service. However its patent applications reveal the approach is accurate precisely because it employs humans.

Bad Apple: An Argument Against Buying an iPhone

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Apple rejected the Google Voice iPhone application from App Store distribution yesterday, the most recent in a long line of questionable moves, and the message is clear: If you want a device that won't lock you out of innovation, skip the iPhone.

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visionary Wrong As Often As Right

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

A retrospective at New York's Guggenheim Museum reveals Frank Lloyd Wright—a staggering talent anchored in the past, wrong as often as he was right.

The giant anvil-shaped cloud hovering 75,000ft above Earth

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:11 PM PDT

The incredible image was captured by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station as it travelled above western Africa near Senegal.

16 Year-Old Boy Brutally Beats Toddler to Death

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:11 PM PDT

A 16-year-old boy, who beat a toddler to death while he was babysitting her, is sentenced to 15 years detention.

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