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Thursday, August 6, 2009



Will Apple Open the iPhone to Rival Spotify?

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Listening to a song on an iPhone is a quick, simple process: open Apple's iTunes music player and select the song you want to hear. That's it. But to listen to a track that isn't in your iTunes library — say you just have to hear Billy Joel's "Piano Man" right now — takes a little more time and effort.

SNL's Weirdest Alum Tries To Salvage His Career

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:30 PM PDT

On SNL, Chris Kattan distinguished himself by burpily breathing life into the zealous and epicene male stripper Mango and into Doug Butabi, of the Roxbury Butabis. There was also Mr. Peepers, a missing-link-type anthropoid—and a reminder that the majority of Kattan's characters behave like chimpanzees. That's their appeal.

FDA smoke screen on e-cigarettes - Washington Times

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Dr. Elizabeth Whelan reveals that the FDA's test report on the e-cigarette was "distorted, incomplete, and misleading," aimed at scaring the public away from a product that smokers are finding to be an acceptable subsitute for their deadly tobacco cigarettes. She provides a convincing argument that the product should be kept on the market for now.

Writer's Block

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:20 PM PDT


The Wild Frontier of Sports: Dodgeball Leagues

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Anyone who remembers childhood as a time of innocence and joy was never on the wrong side of a dodgeball. If you ever packed a few extra pounds in grade school, chances are the specters of those stinging rubber balls haunt you to this day.

Portland Getting 1,000 EVs And 2,500 Charging Stations

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Oregon was named as a test market by the Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), which announced today it's receiving $99.8 million in federal funds to study electric vehicle usage. The funding is part of a larger commitment President Obama declared today, in which he announced $2.4 billion in funding.

Wi-Jacking Space Hogs Get the Boot From NYC Cafes

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Industry savvy, latte-drinking individuals may start finding it harder to conduct their business in coffee shops and small caf├ęs.

Green Bay Packers consider signing Michael Vick

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:50 PM PDT

The Green Bay Packers are doing thorough due diligence on the former NFL quarterback Michael Vick and has had legitimate discussions about the idea of signing him, according to sources close to the team.

Internet Ad Spending Shrinks Again

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:50 PM PDT

IDC said that spending on online display advertising dropped 12 percent, while classified ads lost 17 percent. Search advertising rose slightly in the second quarter.

Close Encounter With A Lightning Bolt

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:40 PM PDT

"The picture shows a streamer tendril forming from the ground right in front of me, reaching up to the lightning bolt racing down from the clouds."

Is Shale Gas the Climate Bill's New Bargaining Chip?

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Natural gas from shale formations is the new magic phrase in the oil and gas industry, as new technologies have led to stunning increases in potential resources and anticipated profits. Now some want to see if it carries any political magic.

The World's Best Alternative Subway Maps (PICS)

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Homemade subway maps have long been a pursuit of cartography nerds and transit lovers, a result of the perennial debate between the proponents of usability, who favor more distorted, schematic designs (hallo, Londoners), and the realists, who want more geographic accuracy in their maps (yo, New York).

Smartphone Wars: myTouch 3G vs. iPhone 3GS vs. Palm Pre

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Below is a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis of the latest mobile technologies, analyzing the comparative features of each, along with the actual price you will pay for the phone and service over the course of a two year contract.

Seaweed on French Beaches Could Kill

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Holidaymakers have been told to keep away from beaches in northern France covered in seaweed after doctors gave warning that it could give off lethal fumes when it rots. The incident was in Brittany, where green seaweed is spreading across the region's beaches as nitrates pollute the water supply as a result of intensive agriculture.

Senate Breaking Ground With Historic Confirmation of Sotomay

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Senate confirms Sonia Sotomayor as nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.The Democrats' heavy majority ensured confirmation of President Barack Obama's first nominee, though many Republican senators were voting against her. GOP senators typically praised her personal story but said they were concerned that she would be too liberal ...

Rejected By Apple, iPhone Developers are Going Underground

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:01 PM PDT

Some developers aren't taking the rejection lying down: They're turning instead to an unauthorized app store called Cydia, where forbidden wares continue to exist — and even earn developers some money.

Yes We Can!......Play the Nazi Card

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:01 PM PDT

But that doesn't mean you should.....(Pamphlet found on the subway by my friend yesterday)

Robert Rodriguez + De Niro? Color Me Excited!

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:01 PM PDT

Robert Rodriguez's upcoming Machete feature film (based on the Grindhouse trailer starring Danny Trejo) will feature Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson and Jeff Fahey in supporting roles...Wow.

Facebook App Turns Idle Computers Into Intel Zombies

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:01 PM PDT

A new Facebook application launched computing giant Intel lets idling computers work on a range of health and environmental research projects, including the world's largest climate forecasting project.

Advertisers dumping Glenn Beck

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:50 PM PDT

Three companies who run ads during Glenn Beck -- NexisLexis-owned Lawyers.com, Proctor & Gamble and Progressive Insurance -- today distanced themselves from Beck. LexisNexis has pulled its advertising from Beck and says it has no plans to advertise on the program in the future.

Store Stops Selling "My Indian Name is Crawling Drunk" Shirt

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:41 PM PDT

The shirts had sayings like "My Indian name is 'Drinks Like Fish' " and "My Indian name is 'Crawling Drunk.'

Digg Ads beta rolling out this week

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Over the next few days, some of you will see Digg Ads appear in various placements throughout the site as we test this new ad platform

Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:30 PM PDT

A new book explains how we're steering people away from cannabis and toward the use of a very harmful and deadly substance: alcohol.

Funny Pokemon Cosplay - Image

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:30 PM PDT


Top 10 Video Games to save 2009

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:20 PM PDT

It seems the theme of the summer has been game delays. While this holiday season looked like being jam packed with quality releases, in recent weeks the schedule has been thinning. With a sense of disappointment in the air we're here to ease your concerns with our Top 10: Games to save 2009. We aren't going to be playing BioShock 2, Heavy Rain...

Stallone Packs Jet Li, Statham and DRAGO into Film [Pics]

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:10 PM PDT

In the new movie The Expendables, Stallone not only works with current action heroes Jet Li and Jason Statham, but includes his old arch-nemisis from Rocky IV, Dolph Lundgren.

Orlando Magic's Rashard Lewis Suspended for Steroids

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

All-Star forward Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic has been suspended without pay for 10 games for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level, the NBA announced Thursday. "Toward the end of the season I took an over-the-counter supplement which at the time I did not realize included a substance banned by the NBA", said Lewis.

TMZ: John Hughes Dies

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 02:53 PM PDT

John Hughes has died of a heart attack. Hughes suffered the heart attack while taking a morning walk during a trip to NYC to visit family. He directed such hits as "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Sixteen Candles" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Iraq Mulls Web Site Bans, Fuels Censorship Fear

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 02:52 PM PDT

Iraq is considering blocking websites deemed pornographic or that incite violence or crime, triggering fears of a return to Saddam Hussein-style state censorship and government propaganda.

Jeremy Roenick retired after 20 years in the NHL

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 02:41 PM PDT

Jeremy Roenick has done bit parts on television shows over the past several years -- an ironic twist considering nothing J.R. ever did in his legendary and theatrical 20-year career in the National Hockey League ever seemed rehearsed or scripted.

Official Drug Disposal Technician [Pic]

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Do you trust him????

Pics: Evolution of WordPress User Interface (2003 - 2009)

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Right now we see WordPress as a power house script that is so versatile, and adaptable to any use. This article will show you how WordPress evolved to what it is now by showing you the changes of admin panel user interface in each version.

Topps to Become Exclusive Baseball Card Company

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 01:51 PM PDT

Of all the ***** things MLB has done over the years - and they are legion - this one just may take the cake. Licensing only one company to make baseball cards? Really? In what alternate universe is this a good idea?

First Mobile Social App For iPhone with Free Navigation

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 01:42 PM PDT

This social mobile application offers real time maps and traffic information based on the wisdom of the crowds.

MLB Ex-Wife Charges $450/hr for a "Girlfriend Experience"

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 01:42 PM PDT

Annette Gray O'Leary, who served as an assistant principal at Kyrene Del Cielo Elementary School until June, is also believed to be Taya Taylor, an escort who advertises her services on her website, according to 12 News' sources.

US firm sues Twitter over patents

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 01:30 PM PDT

A Texas-based firm is suing the micro-blogging site Twitter, alleging that its three patents for a similar service are being infringed.

U.S. senator slows anti-drug aid to Mexico: report

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 01:30 PM PDT

A U.S. senator has rejected a plan by the State Department to issue a report affirming Mexico is respecting human rights in its war against drug traffickers, which could delay release of millions of dollars in U.S....

Computer 'agents' take to the web

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Intelligent software "agents" that can negotiate on behalf of web shoppers are about to be set free on the net.

Earth's Own Aliens: They Light Up & Live in the Deep

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Marine biologist Edie Widder's underwater spy camera is an underwater SETI, finally giving humans a chance to see the freaky world of deep-ocean bioluminescent animals.

Hypnotist fined for stealing a kiss on a date

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 01:01 PM PDT

A South Korean hypnotist has been fined for stealing a kiss on a blind date with a woman he thought he had successfully put in a trance, news reports said Thursday.

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