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Tuesday, September 15, 2009



The 20 Worst Venture Capital Investments of All Time

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Catastrophic collapses and classic crashes in the high-tech business world.

Bernanke says recession ''very likely'' over

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:20 PM PDT

By Alister Bull and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Tuesday that the worst U.S. recession since the Great Depression was probably over, but the recovery would be slow and it would take time to...

Is it really impossible to beat the market?

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:20 PM PDT

The theory that destroyed the banks.

Yup, Kanye. You're Officially a Jackass When Obama Says So

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:10 PM PDT

just a supposedly 'off the record' audio track of the president rebuking kanye for disrupting taylor swift's acceptance of her vma... off the cuff is good, in my book. cuz that was a dick move on kanye's part.

Startups Launch, Seeking Riches at TechCrunch50

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

TechCrunch50, the Silicon Valley startup conference spun out of the popular, namesake technology blog, has become one of the prime spots for aspiring

ActiBlizzard CEO Bobby Kotick: Reward Profit, Remove Fun

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Bobby Kotick has opened his mouth again, if you were wondering where the smell of brimstone was coming from. His new thoughts: game development shouldn't be fun, and money isn't the most important thing, it's the ONLY thing. God bless 'im, at least he's rich.

Texting to Death

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

While stronger state laws are essential, sending and receiving text messages while driving is a national hazard that calls for a firm federal response.

The 5 Most Maddeningly Unresolved TV Plotlines

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Turns out even good shows have plotlines that they've just discarded like so many Egg McMuffin wrappers on the street.

ISP Appeals Decision Forcing it to Disconnect Pirate Bay

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

The ISP that until recently was the bandwidth supplier to The Pirate Bay, is set to appeal the court ruling which forced it to take the world's largest BitTorrent tracker offline. Supported by various politicians, Black Internet says the issue reaches far beyond The Pirate Bay and that fighting the ruling is important for all ISPs.

Boy fakes kidnapping to hide bad grades

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

An 11-year-old boy gets high marks in storytelling after staging a hoax to cover up his bad grades. Police said the boy faked his kidnapping Friday to avoid bringing home a bad report card, saying that a man with a pistol snatched him after he left Ed White Middle School.

Spectacular Kayaking Over Waterfall [PIC]

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Awesome shot...and ride. Enlargeable, wallpaper. Kayaker only 1 of 5 recorded to ever descend this river tributary, Outlet Falls in Washington state.

CO-OP @ PAX 2009: Dreamcast Retrospective, 15 Games!

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Creators of the popular video game show CO-OP now on Revision3

Six Reasons Why T-Mobile Should Not Buy Sprint

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Rumors that T-Mobile's parent Deutsche Telekom might buy Sprint emerged once again Monday, but PCMag mobile analyst Sascha Segan is not thrilled with the idea.

Why Should We Study Zombie Attacks?

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Last month, a group of mathematicians grabbed headlines with their mathematical model of the zombie apocalypse. But as one science journalist notes, such studies are more than amusing academic anecdotes; they can actually serve a very legitimate social interest.

10 of the Most Outrageous Foreclosure Stories

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

The stories below run the gamut from weird to tragic to outrageous, capturing some of the less common events on today's foreclosure scene

Skiing off Cliffs with Nothing but a Parachute [PICS]

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

There's a new extreme sport in town. It goes by the name of speed flying – and it's coming to a mountainside near you.

Prankster Introduces Ballot Initiative to Ban Divorce

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

John Marcotte, a California man with a history of pulling social pranks, is collecting signatures to get the "California Protection of Marriage Act," which would ban divorce, on the ballot.

Pedros [PICS]

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

The last mission. Just under 400 on this tour, and I had the honor of going along. We'll never know how many lives the Pedro crews saved this year in Afghanistan, but it was a lot. A book could be written about their tour, but alas, this is likely about all the recognition they will ever get.

New analysis could lead to better lunar, Mars spacesuits

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

A new analysis by MIT researchers shows why astronauts moved the way they did in their heavy Apollo-era space suits and provides a mathematical method for evaluating new spacesuit designs for the moon and Mars.

PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.01 Is Live

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The new PS3 firmware, 3.01, just went live. It's not a mandatory update, and we're not sure what's in the update or what it adds or what it fixes, but we are updating. Right now. As we speak. The previous 3.00 firmware update brought a host of new cosmetic changes. Users did report issues after the update with Uncharted and the DualShock controller

Official: Zune HD getting 3D games, Twitter, Facebook apps

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

"Later this year, Zune plans to release free applications such as Twitter for Zune and Facebook for Zune, in addition to fun 3-D games such as "Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition," "Vans Sk8: Pool Service" and "Audiosurf(TM) Tilt." Games can be added to Zune HD via Zune Marketplace over the Wi-Fi connection or when connected to the Zune PC...

This is not going to end well [Pic]

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT


APOD: 2009 September 15 - NGC 6888: The Crescent Nebula

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 01:10 PM PDT

The Crescent Nebula, is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. This beautiful portrait of the nebula is from the Isaac Newton Telescope at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in the Canary Islands. It combines a composite color image with narrow band data that isolates light...

Sears gets mere wrist slap for allegedly spying on customers

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 12:50 PM PDT

The feds accepted a proposed settlement and the penalty for Sears' alleged overzealous, privacy invading behavior wasn't even a slap on the wrist. The penalty: If Sears offers such a software program again it should be more honest about the implications, it has to destroy all the data & help customers uninstall the software.

"Tea Party" Leader: Obama Is An "Indonesian Muslim"

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

"Tea Party" leader Mark Williams appeared on a CNN panel on "Anderson Cooper" last night and promptly set to work discrediting himself and his movement. Williams denounced those carrying blatantly racist signs against President Obama during the tea parties then Cooper corners Williams with a quote from his blog.

Why Mint.com + Intuit is a Big Idea

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

It's a great opportunity that could bring Mint.com's unique approach to personal financial management to millions more consumers and small businesses as well as the 1,800 banks and credit unions serviced by Intuit.

45+ Cool Google Android Apps

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

In this post you will find 45 Google Android Apps that demonstrate the potential power of Android. And yes, it is the perfect iPhone replacement.

I Knew Kanye Was A Douche, But This Is Going Too Far (PIC)

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 12:20 PM PDT


Top 5 Frustratingly Region-locked Web Services

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Online we're used to getting great services for free wherever we are in the world. So, it's incredibly frustrating when a particularly hot service is locked to a particular region.Here are five of the most in-demand region-locked services, including how (if possible) to try them out and when you might be able to use them legitimately.

Australian Gov. to break up dominant telco

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 12:00 PM PDT

The Rudd Government's decision to separate Telstra... the dominant telco, will increase competition and lead to better services, the telecommunications industry says. It is aimed at creating a "level playing field" for Australian telcos.

Maori legend of man-eating bird is true - National - NZ Hera

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT

A Maori legend about a giant, man-eating bird has been confirmed by scientists. Te Hokioi was a huge black-and-white predator with a red crest and yellow-green tinged wingtips…

Voice Chat Coming to Facebook

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 11:40 AM PDT

The new Vivox voice chat system for Facebook will allow any user to start a conversation with anyone on their friends list. The service will also be available to third-party developers who want to integrate voice into their applications.

Possible T-Mobile-Sprint merger could rival AT&T

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 11:20 AM PDT

Deutsche Telekom, the owners of T-Mobile in the U.S., are reportedly looking into acquiring competitor Sprint. Together, the two companies would have a customer base that rivals AT&T.

Officials: Attack on Pakistan oil facility stopped - Yahoo!

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 11:00 AM PDT

Burqa-clad assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades attempted to attack an oil terminal in southern Pakistan but were thwarted by a security guard who was gunned down as the suspects escaped, officials said Tuesday.

Redskins Trademark Battle Goes to Supreme Court

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 10:50 AM PDT

The battle of the Washington Redskins' team name has reached the U.S. Supreme Court, but don't worry, you probably won't have to tape over the Redskins' logo on your favorite jersey anytime soon.

Remembering Patrick Swayze: A Movie Trailer Retrospective

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 10:40 AM PDT

The remarkably talented Patrick Swayze, one of the more popular movie stars from the 1980s and early 1990s in films like Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Ghost, and Red Dawn died Monday, September 14 after a long battle with cancer at the young age of 57. As a tribute, here is a selection of trailers from Swayze's wide body of work. RIP.

More Animals Seem to Have Some Ability to Count

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 10:30 AM PDT

Scientists have been skeptical of claims of mathematical abilities in animals ever since the case of Clever Hans about 100 years ago. The horse, which performed arithmetic and other intellectual tasks to delighted European audiences, was in reality simply taking subconscious cues from his trainer.

The 7 Most Inappropriate Products For Children (PHOTOS)

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 10:20 AM PDT

Pole Dance Doll - The keywords on the box read "Interesting," "Flash," and "Up and Down," which sound like they were written by the happiest pedophile in playland.

SF Bridge Could Be Transformed Into A Neighborhood

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 10:10 AM PDT

San Francisco's Bay Bridge is getting a makeover that will leave a large portion of the old bridge unused, but still standing strong. Now two architects are proposing that the city build a neighborhood on it.

Hot All-in-One Desktops

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 10:10 AM PDT

Why consider a pricey 17-inch laptop when you can get more screen real estate for less money with an all-in-one desktop? We check out some of the coolest ones out there.

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