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Friday, September 18, 2009



Hands off our food: Malaysia claims copyrights on recipes

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Malaysia is starting a food fight with other countries to win bragging rights for producing some of Southeast Asia's most beloved recipes, including chili crabs and coconut cream rice...

Paperless tickets for major events clip scalpers out of deal

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. has developed a new way to resell tickets that shuts out the brokers and scalpers it has long scorned, and instead keeps the profits for itself, musicians and venue owners. ... Bruce Springsteen, Trent Reznor and Joe Pa approve.

APOD: 2009 September 18 - Take My Hand

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Get out your red/blue glasses & check out this close-up of spacesuited NASA John Olivas outside the International Space Station. Carefully constructed from two photographs taken during Discovery's latest visit to the orbiting outpost the 3D anaglyph creates the compelling illusion that you can actually reach out & take his gloved hand.

America's 100 Best Adventure Towns

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:50 PM PDT

These 100 American adventure towns offer something for everyone, whether you love hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, or a little bit of everything. Stay for a long weekend or the rest of your life.

Hate Calculus? Try Counting Cow Carbon

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Manufacturers and retailers across the globe are working to measure their products' carbon footprints for a variety of reasons, and all of the efforts have one thing in common: The results have the appearance of precision. But all the decimal points in the world can't hide the fact that measuring carbon footprints is inexact.

Leaked Best Buy ad offers more evidence of Wii price drop

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:21 PM PDT

Is the console dropping to $199?

Songwriters want to get paid for 30-second song previews

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:21 PM PDT

Songwriters, composers, and music publishers are lobbying Congress to legislate the payment of performance fees into downloaded music. If music publishers get their way, they'll be able to extract additional licensing fees from music downloads, movies, and TV shows containing their music, and even 30-second previews.

Behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' 3D Food FX (Video)

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:21 PM PDT

To create the computer-generated food in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, animators at Sony Imageworks combined real-life burger tossing and spaghetti-flinging with tried-and-true CG. The result is photo-real food—in 3D—that will make your mouth water.

To Casket Or Not To Casket?

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Bernd Heinrich, one of America's great field biologists talks with NPR's Robert Krulwich about what to do with our bodies after we're dead. Is it better to be buried, "beetlized" or frozen solid and shattered into a million pieces?

DRM's tentacles snare British HDTV

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:01 PM PDT

The BBC wants a green light to issue DRM requirements for new HD receivers, saying that rightsholders demand "protection" for their HD content. Critics are calling it the British equivalent of the "broadcast flag."

U of Minnesota Researchers Identify Genes Producing THC

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

In a first step toward engineering a drug-free Cannabis plant for hemp fiber and oil, University of Minnesota researchers have identified genes producing tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive substance in marijuana.

Hey Videogame Marketing Guys, Try This Stuff!

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Promotional ideas so crazy they just might work.

Intelligence Analyst Says Hacking Charge Doesn't Compute

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

A Defense Department intelligence analyst hit with a federal computer hacking charge last week says he's being made a scapegoat for a security slip-up that sent a password in a nationwide terrorism investigation to "tens of thousands" of analysts without the need-to-know.

The 5 Most Ridiculously Awful Computers Ever Made

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

In order to get you the machine that functions at the level it does, the PC industry went through many, many horrible designs and ill-conceived products. So you can bitch about the cheap Gateway laptop you've been using for five years, but at least it's not any of these.

Jon Stewart's Extended Interview with Bill Clinton

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 02:40 PM PDT

The former president talks health care reform, his meeting with Kim Jong-il and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Top Nine Inappropriate Outbursts in September

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

The top nine outbursts in the month of September from the likes of Joe Wilson, Kanye West, how a newscaster should teach a chicken, and more....

Author Dan Brown's 20 Worst Sentences

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

f Dan Brown's new novel The Lost Symbol is anything like his previous works, it will not go down well with the critics. Famously, comedian Stewart Lee mocked him for using the sentence "The famous man looked at the red cup" in his bestselling The Da Vinci Code.

NBA to lock out its officials, use replacements

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The NBA has officially notified the National Basketball Referees Association that it has declared a lockout of the referees, National Basketball Referees' Association Executive Director Lamell McMorris told SportsBusiness Journal Friday afternoon.

iPod Touch vs Zune HD [Video]

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Apple or Microsoft? The battle moves to your pocket with two new top-notch, touch-screen media players.

Phil Schiller rejected Google Voice from the App Store?

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Google says Phil Schiller himself rejected Google Voice from the App Store

Wendy's Plastic Removed From Man's Lung

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

John Manley complained of fatigue, coughing fits and pneumonia spells and now, after two years of agony, doctors at Duke University Hospital believe a small piece of plastic is to blame. Manley, 50, apparently inhaled the 1-inch plastic fragment while eating at a Wendy's restaurant. The Wendy's logo can still be seen on the side of the plastic.

Space images by Astronomy Photographer of the Year [PICS]

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

These incredible images are not the latest pictures from NASA's Hubble space telescope, but are in fact the work of amateur British stargazer Martin Pugh.

The Importance Of Enthusiasm In Any Product

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

A video took the web by storm today entitled Incredible, amazing, awesome Apple. Basically, it boils down Apple's latest event into a series ...

Hole-in-one nets Utah amateur golfer $1 million

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Utah's newest millionaire got rich with his brother's nine iron and a little luck.

Big Content to FCC: don't kill our ISP filtering dream!

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Content industry lobbyists told the FCC today that they still can't "compete with free," then later in the proceeding listed all the innovative ways in which they were doing just that. Turns out that "we can't compete" is really just code for "please allow ISP content filtering and more DRM."

Jon Stewart: Ernie Anastos Stole My Catch Phrase!

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

He couldn't settle for "fingerbang that monkey" could he? Stupid chicken f*cker.

The World's 10 Most Valuable Brands (Updated)

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:11 PM PDT

This is the first time the combined value of the world's top 100 brands as ranked by Interbrand, a branding agency, has fallen in the 10 years Interbrand has assessed them.

Final Fantasy XIII: New Scans Featuring New Character

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Square Enix Presented a new character in the lastest V-Jump Magazine. Enter Serah Farron - Lightning's younger sister and Snow's fiance.

Celebrating Your Kids Birthday At Hooters: AWESOME

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 01:00 PM PDT


Chronic Pain Makes 50-year-olds Feel 80

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 12:41 PM PDT

People who suffer chronic pain tend to have general physical capabilities similar to those decades older. While pain is poorly understood, many experts now recommend physical exercise to combat many types of chronic pain, in addition to medication in some cases .... When you are in pain, how do you handle your problem?

Why Google brand value 'on the rise' ???

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

In these uncertain economic times, people want answers - one reason perhaps why Google's brand value is soaring and bank brands are plunging.Google's brand value rose 25% to $31.9bn (£19.5bn) from the year before according to Interbrand's survey of global brands, the year's biggest rise.

Disloyal employees are not hackers, says court

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

An appeals court has ruled that a former employee who took company data with him for his own business did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, despite his unethical actions. This outcome pits the court against itself as to whether disloyal computer use counts as unauthorized access.

Jane Goodall: The plight of the chimpanzees isn't over yet

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Jane Goodall describes what it was like to see vast deforestation trapping chimpanzees on a small, genetically isolated island -- and why, despite the depressing sight, she still has not lost hope.

The Science of Hunger: What 1 Billion People Feel

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Despite a record level of people suffering from hunger, food aid is at a 20-year low due to the poor global economy, United Nations officials said today. The result: More than 1 billion people across the world will face hunger this year.

Ohhhh Baby!

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Large lovin' is good lovin'

What Not to Wear When Worrying about Swine Flu

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 11:30 AM PDT

I was halfway through my experiment in the outer limits of swine flu paranoia, testing the tolerance of New Yorkers and of my own ability to keep a straight face. So far so good, and the chopped salad was delicious, thank you. (Yes, I removed the mask first.)

Retailers Ready For Fight On Credit Card Fees

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Restaurants and retailers in the U.S. pay a steep fee each time they swipe your credit card. Armed with new data showing such fees to be unusually high, retailers are preparing to fight back.

Google Launches New Ad Marketplace; Ads Will Never Be same

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 11:01 AM PDT

You're probably familiar with Google AdSense and AdWords, Google'sGoogle flagship advertising products. It's how Google makes its billion of dollars. Google has just launched the DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and it is just like AdWords and AdSense, except that it is a marketplace for display ads.

Pink & Blue: Color and Gender [Pics]

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 11:00 AM PDT

Inspired by her own daughter's obsession with the color pink, photographer and academic JeongMee Yoon decided to embark on the "Pink & Blue Project."

2009's Most Fuel Efficient Cars

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 11:00 AM PDT

Green is still a red hot buzzword in the auto industry, with all manufacturers competing to showcase their commitment to fuel savings. While not all of our picks are considered paragons of green technology, each represents the most efficient vehicle in its class, based on annual fuel cost.

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