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Tuesday, September 22, 2009



Ad.ly Brings Sponsored Tweets From Celebrities

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

As Twitter continues to mull over how to make money, startups are looking to capitalize on the advertising potential of the microblogging platform. And today, Ad.ly, an Los Angeles-based startup, is launching a Twitter-based advertising network to connect high-end brand advertisers with celebrity and high-profile Twitter users.

The Costs of Snitchin' in the Hood

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

She knows that in two hours she will be on the witness stand sitting directly across from a murderer, breaking the most fundamental law of the projects: Don't snitch. Deanna Johnson testified against a murderer to save her son. But in the projects, the truth comes at a steep price.

10 Strange and Memorable Museums (Pics)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Paris's Louvre Museum are two of the top museums in the world, and rightfully so. However, there are a number of smaller museums that are notable due to their extremely unusual collections. Some feature aliens and Spam.

The Most Shocking & Salacious Political Sex Scandals

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Ah, politicians. Idealistic men and women who want to make the world a better place, or corrupt men and women who are self-serving and egomaniacal. Here are 10 of the most shocking and salacious political sex scandals in history.

Sea Lion Steals Man's Fish

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

This guys spends over 15 minutes reeling in a large fish and just as they finally net him and start to pull it in the boat a sea lion jumps up and snags it away.

Smokey the cat shot 13 times in head, walks home

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

An Australian cat named Smokey survived 13 shots to the head from an air rifle and then found his way home after what police on Tuesday called a "shocking" act of animal cruelty.

Macintosh Portable Turns 20: 16lbs, 16Mhz of Apple Glory

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

September 1989: Much excitement surrounds Apple's first battery-powered Mac. But the 4-inch thick, 16-pound beast stretched the definition of "Portable". And though $6500 wasn't unusual at that time, it was underpowered, and couldn't run on AC power while charging.

Improv Everywhere: Subway Yearbook Photos [Video]

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 03:50 PM PDT

For our latest mission, we installed a photography studio on a random subway car. We claimed that the MTA had hired us to take photos of every single person who rides the subway and that we'd be producing a yearbook at the end of the year. Most people were happy to pose for us, and the resulting photos show just how diverse New York subway riders..

Snapture Goes Legit Finally... Now its in Apple's App Store

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 03:40 PM PDT

It's been a long road, but Snapture, the pro iPhone camera application, has finally gone legit. This app costs a mere $2 with all the features and is climbing the charts in rankings and ratings. I think it was definitely a good move.

10 Amazing Modern Watch Designs of the Future

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

The techniques of luxury watch design can be as intricate and delicate as those of a precision automobile, albeit on a much smaller scale. To celebrate this craft and it's future, here are 10 watches on the cutting edge.

Job Cuts in the Car Industry (Graphic)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 03:10 PM PDT

The car industry crisis deepens with the announcement of the latest job cuts taking place in Europe.

Autumnal Equinox 2009: Facts on the First Day of Fall

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

In the Northern Hemisphere fall officially begins at 5:19 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 22, 2009—the autumnal equinox, or fall equinox. But don't be fooled by the notion that on the autumnal equinox the length of day is exactly equal to the length of night.

Planet's Violent Epicenter -A Sweeping Arc of 160 Volcano

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Karymsky, the most active volcano in the eastern volcanic zone Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometer long peninsula in the Russian Far East. The Kamchatka River and the surrounding Central Valley are flanked by large volcanic belts, containing around 160 volcanoes,...

Galactic-scale observatory planned

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Physicists have drawn up ambitious plans to detect very low-frequency gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of space–time that general relativity predicts ought to pervade the universe.

Attack On Medical Marijuana Moving Northward

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

First, we heard from ambitious, headline-seeking San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis that there are "no such things" as legal medical marijuana dispensaries, despite state law.

13 Real Animals Lifted Directly Out of Your Nightmares

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Nature seems to have a limitless supply of creativity. And by creativity, we mean nightmare-fuel.

Obama's Appearance With David Letterman (VIDEO)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

My impression of him from the show: he's one chill funny guy. Here are the highlights from Barack Obama's appearance on "The Late Show" last night. I much prefer this condensed version to the full interview, as I'm a busy man with lots of cat videos to watch.

Video Game Henchmen Job Applications (pics)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

A second chance for those we've beaten and tortured

Halo 3: ODST Review

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

The newest iteration of Microsoft's Halo doesn't leave you much time to catch your breath; Halo 3: ODST literally drops you right into the action.

Man wrecks car, shoots at bystanders, flees... with no legs

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

A DOUBLE amputee who rolled his car is alleged to have fired shots at a person who came to help before spending eight hours on the run from police in bushland.

World's major river deltas sinking while seas rise

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

2/3 of the world's major deltas, home to half a billion people, are caught in the scissors of sinking land and rising seas. 85% of the 33 largest delta regions experienced severe flooding over the past decade, affecting 260,000 square km. Delta land vulnerable to serious flooding could expand by 50% this century if ocean levels increase as expected

3 Flight of the Conchords Songs Heading to Rock Band!

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

When Jemaine Clement deadpans that Flight of the Conchords, the outrageous music/comedy duo who just missed an Emmy last night, has three tunes coming to Rock Band, I have two reactions: "Oh, B.S.," and "God, I hope so." The Emmys' red carpet is a weird place to drop a bomb like that.

10 Awesome Football Announcer Screw Ups [Videos]

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Announcing a football game is hard work. You have to watch the game and talk about what's going on, and you don't even get to pound beer and Doritos while you're doing it. It's just too damn stressful up in the booth. That's why football announcers are always dropping F-bombs and saying really racist and/or homophobic things

After megapixels: 10 new camera battlegrounds

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

So with the pixel race now dying down, manufacturers want to turn our heads elsewhere. Let's run down a top 10 of gimmicks you should look for on your next compact.

Stunning Blue Lightning Strike Splits Sky Over Yachts (PIC)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

This stunning shot shows a magnificent lightning strike over Jordan Point Marina, Hopewell, Virginia. Click to enlarge...

Glenn Beck Was For the Bailouts Before He Was Against Them

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Exactly one year ago today, Beck publicly endorsed the bank bailouts. "The 'Real Story' is: The $700 billion that you're hearing about now is not only, I believe, necessary, it is also not nearly enough, and all of the weasels in Washington know it."

Ex-Giants WR Plaxico Burress begins jail time immediately

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Ex-Giants WR Plaxico Burress sentenced to 2 years, begins serving jail time immediately -

$500K Genius Grants Awarded to 24 Recipients

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:50 PM PDT

The $500,000 fellowships were announced Tuesday by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Of the 24 recipients, nine are still in their 30s."This is not just an award for past accomplishment (but) for the potential to do more creative things in the future," said Bob Gallucci, the foundation's president.

7 Intriguing Genetically Modified Fruits & Veggies

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Genetically modified food is one of great controversies of our time. Supporters point to wonderful possibilities of nutrient-packed food and solving world hunger, while critics fear unknown effects on human health. But whatever one's opinion the matter, one thing is clear: some genetically modified fruits and vegetables are awfully intriguing.

Electric Supercharger Boosts Torque 50%, Reduces CO2 by 20%

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Tests on various engine types have shown that a gasoline engine equipped with this tech can compete with a diesel, and torque has been increased by 40-50% and CO2 emissions have been reduced by around 20%.

My Only Complaint is the Carrots, They’re Intimidating

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Anybody who's ever worked in the food services industry, or any industry for that matter, has probably come across some odd complaints. However...

The Most Controversial Magazine Covers of All Time

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

A collection of magazine covers that have stirred up controversy through the years.

Google adds support for push Gmail via Exchange ActiveSync

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Google Sync's pretty awesome as it is, but it's had one glaring flaw in its implementation: no support for Gmail, just Calendar and Contacts, which means you aren't able to get true push email delivered. Well, they've gone ahead and completed the holy Google trinity today with the introduction of Gmail support into the Exchange ActiveSync

Death row inmate stabbed with 18 needles in faulty execution

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Is subjecting an inmate to a failed execution cruel and unusual punishment?

Netflix CEO: iPhone streaming coming... eventually

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 11:40 AM PDT

As for the iPhone, Hastings told Reuters in a recent interview that it's "something that's likely to come over time," but that it would not be available in the near future. "We will get to mobile eventually, including the iPhone." Let's just say those aren't very encouraging words.

Rhode Island GOP assemblyman quits party following embarrass

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 11:30 AM PDT

Ivan Marte, the ex-chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly, has announced that he's quitting the Republican Party because he was embarrassed by Rep. Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst at President Obama: "I do not want to continue being a member of a party in which the members of the party express themselves in that way," said Marte.

NetFlix Everywhere: Sorry Cable, You're History

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 11:20 AM PDT

Today, nearly 3 million users access Netflix's instant streaming service, watching an estimated 5 million movies and TV shows every week on their PCs or living room sets. By the end of 2009, nearly 10 million Netflix-equipped gadgets will be hanging on walls and sitting in entertainment centers. And CEO Reed Hastings says this is just the beginning

‘Top Secret’ Sony Details Leaked By Sega

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 11:00 AM PDT

Looks like Sega have dropped the ball. The following document was found on Sega's FTP. It reveals a lot of interesting details including information about

Jetpack company in mystery defence talks

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 10:50 AM PDT

The manufacturers of a James Bond-type personal flying machine are negotiating a multi-million dollar deal with a foreign government to use them in civil emergencies.

TF2 Blog Letter from Saxton Hale

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 10:40 AM PDT

A letter from Mann Co, regarding an inventor's idea of "Guard Dogs".

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