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Friday, January 1, 2010



Four Tennessee Basketball Players Arrested

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 05:30 PM PST

Four Tennessee men's basketball players were arrested at a traffic stop Friday and face weapon and drug charges.

Drunken Drivers Evade the Cops With Twitter

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 05:20 PM PST

Twitter has become the ultimate turncoat lately, functioning as a soldier for the police and drunken drivers alike. We reported last week that inebriated drivers in Texas are to be outed on Twitter, and now cops report that the culprits themselves are using the microblogging site to inform others of the location of sobriety checkpoints.

Welcoming 2010 - The Big Picture [Pics]

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 05:20 PM PST

People all around the world gathered in groups large and small last night to usher out the previous year, and welcome the arrival of 2010. Under a rare New Year's Eve Blue Moon, crowds watched fireworks, cheered, made resolutions, and counted down to midnight.

Overall VGChartz Game of the Year Awards 2009

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 05:00 PM PST

On the final day of 2009 we present you with our picks for the best games of the entire year!

Police: Suicide bombing kills 75 in NW Pakistan - Yahoo! New

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 05:00 PM PST

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle in a crowd of people watching a volleyball tournament Friday in northwest Pakistan, killing 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two months.

The Google Countdown Reveals Its Explosively Colorful Secret

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 05:00 PM PST

A few weeks ago we wrote about a mysterious Easter Egg on Google's homepage that we dubbed The Google Countdown. After clicking "I'm Feeling Lucky" with no search query entered. A little trickery with our computer clocks revealed that the timer was counting down to the New Year a cheesy digital fireworks display that overlays the homepage.

Mad Cow prions found to have zombie characteristics

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:45 PM PST

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have determined for the first time that prions, bits of infectious protein devoid of DNA or RNA that can cause fatal neurodegenerative disease, are capable of Darwinian evolution.

Chinese New Year

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:40 PM PST

Chinese mercantilism is a growing problem, and the victims of that mercantilism have little to lose from a trade confrontation.

Trying Out Single Window Mode on GIMP 2.7

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:20 PM PST

The open source image editor known as GIMP doesn't need an introduction. Neither does its multi-window interface. Here is a simple way to try out the single window mode in the upcoming GIMP 2.7.

Hole in Moon Suitable for Space Colony

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:20 PM PST

The vertical hole, in the volcanic Marius Hills region on the moon's near side, is 213 feet wide and is estimated to be more than 260 feet deep, according to findings published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

ABBA Shooting A "Happy New Year" Video [FLASHBACK 1980 PICS]

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:20 PM PST

"Happy New Year" is a popular song by Swedish pop group ABBA from their 1980 album Super Trouper. The song's working title was all the more festive and humorous; "Daddy Don't Get Drunk on Christmas Day".In 1980, the song was released as a single in Japan, Brazil and Portugal.

Congress lets 50 tax breaks expire at end of '09

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:10 PM PST

When members of the Senate left for home, they left the future of 50 individual and business tax breaks in limbo. All expire at the end of 2009.

Transborder Immigration Phone App Sparks Heated Debate

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:00 PM PST

At first glance, it sounded as if a pair of University of California, San Diego professors were cooking up a mobile phone app that would actually assist in the illegal crossing of the US border by Mexican citizens, but in fact, their work is far different than what you may believe.

Credit Card Scanning Add-On Coming to iPhone

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:00 PM PST

Mophie, maker of battery add-ons and cases for iPhones and iPods is set to show off its credit card reader and third-party app for the iPhone. Now you can sell stuff or steal money from anywhere!

Bytejacker: 2009 Free Indie Game Awards Show (Video)

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:00 PM PST

The votes have been counted, the judges have been bribed, and the host is coked up. It's time to honor the best free, independently-developed games of the last year!

Pakistan volleyball blast kills 88

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 03:47 PM PST

A suicide bomber blew himself up in an SUV at a volleyball game in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 88 people in a village that opposes al Qaeda-linked Taliban insurgents.

PayPal vs Fake PayPal: Can You Tell the Difference? [PIC]

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 03:40 PM PST

Back in October, we wrote about a new policy approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that will allow non-Latin domain names...check out what could happen.

Women Think Fitting Into Old Jeans is 'Better Than Sex'

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 03:10 PM PST

More than a quarter of British women believe fitting into an old pair of jeans again would feel better than sex, according to research.

Unique Sculptures Laser Cut from Dictionary Pages (PICS)

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 03:10 PM PST


Game Over, Cat (PIC)

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 02:50 PM PST

And to think he slept peacefully through the whole thing.

Cheery-voiced GPS units lead drivers into danger

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 02:10 PM PST

Last weekend began like a modern Christmas fairy tale for Starry Bush-Rhoads & John Rhoads and Jeramie & Megan Garrison: Two traveling couples using GPS navigation units took two SUVs on two shortcuts up two snowy backcountry Oregon roads. Then the couples got stuck and wound up cold and hungry -- staying that way until searchers found them....

December 1st month without US combat death in Iraq

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 01:50 PM PST

December was the first month since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq nearly seven years ago in which no U.S. forces died in combat in the country.

Tasmanian devil facial cancer origins 'identified

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 01:30 PM PST

Researchers say they have identified the genetic source of fatal tumours that are driving Tasmanian devils towards extinction. The disease has caused the devil population to collapse by 60% in the past decade. Experts warn that without intervention, the disease could wipe out the wild population of the world's largest carnivorous marsupial

Ancient Earth Carvings Found in Amazon Jungle

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 01:10 PM PST

Environmentalists bemoan the clearcutting of the Amazon rainforests. But an unexpected bonus has turned up: Beneath cleared jungle archaeologists are uncovering mysterious geometric designs carved into the earth.

Swine Flu May be Less Contagious than Feared

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 01:00 PM PST

Swine flu is less contagious than the novel viruses that have caused big world outbreaks in the past, new research suggests.If someone in your home has swine flu, your odds of catching it are about 1 in 8...

Honda Technology Connects Brain with Robotics

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 12:40 PM PST

A new device developed in Japan by Honda Motor Company can analyze thought patterns and actually relays them as wireless commands.

Apple Is Expecting To Ship 10 Million Tablet PCs a Year

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 12:30 PM PST

Apple Inc. expects to ship 10 million tablet computers in the device's first year of release, former Google Inc. executive Lee Kai-fu wrote on his blog, citing a friend familiar with the project whom he didn't name. The Apple Tablet will be released by Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs next month and be sold for less than $1,000, according

The most-read stories of 2009

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 12:20 PM PST

As 2009 draws to a close, a look at the stories that were among the most-read of the year, from the serious to the light-hearted.

378 Drivers Starting in Worlds Most Dangerous Race

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 12:10 PM PST

51 drivers have died since the inception of the Paris - Dakar Rally. It is now staged in South America because of security concerns in North Africa.

20 million-plus collect unemployment checks in '09

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 11:40 AM PST

A record 20 million-plus people collected unemployment benefits at some point in 2009, a year that ended with the jobless rate at 10 percent.

Evander Holyfield to Fight for Heavyweight Title at Age 47

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 11:30 AM PST

KAMPALA, Uganda — Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will challenge Francois Botha for the lightly regarded WBF title in Uganda on Jan. 16.

Cops pinch 'Deadliest Catch' greenhorn for bank robberies

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 11:21 AM PST

Police say a man who appeared in the Discovery Channel show "Deadliest Catch" is wanted for three bank robberies in Oregon and has been arrested in Illinois.

Study: Heavy Heating Oil Has Severe Effect on Air Quality

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 11:00 AM PST

New York City and an environmental group found high levels of pollutants in neighborhoods where buildings burn No. 4 or No. 6 oil.

Man killed while roasting pig in backyard

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 10:40 AM PST

A man was killed when he fell into a backyard fire pit in Phoenix, officials say. The man had been roasting a pig in the 3-foot deep pit, apparently for a large block party to celebrate the New Year. Somehow the man fell in about 8:15 p.m.

Apple Refuses To Send Stolen iPhone Back To Rightful Owner

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 10:30 AM PST

Alisa was robbed on the subway a couple of weeks ago, and now someone else has contacted Apple about replacing the phone due to a software malfunction. Alisa found out about this because her email account is still associated with it, but neither she nor the police can persuade Apple to return the phone to her

Camera captures video of teen's shooting (video)

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 10:30 AM PST

The snippet of security video lasts just under 30 seconds, but it's enough to capture a 16-year-old boy tumbling to the ground after being shot in the back, then trying to get up after being shot again. Three hours later, Fred Couch would be dead.

Google Phone (Nexus One) might officially launch next week

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 10:20 AM PST

Google on Tuesday sent out invitations for a January 5 "Android press gathering" at their Mountain View, Calif. campus. Most everyone expects the event will be the official unveiling of the Nexus One mobile phone, although Google didn't say as much in the invitation.

This Back Flip Attempt Never Had A Chance (GIF)

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 10:10 AM PST

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell that this guy is not a gymnast.

New Sony Vaio Laptops Feature 17 Hours of Battery Life

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 10:00 AM PST

The previously phased out 11.1-inch Sony Vaio T has shown back up over at Sony Style Japan. The good news is that this time, it's a Windows 7 CULV on the inside, even if it looks the same on the outside. The laptop's life is rated at about 11 hours when equipped with the standard battery, or 17 with the large capacity

Call Them The Bullets: NBA Players Draw Guns in Locker Room

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 09:50 AM PST

The NBA's investigation into firearms brought into the Washington Wizards (formerly Bullets) locker room centers on a conflict between star Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton. The two reportedly drew guns at each other IN THE LOCKER ROOM.

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