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Friday, January 29, 2010



Mass Effect 2 Sells 500,000 Units on Day One in the Americas

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 05:50 PM PST

The first big blockbuster of the year arrives with very strong day one sales as MAG also has a strong debut on PS3

Congress probes Toyota recalls as impact spreads

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 05:30 PM PST

Toyota Motor Corp faced scrutiny from Congress over its biggest ever safety recall as investors, suppliers and consumers weighed the impact of an unprecedented halt in U.S. production by the No.1 automaker.

AT&T Spyroom & NSA Warrantless Eavesdropping: Yes They Can?

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 05:20 PM PST

Heads spun exactly four years ago when AT&T was accused of funneling every one of its customers' electronic communications to the NSA without warrants. It seemed far-fetched that a lawsuit alleged such a sweeping breach of the Fourth Amendment right to be free from warrantless searches and seizures. Yet courts, congress shun addressing legality...

State Department: U.S. working to prevent child trafficking

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 05:10 PM PST

The United States will work with the Haitian government and with international and private aid groups to protect Haitian children who might be at risk because they were orphaned or separated from their parents by the earthquake, the State Department said Thursday.

From the Archives: A Revealing Interview With Steve Jobs

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 05:00 PM PST

In 1994, Apple's kingpin sat down for a free-ranging session with Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell. As he introduces his latest revolutionary product, a rare glimpse into the mind of a true visionary.

Leno's Wrong! 10 Classic Shows that Struggled with Ratings

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 04:50 PM PST

The former "Tonight Show" host is the villain of the day, after NBC allowed Conan O'Brien to walk away from the show and give it back to Leno. After processing all of Leno's reasons for heading back to the television institution, one of his recent statements on "The Jay Leno Show" kept bugging me...

Why Molecules Favor Complex Geometric Patterns

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 04:40 PM PST

Scientists have discovered new clues to how and why groups of atoms and molecules may favor less symmetrical and more complex, flexible geometric patterns. The answer relates to a familiar concept in physics -- entropy. The researchers literally first caught sight of the link by using magnetic stick and ball construction toys.

How To Haggle

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 04:30 PM PST

In the Great Recession, anything goes.

Bees recognize human faces using feature configuration

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 04:20 PM PST

Going about their day-to-day business, bees have no need to be able to recognise human faces. Yet in 2005, when Adrian Dyer from Monash University trained the fascinating insects to associate pictures of human faces with tasty sugar snacks, they seemed to be able to do just that.

Hiding Edwards' Mistress Cost $1 Million

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 04:10 PM PST

Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., got wealthy benefactors to kick in at least $1 million to hide his pregnant mistress from the world, a former aide says.

Australia Bans Small Boobs And Female Ejaculation In Porn

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 04:00 PM PST

In an effort to curtail kiddy porn and simulated kiddy porn, the Aussie government imposed censorship restrictions on adult films with flat chested gals and female ejaculation.

Rare vase used as umbrella stand

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 03:30 PM PST

A Chinese vase, thought to have been owned by Florence Nightingale's family, has been discovered inside the spare room of an elderly couple's home. The "lost masterpiece" could fetch £250,000 at auction in February, despite being damaged after it was used as an umbrella stand.

10 Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows in NFL History (Pics)

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 03:10 PM PST

From Chubby Checker to Prince, there's been some pretty amazing Super Bowl halftime shows. Here are the 10 best.

Cameras Roll As Obama Schools GOP

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 03:10 PM PST

For roughly an hour and a half, Obama lectured GOP leaders and, in a protracted, nationally-televised question-and-answer session, deflected their policy critiques, corrected their misstatements and scolded them for playing petty politics. So effective was the president that Fox News cut away from the broadcast 20 minutes before it ended.

The iPad is a comedy gold mine [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 03:10 PM PST

the iPad is so stupid that the number of comedy possibilities is just... astounding.

Charlie Brooker - How To Report The News

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 03:00 PM PST

A hilarious parody of lazily edited news reports from Series 2, Episode 2 of Charlie Brooker's Newswipe.

Former Aide Was Trying To Sell John Edwards' Sex Tape

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 02:50 PM PST

John Edwards' former aide Andrew Young was trying to sell the sex tape of Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter. That's the real story behind Hunter winning a temporary restraining order Friday prohibiting Young from disseminating the tape.

Eye See Sunset [PIC]

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 02:40 PM PST


Climate, Energy Programs May See Boost Despite Budget Freeze

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 02:40 PM PST

Climate change and clean energy programs, which the Obama administration has championed, are expected to remain priorities at U.S. EPA and the Energy Department in the president's fiscal 2011 budget request despite a request to freeze non-military discretionary spending for the next three years.

How To Get On the Reddit Homepage - The Oatmeal

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 02:40 PM PST


CBS Rejects Super Bowl Ad for Gay Dating Site [video]

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 02:40 PM PST

CBS rejected the ad, which was made available for viewing on YouTube late on Thursday. Watch to find out what all the controversy was about.

Fellas, This Chick Could Kick Your Ass (Video)

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 02:30 PM PST

Dutch women's MMA star Marloes Coenen is a badass.

Impossible Friendship: Three Guepards And Little Impala

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 02:10 PM PST

This amazing story will show you how even animals have a compassion and they are not always just instinctive killers as we believed they are.

Cell Phone Bans Don't Decrease Accidents, Study Says

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 02:10 PM PST

Policymakers who have become increasingly concerned about drivers using cell phones now have a new worry: According to a study of four jurisdictions that have banned the use of hand-held devices while driving, the laws have not reduced accident rates.

Obama Budget Ends Return-To-Moon Plan

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 01:40 PM PST

President Barack Obama is essentially grounding plans to return astronauts to the moon and instead is sending NASA in new directions with roughly $6 billion more.

Fat Blogger to Square Off Against DeSean Jackson

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 01:30 PM PST

Gatorade's dragging someone out of their basement to go head-to-head with the Eagles' star wideout in an exercise test on live streaming internet. This should go well.

Pee-wee Herman Gets An iPad!

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 01:20 PM PST

Pee-wee Herman shows his new Apple iPad to the Playhouse Gang!

Kurt Warner retires after 12 seasons in NFL

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 01:10 PM PST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kurt Warner has called an end to one of the great storybook careers in NFL history.

Jon Stewart: Chris Matthews 1 Scotch Away from Ron Burgundy

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 01:00 PM PST

The Daily Show covers The State of the Union, the GOP response and the media coverage.

Homeowner Ass'n: We Cannot Tolerate 'Doorbell Malfunction'

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 12:50 PM PST

Homeowner association letter from hell. Resident seems not to be with the program...

3 Strikes Coming To The United States Via The Back Door?

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 12:50 PM PST

"3 Strikes" is a regime being introduced in various countries around the world to try to deal with illicit file-sharing. Already Taiwan, South Korea and France are putting their versions of the plan into action and other countries have similar proposals under discussion. In one form or another, could the same be coming to the United States?

Vancouver Forced to Import Snow for Winter Olympics

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 12:50 PM PST

Snow, some man-made and stockpiled during the season, will be brought in from higher elevations by land (snow-moving equipment and dump trucks) and possibly air (a helicopter). In some cases straw and wood forms will be used as foundations and topped with snow, further reducing the amount of snow needed.

Dude Will Trade Left Testicle For Super Bowl Tickets (PIC)

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 12:30 PM PST

With Super Bowl XLIV in Miami less than two weeks away, NFL fans from all over America are doing whatever they can to get their hands on a pair of tickets to the big game.

Bummer: Court Denies Exemption of Pot-Smoking Religion

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 12:30 PM PST

Though not necessary for Church of Reality practice, weed is apparently a really important aspect. So eventually its founder decided to ask the Drug Enforcement Administration for an weed exemption from the Controlled Substance Act under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The DEA said no way.

25 People Punched In The Face [PICS]

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 12:30 PM PST

If the best way to stop a punch is with your face, then these guys are all pros.

Police Officer Accidentally Used Pepper Spray on Burning Man

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 12:00 PM PST

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland police are considering a policy change after an officer inadvertently grabbed a pepper spray canister instead of a fire extinguisher to help a man who set himself on fire.

Why I Don’t Check Voicemail Anymore [Comic]

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 11:30 AM PST

Also, it's 2010. Do you think we can replace the electronic mailbox voice to something a little more human sounding?

Lindsay Lohan Topless Skinny-Dipping With Her Mom In Machete

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 11:30 AM PST

Not only will the 22-year-old actress go topless as gun-toting socialite April Benz in Robert Rodriguez's new action flick, Machete, but she goes skinny-dipping with her on-screen mom!

Student-built Rubiks Cube Satellite Selected for NASA Flight

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 11:30 AM PST

A tiny communications satellite designed and built by University of Colorado at Boulder undergraduates has been selected as one of three university research satellites to be launched into orbit in November as part of a NASA space education initiative.

13-, 12-Year Old Charged With Child Porn After Sexting

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 11:20 AM PST

Middle school students had been "sexting" each other, authorities say.

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