Archive for May, 2007

Music Videos To Appear On YouTube

May 31, 2007

“Finally – users will be able to see music videos on YouTube. -)Ok, well, now at least it’s more legal. EMI Music just announced they have reached terms with Google’s YouTube both to distribute music videos from EMI artists on YouTube and to enable consumers to leverage the EMI music library in their own YouTube video creations.”

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Id Software Announces New Game Engine

May 31, 2007

“With releases for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 scheduled for the end of this calendar year, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars now seems to be comfortably on autopilot. With this joint project between id Software and Splash Damage soon to be complete, it now seems as if id has been freed to work on yet another engine to be used with another brand new franchise.At a London event earlier this week, id CEO Todd Hollenshead was the first to reveal the news to GamesIndustry.biz.

“We are working on an all-new franchise,” he stated. “It’s not Doom, it’s not Quake, it’s not Wolfenstein, it’s not Enemy Territory, it’s not even Commander Keen! It is a new id brand with an all-new John Carmack engine, and I think that when we show it to people, once again they’ll see, just like they saw when we first showed Doom 3, that John Carmack still has a lot of magic left.””

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The Prius Breaks The 100MPG Barrier

May 31, 2007

Lithium Technology Corporation has unveiled a new line of batteries to be used in electric and hybrid vehicles. Made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) cells, LTC is confident that they could transform a 46MPG Prius into a 125MPG green machine.”

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50 Politicians Who’ve Gotten Money From The RIAA

May 31, 2007

“You know we hate the RIAA around here, for good reason. While the DRM thing seems to be getting better, we still hate their lawsuits and their shiftless nature. You do realize that their bully tactics are tolerated by the government for a reason, right? Because they give lots of money to politicians.”

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TiVo Prepping A “Mass Appeal” HD DVR Priced Below Series 3

May 31, 2007

“Everyone knows that true DVR nirvana requires support for sweet, sweet HD video. Yet while the cost of HDTVs has dropped sharply in the last 5 years, the cost of getting an HD TiVo up and running has not. The much-anticipated Series 3 debuted at $799, and the previous DirecTiVo HR 10-250 debuted at over $1,000. This situation is particularly bad for TiVo, as several cable and satellite operators now offer their own HD DVRs—often for as little as $10 per month. Many consumers aren’t interested in paying the major price premium that TiVo requires, even if they believe that TiVo provides both a superior product and experience (a belief I completely agree with).”

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Government Awards $20B Telecom Contract

May 31, 2007

“Five companies — AT&T Inc., Level 3 Communications, Verizon Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. — on Thursday were awarded a federal telecommunications contract worth up to $20 billion over 10 years.

Getting on the so-called Networx Enterprise contract is the first step. The winners must now compete with each other to win business from agencies looking to improve their voice, data and other telecom services.

It’s the second telecom contract awarded by the General Services Administration in about two months.”

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Free Steam Games For All ATI Radeon Card Users

May 31, 2007

“Effective immediately, all owners of ATI Radeon graphics cards may receive a free copy of Half-Life 2: Lost Coast and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch via Steam, http://www.steampowered.com/ati_offer1a/. Steam will automatically confirm the presence of ATI RadeonT hardware and then enable immediate access to full versions of the games free of charge. ”

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Gates, Jobs Make Rare Joint Appearance

May 31, 2007

“It was pure technology theater – Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs sharing a stage for the first time in two decades.But in the end, last night’s highly anticipated face-off between the computer industry rivals produced polite, witty and straightforward banter and not many zingers.”

” Even questions about the rivalry from Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walt Mossberg and reporter Kara Swisher – the hosts of the “D: All Things Digital” conference in Carlsbad – mostly failed to get the technology icons to take the bait.”

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Google Releases Open Source Toolkit For Offline Web Apps

May 31, 2007

“Google joins the group of companies trying solve the offline web application problem with Google Gears. Released as an developer oriented open source technology, under a BSD license, as a new browser extension. It provides 3 significant components to the browser ecosystem. A multithreaded javascript environment, which provides a restricted background taks JavaScript environment for accessing remote data source without blocking the main UI. Adding support for local data storage is a new set of javascript APIs. The storage support transactional data based on SQLite. The last part is local application caching wich hosts data locally and pulls down updated data . So the other The plugin and SDK is released under a BSD license. The first Google app released as a Gears enabled example is Google Reader with offline capabilities. The Google Web Toolkit will add support for Gears to facilitate the easy of adding offline support to Google Web Toolkits.”

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eBay Confirms StumbleUpon Acquisition For $75 Million

May 30, 2007

“Web 2.0 Wednesday continues with eBay confirming (EBAY) that it bought StumbleUpon for $75 million.  As I mentioned back in April, when this story first broke:The reason StumbleUpon is so hot right now is because it represents a fruitful area beyond search: discovery.  Search engines are good for when you pretty much know what you are looking for. But discovery engines like StumbleUpon’s use a combination of your own stated preferences and those of people like you to surface Websites, videos, photographs, and other information you didn’t even know you might like. “

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