Amazon is working on a Web site called "Askville" that lets people ask questions and get answers from other people, according to a posting on the Overstated blog. The posting shows excerpts from an e-mail invitation sent to Amazon customers that says Askville users will be rewarded for asking and answering questions with a virtual currency called "coins." The coins will be redeemable in another community Amazon expects to open up next year called "Questville." Askville is open by invitation only right now. It will compete with established Q&A sites operated by … Read more
When I first heard that Stephen Colbert had something up on eBay, I was wondering if the Comedy Central fake-news pundit was trying to mess with the auction site in a way akin to how he once crashed Wikipedia and had his username banned. Unfortunately, it's not quite as exciting as that, but it's for a good cause. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his TV show, "The Colbert Report," Colbert has put a famous prop from his set--the portrait of himself that hangs above his "fireplace"--up for auction on eBay. All proceeds … Read more
During the next earthquake, San Francisco plans to text its residents on what to do and where to go.
The system, coordinated by the Department of Emergency Management, is called AlertSF, and Mayor Gavin Newsom has asked San Franciscans to sign up for it.
The service will be powered by the Roam Secure Alert Network and used to provide warnings, such as severe flooding in a particular area, as well as information after an emergency like an earthquake has taken place. Users may register their ZIP code and address so that they can receive information specific to their neighborhood.
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Amazon.com's much-maligned video download service Unbox announced today that it has struck a deal with premium-TV channel Showtime. The network's programming, which includews "The L Word," "Dexter," "Weeds" and "Sleeper Cell," can now be downloaded for $1.99 per episode--the same charged by Apple Computer's iTunes Store, the leader in TV downloads.
As part of a special promotion, the pilot episode of Showtime's newest offering "Dexter," which is not available in the iTunes Store, can be downloaded on UnBox for 1 cent through Oct. 25th.… Read more
So, you wanted a prime domain name but missed your chance in the dot-com gold rush land grab? Now's your chance to get one.
For example, hell.com, dsl.com, hmo.com and auction.com are for sale. But their valuations--anywhere from $2 million to $10 million--may put them out of reach for some people.
Domain name seller Moniker.com is holding a live auction in Hollywood, Fla., on Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Other domains on the block include: above.com, digitalcameras.com, elections.com, downloadgames.com, internetradio.com and mortgage.net. Then there's … Read more
Identify this quotation: "As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else...It's being drawn to Iraq, and it's not being drawn to the U.S."
No, it isn't from some late-night talk show host trying to come up with a catchy analogy for the Iraq war. They are the words of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), from an interview with the Bucks County Courier Times.
Start-ups specializing in Internet video content inevitably have to find some way to answer the question: How do we deal with YouTube? Indeed, the recent Google acquisition is such a behemoth in the Web video market that sometimes it seems impossible for small new companies to make a name for themselves without fizzling. But now that some of YouTube's vulnerabilities have been exposed--a viewership with a distaste for advertisement, and a distinct profitability problem--companies like Blip.tv see open niches.
When News.com's Web 2.0 blog last wrote about Blip.tv, back in June, the Manhattan-based company … Read more
Russian download site allofmp3.com denied that the company pirates music and claimed that the United States is maligning the company to prevent Russia from joining the World Trade Organization.
According an Associated Press report, executives from allofmp3.com held a press conference to condemn U.S. attempts to paint the company as a renegade.
"The US government is conveniently using allofmp3 as an issue to gain further concessions from Russia," The AP quoted company CEO Vadim Mamotin.
Record labels have accused allofmp3 of selling music without properly compensating artists and labels. Last month U.S. Trade Representative … Read more
On the NBC series "Heroes," Hiro Nakamura, played by Masi Oka, can control time and teleport. In real life, Oka has the ability to control anything he wants in the digital world.
Oka, it turns out, has a really cool day job.
He happens to be a computer programmer of physics animation software, and works for Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects house owned by George Lucas.
Oka started with the company shortly after graduating Brown University, where he earned a degree in computer science and mathematics, according to his NBC bio.
He worked on the "… Read more
"I voluntarily asked for Daily Kos to be removed from Google News since it was returning results from this site that quite frankly weren't up to the sort of standards I expect out of a service offering up credible news," Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga wrote in a posting on Friday.
"Google News is becoming unusable. They need some serious soul-searching about what they are and what … Read more