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Tech News Countdown: December 5, 2008

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Posted December 5, 2008 - By bleahy

Welcome to the Tech News Countdown, temporarily hosted by Blair Herter. Every Friday (except this one), Alison Haislip brings you the top 5 tech stories of the week so be sure to watch the show. Otherwise, Blair Herter will only grow more and more powerful, eventually taking over the world.

This week Blair brings you the latest on an experimental anti-missile defense involving flying lasers, a new military surveillance device that looks like an airborne keg, Apple's trouble with malware, a naughty judge caught disabling internet filters, and the real-life Lancer.

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Bad Economy Hits Technorati

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Posted November 28, 2008 - By kijibe

Technorati, a San Francisco-based startup site that tracks and indexes blogs, is the latest of the Silicon Valley companies laying off employees and cutting pay for their remaining staff.

President and chief executive, Richard Jalichandra said to “"weather the storm” of the current economic crisis, they will lay off six employees and two other positions within their company will not be replaced.

Their management team will take a 15-25% pay cut, and staff will have 10% of their salaries cut, as well.

Although this news is tough, Mr. Jalichandra remains hopeful about Technorati’s future. "In the long run, Technorati will emerge a stronger and more profitable place for us, and the bloggers we serve, to thrive personally, professionally and financially."

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Tech News Countdown: November 21, 2008

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Posted November 21, 2008 - By bleahy

Welcome to the Tech News Countdown, hosted by Alison Haislip. Every Friday, Alison brings you the top 5 tech stories of the week so be sure to watch the show. Otherwise, she'll be sad and you don't want that, do you?

This week Alison brings you the latest on NASA's new water recycling program, researchers shooting for the creation of a cybernetic brain, a woman who wants a webcam in her empty eye socket, Obama's plans for his high-tech Presidential limo, and a doctor who believes that we'll see a spike in births in 9 months due to Obama's victory. Sexy.

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Monty Python's Own YouTube Channel

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Posted November 19, 2008 - By kijibe

The British comedy group, Monty Python, has launched their own YouTube channel.

While the site features many Python clips, the biggest attention grabber is a video blaming users for "ripping" the show off.

"For three years you YouTubers have been ripping us off, taking tens of thousands of our videos and putting them on YouTube. Now the tables are turned. It's time for us to take matters into our own hands.

They add cheekily, "We know who you are, we know where you live and we could come after you in ways too horrible to tell. But being the extraordinarily nice chaps we are, we've figured a better way to get our own back: We've launched our own Monty Python channel on YouTube."

MP is going to cease "those crap quality videos" posted on YouTube and begin delivering "HQ videos" from the "vault."

While the videos will be free to watch, MP is asking that in lieu of "driveling, mindless comments," fans purchase their movies and TV shows, and "soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years."

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China Gets Sony's Blu-ray

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Posted November 19, 2008 - By kijibe

As an answer to the illicit trading of new forms of fake discs that have begun in China, Sony Pictures will become the first Hollywood studio to distribute Blu-ray DVDs there.

For 205 yuan (US $30), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 30 current and classics in this high-definition format, which Sony developed.

This also corresponds with the launch of Sony's BDP--S350 Blu-ray player.

It's said that Warner Bros. and Disney are to follow shortly.

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Yahoo's CEO Steps Down

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Posted November 18, 2008 - By kijibe

After Yahoo's CEO Jerry Yang announced on Monday, November 16, 2008, that he was stepping down, Yahoo Inc. shares went up 11%.

This could mean that Microsoft Corp. could make another bid for the Internet company that's faced hollowed earnings and sinking stock prices.

Mr. Yang, who co-founded Yahoo in 1995, demured and resisted at a $47.5 billion takeover offer from Microsoft back in May 2008.  Perhaps it's this emotional attachment that also inspired him to decide to step down as CEO so that the company can improve its stocks and revenue.

He won't, however, vacate his current position until a replacement is found.  Yahoo is interviewing candidates internally, as well as outside in a search that's being handled by Roy Bostock, chairman of Yahoo and an executive recruitment firm.

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D.I.Y. Developer Gets Rich With iPhone Game

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Posted November 18, 2008 - By kijibe

Steve Demeter's new puzzle game Trism for the iPod and iPhone has been so popular that it's earned him $250K in profits the first two months.

Mr. Demeter, age 29, lives in the San Francisco Bay area. A former bank ATM software designer, he created Trism in his spare time and sold it to Apple last spring. The game has been available for download since July with the App Store.

As it usually takes a team of professional developers, not to mention millions of dollars, to create the ubiquitous fancy video game, industry observers have said that the advent of the iPhone and the App Store has made software development feasible to the average hobbyist.

Scott Steinberg, publisher of DigitalTrends.com and author of Get Rich Playing Games says, "The overhead and barriers to entry are so low that virtually anyone can afford to take a crack, if not several, at hitting a home run."

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Anyone who owns and uses a BlackBerry can attest to the fact that he/she is a habitual user of the device. President Elect Barack Obama is no exception.

Bad news for him. As a tech-savvy politician who hopes to be the first Commander-in-Chief to have his laptop sitting on top the historical Oval Office desk at his disposal, he may very well have to leave the BlackBerry back in Chicago.

The Presidential Records Act requires all official correspondence to be public domain. This means that the incumbent President has "to dispose of records that no longer have administrative, historical, informational, or evidentiary value, once he has obtained the views of the Archivist of the United States on the proposed disposal."

During Obama's campaign, he opted out of paper with regards to reports to/from his advisers, instead had them sent directly to his BlackBerry.

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Eco Friendly Billboard Goes Up In NYC

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Posted November 17, 2008 - By kijibe

In time for New York City's annual New Year's celebration in Times Square, the city will get their first environmentally friendly billboard.

This billboard which will be powered solely by wind and sun is going to advertise Ricoh Americas Corp.  The 35,000 lbs. sign will run on 16 wind turbines and 64 solar panels, and is expected to save $12,000 to $15,000 monthly in electricity costs. It should also spare the environment out of 18 tons of carbon.

Because this board is lit by floodlights, it may not have the hypnotic bling of other light-emitted diode billboards. And it also won't have a backup generator. So there's a concern it could go dark when there is little wind or sun.

However, Ricoh spokesman said the turbines should keep the billboard lit up to four without any breeze or bright light.

A little give on bedazzle for the sake of the environment is a good thing, and we hope other advertisers take heed.

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Tech News Countdown: November 14, 2008

bleahy
Posted November 14, 2008 - By bleahy

Welcome to the Tech News Countdown, hosted by Alison Haislip (she's back!). Every Friday, Alison brings you the top 5 tech stories of the week so be sure to watch the show. Otherwise, she'll be sad and you don't want that, do you?

This week Alison brings you the latest on the death of the Mars Rover, a new Army webcast program that lets users chat with soldiers in Iraq, an Internet football (that's soccer to you) fan club buys their own professional team, a special video game controller for a disabled gamer, and an update on the Craigslist inner-tube thief.

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