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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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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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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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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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Gmail Gives More Features

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Posted November 13, 2008 - By kijibe

While they do not have SMS Chat, Gmail has added video and voice chat.

If you have a webcam and a Web browser plug-in, a video chat with other Gmail users is just a click away.

Not having a webcam shouldn't be a deterrent to see friends and family for a chat. If your PC has a microphone plug, you can use it. Google also assists by directing you to Logitech and Buy.com.

Skype better watch out; Google is right on your tail.

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Social Changes at Live.com

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Posted November 13, 2008 - By kijibe

The significant changes that Microsoft's Live.com portal makes will take it from a mere search engine to a social network.  You can take a peek at their new Windows Live Photos and Windows Live People, as well as other services at Home.Live.com.

Whereas Yahoo's strength is email, Microsoft's is Messenger. It has 268 million users, making it the most popular instant messaging service worldwide (compared to 116 million for Yahoo and 6 million for Google Talk).

Any activity that users build out on their profile is then flowed into Live.com for their friends to see. The presumption is that users will want to hang out at Live.com.

Live.com will have access to a plethora of the usual online services, plus downloaded service like mail client, Movie Maker and Photo Gallery.

Time will tell if Microsoft's entry into social networking will be a success in its ability to compete with other sites like Facebook.

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Welcome to the Tech News Countdown, hosted by Alison Haislip, even though the very capable Blair Herter is filling in for her this week. Every other 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 Blair brings you the latest on naughty Craigslist ads seeking sex in exchange for tickets to Obama's victory speech, the possibility of life on Saturn, a giant magnetic shield, an amazing robotic jellyfish, and a teen's awesome new name.

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Tech News Countdown - November 7, 2008 »


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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 newly surfaced UFO evidence, the Pentagons plan for a pack of human-hunting robots, scientists try to figure out how to wipe memories, a new visual distress beacon of stranded astronauts, and a different set of scientists try to create a portable brain scanner that could help NASA monitor the health of their astronauts.

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Tech News Countdown - October 31, 2008 »


 

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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 Scientology's crusade against a hacker, an advance in paper tech, the Large Hadron Collider is still undergoing repairs, more concerns with voting machines, and a new video game character based on Japan's current Prime Minister, Taro Aso.

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Tech News Countdown - October 24, 2008 »


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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 the new anti-piracy law signed by President Bush, an update on the Palin hacker, the fake Bigfoot gorilla suit is on sale, a Japanese plant starts a blog, and an elephant gets tested with a warning program that can warn locals if they get too close.

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Tech News Countdown - October 17, 2008 »


 

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Welcome to the Tech News Countdown, hosted by Alison Haislip. Every Friday, Alison brings you the top 5 tech stories of the week.

This week Alison brings you the latest on the airline wi-fi, sub-orbital space pr0n, recognizing Smoot's unit of measurement and quite possibly the cleverest criminal ever to post on craigslist.

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Tech News Countdown - October 10, 2008 »


 

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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 the government's feedback problem, a new plan to divert tsunamis, space tourism, Portugal's alternative energy, and the latest on a technology and sex expo in San Francisco.

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Tech News Countdown - October 3, 2008 »


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