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This Is What IMDb.com Looked Like in 1990

This Is What IMDb.com Looked Like in 1990

IMDb.com, the 57th most trafficked site in the world, was born in the late 1980s on a Usenet board called rec.arts.movies where movie buffs swapped lists of actors, casts, directors and other trivia. But lists are only so useful. 

Facebook Shares Slip After Disappointing Zynga Earnings Report

Facebook Shares Slip After Disappointing Zynga Earnings Report

Zynga’s share price plummeted almost 40% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company reported a $22.8 million loss for the second quarter. The social gaming developer also revealed that it was lowering its outlook for the rest of the year, due in part to “a more challenging environment on the Facebook web platform.”
Zynga is hugely…

Facebook CTO Is Leaving 1 Month After IPO

Facebook CTO Is Leaving 1 Month After IPO

Facebook CTO Bret Taylor, who once described himself as being in “violent agreement” with Mark Zuckerberg, is reportedly stepping down later this summer to work for an unnamed startup. Taylor has been a leading figure behind some of the most familiar innovations in the last decade – Google Maps, Facebook’s social plugins and Open Graph. His…

How the Big Tech Companies Are Selling You Out

How the Big Tech Companies Are Selling You Out

In the months leading up to the passage of CISPA, Google, AT&T and dozens of other companies unleashed a small army of lobbyists on the White House, Congress and the Senate. The crusade was just a fraction of the $32 million that the tech industry – which is fast becoming one of the most powerful political forces in Washington D.C. – has…

Top Tech Video of the Day: The SMS-Email-Facebook-Twitter-Alert Musical

Top Tech Video of the Day: The SMS-Email-Facebook-Twitter-Alert Musical

To make his “musical,” as he calls it, filmmaker/actor Chris Crutchfield’s, took the ubiquitous dinging, pinging, almost-melodic alerts that pervade our digital lives and mashed them up into a surprisingly beautiful little song. “One day,” he explains, “I got an email, an SMS, a phone call, a Facebook message and two tweets all within about five…

Top Tech Video of the Day: The Ultimate Way to Stalk Your Boss

Top Tech Video of the Day: The Ultimate Way to Stalk Your Boss

The creator, Michael Shirley, describes it like this: “The device is triggered by a reed-switch sensor that monitors magnetic proximity. The signal is sent through an Arduino board to a Processing sketch, which tells the computer to snap a webcam photo of Peterson and upload it to Twitpic with a saying chosen from a pool of prewritten zingers…

Top Tech Video of the Day: [Stuff] Entrepreneurs Say

Top Tech Video of the Day: [Stuff] Entrepreneurs Say

“Connect it to Facebook, viral spread, boom, boom.” I have no idea what that means but I do know that for some reason, I’m still not tired of the Sh*t [fill in the blank] Says meme. This video is for anyone who’s spent more than five minutes reading Techcrunch, knows what Y Combinator is and has faced the (sometimes) irrational exuberance of a tech…

32 More of the Best (And Worst) Tech Tattoos

32 More of the Best (And Worst) Tech Tattoos

At this point there’s probably nothing in geekdom, no matter how arcane, that hasn’t ended up on someone’s skin. “In” someone’s skin, to be precise. From ASCII art, to xkcd comics, to video games, to binary, to parts of your childhood you just can’t leave behind, there are entire sites like Geeky Tattoos now devoted to nerd ink.

Back in 2010 we…

ReadWriteWeb’s 2012 Staff Predictions (And What We Got Wrong in 2011)

ReadWriteWeb’s 2012 Staff Predictions (And What We Got Wrong in 2011)

Oh, the hubris of year-end predictions posts. How did ReadWriteWeb do last year? We nailed a few of our guesses informed forecasts: 2011 saw the arrival of a $200 tablet, a Verizon iPhone, and Spotify in the U.S. We rightly predicted that Kevin Rose would leave Digg, NewsCorp would sell Myspace, and that HTML5 would begin to hit the big time.

I…

OSCON Ignite Live!

OSCON Ignite Live!

OSCON, O’Reilly’s annual convention devoted to everything open source, kicked off in Portland, Oregon this morning. The day will finish with OSCON Ignite. Ignite is the event series, born and bred by geeks, where speakers are limited to five minutes and 20, auto-advancing slides. Tonight’s session tites include The Bad Touch, Barehanded Music…

Google Plus Users Top 10 Million; 1 Billion Items Shared Each Day

Google Plus Users Top 10 Million; 1 Billion Items Shared Each Day

Google announced its second quarter earnings today and the numbers are a significant reversal from the slight dip the company saw in Q1. Google’s gross revenue was $9.03 billion, more than what investors had projected.

CEO Larry Page kicked off the earnings conference call and described not only the financial data but some other notable figures…