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MySpace Bleeding Money; News Corp Promises “Overhaul” Soon

MySpace Bleeding Money; News Corp Promises “Overhaul” Soon

The category of News Corp’s business that includes MySpace lost $174 million in the fourth quarter, worse than the $136 million it lost in the same period last year, the parent company said during its earnings call this morning.

But News Corp plans to stick with the beleaguered social networking site, the company said, and a “major overhaul” will…

Trailer for Arduino Documentary Gets 75,000 Views in 1 Day [VIDEO]

Trailer for Arduino Documentary Gets 75,000 Views in 1 Day [VIDEO]

Views of the trailer for the documentary about the physical computer known as Arduino spiked radically yesterday, suggesting that anticipation is high for the movie, said to be coming this summer.

Arduino refers to the open source hardware and software intended for artists, designers, and tinkerers of all kinds to build objects or interactive…

Twitter Posts Wes Anderson-Inspired Recruiting Video

Twitter Posts Wes Anderson-Inspired Recruiting Video

Twitter released this cute recruiting video last week, “Meet the Class of Twitter HQ,” which features Twitter employees engaging in exciting things like “mobile,” “research,” “infrastructure,” and “twideokinetics,” while wearing semi-serious faces in the style of a scene from the classic Wes Anderson-directed movie Rushmore.

The video also…

Bing Adds Open Street Map

Bing Adds Open Street Map

The map created by Open Street Map, a project building a free, open-source, editable map of the world, is now available as a layer in Bing Maps.

Users who download the OpenStreetMap app (and Microsoft Silverlight) can switch between the traditional layers, which include bird’s eye, aerial and standard street map views, and Mapnik, a colorful…

Twitter’s Wine For Literacy Almost Ready to Ship [PHOTO]

Twitter’s Wine For Literacy Almost Ready to Ship [PHOTO]

Twitter’s Fledgling wine is set to be bottled August 25. Sales of the wine will benefit Room to Read, a San Francisco-based non-profit that promotes literacy around the world. “The Fledgling Initiative embodies two things that are at the core of Twitter’s mission: providing access to information and highlighting the power of open communication to…

Twitter to Require Password Reset for Those Who Bought Followers

Twitter to Require Password Reset for Those Who Bought Followers

Twitter is requiring password resets for users who signed up for “suspicious” third-party programs that promise to automatically (or magically) get them followers. Twitter usually pushes out password resets to users whose accounts it believes have been compromised due to phishing or other attacks.

“We’re currently pushing out password resets to…

Microsoft Cut IE8 Privacy Features to Sell Ads

Microsoft Cut IE8 Privacy Features to Sell Ads

Microsoft developers planned “industry-leading” privacy features in Internet Explorer 8 that would have automatically blocked third-party tracking tools like beacons, but one feature was scaled back and another was dropped because they went against the interests of advertisers, the Wall Street Journal reported in its seven-part feature on…

Snuggie Hopes to Recruit YouTube Parodymakers to Make its Next Viral Ad

Snuggie Hopes to Recruit YouTube Parodymakers to Make its Next Viral Ad

The Snuggie. Can any marginally-useful product peddled on late night TV ever match its success? The infomercial for the blanket with sleeves known as the Snuggie has got to be one of the most ridiculed pieces of television ever produced – the parody advertising the “what the f$#@ blanket” has more than 13 million views.

But the Snuggie is also…

A Sensor In Every Chicken: Cisco Bets on the Internet of Things

A Sensor In Every Chicken: Cisco Bets on the Internet of Things

A few months ago we wrote about how big-name companies are starting to talk about the Internet of Things – a term for the network formed by real-world objects connected to the Internet – indicating that the idea is picking up speed.

Today Chief Futurist for Cisco Systems Dave Evans appeared on the company’s netcast, Talk2Cisco, to answer questions…

Fake Chinese iPads No Longer Hot Sellers

Fake Chinese iPads No Longer Hot Sellers

China’s vibrant “shanzhai” (also “shanzai”) industry, which modifies or knocks off existing electronic products, quickly pounced on the iPad as it did many other phones and devices. Shanzai.com, a site that reviews these ersatz gadgets, reported the first iPad clone in March. Since then the faux iPads have reportedly been selling like crazy…

Kindle Wins E-Reader Price Battle, But It Hasn’t Won the War

Kindle Wins E-Reader Price Battle, But It Hasn’t Won the War

Is the latest, cheapest Kindle ($139) evidence of an escalating e-reader price war? The Kindle has gotten pleasantly better and cheaper since its debut for $399 in 2007, when it sold out in hours. By last year, the price was down to $259.

Then in June, Barnes & Noble slashed the price of its Nook e-reader to $199. Amazon dropped the price of…

The Real Question About Facebook Questions: What Will The API Do?

The Real Question About Facebook Questions: What Will The API Do?

In theory, Facebook’s new question and answer feature has a million possibilities for users, app developers, advertisers and search engine marketers. But the feature’s significance will largely depend on what the promised Application Programming Interface (API), the technical platform that lets outside developers build on Facebook data, will let…

Write On Top of the Internet With New Firefox Add-On

Write On Top of the Internet With New Firefox Add-On

A new browser add-on by L.A.-based Border Stylo aims to bring the social web experience closer than ever before to the experience of sitting next to a friend and pointing to something on your screen. The Glass add-on (now in private beta for Firefox, coming soon to Google’s Chrome browser) combines elements of social bookmarking, Facebook and the…