Teflon Don reveals that he is well, entirely coated in Teflon. But we still don't know if the iPhone 3GS is. So if you know, tell us. We also discuss how Twitter could improve its home page and why the AP just doesn't get it.Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | iTunes (video) | RSS (audio) | RSS (video) Episode 1026
PASADENA, Calif.--Ashton Kutcher said that the fact he beat CNN to a million Twitter followers is a significant deal.
Kutcher, known to his nearly 3 million followers as "aplusk," said that it shows that one individual can have the power to reach as many people in a new medium as a media conglomerate.
"Individuals are becoming consumers and (the) editors of the media," Kutcher said. "It has and will forever change media."
While he doubts his content has the broad relevance of, say, CNN, Kutcher said having such a large audience is both … Read more
Twitter's home page definitely gets some Zen cred by consisting of little more than a text field that asks, "What are you doing?" But that's apparently about to change.
According to Kara Swisher at AllThingsD, there will very soon be a major revamp to Twitter.com.
The reason is to give potential Twitter users--you know, the ones who are curious about what these "tweets" on CNN are--a better idea of exactly what the service is and what they can do with it.
This is slated to launch next week.
"You can try (Twitter) … Read more
PASADENA, Calif.--Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said that, for all its success, the company is still 1 percent of where it wants to be. Oh, yeah and it still doesn't have a head of sales.
"We have a lot of growing still to do," Stone said Thursday at the Brainstorm: Tech conference here. The company has managed to grow its staff to 55 workers. (That's up from 43 in May.) Stone said the company is trying to keep focused on the longer term.
"We don't want to be that child actor...that grew up … Read more
At the Oscon conference this week, Tim O'Reilly repeated something he has been arguing for years, but that resonated powerfully given some of the rancorous debates currently raging in the free and open-source software community. O'Reilly cut through the misguided logic of free-software advocacy with a simple statement:
I don't care about free software. I care about freedom...Architecture of systems matters more than licenses.
An open-source software license doesn't necessarily make you open. An open-source license doesn't guarantee freedom, either--at least not in the broad sense of the word.
For example, O'Reilly indicated … Read more
When a pioneer of social networking turns his back on a social network, is this the beginning of a creeping social apocalypse?
Trent Reznor, frontman of Nine Inch Nails, Webby award winner, and generally interesting chap, has closed his Twitter account.
In June, Reznor declared that as far as social networking is concerned: "I'm out."
And though he briefly returned to microblog about the final, ultimate, totally farewell Nine Inch Nails tour, he has now shut the doors to Twitterdom.
A Los Angeles councilman and the head of a police group are questioning the city's plan to move government e-mail and other records onto Google's hosted Web service Google Apps.
"Anytime you go to a Web-based system, that puts you just a little further out than you were before," LA City Councilman Tony Cardenas told The Associated Press. "Drug cartels would pay any sum of money to be aware of our progress on investigations."
Paul Weber, president of the LA Police Protective League, also said he is worried about the safety of sensitive police … Read more
The folks at the video broadcasting service Livestream have a new tool out for Twitter users called Twitcam that lets anyone with a Twitter account start streaming their own show, complete with live chat.
Each page the service creates gets its own URL, which users can come back to at any point and watch once the live-streaming portion of the show is over.
As for the chat, it's all handled via tweets. Anytime someone replies to one of your tweets where the link to the show is included, the app counts it as a reply. It then aggregates these in one place, so everyone who is watching your show can see the entire conversation. It's not exactly the best way to handle it, since sometimes it's nice to have some basic text chatter that doesn't fill up your Twitter stream with stray tweets, but it's done in a way that keeps everything tightly-organized.
Livestream says that Twitcam was built in about a week and uses new player tools that are going into an updated version of its API that will be released in the near future. The company hopes these will let anyone build a similar service with their own branding, and audience tools--preferably with a chat system that does not require so many tweets.
An archive of the live chat I used while testing this service out is embedded after the jump.
While Yahoo and Microsoft are flirting again and video game sales are plummeting, it doesn't matter. We are all going to be eaten soon by the blob of organic material floating by Alaska. It ate a bird, people! Get with it! Seattle is next. Oh and we can film our demise with the first 3-D webcam. So that will comfort us during our demise.Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | iTunes (video) | RSS (audio) | RSS (video) EPISODE 1021
Yahoo, Microsoft finally near deal http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10289209-56.html
Video game sales revenue plummets 31 percent http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-10289207-235.html
Games Industry Suffers From Recession, Finally http://technologizer.com/2009/07/16/games-industry-suffers-from-recession-finally/
Blu-ray celebrates 91 percent sales increase for first half of 2009 http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/16/blu-ray-celebrates-91-percent-sales-increase-for-first-half-of-2/
Possible Twitter lawsuit would dive into murky blog waters http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9135606/Possible_Twitter_lawsuit_would_dive_into_murky_blog_waters
Cosmetic surgery co. gets slapped for fake online reviews http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/cosmetic-surgery-co-gets-slapped-for-fake-online-reviews.ars
World’s First 3D Webcam Tested http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/09/07/16/2213224/Worlds-First-3D-Webcam-Tested
New Air Force BACN system ends incompatibilities between comm systems http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/07/air-forces-universal-translator-has-everybody-talking/
New DVDs For 1,000-Year Digital Storage http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/09/07/17/1213203/New-DVDs-For-1000-Year-Digital-Storage
Huge Unidentified Organic Blob Floating Around Alaska http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/07/16/1421255/Huge-Unidentified-Organic-Blob-Floating-Around-Alaska… Read more
As Netflix and other broadband media content integration has become the new "it" thing for TVs, it was time to revisit Yahoo TV Widgets. Since we last reviewed the platform's offerings, Yahoo has rolled out a number of new widgets and promises even more to come, including widgets for Netflix, Showtime, and other video services. For now, however, the official Twitter client is one of the most compelling widgets, so it will be the first we review as part of an ongoing series.
Overall we found the Twitter widget well-designed and we appreciated that, unlike Verizon's upcoming Twitter application for Fios, it actually lets you post tweets from your TV. Next time your Twitter craving kicks in right in the middle of "30 Rock" and you're too glued to the TV to search for your phone or laptop, this widget can save you the trip. You can now proudly tap out those 140 characters that will display on your feed above a timestamp that reads "from Yahoo! TV Widgets."
Anytime you load Yahoo Widgets with Twitter enabled, the Twitter "snippet" in the dock along the bottom of the screen displays the most recent tweet, whether it's from you or someone you follow. These are updated in nearly real time without having to hit a refresh button or take any other actions. It's unfortunate, though, that you're limited to just the most recent update in the snippet. The Samsung and LG TVs organize some other snippets, namely Yahoo Weather and Finance, into scrollable tabs that show multiple weather or finance updates right in the dock, without having to expand the widget.
When expanded, the clearly laid out and clean-looking main window presents three tabs that will take you to a stream of tweets, messages, or replies. There's also an option to post a new tweet.
Using the TV remote to tweet can be a frustrating experience since you have to use the directional pad to select letters on a virtual keyboard.… Read more