"Wikipedia: The Missing Manual" by John Broughton has been made available for free on Wikipedia, O'Reilly Books, its publisher, announced Tuesday. The book is being delivered in Wiki format, which means users can edit the text as they see fit. Peter Meyers, the "Missing Manuals" managing editor, said O'Reilly may use those edits in a second edition, if it's made available. If you want to read the book (or improve it), it's available now on Wikipedia's help page.
TechCrunch is reporting Saturday night that Twitter may have signed a term sheet with one or more venture capital firms that would value the microblogging company at $250 million.
Although it did not provide specifics, the report cited "a source with knowledge of the deal."
Last fall, Facebook was said to have made an offer to buy Twitter worth as much as $500 million.
Sarah Richardson had separated from her husband. So on her Facebook page, she updated her relationship status to "single."
According to prosecutors, her husband, Edward, saw her Facebook relationship update and rushed to her parents' home in Brown Lees, United Kingdom, where she was staying.
He smashed the front-door window, forced his way into the house, and stabbed his wife to death. He then tried to stab himself to death and somehow failed.
On Thursday, he was sentenced to prison for at least 17 years.
A story such as this makes me think of certain friends of mine … Read more
2K Sports is known for its action-filled titles, but next week it will be making its foray into the statistics side of sports. MLB Front Office will be released, starring Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A's. CNET News' Daniel Terdiman got a sneak peek and says it's unlike any sports video game he's ever played. He stops by to tell us about it.
Also in today's podcast: Intel's chairman calls it a career, Forbes releases its list of the most wired cities in America, the Facebook/MySpace debate goes on, and we look … Read more
Scientists have redone the math and found that black holes created by the Large Hadron Collider might last a little longer than they thought. But they're still pretty sure the LHC won't kill us all. Maybe check that math once again folks, just to be sure. We also have lots of White House news around the BarackBerry and whether the tech of the President's house is really up to snuff. And Rafe will tell you about how in Russia the system operates you.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 896
First e-mailing prez: Obama keeps his … Read more
If there's such a thing as too much fun, we don't want to hear about it. Richard Blakeley grabs the guest mic and washes his hands of the CES 2008 prank once and for all. He also gets meta on the state of Internet video, helps us make fun of Twitter just a little more, and dishes tips on how to pick the perfect couture halter-top ensemble.
The blogosphere's love affair with Facebook-MySpace traffic wars just won't stop.
On Thursday, TechCrunch posted new statistics from ComScore that show Facebook now pulling in nearly twice as many unique visitors worldwide as its News Corp.-owned competitor.
About 222 million people visited Facebook worldwide in December (keep in mind that the social network pegs its active user count somewhere just north of 150 million these days) versus 125 million people for MySpace.
Wilson's back and feeling mellow after yesterday's inauguration, so we take advantage of his good spirits to ream him for taking the day off. He gives us an in-depth review of his party at the Apollo and the movie Gran Torino. We also cover a superwide range of hilarious stories today, including Google crimes, the Razzies, school bus stories, the Phantom Bathroom Smearer, and Phacebook Phishers.
According to this article, Australians apparently have terrible manners when it comes to using cell phones and other tech gadgets in public. Some of the statistics listed are: 48 percent of Australians … Read more
I'm an unabashed New York Times fan boy. Warts and all, it remains the best edited daily newspaper in this country. Disagree? Then come find me on Twitter and let's mix it up. (My handle is "coopeydoop").
You won't have a chance to do the same with many Times reporters and editors--on Twitter or any other social network, for that matter. Batting it back and forth with the hoi polloi just isn't part of the drill. Not, mind you, because they lack for opinions or have no stomach for engagement.
"There nothing more natural than a woman in the shower," Uruguay's interior minister, Daisy Tourne, told Montevideo's El Pais newspaper.
That's apparently why she put a picture of herself performing her morning ablutions on her Facebook page.
Well, I suppose we all have our own ideas of what is the most natural thing on Earth. But Tourne's shower scene showed nothing more than her bare face and arms. Not even a hint of areola for Facebook to be upset about.
And the most natural thing for some male Uruguayan politicians was to besmirch Tourne'… Read more