Hani Durzy, a spokesman for eBay, commented on the items representing the new Pope, “It was almost immediate that we started to see Pope Benedict items and memorabilia come onto the site.” You can get everything from prayer cards (ranging @ 1.19) to watches (12.99) to various signed photos ($795 and up). Some people will just buy anything, won’t they?
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A new online payment service is set to launch this summer, and from what I am hearing, GreenZap has some big plans for their debut. While many have soured over how Paypal has treated them, there hasn’t really been an online payment service that has stepped up the the plate and become virtually universally accepted. This is what GreenZap aims to change. They state that they are here to take on Paypal, and lead the way for electronic payments. They will be accepted by eBay, Yahoo! Auctions, and many other online entities. Signing up for GreenZap is free, and if you sign up now, when you log in to your account on their June 15, 2005 launch date - you will find $25 deposited for your use. Take that, Paypal.
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Yet another cool thing you can do using the PSP web browser hack. If you point your browser to http://mob.e-messenger.net/mobile/ you are able to sign in to your MSN Messenger account. This allows you to use the PSP to instant message your MSN contacts, no downloads needed.
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OurColony.net has become very popular, especially after the controversy surrounding it. We decided to jump aboard and enjoy the ride by creating our own colony. Join the Gear Live colony and put your brains to the test by helping to solve some of the toughest puzzles you have ever seen.
Point your web browser to the main page, OurColony.net, and enter “Play” (without the quotes) in the space provided. Click on the ant and you will now be directed to a “lounge”. Here you can either join a colony or create one. Click on the “Join Existing Colony” link on top. You are now at a page asking you for a password. The password to join our team is 21903555, enter it on the password field and click the ant logo. You are now directed to a registration page where you fill out all the usual stuff you can expect to see when registering for a new membership.
That’s it. You’re all set and ready to start tackling the puzzles and getting to see the mouth-watering pictures everyone keeps talking about. Remember to tell your friends, the more people that are involved the more interesting it gets. Once you join, head on over to the Gear Live forums to discuss the puzzles, or just to talk about the latest technology and trends.
There has been a lot of buzz and controversy surrounding a new community based web site, OurColony.net. Many people believe this site to be the work of 4orty2wo Entertainment employed by Microsoft in a big Ad campaign to promote their Xbox 360 gaming console. Of course, Microsoft denies such allegations. Just what is OurColony.net all about? OurColony.net is an Alternate Reality Game where members are given riddles and puzzles in the form of challenges and encouraged to work as a team, or colony, to solve it. The team is then rewarded with points and some images of what seems to be Xbox 360 hardware and software. The question still remains, is this really an ad campaign, thus making the images earned on the website the real deal? Let’s take a look at the facts and theories.
Don’t know how old this is, but I just saw it, and thought it was awesome. If you type in a tracking number into Google’s search bar, your search results will simply be a link to your tracking status. It’s little things like this that make us love Google the way we do. That would be, in a good way. There are a few other things you can do just by typing numbers into Google, such as UPC codes, VIN numbers, and more.
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There’s a new phishing technique in use out there which involves blogs set up to steal information. Criminals are using blogs loaded with keylogging software or viruses to gather data on their victims. Dan Hubbard, research director of Websense, a filtering firm, says “The success of these attacks relies upon a certain level of social engineering to persuade the individual to click on the link.” With more than 8 million blogs out there, be careful. Keep your antivirus software up to date and scan for spyware regularly.
Read More | BBC News
It’s starting to get hard to keep up with these guys. Google has launched a video upload service, open to anyone and everyone, which seems like it will work with the Google Video indexing product.
The upload program lets you submit videos electronically to Google Video, as long as you own the necessary rights (including copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and any other relevant rights for your content). Just sign up for an account and use our upload tool to send your videos to Google. The program is still in beta so you won’t see your videos live on Google Video immediately.
The best part - it looks like if your video gets approved, you can set a fee you would like to charge for others to view it. Obviously Google would get a chunk, but you still get your video out to the masses. Just incredible - imagine what this might do for independent film.
Read More | Google Video FAQ
Google once again brings another tool which aims to better the lives of its users. Google Local is now available for mobile browsers, and its interface is very simple. You enter what you are searching for in the “What” field, and then enter a zip code or city/state combination in the “Where” field. Your search will end up a Google map showing the physical location of all the search results. The project is currently in beta - but isn’t everything else Google does as well?
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It appears that students at universities that use the Internet2 ultra-high speed infrastructure have become targets of both the RIAA and MPAA. The RIAA has even gone so far as to say that they have 405 lawsuits against individuals at 18 different college campuses which they plan to file tomorrow. Those in question have been using a file-sharing application called i2hub, which allows for songs to be downloaded within 20 seconds and movies to be downloaded within five minutes. The MPAA hasn’t started to file any lawsuits yet, but they have made it known that they are watching.
Read More | Wired
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