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Millions Watch Inauguration Online

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

The Royal Obamas

We heard that over 5 billion global viewers watched the Presidential inauguration yesterday, but if you were one of those that kept track and participated in CNN and Facebook’s streaming partnership, you weren’t the only one. According to statistics, the pairing resulted in 600,000 status updates posted with 4,000 updates per minute. With millions logged on during the broadcast, about 8,500 status updates were posted in the first minute of President Obama’s speech. CNN itself got more than 136 million page views.

 

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Purple People Collective - Get a Gig

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

Purple People logoWith the economy the way it is, lots of techies are getting laid off, including former Yahoos. The Purple People Collective has jobs and short term work in the areas of design, marketing, PR, product management, engineering, finance, HR and sales. Sign up as a seeker if you are looking for a new gig or a poster if you have one available. Though it may not be a permanent solution, it certainly beats Turking.

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ASUS Eee Keyboard/Browser

Asus Eee

Imagine a keyboard PC with a 5-inch touchscreen built in. That’s exactly what Asus did with their Eee, unveiled at the recent CES. The screen can be used for browsing while the keyboard itself can be used to stream audio and video when attached to a TV or other screen with built-in wireless HDMI. At a weight of under 1KG, it also features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom microprocessor, 1GB DDR2 DRam, Windows XP Home and either 16 or 32 GB storage. Look for the Asus Eee around September of this year.

 

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Was Anne Hathaway Given an Early Golden Globe?

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards, Celeb News, Rumors,

Golden Globes' Anne Hathaway mistake

UPDATE: You can find out who eventually won that Golden Globe here.

Could soon be picking up her second award of the week?

On Thursday night, the star of picked up a Best Actress statue at the 14th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. (Hathaway actually tied with Doubt‘s Meryl Streep, her Devil Wears Prada co-star, for the award.) Now she may be adding a Golden Globe to her mantel as well.

If you were to check out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s web site earlier this week, you might have noticed a small star where it shouldn’t have been. Or at least not yet. The star, which usually indicated a category’s winner, was placed next to Hathway’s name. Was it simply an accident…or the result of a twitchy finger? Well, we’ll know for certain this Sunday when the 66th annual event airs on NBC.

Read More | New York Magazine

Chinese Sites Apologize to Government

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Google, Internet,

Internet ChinaWord has come down that after the Chinese government decided to limit Internet usage, 3 of the sites in question decided to apologize. Gaming sites NetEase and SINA were two of them. Baidu also issued one “to the netizens at large for the negative impacts we brought upon the society.” They also claimed that they had deleted the content and links in question. The oddest remark came from the BBC’s Micky Bristow who said China is trying to protect its young people. We will see where this goes and get back to you “youngsters.”

Read More | BBC

China Limits Internet Usage, Cites Porn and Obscene Content

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Editorial, Google, Internet,

Chinese on PCsChina has decided to cut back on their country’s Internet access to porn and obscene content by blacklisting 19 portals and sites. Included in that list are Netease, Baidu and Google. The deputy director of the State Council Information Office, Cai Mingzhao, said “Immediate action is needed to purify the Internet environment.”

Supposedly the Chinese Google has links to porn sites and although China’s Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center asked them to take them off, nothing was done. A spokesperson there said, “Google is neither the owner of those Web sites and porn nor does it spread (that) information intentionally.” We figure if someone wants to find that sort of content, there is always a way.

Read More | CNN

Samsung HDTV With Internet@TV

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Internet, USB,

Internet@TVSamsung has announced that many of its HDTVs released this year will feature Internet@TV service. The 5th generation Yahoo Widget Engine allows users to check news headlines, stocks, and search Internet based photos and videos on such sites as Flickr, and Yahoo News and Finance. Social interaction will also be available as well as access to YouTube, eBay and other sites. Connection is by Ethernet or optional wireless USB dongle.

Read More | electronista

ZumBox Paperless Postal Service

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech,

ZumboxTake a look at Zumbox, a startup that is a nationwide paperless postal service. They have one virtual mailbox for every street address which they estimate at 150MM+. To use the service, after signup you type in your street address and view your mail as an envelope. Use it to send mail to any other address, including your bills, statements and personal mail. It costs nothing to receive mail and you can send free a “small amount.” Businesses will pay an introductory price of $.02 per address for large mailings.

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U.S. Not Prepared for Cyberwar

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

Cyber ScreenshotAfter a two-day “cyberwar” simulation, it was determined that the U.S. isn’t properly prepared. With a participation of 230 government reps, security agents, civil groups and private companies, the exercise resulted in errors in planning, leadership and communications. If such an incident occurred, there could be a banking or electric system failure. Mark Gerencser, of the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting service which ran the simulation, claimed that, “There isn’t really anybody in charge.” How comforting.

Read More | Courier Mail

Crispy Gamer Personal Reviews

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Internet,

Crispy Gamer Screenshot

Only open for a couple of months, Crispy Gamer claims that it has over 35,000 members. It certainly proves that of all the failing industries, this one certainly isn’t. The site gets its content from gaming writers, as opposed to ads and other info from publishers. In addition to extensive reviews, the site features news, forums for gamers and video clips. Head over there and toss in your two cents worth on your favorite game or research one that you would like to try.

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