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The Pirate Bay recently got a new range of IPs and to everyone’s surprise they are now linked to several movie and music industry lawyers involved in the TPB trial. According to the Pirate Bay’s Wikipedia entry the change was due to a hostile takeover, but most people know better.

the pirate bay RIPE is the Internet registry that keeps track of all IP-addresses allocated in Europe. When the Pirate Bay got a new range of IP-addresses this week, something odd happened. Aside from the usual TPB ASCII art there was some unusual information added to the RIPE database.

According to the recently updated RIPE database entry, the Pirate Bay is now listed as a customer of Danowsky & Partner law firm (who represented IFPI), Maqs Law Firm (representing the MPAA) and the Swedish anti-piracy bureau. All three were involved in the recent trial, which led some to believe that they somehow gained control over the site. This is nonsense of course. rest

Nikki Catsouras, 18, died in a horrifying car crash in 2006. Days afterward, her father received an email with a picture of the bloody accident scene and the caption, “Woohoo! Hey daddy, I’m still alive.”

d Nikki Catsouras, 18, died in a horrifying car crash in 2006. Days afterward, her father received an email with a picture of the bloody accident scene and the caption, “Woohoo! Hey daddy, I’m still alive.”

Writes Jessica Bennett for Newsweek, “From the beginning, Nikki’s death had all the makings of a sensational story. She was gorgeous; it was Halloween, and she was driving a $90,000 sports car.” But why did the nine photographs leaked from the scene of her accident become a sick, twisted internet phenomenon? [Warning: The pictures, should you search for them, are VERY graphic, and the family wishes you would not see them.]

California Highway Patrol apologized for the leaked pictures; two CHP dispatchers were to blame. One man’s attorney said that he sent the images to relatives and friends “as a cautionary tale” to warn them of the dangers of the road. “Any young person that sees these photos and is goaded into driving more cautiously or less recklessly-that’s a public service.” rest

Facebook Imitates Twitter Once More | Mark Zuckerberg is once again courting software developers.

d Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook‘s CEO, is once again courting software developers. Where he once invited them to live on its site, he’s now hoping they’ll knit Facebook into desktop applications. It’s another move to ape Twitter.

Twitter has been an obsession of Zuckerberg’s for some time. He tried to buy the message-broadcasting startup last year, but talks fell apart. Now he’s set about rebuilding Facebook in Twitter’s image. Facebook has announced an “Open Stream API,” an interface for application programmers to download the spew of friends’ status updates that now greets users when they log into Facebook. In theory, developers will now be able to code a raft of applications whose main purpose is reading Facebook. rest

Facebook has shut down a Ku Klux Klan group set up by schoolchildren in the Isle of Man. Good Move Zucky.

d giveupinternet.com |  “The ‘Isle of Man KKK’ page urged members to cleanse the island of newcomers.
Almost 100 youngsters had subscribed to ‘Keep the Isle of Man white and free from foreigners’ which carried a picture of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member.

The group’s creator told members online: ‘There are too many comovers (sic) [non-British] on the Island. They are taking all of the jobs, houses and most of all they are taking advantage of our ****ing Island. …. join us and help clense (sic) the Isle of Man.’

Students at all six secondary schools on the island – including the public King William’s College – had joined. ”  rest

Barack Obama’s Webheads are getting ready to launch a new Twitter feed for President Change. But the White House already had a Twitter account. It has disappeared down the memory hole.

d Barack Obama‘s Webheads are getting ready to launch a new Twitter feed for President Change. But the White House already had a Twitter account. It has disappeared down the memory hole.

Given the widespread belief that Obama invented the Internet, many will scoff at the idea that the Bush White House had a Twitter account. But it did — and the administration handed over twitter.com/thewhitehouse at noon on Inauguration Day, just like it did with the whitehouse.gov website. Google still has the old account, with Obama’s tweets, in its cache.

Valleywag alum Paul Boutin suggests on Gadgetwise that this is a simple rationalization of accounts, matching the definite-article-free “whitehouse” username the Obama team uses on Flickr and YouTube. But Obama’s Twitterers didn’t just change the username on the account; they started fresh, wiping out all of the White House’s existing Twitter followers, and the entire archive of messages.

Perhaps it’s safe to assume that the dwindling fans of the Bush White House wouldn’t want to transfer their allegiances. And many of the Bush tweets were just broken pointers to pages on 43’s now-archived website. But there ought to be something about the White House that transcends its occupant. A new president doesn’t move his residence from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. There’s something about this move that smacks of change for change’s sake. rest

Time Magazine Pwnd, Hacked By 4chan Hackers, and 4chan Founder Moot Became the World’s Most Influential

The hackers of 4Chan have succeeded in completely gaming Time Magazine’s online poll for its Time 100 list of the most influential people on the planet. At the top of the list is Christopher Poole, aka Moot, the founder of the 4Chan online forum, whose members used some coding to get his name to the top of the list. Not only did they help moot win the poll, but they also arranged the next 20 names to spell out “Marblecake, also the game.” Marblecake is a lewd sexual reference, but is also supposedly the name of the chat room where one of 4Chan’s online collective actions, Project Chanology, originated.

We’ve posted this image last week;  Also the work of 4chan? | Marble Cake Also The Game | The Hidden MarbleCake [PIC].

And here is the original Time Page;  Your TIME 100

Kim | The Scary and The Cute Clock | A new alarm clock, a new way to start the day!

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The Talking Kim Alarm Clock looks like a demented robot clown, hungry for carnage and the enslavement of the human race but it is actually an exciting new invention that is here to take the place of your boring old alarm clock. If you’re tired of the same BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! that stirs you from slumber in the morning or the nasally voice of the same old DJ day in and day out that acts as your wakeup call, it may be the time for you to pick up a Talking Kim Alarm Clock.

Set the alarm and get ready to be awakened in a whole new way. The Talking Kim Alarm Clock does not annoy you out of bed like so many others, it demands that you get up by giving its best imitation of a rooster! And when you press the Talking Kim Alarm Clock’s nose, she gives the current time in a great mechanical voice and her eyes light up red—lending some credibility to the whole demented robot clown thing but we’ll leave that alone for now.

Do I dare say that the time has come for you to do away with your old standard alarm clock? Indeed, now that the Talking Kim Alarm Clock has arrived, you no longer have to wake up to the same tired old buzzers and bells again. Come to think of it—the Talking Kim Alarm Clock does looks a little hungry. Just to be safe, why not keep her happy and feed all of those old alarm clocks to her?

Features:

  • Chime function – can announce time on the hour
  • Requires 3″AA” batteries
  • 12hr or 24hr settings

Post Messages to Your Twitter Page, From Firefox Address Bar, just type your tweet into your address bar, then hit the Twitter icon to post to your account.

It may seem like overkill, but I have more than a few ways to access Twitter: signing in to Twitter online, using my iPhone, as well as signing in on my BlackBerry. But still, I’m always on the lookout for a faster and easier way to tweet. Sometimes, your tweet just can’t wait. For this reason, I’m now a big fan of Twitterbar.

As an extension to your Firefox browser, Twitterbar couldn’t be easier to use: just type your tweet into your address bar, then hit the Twitter icon to post to your account.

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Perpetual Rubik’s Cube Calendar | Hardest Rubik Ever [PIC]

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Sometimes, accessories that are updated to look like a Rubik’s Cube can look a little cheesy, but this Rubik’s Cube Perpetual Desk Calendar ($36) is anything but.

Perhaps it’s the vintage looks and rendering in black and white rather than multicolor, but it looks cool, rather than kid-like. SOURCE

Bacon Phenomenon | Why the Internet loves Bacon?

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A sizzling skillet with bacon. Credit: robotsari via Flickr

There is a topic that has been wrapping itself around the Web’s collective consciousness for some time. And within the last year or so, this meme has become so potent that it can no longer be ignored.

The sizzling phenomenon? Bacon.

If the innumerable blog posts about the salt-cured meat are to be believed, bacon can be added to just about any food, used in place of cotton and leather, and is enshrined on restroom blow-dryers around the country.

What can bacon do? Apparently, it can serve as a lampshade, an iPhone carrying case, a watch, an alarm clock or the building blocks for a creepy-looking “bacon man” shrine. Are people actually carrying around bacon briefcases? Let’s hope not. Read The Rest Here

After running through a series of ad campaigns designed to make Windows look cool, then victimized, then simply inescapably ubiquitous, Microsoft is now hoping to attack Apple in new ads that portray Macs as unaffordable compared to generic PCs

d After running through a series of ad campaigns designed to make Windows look cool, then victimized, then simply inescapably ubiquitous, Microsoft is now hoping to attack Apple in new ads that portray Macs as unaffordable compared to generic PCs.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Microsoft hired Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the ad agency behind the campaign pairing Bill Gates with Jerry Seinfeld, to recruit “unwitting subjects by posing as a market research firm studying laptop purchasing decisions.” Read The Rest at Apple Insider

Max Payne 3 for Xbox360, PS3 and PC is Coming in Winter | This is Hilarious!

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Hilarious! Awesome! Great! Wonderful! Lovely!  Magnificent News! Generally if a game is more than 10mb, i don’t play it, i love flash and other small games. But Max Payne is different. I can’t wait to see it.

a kangaroo: why did you post this story to this blog? GUI is an internet and technology humor blog. Not a game review blog.
me: kangaroos can’t speak.

This is The Microsoft I Want to See | 2019 a Microsoft Vision

People sometimes ask me why I dislike Microsoft. The answer is simple: I don’t — I’ve just been disappointed with much of what it’s done in the past decade.

This disappointment stems from the 1990s, when I was a big fan of many Microsoft products (and incidentally, could not stand Apple products). But over the past 10 years, I’ve slowly transitioned away from almost everything made by the company. It’s not what I set out to do, it just happened because better products came along — products not made by Microsoft.

YOU MUST SEE THIS VIDEO!

Steve Ballmer: Linux Bigger Competitor than Apple

f Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You’d think Apple was their number one competitor – and you’d be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries. Read The Rest

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“Mac OS” runs only on Macs, Linux runs on everywhere and is gaining traction with Microsoft’ top hardware partners.

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Ballmer is right.

image credit: duncandavidson

Google Rumors Failed | It isn’t Atlantis we saw on Google Earth – Confirms Google [PIC]

Google: No, it’s not Atlantis.

From Google Blog;

[Note: Last week we saw some interesting speculation that Atlantis had been found in Google Earth. As much as we’d love for that to be the case, there is a scientific explanation for the odd markings found on the seafloor. We’ve invited two of the scientists who gathered the data that appears in Google Earth to answer some questions that came up. – Ed.]

Since the launch of Ocean in Google Earth, millions of people have started to explore the ocean, and many have been surprised by their discoveries.

Near Hawaii you can see a new volcanic island in the making called the Loihi Seamount.

Source and The Rest

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World’s Biggest Media Companies wrote about that. Google showed us the quality of World Press. Again, google did not fail.

Digg-Bury | Digg Finally Admits the Auto-Bury Exists picture It has long been debated and rumored that Digg has an auto-bury feature that would automatically bury specific user’s submissions

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It has long been debated and rumored that Digg has an auto-bury feature that would automatically bury specific user’s submissions.

They have for a long time denied any such mechanism exists, but a recent incident with Digg user ‘Nitmeh3′ shows evidence to the contrary… through Digg’s own admission.

It all started yesterday when Nitmeh3 submitted an graphic and NSFW image telling Digg what they could do with themselves.

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Digg, keep on not respecting to your users.

Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi. Survey Says That 80% Of Our Torrents are Legal

Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi took the stand today in Sweden as The Pirate Bay’s trial entered its fifth day, and he made a startling claim: in his own survey, 80 percent of the torrents on the site pointed to material that was legal to share online.

In previous days, prosecutor Hakan Roswall and media industry lawyers pressed the defendants on whether they were aware that the site contained links to copyrighted material; the answer from Fredrik Neij was “yes,” but only because content owners continually sent letters to The Pirate Bay asking them to remove links to certain materials.

Friday, Kolmisoppi revealed that he had looked more directly into the issue by performing a survey on 1,000 random torrents from the site. Along with some workers in chat rooms, Kolmisoppi tried to figure out how much of this material appeared to infringe copyright—though they apparently did so without downloading any of it. Read The Rest From Ars

Facebook’s terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore.

Facebook’s terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore. Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later.* Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want. Rest

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Face, as Google says; Don’t Be Evil

A woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft over a US$59.25 charge for downgrading her Windows Vista PC to XP.

A woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft over a US$59.25 charge for downgrading her Windows Vista PC to XP.

In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, Los Angeles resident Emma Alvarado is asking that Microsoft return the fee she paid for downgrading a Lenovo PC with the Windows Vista Business OS preinstalled to Windows XP Professional. Alvarado purchased the PC on June 20, 2008, according to the suit.

Alvarado also is inviting others who have paid fees to downgrade to XP to join the suit (PDF) and is requesting refunds for them as well.

Many customers who purchased PCs with Vista installed opted to downgrade to XP because they weren’t happy with Vista’s “numerous problems,” according to Alvarado’s suit.

“As a result, many consumers would prefer to purchase a new computer preinstalled with the Windows XP operating system or at least not preinstalled with the Vista operating system,” according to the filing.

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Skype Growing by 380,000 Users a Day, Wow! [PIC]

df The number of its users is growing by the population of Singapore (more than four million) every 12 days and nearly a third of its registered subscribers now use it for business purposes.

As if to celebrate its fifth birthday, IP telephony service provider Skype recently achieved a milestone of 15 million concurrent users, meaning there are now 405 million skype users across the planet. This figure, they say, is growing by 380,000 every day.

Skype, an eBay company, unveiled these extraordinary figures in Singapore, to mark the launch of its new software Skype 4.0, which it describes as ‘the most exciting and fundamental change to Skype’s software in the company’s history’. more Image Credit:  malthe

Give Up Internet‘s Note

1-) Never knock on the Skype’s door as a marketer.
2-) According to these numbers, in 2000 days, the whole world will use Skype.
3-) After 2000 days, wait, what?

Electronic Arts (EA) Posts $641 Million Loss in Third Quarter, And Cuts 1100 Jobs.

d Electronic Arts posted a $641 million net loss for its most recent quarter, compared to a $33 million net loss over the same period a year ago. EA was in the midst of restructuring, so it profited 56 cents per share before the costs of restructuring are factored in to the accounting.

Revenue for the quarter was $1.65 billion, up from $1.5 billion in the previous quarter but below analyst estimates of $1.9 billion.

The company will cut staff at all levels, according to EA execs, including “managers, directors, VPs and above” and put a freeze on raises. Around 1,100 jobs will be lost, around 11% of its work force. It will also cut 30% of its SKUS in 2010, expecting to publish 50 titles across 125 SKUS. The company published 145 SKUs in fiscal 2009. >>More

Encyclopedia for the people, by the people. But eight years on, Wikipedia is plagued by endless hoaxes, riven by boardroom rebellion – and lurches from one cash crisis to another. Will it become a footnote in the history of the web?

  It felt like half a nation was pumping the air and singing along to “Born To Run” as the old rabble-rouser Bruce Springsteen blew through his half-time set at Superbowl XLIII on Sunday night. For a tech-savvy younger generation, curious as to why someone who looked like their dad had just jumped on to a piano, an obvious response would have been to reach for the computer and head to Wikipedia. Read The Rest

Apple’s Years With and Without Steve Jobs | A Must See Article Research With Photos By Sam Grobart of NY Times

ff Sam Grobart looks at what effect the departures of Steven P. Jobs have had on Apple and its products.  Steve Jobs’s announcement on Jan. 14 that he will be taking a medical leave from Apple is not the first time the company will go without his services, as Mr. Jobs was not at Apple from 1985 to 1997. A look at Apple’s products before, during and after that time shows what effect Mr. Jobs has had on the company. It’sHere

Barack Obama Loves His BlackBerry Too Much [PIC]

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Barack Obama on his BlackBerry

President Obama has become the nation’s thumb-typer-in-chief. He reached a deal with his security advisors Thursday that will let him keep his BlackBerry, albeit a version equipped with heavy encryption designed to keep bad guys from intercepting his messages and tracking his location. Though security concerns remain, the nation’s 44th president can try to keep it real by using his smartphone to e-mail with people outside the Beltway.

Photo: Barack Obama thumb-types on his BlackBerry on his campaign plane in July. Credit: Charles Ommanney / Getty Images

Source: La Times

Top 15 Worldwide Properties, (Internet Sites, Companies, Media Groups) Ranked by Total Worldwide Unique Visitors

Top 15 Worldwide Properties

Ranked by Total Worldwide Unique Visitors (000)*

Age 15+, Home & Work Locations

December 2008

Source: comScore World Metrix

Property

Total Unique Visitors (000)

% Reach of Total Worldwide Internet Audience

Total Worldwide Internet Audience

1,007,730

100.0%

Google Sites

775,980

77.0%

Microsoft Sites

646,915

64.2%

Yahoo! Sites

562,571

55.8%

AOL LLC

273,020

27.1%

Wikimedia Foundation Sites

272,998

27.1%

eBay

240,947

23.9%

Facebook.COM

221,791

22.0%

Amazon Sites

187,354

18.6%

CBS Corporation

178,844

17.7%

Fox Interactive Media

172,841

17.2%

Ask Network

164,513

16.3%

Apple Inc.

161,500

16.0%

Tencent Inc.

158,617

15.7%

Baidu.com Inc.

152,447

15.1%

Adobe Sites

123,623

12.3%

* Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.
According to Comscore


Top 15 Countries, by Internet Population | It’s Over 1 Billion

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Top 15 countries, by Internet population:

  1. China: 179.7 million
  2. United States: 163.3 million
  3. Japan: 60.0 million
  4. Germany: 37.0 million
  5. United Kingdom: 36.7 million
  6. France: 34.0 million
  7. India: 32.1 million
  8. Russia: 29.0 million
  9. Brazil: 27.7 million
  10. South Korea: 27.3 million
  11. Canada: 21.8 million
  12. Italy: 20.8 million
  13. Spain: 17.9 million
  14. Mexico: 12.5 million
  15. Netherlands: 11.8 million

According to Comscore. Over a billion (wow), Canada in the list (lol).

Photo By: by Gemma Kate Thorpe