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“The Social Network” Movie Launches a Facebook-Themed Website

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Columbia Pictures has just launched the official website for The Social Network, 500MillionFriends.com. David Fincher’s take on the Facebook story is highly anticipated by film fans and social media addicts alike.

The site opens into a large-form portal with photos, videos and cast information, all arranged in a very Facebook-like collage.

The new site carries on the same theme used in the teasers, trailers and TV spots for the film.

Words such as “Punk,” “Traitor” and “Genius” are displayed either as their own or overlayed over other photographs. The site also contains access to cast information, the official synopsis and cast publicity stills.

The Social Network will be in theaters October 1, 2010 and is already garnering rave reviews from Rolling Stone and Film Comment.

via Mashable

3% of Twitter’s Servers Dedicated to Justin Bieber said Dustin Curtis, Twitter Employee

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Would you believe that Justin Bieber and his legion of fans use up 3% of Twitter’s server at any given time — such a large amount of activity that “racks of servers” are dedicated to Bieber mania?

So said a Twitter employee, according to web designer and blogger Dustin Curtis. Yesterday he sent out the following tweet:

“At any moment, Justin Bieber uses 3% of our infrastructure. Racks of servers are dedicated to him. – A guy who works at Twitter”

Google To Launch Music Service This Christmas 2011

Google has recently announced that they will be releasing a new music downloading service called, “Google Music” by this Christmas. This new downloading service would be a direct competitor to iTunes and will deeply connect to the Android mobile operating system. Google is currently in talks with labels about launching such a service.

Demi Moore Bush Picture

Demi Moore Bush or Demi Bush picture somehow became the number one search once again. No, this has nothing to do with meeting President Bush or any of his family. This horrifying picture goes back a few years ago when a picture of Demi was leaked online showing her left breast, and a very, very, hairy bush.

Full frontal exposure is nothing new for Demi, and she’s not afraid to flaunt her body. However, where the heck were the razors? Were they even invented yet? After looking at this picture, all I kept thinking was “Wow! How do you handle that jungle?” This 40 something year old chick needs a lawnmower, and maybe even some hedge clippers.

Give Up Internet‘s Note: This picture is all over the internet now. Everybody is searching for it. This is why i sometimes internet.

Ping Fail: 5 Reasons To Avoid Joining Apple’s Social Network

  • Ping Fail: 5 Reasons To Avoid Joining Apple’s Social Network

    Ping, Apple’s new iTunes-based social network, is just the worst. Barely functional, confusing, and boring, it’s unclear how or why anyone would get excited about Ping. Here’s why you shouldn’t bother.

  • 1. Automatic censorship

    If you try to swear in the comments on Ping, it automatically censors what you’ve written.

  • Unless you write things like “buttfuck”.
  • 2. You can’t actually see what your friends are listening to

    Some of your album art shows up on your profile, but it’s not clear where it comes from — it’s maybe your most-listened to music, but it wasn’t for me — and it doesn’t tell people what you’re actually listening to now.

  • Which I’d thought was the entire point.
  • 3. It’s confusing and hard to use.

    The sign up is kind of a pain, and then finding friends is a dicey prospect — I kept getting “no results.”

  • This flies in the face of Steve Jobs’ reasoning for not including Facebook integration:
  • “You can type their names into search or send them emails inviting them to join.”
  • 4. No status message or other normal social networking messaging.

    You can make inane comments on things like the fact that a friend has followed you, but you can’t post status updates. Not even related to your music. Or comment on what your friends like.

  • Also, two hours since I joined, my profile picture still hasn’t shown up in Ping.
  • 5. It’s focused on commerce, not social interaction

    Added to all of the above failures, it’s clear that Ping is mostly about getting you to buy more music. The presence on the site of artists like Lady Gaga overwhelms your ability to actually interact with the people you know.

  • Oh also, there’s no Farmville.

Hilarious post by lambfeed

iTunes 10 icon Sucks


Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ obsessive focus on design detail is at least partially responsible for why the tech sphere and the design sphere are so intertwined at the moment. Which makes the ire that Jobs has received for the current iTunes 10 logo (not to mention the foibles of Ping) particularly poignant. The universal hatred for this thing has spawned an @BPGlobalPR-esque Twitter account, some pretty impressive suggestions of alternate logos over on design collaboration site Dribbble, and an email to Jobs himself.

ValuLeads designer Joshua Kopac:

Enjoyed the presentation today. But … this new iTunes logo really sucks. You’re taking 10+ years of instant product recognition and replacing it with an unknown. Let’s both cross our fingers on this….

Steve Jobs to designer Joshua Kopac:

We disagree.

Sent from my iPhone

source and the rest

Digg CEO Kevin Rose can’t win for losing. | Kevin Rose’s Tweet

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Digg CEO Kevin Rose can’t win for losing.First, he was raked over the coals for overhauling Digg.

Then, in response to some of these complaints, he announced on Twitter that he would add some features back.

Well, that did him no good.

He was promptly ripped by ex-Digg site architect, Joe Stump, who said, “I love you man, but seriously? Upcoming has *never* been a useful feature. What’s been done to make it useful?”


Facebook is quickly moving in on Google’s search business.


Who’s gonna stop Facebook? Facebook takes another shot at Google.

From All Facebook: Another big upgrade from Facebook: the company is currently testing search results which display articles ranked by likes. Additionally, the results for searches now shows the results from all around the web based on two things: the number of likes and the number of friends who liked that object, most likely leveraging some of the technology shown in their recently approved patent. We first received reports of these search results showing up earlier yesterday.

This is it! AdEngage Replied and Fixed The Problem

As you may remember our previous post;
Shame on You AdEngage, You Suck

AdEngage Replied us and Fixed The Problem.

Here is the mail;

Dear (me),

Thanks for your email. First off, Ad ID 364624 was purchased to run across the UK. I have now changed it to run across the US. Second, AD ID 364632 was purchased on a site that only displays Text ads and they use their own image to run across the ads. I’ve canceled this ad for you as we cannot change this and will be issuing a refund shortly. So that you avoid this in the future, please take a look at the websites prior to making an ad purchase to determine where and how they display our ads.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

Best Regards,

The AdEngage Team


Thank you for the kind reply AdEngage. I forgot everything. Seriously.

Shame on You AdEngage, You Suck

A friend of mine suggest me AdEngage for cpc advertising. He heard about it from forums.  I choosed sites and ranges for ads and yesterday, ads started to run.

Here is the campaign information;


1-) You see that there is no thumbnail choosen for the ad.
2-) Ad has description.
3-) Ad’s industry is Humor

But what happened?

Here are the ads. Do you see the picture next to our link? Boobs.  Useless people click on the picture to enlarge the photo for easy masturbation. They click and see there is no larger version of the photo. And close the window. But i charged for the click.

One more Problem

I bought 50 dollars of cpc ad to test the system. I choosed to location as United States but after they charged me, they switched it to United Kingdom. And surprisingly there is not edit option for that.

Waste of Time, Waste of Money

I’ll never work with them unless they send my an apologies mail and fix the problem. I worked with adbrite in last years. I didn’t like that much but when i see adengage, Adbrite was really better.

Digg Reinvention Tips For Kevin Rose

Digg Reinvention Tips For Kevin Rose

As you may heard, digg let 15 employees go.

I think people on digg can not manage digg well. Digg can’t catch the train and can’t improve itself enough. Think about facebook’s “like” button. It has to be the key of digg to own the content of the internet but digg doesn’t have even a strong response. Facebook is going to make digg more useless in near future.

Like many people on industry, only Kevin Rose can save digg. Here are some -important tips- that can save digg. Kevin Rose, take thoose into consideration.

1-) Manage your company.
2-) Spend your time on digg. Not on digg tv.
3-) Be away from the media for a while.
4-) No beer, drink tea. You know, tea is always better.
5-) Remove digg bar. Seriously what the hell is that?
6-) Let your users have desire to click links. Visiting digg looks like a “difficult” road. People that visit digg every day, now visit once or two a week.
7-) Make it more social. Add private messaging. Follower, Following lists (remove “fan” word from digg) But make all of these more simple.
8 -) Re-design header. Center the search or make it more visible. Let your visitors also using digg as a search engine. You have to the “real social search” but you do not use this weapon. What are you waiting for? Let your users have desire to search. This point is really important. Digg has to be lighter.
9-) Re-design your footer. You do not need columns. Make it more simple
10-) Create a small “digg widget” like facebook’s “like”.  Make it easily embeddable.
11-) Make it international with subdomains. And become the local social bookmarking leader of other countries.
12-) Use more “white space” in your design.
13-) Make user profiles more important.
14-) Solve the “power users” problem. Same problem for 4 years. What kind of a company is digg?
15-) Let all the links follow the source. Not the comments page.
16-) “Single title page”, make it more simple. Related and Sponsored Titles looks same as the real title.
17-) “Comment Karma System”

Facebook is going to Kill Digg

I think people on digg can not manage digg well. Digg can’t catch the train and can’t improve itself enough. Think about facebook’s “like” button. It has to be the key of digg to own the content of the internet but digg doesn’t have even a strong response. Facebook is going to make digg more useless in near future.

Why I Left Facebook (and so should you)

via Scolirk: ” I’d be willing to bet 99.99% of people on the internet have at least heard of Facebook, and understand it’s some sort of website where people meet girls or guys and try to get laid. It’s a simple concept that’s been drilled in to our heads for years now, ever since the mass exodus from MySpace. While there are only 450,000 active Facebook users (there are more active Hotmail users on a daily basis), it seems everyone and their grandma is posting drunk pictures to their wall.

While that itself might not be the most informative data you can find about people, it’s what a lot of the social generation consume on an almost minute-by-minute basis. We feel a need to be constantly connected with friends and family through social networking sites such as Facebook, and rely on them almost exclusively now from birthdays to dates, even to collaborative documents. Facebook has truly become the AOL of the 21st century.


There are many benefits to Facebook, more than I can actually list in a blog entry and hope to keep anyone’s interest past the fourth paragraph. One of the most important to me is a universal login across the various websites we visit on a day-to-day basis. Rather than signing up for a new website or service ever single time you visit a new site, we can now use Facebook Connect to quickly bring in all the important information, and connect that new site with our existing social presence online. This feature allows us to save time when signing up for sites, but also makes an attempt to filter out spam and trolls, by linking what we say and do on the internet with our names and identity. Read The Rest

Facebook Selling Private Information

MINNEAPOLIS – Facebook is now sharing your personal profile information with third parties. For now, it’s just a few web sites, like the music site Pandora, and the consumer review site, Yelp.

Facebook is automatically sharing that information, without your consent. If you don’t want to share, you have to opt out.

University of Minnesota law professor and privacy expert Bill McGevern says it’s an important line in the sand. And for Facebook, with 600 million users, the stakes are high.

“Facebook is trying over and over to get this shared so Facebook becomes the center of the web,” said McGevern.

Facebook want to make money by selling user information.

Last week, Facebook announced new features designed to unlock more of the data accumulated about its users during its six-year history. The senators said the recent changes by Facebook fundamentally alter the relationship between users and the social networking site. Before the change, users had control over what information they wished to share publicly and what information they wanted to keep private.

Among other things, Facebook is plugging into other websites so people can communicate their interests with friends, colleagues and acquaintances online. Facebook also changed its own website to create more pages where users’ biographical information could be exposed to a wider audience.

In a statement, Facebook said, “these new products and features are designed to enhance personalization and promote social activity. All of Facebook’s partner sites interact with a user’s consent.” Rest and Source

Who is Vera Baker?

According to Wiki: Vera Baker is a former political fundraiser. With Muthoni Wambu, she founded Baker Wambu & Associates in 2000. According to The Politico, Baker’s organization became a top fundraising firm for the Congressional Black Caucus. [1] Baker was the Finance Director for Barack Obama’s 2004 Illinois Senate campaign and was identified by The American Prospect as one of the “rare” African-American major fundraisers.

Becoming to hit of 2010

National Enquirer’s Obama Scandal: Claims Surveillance Proves Affair

Chaos in Arizona, an oil spill the size of Rhode Island, and now this on the eve of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner: the National Enquirer published a story last night claiming that President Barack Obama was caught having an affair with a former campaign staffer at a Washington hotel, and they might have the tape to prove it. (UPDATE: Enquirer retracts video claim)

The Enquirer claims insiders have known about the scandal and are willing to pay some serious cash for the story, and they’re so sure of it that they’ve brought out the animated .gifs:

A confidential investigation has learned that Obama first became close to gorgeous 35 year-old Vera Baker in 2004 when she worked tirelessly to get him elected to the US Senate, raising millions in campaign contributions.

While Baker has insisted in the past that “nothing happened” between them, the Enquirer has learned that top anti-Obama operatives are offering more than $1 million to witnesses to reveal what they know about the alleged hush-hush affair. Rest can be read here

Vera Baker Pictures

Police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home in Fremont | Lost Iphone [NEWS]

Police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen‘s home in Fremont, Calif. last week, seizing computers and other gadgets, as detectives probe how the gadget blog editor obtained an Apple iPhone prototype, which he first published photos and videos of last Monday.

According to documents viewed by Business Insider, law enforcement agents sent by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office seized several computers, including three Apple laptops, two Dells, an IBM notebook, and an HP server. Cops also took external hard drives, digital cameras, cellphones, USB drives, an iPad, and documents. (Here’s a whole list.)

Hardest, Meanest Tetris Clone Ever [GAME]

“Sure, Achewood and xkcd have joked about it, but it took the sadism of Sam Hughes to make Hatetris — a one-off Tetris clone that spits out the statistically worst possible piece with every move — a reality.

As it damn well would, it starts with a ton of ‘S’ blocks — the bane of every Tetris champ — but just as you learn patterns to cope with that, it throws something more unmanageable your way. ” via bb

Play Hatetris
[Sam Hughes]

Why Computer Science Students Cheat

alphadogg writes “Enrollment in undergraduate computer science courses is at an all-time high at colleges nationwide. But this trend that’s been hailed by the US tech industry has a dark side: a disproportionate number of students taking these courses are caught cheating. More students are caught cheating in introductory computer science courses than in any other course on campus, thanks to automated tools that professors use to detect unauthorized code reuse, excessive collaboration, and other forbidden ways of completing homework assignments. Computer science professors say their students are not more dishonest than students in other fields; they’re just more likely to get caught because software is available to check for plagiarism. ‘The truth is that on every campus, a large proportion of the reported cases of academic dishonesty come from introductory computer science courses, and the reason is totally obvious: we use automated tools to detect plagiarism,’ explains Professor Ed Lazowska, chair of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. ‘We compare against other student submissions, and we compare against previous student submissions and against code that may be on the Web. These tools flag suspicious cases, which are then manually examined.'”

25th Anniversary of Hackers

theodp writes “Sharks gotta swim; bats gotta fly; hackers gotta hack. On the 25th anniversary of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, author Steven Levy has penned an interesting where-are-they-now follow up on the original digital revolutionaries for Wired. ‘Some of my original subjects,’ writes Levy, ‘are now rich, famous, and powerful. They thrived in the movement’s transition from insular subculture to multibillion-dollar industry, even if it meant rejecting some of the core hacker tenets. Others, unwilling or unable to adapt to a world that had discovered and exploited their passion — or else just unlucky — toiled in obscurity and fought to stave off bitterness. I also found a third group: the present-day heirs to the hacker legacy, who grew up in a world where commerce and hacking were never seen as opposing values. They are bringing their worldview into fertile new territories and, in doing so, are molding the future of the movement.’ Here’s hoping Google reads this and gets inspired to let Andy Hertzfeld ship whatever the hell he wants!” Glyn Moody pulls out one poignant detail from Levy’s account: rms’s thoughts of suicide.

EA Launches Ultima-Based Browser Game

On Monday Electronic Arts launched Lord of Ultima, a free-to-play, browser-based strategy game that’s based on the Ultima universe. Quoting VG247: “Set in the new world of Caledonia, players start the game as conquerors raising an empire, and then move from developing a village to evolving it into a highly customized capital. Players can be peaceful merchants by trading resources over land or sea and using diplomacy, or become their very own become feared conquerors using armies of knights and mages to crush their enemies one by one in maniacal glee.”

Apple Blocks Cartoonist From App Store

ink writes “Here is another troubling anecdote on the iWeb front: ‘This week cartoonist Mark Fiore made Internet and journalism history as the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize. Fiore took home the editorial cartooning prize for animations he created for SFGate, the website for the San Francisco Chronicle… But there’s just one problem. In December, Apple rejected his iPhone app, NewsToons, because, as Apple put it, his satire “ridicules public figures,” a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which bars any apps whose content in “Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.”‘ Whether or not you agree with Fiore’s political sentiments, I believe we can all agree that the censorship of his work should be denigrated.”

History Repeats Itself — Mac & the iPad

Keith found an interesting story telling a bit about how Steve Jobs operates. It involves small teams of young engineers willing to work 90-hour weeks in total secrecy, and a complete willingness to throw away bad ideas without flowery language. The iPad is surprisingly similar to the Mac.”

Gizmodo Blows Whistle On 4G iPhone Loser

Stoobalou writes “Not content with its iPhone scoop, Gizmodo has probably ruined the career of a young engineer. The tech blog last night exposed the name of the hapless Apple employee who had one German beer too many and left a prototype iPhone G4 in a California bar some 20 miles from Apple’s Infinite Loop campus. Was that really necessary?” It also came out that they paid $5K for the leaked prototype and that Apple wants it back.

Now charlatans will know to beware the geeks

Here is an interesting article from Nick Cohen of guardian.

“A year ago, I went to a London pub to speak at a meeting for the apparently doomed cause of libel reform. Simon Singh had written an article which was true and important about the dangers of the quack therapy of chiropractic healing. Then, like so many authors and publishers before him, he learned English law persecuted rather than protected honest argument and that he was in trouble.

The British Chiropractic Association was suing him for saying that there was “not a jot of evidence” that its members could help sick children by manipulating babies’ spines in accordance with the teachings of a more-than-usually nutty American faith healer.

Well-run societies do not defend men who make money from worried parents and, more seriously, fob off their children with bogus “cures”. In his wisdom, however, Mr Justice Eady decided that the law would intervene to silence a debate on public health and ruled that it would not be enough for Singh to show that there was no reliable evidence that alleged treatments worked, which Singh would have difficulty in doing because there wasn’t. Because he had written that the chiropractic association “happily promotes bogus treatments”, the judge said he had to jump the insuperable barrier of proving that the therapists were lying rather than merely deluded and face costs of £500,000 or more if he failed. Read The Rest

Facebook Gets Twice Times Traffic Than Google in Offices

A report from the Network Box shows that 6.8 percent of all the URLs accessed by businesses goes to Facebook and 10 percent of internet bandwidth goes to Youtube. The study analyzed 13 billion URLs accessed by businesses and studied business bandwidths to find results, and found Facebook and Youtube leading other companies like Google and Yahoo.

The report also found that Google attracted 3.4 percent of all URLs, followed by Yahoo!’s image server YIMG at 2.8 percent and Yahoo! itself with 2.4 percent. DoubleClick, the banner ad provider got 1.7 percent of all URL traffic, due to their massive banner network and its presence on a variety of pages. In the traffic category, Facebook used 4.5 percent of all bandwidth, Windows Update used 3.3 percent, Yimg used 2.7 percent and Google used 2.5 percent.

Read The Rest

Bad But Funny Comics

You can see simple-looking-lol comics around the GUI. Those comics are belongs to “Mr. A”. You can follow his comics from “Comics” topic or “Bad But Funny Comics” topic. Now sit down.

Funny Spam Comments | Caught in WordPress Blog

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$65 Million Not Enough For Winkelvoss Brothers | Facebook Founding Wars

The drama over Facebook’s origins doesn’t want to go away and flames continue to be reignited as the Winkelvoss brothers, founders of ConnectU, continue to “stand for principles”. In an interview with BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, the brothers who previously won a reported $65 million settlement from Facebook plus stock options.

The brothers’ legal team has attempted to delay settlements, yet have been denied twice, according to Facebook. While Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has been portrayed in a negative light regarding the founding of Facebook on a number of instances, the Winkelvoss brothers don’t have the most positive public perception following the continued pursuit of greater compensation. Read The Rest

Give Up Internet‘s Note

Is it only about founding Facebook idea? I don’t think so. It’s all about running it. And Zuckerberg Do This Job better than Industry giants.

Google Changed its Name to Topeka | April Fools Joke

Google wrote a post from their official blog; “Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.

We didn’t reach this decision lightly; after all, we had a fair amount of brand equity tied up in our old name. But the more we surfed around (the former) Topeka’s municipal website, the more kinship we felt with this fine city at the edge of the Great Plains.

In fact, Topeka Google Mayor Bill Bunten expressed it best: “Don’t be fooled. Even Google recognizes that all roads lead to Kansas, not just yellow brick ones.”

For 150 years, its fortuitous location at the confluence of the Kansas River and the Oregon Trail has made the city formerly known as Topeka a key jumping-off point to the new world of the West, just as for 150 months the company formerly known as Google has been a key jumping-off point to the new world of the web. When in 1858 a crucial bridge built across the Kansas River was destroyed by flooding mere months later, it was promptly rebuilt — and we too are accustomed to releasing 2.0 versions of software after stormy feedback on our ‘beta’ releases. And just as the town’s nickname is “Top City,” and the word “topeka” itself derives from a term used by the Kansa and Ioway tribes to refer to “a good place to dig for potatoes,” we’d like to think that our website is one of the web’s top places to dig for information.

In the early 20th century, the former Topeka enjoyed a remarkable run of political prominence, gracing the nation with Margaret Hill McCarter, the first woman to address a national political convention (1920, Republican); Charles Curtis, the only Native American ever to serve as vice president (’29 to ‘33, under Herbert Hoover); Carrie Nation, leader of the old temperance movement (and wielder of American history’s most famous hatchet); and, most important, Alfred E. Neuman, arguably the most influential figure to an entire generation of Americans. We couldn’t be happier to add our own chapter to this storied history.” Read The Rest here

And Michael Arrington of Tech Crunch didn’t like the joke like many things on Earth.  He says; “Come on Google, you can do better.”  This time he is right indeed.

Why is this Joke? 

On March 1, 2010, Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten issued a proclamation calling for Topeka to be known for the month of March as “Google, Kansas, the capital city of fiber optics.” The name change was inspired by a previous name change in 1998 to “Topikachu” in honor of the Pokémon franchise.[7] This was to help “support continuing efforts to bring Google‘s fiber experiment” to Topeka, though it was not a legal name change. Lawyers advised the city council and mayor against an official name change.[8] Google announced that it would change its name to Topeka to “honor that moving gesture” at 1 am on 1 April 2010 / via Wikipedia