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Twitter + News = Tumblr?

posted Saturday Nov 20, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Twitter + News = Tumblr?

I think that by now everyone knows that Twitter is a huge, worthless hole filled with cash. What you might not know is that Tumblr is right behind them, following the same path.

While there are lots of lessons web applications should learn from Twitter, how to run the business end of things is not one of them. Tumblr never got this message, however, and has been playing the "give us money and we'll figure out who we are later" game that Twitter is so well-known for. Somehow, despite obvious reasons not to, many investors are falling for it.

To take a digital ride back before the dot com bust, hit the break.

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Google Beats the Apple

posted Saturday Nov 20, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Google Beats the Apple

If you have been following The UpStream since August of last year, you know very well that Google and Apple have been battling over Google Voice on the iPhone. Apple claimed that Google's Voice app duplicated too many features of the iPhone and that it would be confusing for users.

After over a year and many trips to the FCC (Round 2, Round 3), Google and Apple seem to have figured out a way to move forward. Google's official Voice app has hit the App Store.

For more on the drama, hit the break.

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Naked Pictures + Bad Break-up = Facebook ZOMG

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Naked Pictures + Bad Break-up = Facebook ZOMG

This is a tale of Joshua Ashby who suffered a bad break-up with his now ex-girlfriend and why both of them will regret it.

I can certainly remember a few bad moments in relationships that tempted me to do some not so nice things in order to exact my revenge and maybe I'm blessed that Facebook wasn't around for most of them. Too bad that wasn't the case for 20 year old painter Joshua Ashby who did what many of us would be tempted to do, especially in a drunken stupor.

He ended up posting naked pictures of her on her Facebook profile which remained up for 12 hours afterwards, thus guaranteeing they will exist forever and ever, amen. Did I also mention that he cut up her dresses and threatened to kill her, too? It might just be me but this guy seems a little "intense," as Ashby's parents described him. You think? After all this, a New Zealand judge determined that Ashby will spend 4 months in jail to reflect on his actions.

Sadly for his ex-girlfriend, those pictures will be on the Internet forever. The moral of the story is, don't let someone take nude pictures of you, they will not be for their eyes only.

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LimeWire Not Responsible for "Pirate Edition"

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

LimeWire Not Responsible for

During our Halloween break, RIAA won a case against LimeWire - parent company Lime Wire - and had a court-ordered injunction issued to the site, which has caused LimeWire to shut down. Since then, as you would guess, someone has stepped up and created LimeWire: Pirate Edition.

LimeWire would like everyone to know that LimeWire: Pirate Edition is not their doing and they have completely avoided the whole "press release" thing. Instead, LimeWire has made a statement when you visit their website.

To see the statement and to learn who is behind the Pirate Edition, follow the break.

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Viacom to Sell Off Harmonix

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Viacom to Sell Off Harmonix

With Rock Band 3 and Dance Central being extremely successful, it makes total sense for parent company Viacom to sell off game developer Harmonix, right? No? Well, that's what is happening in the world of Viacom.

Viacom purchased Harmonix for $175 million in 2006, back when the company was still making Guitar Hero games and before they went the way of Rock Band. Nobody in Harmonix had commented on why, other than a report saying that,

Viacom also announced that it plans to sell Harmonix, which developed the Rock Band music video game franchise. Accordingly, the Company reclassified the business as a discontinued operation.

But news since then has been discovered. For Viacom's stance on the matter, hit the break.

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New Hybrid Batteries To The Rescue?

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

New Hybrid Batteries To The Rescue?

Some would agree that batteries have fallen a little behind the times. For example, we have seen considerable improvement in power consumption in most electronic devices like netbooks and cell phones but any portable electronic device that is capable of higher performance levels, like smart-phones and quad-core laptops, won't last more than a few hours if not plugged in. And who is ever near an outlet when they really need to be?

Hit the break to find out if these new hybrid batteries will ease our pain

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