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Twitter Gets Another Cool $100 Million....Seriously?

posted Saturday Nov 28, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Twitter Gets Another Cool $100 Million....Seriously?

I don't know what kind of Christmas party blackmail the founders of Twitter have on major investors T. Row Price and Insight Venture Partners among others but it must have been bad enough for them to throw another 100 million their way. With their newest injection of capital the company has attained a theoretical value of 1 billion dollars and it gets better.

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, made a statement to reporters in Tel Aviv on November 24th stating that Twitter will "start making money" in 2010 by means of "non-traditional" advertising.

My favorite part of this entire story is that Stone still feels there is no need to create a business plan because they have so much money that it doesn't matter.

"There are no dates when we need to break even. We have plenty of money in the bank," Stone said.

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EA Does Something Not So Evil: Creates a Football Game for the Disabled

posted Saturday Nov 28, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

EA Does Something Not So Evil: Creates a Football Game for the Disabled

Well, B.Cole may still not have access to video games for the blind, but some disabled gamers will soon be able to enjoy the awesome-ness that we call Madden.

The modified version was aimed towards gamers with both physical and developmental disabilities. VTree, a provider of software for those with disabilities, along with EA sports came up with the idea of a game titled "My Football Game."

The graphics may not be up to par, but creating a game for the disabled is a great move by EA. The game will be available for the PC, but instead of the regular NFL jerseys, the uniforms will be those of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines branches of the military. The reason for this is because many testers for the game were actually disabled veterans. Pretty cool, huh?

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Sony Gives Microsoft a Run for Their Money... But Probably Not

posted Saturday Nov 28, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony Gives Microsoft a Run for Their Money... But Probably Not

Looks like Sony may have some big news at CES this year. Everyone in the gaming community knows that the Xbox is much more popular when it comes to online play: Xbox Live vs. PlayStation Home. But now it appears that Sony has decided to try to give Microsoft a run for their money.

On Thursday a subtle announcement implied that Sony is coming out with a "premium level" subscription service for the PlayStation Network. Although the announcement was not a sure thing, it was confirmed by Kaz Hirai, and is expected to be released within a year.

It was very unclear what the "premium content and services" will include, but the services already included on the PlayStation home service; Facebook, Netflix, etc., will still be free. This may be the break Sony was looking for, a chance to finally gain the title for best online game play. But with all the features recently released on the Xbox will Sony be able to outdo them?

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Oh! Oh! It's Magic for Macs

posted Tuesday Nov 24, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Oh! Oh! It's Magic for Macs

Odds are if you're an Apple fan that usually does not include being a fan of the oddly shaped and otherwise lacking mouse. That is about to change by way of some Apple branded magic that is long overdue. The Magic Mouse ditches the old Apple style of form over function, mostly. The mouse uses touch gestures to determine what you want to do. Swiping up and down will activate the up and down scroll functions in programs and web browsers. Swiping two fingers side to side in Safari will take you backwards or forwards through your webpages as well as flip through photos in the Mac OS X Preview App. Not to worry though if Safari isn't your thing there is a hack for Firefox that will let you switch between tabs like never before (without using the keyboard).

The Mighty Mouse is an optical mouse which is another plus and optical mice have been around forever so it's good that Apple is starting to take advantage of them. Watch out Mac users if Apple keeps this type of innovation up I might even own one again some day.

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Twitter Music in 140 Bytes Or Less

posted Sunday Nov 22, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Twitter Music in 140 Bytes Or Less

If Twitter is the condensed soup of the social networking isle in the internet super store then Twitter music must be to music what DJ Hero is to rhythm games. No, I'm not talking about posting links to music in a tweet like what works and is normal. Dan Stowell took it upon himself to find a different way of doing things and in the process created, SuperCollider 3, a software program that turns code into sound creating the worlds first "Twitter Album." Before you get too exited don't go thinking you can fit your favorite Jay Z song into 140 bytes or less. Anyone who is familiar with old school video games should know what they are going to hear.

I would just like to say congrats to Dan Stowell for creating a software program that does what countless others can already do but worse and for no good reason. To be fair however, the idea is kind of nifty but the implementation seems pointless. I don't think song tweets will be replacing download links anytime soon.

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3D PS3 - Take That Natal!

posted Sunday Nov 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

3D PS3 - Take That Natal!

Sony announced at an investor presentation that they would be upgrading the PlayStation 3 to incorporate 3D capabilities. Sony has made a big deal to the industry about 3D Blu-Ray, and it was only a matter of time before we saw it come to the PS3, but it sounds like they have their hopes set higher than that.

By patching the PS3, they would be giving developers the ability to write games that take advantage of the same 3D engine. Can you imagine if you could convulse your way through Lair while feeling like you're really being flown to the hospital by a dragon?

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