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BSkyB/Tiscali deal reportedly falls through

BSkyB/Tiscali deal reportedly falls through

According to The Grauniad, talks between BSkyB and Tiscali over the latter's UK operations being bought by the former have hit a snag over the asking price. It seems Tiscali wanted £600m, but Sky was only willing to stump up £450m.

December 22, 2008 by

Google image search gets specific

Google image search gets specific

A Friday blog post from Google's image search team revealed an enhancement to that particular functionality - if you're searching for an image through Google, you can now specifically request to see photography, faces, news pictures, clip art or line drawings (the last two in that list being the new option additions).I guess you could call this increasingly semantic search.

December 22, 2008 by

Fun with speed cameras, teen-style

Fun with speed cameras, teen-style

Maryland teens have discovered that Montgomery County's cameras can't distinguish between real license plates and laser-printed ones. So kids are making up fake versions of their enemies' plates, pasting them over their own plates and speeding past the cameras.

December 22, 2008 by

Spending by largest ad categories in Q1-Q3 2008

Spending by largest ad categories in Q1-Q3 2008

Product CategoryQ1-Q3 2007Q1-Q3 2008GrowthAutomotive(Factory & Dealer Assoc.)8,505.27,857.5-8%Pharmaceutical3,855.33,682.1-4%Auto Dealerships - Local3,422.93,327.1-3%Quick Service Restaurant2,929.63,258.111%Motion Picture2,665.82,683.21%Wireless Telephone Services2,663.72,675.80%Department Store2,432.42,615.78%Direct Response Product1,657.62,110.427%Restaurant1,225.11,334.69%Furniture Stores1,189.21,186.70%Top 10 Product Categories30,546.930,731.31%Source: Nielsen

December 22, 2008 by

ISPs want to get paid to police users

ISPs want to get paid to police users

Small ISP owner Jerry Scroggin says he should get paid if he's going to be policing file-sharing activity. He won't be. But bet that the huge telecoms are getting something out of their deals with the RIAA.

December 22, 2008 by

PlayStation Home virtual world hacked

PlayStation Home virtual world hacked

Hackers are using a combination of DNS redirection, software vulnerabilities and the open-source Apache Web server to exploit holes in Sony's new PlayStation Home virtual world, according to a Telegraph report.The hack is allowing developers to customize their PlayStation Home experience beyond the options provided by Sony but there's a worrysome component to this platform weakness...

December 22, 2008 by

ISP to RIAA: Pay up or do your own dirty work

ISP to RIAA: Pay up or do your own dirty work

I love stories of the little guy going head-to-head with the big guys, especially when the big guy looks like a fool in the end.CNET's Greg Sandoval tells the story of a small Internet Service Provider in Louisiana whose owner has refused to play ball with the Recording Industry Association of America - at least on the RIAA's terms.

December 22, 2008 by

Is the LED revolution coming?

Is the LED revolution coming?

According to two professors at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and smart lighting could save trillions of dollars worldwide in the next ten years. They claim that innovations in photonics and solid state lighting could also lead to 'a massive reduction in the amount of energy required to light homes and businesses around the globe.' Of course, I would be happy to fully agree with the researchers, but these benefits will only be achieved if all of the world's light bulbs are replaced with LEDs. I seriously doubt it can happen. Still, it's certain that a new generation of lighting devices based on LEDs will become available and reduce our carbon dioxide emissions. ...

December 22, 2008 by

Palm scores a $100 million lifeline to keep up the fight

Palm scores a $100 million lifeline to keep up the fight

The cavalry has arrived for Palm - in the form of a $100 million injection from Elevation Partners announced today.  The company, which has been burning through cash, will now be able to afford some promotion for Nova, the new Palm OS expected to be announced at CES, as well as new mobile products that are in the works.

December 22, 2008 by

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