We're joined today by Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh, who's trying to get Brian Tong to love cats. Also, we dissect Facebook's new attempt at a universal inbox: it's email, but not really email, and there's some stuff you're probably going to want to opt out of. As usual. Also, previewing Apple's "unforgettable" iTunes announcement tomorrow, and why did Netflix delay its Android app? --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
It didn't take very long for 70 Holdings--and a similar site tied to a Los Angeles-based search-engine optimization company--to start spamming Google News again.
Last week, after CNET pointed out that a company called 70 Holdings Inc. was spamming Google News under the moniker of Red Label News, Google pulled that content from its site. However, over the weekend 70 Holdings popped back up using one of the 44 domains it owns to once again flood Google News with the same type of nearly empty stories tied to search-friendly keywords and advertising.
Take-Two's Ben Feder will be departing as CEO at the end of the year.
According to Take-Two, Feder's decision to leave was rooted in his desire to "pursue plans to travel in Asia with his family for an extended period." Take-Two executive chairman Strauss Zelnick will take over the company as CEO effective January 1.
Feder became Take-Two's acting CEO and a board member in March 2007. In 2008, the company officially appointed him to the CEO post with a management agreement that extended through October 31, 2012. Prior to joining Take-Two, Feder was CEO … Read more
You'd think monitor vendors would include speaker bars on more monitors than they currently do. Speaker bars are a relatively cheap way to add value to your monitor and appeals to that part of us that values quantity over quality when buying electronics equipment.
That's the part that says, "Nice! And it comes with a speaker bar. I don't care if it sounds like a snake is hissing inside my monitor and all times! It comes with something that makes me feel better about spending more than $300 in the first place!" Or something to … Read more
The good people at Twitter should send a bottle of champagne to Mike Wise.
Wise is the freshly chastised sportswriter from The Washington Post who was suspended last week for taking his company's reputation too lightly when he intentionally used Twitter to post false information on the Web. When Wise keyed in a phony scoop about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger--using a Twitter account that identified Wise as a Washington Post reporter--he was trying to show how some journalists and bloggers will republish unfounded rumors without doing any fact checking. He intended to illustrate the weakness of blogs and … Read more
A Washington Post sports columnist was suspended for a month on Tuesday after the newspaper concluded that he was too cavalier with the publication's reputation when he intentionally used his Twitter account to plant a false story.
Mike Wise, a well-known columnist at The New York Times before moving to the Post in 2004, was out to illustrate how sloppy sports journalism has become in the age of shoot-first blogging and social networking. On Monday, he posted to Twitter this message: "Roethlisberger will get five games, I'm told."
He was referring to Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for … Read more
WATERBURY, Vt.--You wouldn't think that half a million people a year would trek to this tiny town in the middle of the Green Mountain state, but then again, you might not know that this is mecca for ice cream fans.
This, of course, is where the original--and still operating--Ben & Jerry's production plant is located and where about 250,000 pints of the confection still come off the line every day.
Back in 1978, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield served the first scoops of their soon-to-be famous ice cream from a small shop in a gas station … Read more
Legal experts sympathetic to copyright owners as well as those known for supporting technology companies are criticizing a federal judge's decision to lower a jury award in a high-profile lawsuit about file sharing.
A year ago, a jury found college student Joel Tenenbaum liable for willful copyright infringement for sharing 30 songs, and later set a damages award of $675,000. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner dramatically reduced the award to $67,500.
Gertner wrote in her decision that the original amount was too high and "unconstitutional." With regard to statutory damages in a … Read more
Graphics in a political attack ad for California gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman that imitated popular humor blog FailBlog aren't going over too well with Cheezburger Network, the amalgam of blogs that owns FailBlog.
"We are talking to our attorneys on this," Cheezburger Network founder and CEO Ben Huh told CNET via e-mail. "We haven't decided on a course of action, if any. The law is a complex beast."
With the release of the Samsung PX2370, other monitor vendors can no longer rely on the novelty of an LED backlight. With the PX2370, Samsung proved (once again) that it's possible to manufacture a legitimately great-performing LED-based monitor with a thin profile.
Other vendors are still playing catch-up, unfortunately. We've seen many new LED releases over the past several months, but none have come close to matching Samsung's offerings. This week, we take a look at BenQ's V2420H, a new LED-based monitor that follows all the expected tropes: a thin panel, sleek design, minimalist interface.
Does … Read more