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Friday, August 27, 2004

The Search Engine Belt Buckle - Engadget - What can I say, it's a belt buckle with an LCD screen that streams search engine queries. It doesn't get geekier than this.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Do we need men? uh oh.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Dave Matthews Band's Big Stink "The state of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against the Dave Matthews Band for allegedly dumping up to 800 pounds of liquid human waste from its tour bus into the Chicago River earlier this month." Read more... hilarity ensues.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

BRITNEY SPEARS used chewing gum This looks delicious. eBay always surprises me - they alternate between the bowels of the internet and the largest used car dealership in the world.

Om Malik on Broadband: Technorati gets fed VC dollars RSS feed company gets VC funding.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Why Big Media Should Raise a Toast to the Grokster Decision More interesting analysis on what Grokster will mean to the record industry. Personally, it seems like P2P is similar to many disruptive technologies that have come along - I'm sure someone will figure out how to make a huge business out of it.

One thought - it's been said that Apple makes almost no money off of iTunes, but rather, they make all their money on the iPods. Seems like the RIAA should make note of this and think about what it would take to get some vertical integration going - what would it be like to have an RIAA-backed company making MP3 players that have access to the entire RIAA library? At this point, with guys like Apple and Real in the picture, you'd have to figure out the channel conflict - but it's certainly possible.


Sunday, August 22, 2004

How We Learned to Cheat at Online Poker: A Study in Software Security - why is blogger url encoding the links and screwing them up?