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Submission + - Ouya (pronounced OOO-yah) is developing an under-$100 video game system (

An anonymous reader writes: From USA Today..
Upstart technology firm Ouya (pronounced OOO-yah) is developing an under-$100 video game system that connects to the TV, a $16 billion market that has traditionally been owned by Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony and the big-budget titles designed for their consoles.
Its new game console, which will use a customized, open Android-based operating system for high-definition video games, could provide the first direct-to-market pathway for independent developers to bring the next Angry Birds and Temple Run to the TV.

The sub-$100 price could perhaps drive Microsoft and Sony to drop prices on their systems...


Submission + - BlackBerry CEO on What Went Wrong (

AZA43 writes: "After releasing some very ugly financial numbers in late June, BlackBerry-maker RIM went on a media blitz to downplay the significance of its latest earnings and counter increasingly negative media attention. Its CEO even published a bit of desperate corporate cheerleading in the Globe and Mail. But a new Q&A with BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins offers a unique take on what exactly went wrong at RIM—Heins blames the company's downfall on LTE in the US—and he actually seems genuine in his answers."

Comment Re:Only the SEO Part Is True (Score 1) 165

OK so I said "the way people find news is shifting to social" and you said four things which say "I think HuffPo is bad"

Did you want to say anything that counters my assertion, or are you just trying to get ratings or votes or something? It's sad that many people will read what you wrote, and agree with it because they don't think logically and realize that you said nothing. Go google straw man. You attack something which I didn't say. Everyone thinks they're on Fox news.

Anyway, if you're capable of logic, follow me for a minute. Do you really claim that if an actual piece of journalism, an actual news item, one that met your discerning standards were to be shared on Twitter or Facebook it would somehow become not real news? That seems completely illogical and counter interintuitive, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you meant that the things that people share are not real news. But again, that does nothing for your claim.

It kinda feels like I'm doing all the work for you, right?

You might have meant that it's not true that people are shifting from search to social in order to find news. Maybe you don't like the things people consider news, but it's happening. News is entertainment, whether you like it or not.

And I don't care about being "useful or respected in any way" especially by a random douche on the internet.

Comment Re:Only the SEO Part Is True (Score 1) 165

The reason comments/shares/engagement are important is because the way people find news is shifting to social. SEO is still important because news on TV and Radio (and read over the shoulder of the guy in the subway) necessitates searching for the article when you get yourself online.

Disclaimer: I'm - Jonah Peretti (Huffpo's technical co-founder) is our CEO

The Courts

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional 2416

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The health insurance mandate, also known as "Obamacare" was found to be "permissible under Congress's taxing authority." The full ruling (PDF) is now available, and the court's opinion begins on page 7. Amy Howe from SCOTUSblog summarized the ruling thus: "The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn't comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding." Further coverage is available from CNN, the NY Times, and Fox.

Comment Re:It's reverse psychology! (Score 1) 211

What WP7 brings to the table is perfect compatibility with MS Exchange servers and MS Office file formats.
By "WP has perfect compatibility with Exchange" I of course mean "MS would make sure every other phone out there would have less than perfect compatibility with Exchange".
So that's really the selling point of WP7, except of course MS can't say that out loud.

Comment Re:Use It Or Lose It (Score 1) 282

I would favor more preemptive and swift action to prevent future attacks like this coming cyberwar

See, there are things where military is really really really inefficient - usually the ones where you have no idea who or where the enemy is.
I.e. imagine that you have an "attack" - let's say someone exploiting SCADA system - coming from let's say Toronto.
This could be:

  • A "cyber-attack" from a hostile maple-syrup drinking hockey-watching enemy state, aboot to be followed by an invasion, eh ?
  • An act of an individual citizen acting w/o Canadian govt knowledge
  • Zombie computer being controlled by someone outside of Canada

And the most important thing: you have no idea which one it is. So to treat this as a military attack is just stupid.

Comment Re:A few details (Score 1) 1855

Actually this is kind of amazing: we have wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya - the later two having nothing to do with 9/11 whatsoever - but the guy who actually attacked US was from our "ally" Saudi Arabia and he was living inside our "ally" Pakistan. In a mansion, no less.
It's great that we finally killed the bastard, but I have to wonder how much of the whole "war on terror" effort is spent on actually killing terrorists vs. doing useless things that create new terrorists.


Robot Jet Fighter Takes First Flight 119

lysdexia writes "The X-47B is a Tailless Flying Robotic Overlord, which requires neither puny human pilot nor extraneous remote control. First flight was 29 minutes, climbing to a height of 5000 ft. Next step: landing on aircraft carrier."

Comment Re:Response from Another VP (Score 1) 596

So essentially Bing does aggregation and caching of Google's results, exactly the same way Google News aggregates and caches stories from news outlets like NY Times, AP, etc ? And Google is outraged because it's freedom of information when they do it with other people's publicly accessible web sites, but it's morally wrong when someone else does it to their publicly accessible web site ?


Sony HDTVs To Come With Google TV Interface 124

adeelarshad82 writes "Even though Google recently announced its own Google TV, seems like their partnership with Sony is going to make it obsolete. Google has partnered up with Sony to launch four HDTVs loaded with the Google TV interface, as well as a Google TV Blu-ray player. The company's Google TV products will be called Sony Internet TV. With the Google TV, Sony aims to provide a clean and easy way to browse the Web, watch TV, and run applications all on your HDTV. Google TV uses the true Chrome Web browser with Flash 10.1. Unfortunately though, at the moment it only has a handful of apps available but Sony said the OS will be updated in early 2011 to include the Android Market app with more options."
The Military

At Last, Flying Cars? 194

ColdWetDog writes, "OK, we've all whined about the fact that we are now firmly entrenched in the 21st Century and no flying cars. So it is gratifying to see that our good friends at DARPA are finally going to do something about it." The project is called Transformer TX. "The Government's envisioned concept consists of a robust ground vehicle that is capable of configuring into a VTOL air vehicle with a maximum payload capability of approximately 1,000 lbs. ... Technologies of interest may include: hybrid electric drive, advanced batteries, adaptive wing structures, ducted fan propulsion systems, advanced lightweight heavy fuel engines, lightweight materials, advanced sensors, and flight controls for stable transition from vertical to horizontal flight. ... Like all DARPA projects Transformer TX is unlikely to succeed at all. Even if US Marine rifle companies one day do ride to war in handy four-man sky jeeps rather than cumbersome choppers or Humvees, that doesn't necessarily mean flying cars for all any more than Harriers or Ospreys did."

We're Staying In China, Says Microsoft 249

ericb tips an article at the Guardian which begins: "Hopes that Google's forthright stand on censorship in China would inspire other companies to follow suit appeared unfounded today, with the move instead threatening to widen the rift between some of the world's most powerful internet companies. Microsoft, which has considerable interests in the country, including its Bing search engine, responded directly to criticism by Google's co-founder Sergey Brin, who this week accused the company of speaking against human rights and free speech. Brin, who pressed for the closing down of Google's self-censored Chinese search engine, said yesterday: 'I'm very disappointed for them in particular. I would hope that larger companies would not put profit ahead of all else. Generally, companies should pay attention to how and where their products are used.' Microsoft rejected Brin's critique, saying it would continue to obey local laws on censorship in China."

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