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Submission + - Party Speaker System

Robber Tom writes: Me and my buddies have been discussing this. I go to University; looking to throw house parties of some sort, and I have a house rented with 6 of my friends, and we need a sound system to go with the house. Since it's split 6 ways it's not really important that it's under 100, it could get into the +200 range without really being a problem; but we need party speakers with a system. What are your recommendations (from budget to extravagant) and what are some systems that blow out or aren't reliable or are overrated?
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Apple Stores to charge entrance fee

BlackNova writes: "Apple Stores may soon start charging an entrance fee to keep out the iPhone gawkers and improve store security/safety. The $5 charged will be applicable against any purchases made — assuming you buy something. Really, they just want the 'right kind of people' coming into the store: "By 'right kind of people' I mean true Apple customers with money, willing to pay just to look at our newest wares,"says Vince Sciopiano, vice president for Apple's retail stores."

Submission + - CmdrTaco on Slashdot, Digg and Conspiracy Theories (

neilgd writes: "An interview with CmdrTaco where he talks about why Slashdot is better than Digg, his pet peeves and trust: 'I think that we provide a good balance between the wisdom of a crowd and the tyranny of a mob. Some people may be ok with what the social bookmark websites provide. When I use them, I see far too much garbage mixed in with the quality. Developing a system where everyone participates is very difficult because everything goes to the middle.'"
The Internet

Submission + - PayPal announces Facebook developer contest (

annieb writes: "PAYPAL OFFERS $10,000 FOR BEST FACEBOOK MASHUP APPLICATION PayPal has announced a competition for third-party developers to create a new application that incorporates PayPal payments into Facebook. A grand prize of $10,000 will go to the winner of the contest, which will be judged on creativity, quality and functionality of the application. Two second prizes of $5,000 will go to the runners up, and four third prizes of $2,500 will also be awarded. Third-party developers can create a PayPal application using the APIs available via the PayPal Developer Network, at Guidelines for developing applications within the Facebook platform can be found at: The contest will run now through August 10, 2007. More information about the contest, including terms and conditions, can be found at"

Submission + - The Psychology of Facebook Examined (

jg21 writes: In this analysis of the pyschology of Facebook, a British FB user makes some telling points about how simple the reasons behind its success are. Among them, fear of "online social failure" features prominently. [From the article: 'Facebook also digs away at the insecurities in people...your peers can see your profile on Facebook, and while they may have 50, 100, 200 friends they will mockingly see that you have a pathetically small number, confirming your worst fears about the low opinion they have probably held of you over all those years etc.']

Submission + - DC Comics Website wants online comic creators (

coondoggie writes: "Looking to unleash your inner cartoonist? DC Comics, home of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman among others, today announced, a Web site that starting in October will let 10 unknown comics each month submit their work and invite the cyberworld to vote for their favorite. Each winner will be awarded a one-year contract to produce their online series (it will appear in print too) and DC Comics editors may also declare as many as six submissions to be instant winners during the calendar year. 3"
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - It Costs $220 to Make an iPhone (

Bomarc writes: " BuinessWeek says that "An analysis from teardown firm Portelligent estimates that the new smartphone costs Apple a mere $220 to make" and "Portelligent estimates that the cost of the materials used in the iPhone add up to about $200 for the 4-gigabyte version, which sells for $499 and about $220 for the 8-gigabyte version, which sells for $599""
Portables (Games)

Submission + - DS 'Brain Game' Banned in UK (

janitorj writes: "According to this BBC article, the Nintendo DS puzzler 'MindQuiz' was banned from UK shelves. The woman in the story, whose father and son both had Cerebral Palsy, contacted a BBC radio program to report that she "was shocked when she had performed poorly at one part of the game and it rated her efforts in a manner derogatory to the disabled.""

Submission + - Trouble in iTunes Paradise (

kenh writes: "Universal Music, responsible for one out of three new tunes released in the USA, has decided not to renew it's current 12 month contract — yet.[NYTimes Link] The dispute opens the possibility that Apple could lose the ability to offer Universal music for sale through iTunes, and that Universal could take it's music library to another seller. It is unclear what impact this possible change might have for iTunes customers that have bought Universal music from iTunes and need to re-load their iPod/computer if the deal is not renewed? Presumably Apple would have to keep any song ever sold on it's servers in perpetuity."

Vista is Watching You 458

greengrass writes "Are you using Windows Vista? Then you might as well know that the licensed operating system installed on your machine is harvesting a healthy volume of information for Microsoft. In this context, a program such as the Windows Genuine Advantage is the last of your concerns. In fact, in excess of 20 Windows Vista features and services are hard at work collecting and transmitting your personal data to the Redmond company."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Technology causes rifts in family-owned businesses (

coondoggie writes: "Products such as the iPhone likely will only make this trend worse: in a recent study, six in 10 family-run businesses reported there have been disagreements between older and younger generations about how to invest in technology. Microsoft conducted the study of more than 250 small businesses and found that older generations are less likely to spend on technology unless it directly impacts the bottom line, while younger generations see technology investments as a way to keep up or stay ahead of the competition. Younger respondents also were more likely to spend on mobile technology. 8"

Submission + - Universal refuses to renew on iTunes

UnknowingFool writes: "It appears for the moment that Universal will not renew its long term contract with Apple for content on iTunes store. While the details are not known about the exact nature of the dispute, many speculate that it has to do with Apple's stance on fixed pricing and Apple's refusal to license their DRM. The worse case scenario may include Universal pulling its entire catalog from iTunes. Both sides stand to lose out with 1/3 of of new releases coming from Universal and an estimated 15% of Universal's sales coming from digital downloads. Apple's market share is about 75% of digital downloads, and digital downloads are growing while CD sales are shrinking."

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