FCC boss tackling broadband shortfall and mobile competition

The new head of the Federal Communications Commission says broadband provision will be the agency’s top priority under his leadership. He also confirmed the commission will examine exclusivity agreements with cellphone handsets. Julius Genachowski (pictured), who had not previously served as a commissioner, took office as chairman on 29 June. He’s now given his first […]

The Circle of No Life (Pic)

Ok, step aside Lion King. There’s nothing left for you here! [Via Flickr]

The Perfect Way to Classify Internet Memes: The OMG-WTF Spectrum

Don’t know how to classify that latest Internet meme? Don’t worry, the handy OMG-WTF spectrum is there to help you! [Via The Next Web]

Vanish: Self-Destructing Digital Data

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a new encryption system that allows users to take control over the lifetime of their data. After the user-specified auto-destruct time has gone by, the encrypted data will then become unreadable. If you wish to use the system online, Vanish is available via an easy to use […]

Pirate Bay driven from Dutch shores

A Dutch court has ordered three of the Pirate Bay’s founders to block traffic to and from its site to the Netherlands within 10 days or face stiff penalties. It caps a week that will have left the owners feeling a little seasick. Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg are now responsible for […]

Cybraphon: The Emo Robot Musician

Engineered and built by Found, a Scottish musical collective, Cybraphon is a robot that performs music according to its mood. Its mood changes according to what people say about it online: When lots of people talk about him, he’s happy, and when all he hears is silence, he gets melodramatic. Check it out in the […]

Barnes & Noble eReader – Thanks For Nothing!

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] I had heard rumors of the Barnes & Noble eReader, set to compete with Amazon by offering a software alternative to the Kindle that takes advantage of your existing devices like an iPhone or Blackberry. So when I received an email this morning encouraging me to try it out […]

AT&T vs. 4chan

In just the last few hours, it seems that AT&T has gone looking for trouble in the one place it is guaranteed to find it. Reports are coming in from all over that the communications giant is blocking access to 4chan, specifically the /b/ board. Discussions are here and here. I’ve never been to /b/, […]

Offline Twitter Client [PIC]

[Via MUO]

Who Needs Business Cards When You’ve Got Card.ly?

By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] Need a quick way to share your important deets without a lot of lengthy links?  Having trouble printing up business cards because you don’t know what URLs to include?  Card.ly provides an interesting solution. Card.ly allows you to quickly sign up and grab a unique “card.ly/username” address that […]

Browser benchmark update: Lunascape 5.1.2

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] On July 2, Lunascape (the browser that offers three different rendering engines) officially released version 5.1, and then followed that up on July 15 with version 5.1.2.  We reviewed the alpha and beta versions earlier.  Since we recently benchmarked JavaScript performance for the other major browsers, let’s catch […]

Kevin Spacey Schools David Letterman on Twitter

It’s official folks, David Letterman is not only the cheapest man in showbusiness, but also the laziest man in showbusiness.