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  • Google just announced that it plans to shut down 1-800-GOOG-411, its voice-powered directory assistance service, on November 12. GOOG-411, which launched in 2007, was the company's first foray into voice-powered search. According to Google, GOOG-411 "provided a foundation for more ambitious services" on smartphone platforms like Google's own Android and Apple's iPhone. Interestingly, today's announcement also notes that Google plans to put all of its resources "into speech-enabling the next generation of Google products and services across a multitude of languages."
  • A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do. It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back, the student told Wired.com in an interview Wednesday. The answer came when half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers appeared at Yasir Afifi’s apartment complex in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday demanding he return the device. Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen, cooperated willingly and said he’d done nothing to merit attention from authorities. Comments the agents made during their visit suggested he’d been under FBI surveillance for three to six months.
  • You can quickly create a seamless background texture in our online image editor Phoenix. First import, and select your seamless tile with one of the selection tools. Next use the "Define Pattern" functions under the Select menu to set it as the foreground fill. Then use the paint bucket tool to fill the canvas with the new pattern.
  • Did you ever feel like there just weren't enough hours in the day? Have you ever stayed up late because you weren't tired enough to go to bed? Have you ever felt like you didn't get enough sleep and it was, too soon, time to get up? Have you ever wished for more free time to pursue different activities and goals? If you can relate to these feelings, you will be interested in the 28 Hour Day. Under the 28 Hour Day system, the current week would remain at exactly 168 hours. (24×7=168) However, this 168 hour period would be divided into six 28-hour days rather than 7 24-hour days. Some of the benefits of extending the length of the day are relatively clear: you would simply have more time to do the things you wanted to do. Everything you do now in a typical day could be done for a little longer: you could sleep longer, work longer, spend longer blocks of time with your family and friends, and have more leisurely meals.
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    links for 2010-09-20

  • This Infant Star Wars Yoda Halloween costume will be sure the force is with baby when he's dressed in this adorable Yoda costume for Halloween.
  • The Star Wars saga will at long last be released in a high-definition home video format as all six movies come to Blu-Ray in a Box Set in Fall 2011, as announced by George Lucas this morning at Celebration V. At the fan convention's Main Event, thousands of Star Wars fans braved the muggy heat of an Orlando morning to queue for a one-time only stage session between George Lucas and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. Stewart asked Lucas questions submitted from the fan community, and one of the most frequently asked questions submitted online prior to the Main Event was about the saga's release on Blu-Ray. "I wish I could say it was coming out this year," said Lucas, "but it will come out next year." The set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films, with the highest picture and audio quality, along with extensive special features. Star Wars fans were treated to a glimpse of bonus material, in the form of a long-lost deleted scene from Return of the Jedi.
  • Between Facebook sharing your vacation photos and friends list to the world, and Google tracking every search you've ever made, most of us have pretty much given up on the idea of privacy on the Internet. What is easy to forget is that real-world privacy is no better. No matter how paranoid or how careful you are, if somebody wants to find you, and listen to what you're saying, they will. After all, we're living in a world where there exist things like…
  • Our friends at FilmDrunk are reporting on rumors that George Lucas has plans to produce a new Star Wars trilogy of movies. In 3D. Of course, there's a high likelihood these rumors are just that. And, if true, this new trilogy could actually be pretty good, as word is George Lucas wouldn't be directing any of the films, and Steven Spielberg or Francis Ford Coppola might. Nevertheless, anytime the "In 3D" tag is attached to a sequel, it sounds an awful lot like an attempt to squeeze dollars out of a franchise that has long gone stale. If that's the case, when did Star Wars lose its way? Or do you think an extra dimension is just the thing to enhance an epic story line that still brings as much heat as ever?
  • Some people claim that they never remember any of their dreams. Those people are missing out on some of the best moments of their lives.
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  • Email is taking up too much time in our lives. Do yourself and your recipients a favor by making your emails 3 sentences or less. If we all do it, imagine the time we’ll have to do other things. If this was an actual email reply and not a blog post, it would have ended before this sentence started. I’ve been trying a new solution to email overload by limiting emails to 3 sentences or less. You can learn the details in just 5 sentences at three.sentenc.es. The basic concept is to treat all email replies like SMS messages. I take this one step further and try to write initial emails in 3 sentences or less whenever possible. I first learned about 3 sentence emails from a post by Kevin Rose, where he lists 5 good email time saving tips.
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    links for 2010-09-09

  • Websites are being used more and more effectively everyday to promote Products, Services, Ideas and countless. A well-designed website is very important for the growth of a business and often to create a clear image of a brand. Here are the 10 Awesome, inspiring and creative website design. There are many other awesome designs which we will be covering later.
  • There are many people who claims WordPress Blogs better than Blogger Blog. The main reason behind this is it’s flexibility and our capability to edit the core source of the WordPress blog, which is not available for Blogger Blogs. There are several posts in internet who gives all those non-sense reasons to choose WordPress over Blogger, with some reasons like low quality themes, less flexible, no good plugins and author’s love over the money that he’ve invested in hosting for his blog makes him to post good articles. These kinds of reviews are usually done by WordPress Fans. A blog in simple terms is a web log with some text, images, videos and audios. Where Pyra Lab’s Blogger is the first blog system in the world internet history. Later Google purchased it just 11 years ago. Later other blogging platforms started to rise up copying the features of Blogger.
  • Let’s get real for a second here. As far as web languages go, CSS is arguably the simplest. I mean, really, what could be easier than a simple list of properties affecting an element? And the syntax is almost like written English. Want to change the font size? There’s a font-size CSS property. How about the color? There’s the color property. But despite its deceptively easy exterior, CSS is one complicated system, especially when you’re doing it in a professional, high-scale, high-performance level. The sheer number of ways to select an element is amazing; not to mention the number of properties you can apply to that selected element set and then how presentation changes when you’re talking about supporting multiple browsers and layout engines.
  • Top Ten Free Online Tools For Web Developers In this collection I would like to show you very handy and useful online applications for developers and web masters. If you are a developer you will love these freely available online applications. Using them you can improve the quality and accuracy of your development work. You might also like to view : Top 16 Free Online Tools for Designers or Top 20 Free Business Web Applications I hope you’ll like them all!
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    links for 2010-09-02

  • These icons were created by me, and are free to use under a Creative Commons License. I've got icons for Digg, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, MySpace, and YouTube.
  • Imag ine a user who is really excited about your prod uct or ser vice. They’re ready to sign up, so they go to your form page and start fill ing out their infor ma tion. The way you align your labels with your form fields can affect how easy it is for users to fill out the form. Do you want to give users a quick, easy and pain less expe ri­ence or do you want to give them a has sle? If you want to make their expe ri ence quick, easy and pain less, con sider using top aligned labels for your form fields.
  • Here is a list of courses and innovative resources to help CS students, faculty, and instructors. These are examples of the training Google engineers use to learn new skills.
  • Cached Commons is a collection of user-contributed javascript libraries that have been cached, optimized, and hosted on Github’s fast CDN. If a library is missing from this collection, post a request on Github and we’ll add it immediately. The readme has all the details.
  • I’ve mentioned on and off that I don’t watch TV, and several readers have curiously asked me why I do that and how I manage life without TV. So I thought it’s about time I write an article on it. I haven’t been watching TV for a long time, since about 2006. By TV, I mean watching shows direct from TV networks or channel surfing. I still catch my favorite shows off DVD or online, though the frequency is decreasing. The last new shows I caught were Prison Break and Dollhouse (as I’m a fan of Joss Whedon’s work), both of which have ended their runs.
  • <!–44d0aafe02544ac598a432ba204bb5dc–> Verifying your feed establishes that you are the owner of this content and allows Digg to auto-submit your stories as they are published. To verify your feed: Paste the RSS (not HTML!) feed URL into the Auto-Submit box and click "Add Feed" Take the verification key shown and add it to a new post in the RSS feed, (you can delete it later) then click "Verify Now" Note that RSS auto-submit does not submit content already residing in your feed, so once it is verified please add a new entry to test things out. Please allow some time for the new entry to get pulled in. If you care about the thumbnails that are used for your submitted stories, please see the FAQ.
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    links for 2010-08-27

  • Sometimes people put foreign languages in movies. Aside from this being treasonously un-American, they hardly ever do it right. Here are some of the most distracting attempts:
  • Not long ago, there was a lively discussion brewing on Sal Gentile’s article about the U.S. falling behind its rivals in college degrees. Readers weighed in about the ills of the country’s educational system, high school graduates’ lack of preparedness for the rigors of college-level work, and most of all, the fact that college graduates can face stratospheric levels of student debt without any guarantee of full-time employment. Given the state of today’s economy and the uncertainty that belies the job market, it’s no real surprise that the topic would generate a wealth of diverse opinions. One reader, Anna, said that college freshman are woefully unprepared for college life:
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  • You already know Gmail integrated with Google Voice for free phone calls (and cheap international calls) from your inbox. But apart from using it to a friend, Gmail's new phone calling capabilities introduce a lot of cool capabilities to your inbox. Get Caller ID from Your Computer Let's say you've got a landline set up with Google Voice and you don't want to pay for caller ID. Or you just spend a lot of time staring at your computer. If you're logged into Gmail, and someone rings up your Google Voice number, you can see who's calling on your computer without digging your phone out of your pocket.
  • Whether you’re just starting out in the graphic or web design industry, or you’ve been in it for years, the chances are there will occasionally be a time where you want to get a feel for a particular type of application (maybe something similar to Cinema 4D or Adobe Illustrator) before spending big bucks on it. Maybe sometimes you just need it for a very small job, in which case spending the big bucks on it just simply isn’t worth it. Or maybe you’re a student with not much money (which is usually the case) and just want an application that will do the job but not cost you an arm and a leg!
  • An enhancement to our video embed capability is now available through a new embed code style.
  • Mozilla’s Thunderbird is all yours – your language, your add-ons, your email. Experience the difference. Thunderbird is developed and supported by Mozilla, a global community working together to make the Internet a better place for everyone. For frequently asked questions, tips and general help, visit Thunderbird Help Center. For the latest product information, visit the Thunderbird Home Page.
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    links for 2010-08-26

  • Photography as both a profession and a hobby is an incredibly expansive topic that covers a remarkably vast range of subjects from science and art. No matter where you lie on the professional spectrum, there is simply always more to learn. We spent countless hours scouring the web for the best content we could find and share with you, and today we’ll help you expand your knowledge with 100 photography related tutorials!
  • These whitepapers are designed to educate all users of ad servers, from startups to seasoned professionals
  • St. Louis based online marketing and Internet junkie with in affinity for shiny objects, cold beer, dance music, and good books. This blog is about online marketing and generally just things I like. – Click Because You Like It
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  • 1. Pick your favorite software below. 2. Click "Get Installer" and run it. 3. You're done! No Toolbars Ninite says "No" to toolbars and other junk. No Clicking Ninite automates installers offscreen. 32 and 64-bit Ninite installs the best version of an app for your PC. International Ninite installs apps in your PC's language. Fast No manual labor means installs finish quickly. And More Ninite Pro has even more features. Learn more
  • CONTROLS Click and hold the left mouse button to paint snow. The skier will do tricks if you let go of the button while airborne. OBJECTIVE Draw snow under Solipskier to gain speed, do tricks and hit bonus gates. Avoid the jump chasms and red gates and tryto get the highest score you can! Share scores with your friends to see who's the best. HELP Try drawing long downslopes with short inclines on the end to gain speed and neccessary altitude (for higher gates). If you pass through a green gate while airborne you'll get a multiplier and speed boost. The faster you go the more points you will rack up.
  • Just 65 years ago, David Livermore's paternal grandmother died following an operation to remove her appendix. It didn't go well, but it was not the surgery that killed her. She succumbed to a series of infections that the pre-penicillin world had no drugs to treat. Welcome to the future. The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the bacteria they were designed to knock out. Once, scientists hailed the end of infectious diseases. Now, the post-antibiotic apocalypse is within sight. Hyperbole? Unfortunately not. The highly serious journal Lancet Infectious Diseases yesterday posed the question itself over a paper revealing the rapid spread of multi-drug-resistant bacteria. "Is this the end of antibiotics?" it asked.
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    Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-08

  • Quote by John Lennon: You're all geniuses and you're all beautiful. You don't need anyone to tell you who you are… http://goo.gl/fb/bXRW2 #
  • Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. http://goo.gl/fb/rTx2y #
  • STRAWBERRIES! Who doesn't love strawberries? [pic] http://icio.us/zpzvca #
  • Bill Gates: In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web [TechCrunch.com] http://icio.us/szxhh2 #
  • How can I communicate to my kids that it used to be really uncool to be a nerd / geek? ??? CONFORM OR BE CAST OUT! ??? #
  • How can I communicate to my kids that it used to be really uncool to be a nerd / geek? "YOU LIKE SCIENCE?! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?!" #
  • How can I communicate to my kids that it used to be really uncool to be a nerd / geek? I mean, social pariah; "U HAVE A COMPUTER? EHWWW!" #
  • #WiiFit says BMI 40.85. Weight 254lbs (+1.5) #WiiFitAge 31 (-3) #PublicHumiliationDiet – Workout 34min. Milestone 10 Hours Tot. (since Dec.) #
  • More bad news from Google. Google Wave go bye-bye. It was … neat … while it lasted. http://icio.us/q3wiea #
  • What happened to "Do No Evil"? Bad Google! No treat for you! :: Google and Verizon Near Deal on Pay Tiers for Web http://icio.us/zk4pei #
  • Music: Pink Floyd, Music Lessons, Guitar & Banjo Lessons – All on Netflix: Just a quick note for those with a… http://goo.gl/fb/WC3UA #
  • My long term goal for #PublicHumiliationDiet is something less than 200lbs. The #WiiFit suggest a crazy BMI that puts my weight at 136? WTH? #
  • #PublicHumiliationDiet Seems to be working? BMI: 40.6 (-.25) / Weight: 252.5lbs (-1.5) / #WiiFitAge 34 (0). Slow and steady… #
  • My Comedy Awards: Customer Service Comic at PartiallyClips http://goo.gl/fb/RY6zV #
  • Watching @MythBusters "Pirate Special" on @instant_netflix on my @Wii. They are firing cannon balls at pigs. #cool #
  • Testing a tweet from Twitter Tools in tWordPress. Er, I mean WordPress. #DidThisWork ? #
  • YOU ARE PART OF THE REBEL ALLIANCE AND A TRAITOR! Star Wars Subway Car http://youtu.be/J5gCeWEGiQI #starwars #funny #
  • My Comedy Awards: SHRIMP – The Slim-Jim of Fish http://goo.gl/fb/4PGsy #
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    links for 2010-08-05

  • We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users’ lives. Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration, it set a high bar for what was possible in a web browser. We showed character-by-character live typing, and the ability to drag-and-drop files from the desktop, even “playback” the history of changes—all within a browser. Developers in the audience stood and cheered. Some even waved their laptops. We were equally jazzed about Google Wave internally, even though we weren’t quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication. The use cases we’ve seen show the power of this technology: sharing images and other media in real time; improving spell-checking by understanding not just an individual word, but also the context of each word; and enabling third-party developers to build
  • WASHINGTON — Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege. The charges could be paid by companies, like YouTube, owned by Google, for example, to Verizon, one of the nation’s leading Internet service providers, to ensure that its content received priority as it made its way to consumers. The agreement could eventually lead to higher charges for Internet users. Such an agreement could overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favored over another. In its place, consumers could soon see a new, tiered system, which, like cable television, imposes higher costs for premium levels of service. Any agreement between Verizon and Google could also upend the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority ove
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    links for 2010-07-15

  • Competition between Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome has been intense since the day Google released their official browser. Chrome is the only browser to hit the market and became so much successful in a short span of time. It has outperformed Apple Safari and Opera in speed and surpassed the extensibility of Firefox. Many Firefox users have been flocking away from Firefox since Chrome launched its Extensions. Many bloggers, including me, have done the same because of the effective and multipurpose extension Chrome is supporting. Today we are featuring helpful extensions especially for bloggers, which can make blogging a really fun and pleasing experience.
  • 'Beavis and Butt-head" — the show that celebrated the slacker way of life and helped make MTV into a network that did more than just play music videos — is coming back. The move to resurrect the hugely popular 1990s animated anti-heroes has been rumored for several days. But yesterday, sources at MTV confirmed that a new batch of "Beavis and Butt-head" episodes are in the works. The new series would keep Beavis and Butt-head in their perpetual high-school state, but it would be updated so that the pals — who obsessively watch music videos on a battered TV set — could lob their snarky comments at more current targets like Lady Gaga.
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