The tsunami of traffic related to Michael Jackson’s death brought down news web sites on Thursday because those sites had to wait for third-party content, such as images for ads, according to a new analysis.
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Sprint has begun running ads that promote the Pre as a more affordable smart phone in the long term than an Apple iPhone.
If someone you know shares an email with you to click on a link to see pictures of Michael Jackson’s body, don’t fall for it.
Sony has named Kunimasa Suzuki, a veteran of its Vaio computer business, as the deputy president of its video game business.
The appetite for game-based movies isn’t slowing down as Columbia Pictures plans to produce a movie adaptation of Sony’s hit game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
Betfair is wagering that the U.S. will see a surge in online gambling on horse races. The British firm is backing up that belief by expanding in Silicon Valley and refashioning its web property here as more of a gambler’s social network.
It may have been late to the iPhone, but video game company Digital Chocolate is trying to make up for lost time. Today, it’s launching three new titles for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.
The Internet was built to withstand nuclear attack. That was why it was built in the ’60s in the first place, as a communications system with redundancy built in so that the military could communicate even if one of the nodes went down.
Pop star Michael Jackson is dead. We know that because the media is reporting developments in the case by the minute. At 3:24 pm Pacific time today, the LA Times reported that Jackson was dead. The New York Times already has a minute-by-minute account of what happened, starting with a 12:21 pm PST call to the parademics. The NYT didn’t mention that TMZ was the first to report the hospitalization; then again, TMZ’s web site was down because of the traffic.
The web is infiltrating everything. Alarm clocks, phones, and now bathroom scales. Yes, the BodyTrace eScale bathroom scale has built-in Internet connectivity so you can step on the scale and automatically broadcast your weight to the web site.
Flash games supported by advertising have been hit hard by the recession. But Heyzap hopes to help the masses of Flash game developers with a new virtual-good system that allows the games to be monetized through micro-transactions.
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz took the stage today at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, her first live brush with shareholders since she took the chief executive job at the company six months ago. She gave her best sales pitch, but she also sparred with shareholders during a question-and-answer period.
If you take away the drug of the people, you should expect dire consequences. In China, World of Warcraft has been inoperative since June 7. That means that WoW addicts haven’t had their fix for 18 days.
Glubble has raised $1 million in a second round of funding and launched a new photo gallery timeline for its family-friendly web browser.
Here’s an interview with John Carmack (right), the last remaining founder of id Software, the legendary video game developer which agreed to be acquired yesterday by another video maker ZeniMax Media.
Palm’s new Pre smartphone has been slammed by critics for its dearth of apps. But San Mateo, Calif.-based MobiHand and MotionApps say they have a solution: emulated versions of older Palm software.
Apple has come a long way with games on the iPhone. There are 12,403 games among the 59,073 apps, according to Mobclix. The iPhone 3.0 software and the iPhone 3G S have a lot of cool features that help games, such as notifications that tell you when it’s your turn in a multiplayer match.
Crowdsourcing is paying off in a variety of ways as companies get their fans to do their work for them.
Take-Two Interactive announced yesterday that it’s going to launch an online version of its NBA 2K basketball game in Asia. It will do so in partnership with Tencent Holdings, China’s largest online game operator.
Zenimax Media said today it is buying id Software, the legendary developer of the Doom and Wolfenstein video games. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.
Glu Mobile said today it will launch five new mobile titles as part of the company’s expanded partnership with Activision Publishing.
Spil Games said today it is adding Disney’s Club Penguin kids virtual world to the collection of games accessible via its online gaming portals. This move will extend Club Penguin’s reach to popular game portals in France, Brazil and the UK., and it essentially means Disney is giving its blessing to the fast-growing casual web games market.
Sooner or later, if you make gangster games, things are bound to get nasty.
[updated] Intel and Nokia announced today they have created a strategic alliance to cooperate on future mobile devices as computing and communications converge.
A couple of self-proclaimed “fans” of Facebook say they were able to gain access to the private information of Facebook users, including Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
ThisMoment is a new social networking and media-sharing site debuting today. Its aim is to preserve the most memorable moments of your life. It’s different from sites such as Twitter or Facebook that deal primarily with the present.
OTX GamePlan has released its list of the top 50 upcoming games, and each of the three main console platforms — Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony — has a game in one of the top three spots.
Hewlett-Packard announced this morning that it has created a touch-screen printer that can print images off the web directly, without the need to connect to a computer.
Apple said today it sold over 1 million iPhone 3G S devices from Friday through Sunday. On top of that, it said that six million customers have now downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software since its release on Wednesday, June 17th.
T-Mobile USA said today it’s preparing to launch a successor to the G1, the cell phone that uses Google’s Android software.
It’s time to mourn another casualty in the media world. Ziff Davis plans to shut down the ExtremeTech web site in the coming week or so. The staff will be let go, and Ziff Davis will circle its wagons around other sites such as PCMag Network, the digital version of PC Magazine, which Ziff stopped publishing in January.
The usual glitches are back. Apparently it can take a couple of days to activate a new iPhone 3G S due to a heavy backlog.
The newest Apple iPhone 3G S model is 54 percent faster than its predecessor iPhone 3G that came out a year ago, but it’s only about 11 percent faster than the Palm Pre smartphone, according to the tech site Anandtech.
Intel Labs showed off 45 research projects at its research day event yesterday — projects that ran the gamut from energy efficiency to digital living room applications. We’ve already written about the linked virtual worlds for scientists and the Dispute Finder plug-in that highlights disputed facts in stories. Here’s a handful of other interesting projects the company showed off.
The game industry took notice yesterday when John Pleasants left the No. 2 job at Electronic Arts to join a small social gaming startup, Playdom.
Some people get their kicks from tearing apart things. Robby Stanley, owner of iPhone repair site DirectFix.com, got one of the first iPhone 3G S phones today. Then he proceeded to dismantle it and post on YouTube a “take apart repair” video.
We’ve had a slew of coverage of the iPhone 3G S today and the iPhone 3.0 software launch on Wednesday. Here’s a wrap-up of the key news:
Intel’s researchers have figured out how to expose lies on the Internet. They’ve launched a tool dubbed Dispute Finder that lets you see highlighted text in a news story where the information is disputed. I call it a bullshit filter.
A couple of weeks ago, Electronic Arts executive John Pleasants told me how excited he was to help that giant video game company adjust the age of the Internet.