Rumors of a Palm Pre launch

With one month down, the countdown until the end of the first half of 2009 is underway. Why do I say that? Because that’s the stated launch window for the Palm Pre. And some new information today may narrow that window a bit further.

Most watched Super Bowl ever means more people hate 3-D glasses

So, I have to beat the dead horse on the 3-D glasses again. Reports suggest that this was the most-watched Super Bowl ever, with 98.5 million viewers. I even watched a few of the plays as I zoomed through to catch all 35 of the commercials. I donned the 3-D glasses that Intel and DreamWorks gave out for the trailer of animated film Monsters vs. Aliens, and the subsequent 3-D ad for SoBe soft drinks.

Facebook celebrates fifth birthday with growth in key sharing features

Five years ago tomorrow, Mark Zuckerberg launched a site out of his Harvard dorm called thefacebook.com. It was an immediate hit, despite competition from established social networks, because it offered a safe place for students to share things like party photos with just their real friends. So it’s hardly a birthday surprise that photo uploads — and a range of other methods for sharing personal information on the site — continue to gain popularity today, as can be seen from some new statistics just released by the company.

Android bakes voice search into the G1, no Cupcake though

Google is in the process of rolling out a new firmware update to G1 phone owners, but before you get all excited, it’s not the so-called “Cupcake” update. But that’s not to say this update doesn’t come with some interesting stuff, namely the addition of voice search as an integrated part of the web searching experience on the phone, as the Google Mobile Blog points out today.

Apple to shove aside Push Notifications for real iPhone background tasks?

A lot of people get all worked up about the lack of features like copy and paste on the iPhone. To me, by far the biggest feature lacking on the iPhone is the ability for third-party applications to run in the background. It’s such an obvious omission that I’ve predicted multiple times that Apple will backtrack and add it. A new rumor suggests that may just happen.

MMO Life to launch a network of online game portals

Do you really have a fantasy life online if there’s no one there to chronicle it? MMO Life is launching a network of online gaming portals that will deliver news, reviews and lots of demos for massively multiplayer online games. Some of the coverage will be about fans living double lives inside virtual worlds and massively multiplayer online games.

Video: Jimmy Buffett shows off the new Google Earth

Google unveiled its new version of Google Earth, the first to map the world’s oceans, at a press conference today in San Francisco. On hand were some high-level Google executives like chief executive Eric Schmidt and senior vice president of search product and user experience, Marissa Mayer. Former Vice President Al Gore also spoke for a bit about how this new version of Google Earth can showcase some of the troubling climate changes our planet is undergoing. Then, musician Jimmy Buffett came up with more lighthearted fare.

Google Earth now travels the world — and the seven seas

Google Earth is one of Google’s most intriguing projects. It’s a stand-alone program (not a web application) that shows our planet in 3D. But up until now, it might as well have been called “Google Dirt,” jokes Sylvia Earle, explorer-in-residence of the National Geographic Society and founder of the Deep Search Foundation. Her point is that Google Earth has neglected some two-thirds of the world — its oceans. But not any longer.

Adobe and Apple working to bring Flash to the iPhone? We've heard that before.

Adobe Flash support has been at the top of everyone’s list of features they want on the iPhone since the device was first released in the summer of 2007. The apparent roadblock had been Apple, which didn’t think Flash would perform well enough on the device. But Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen said this week that Adobe and Apple are actually now working together to bring the technology to the phone, according to Bloomberg.

For 40 minutes this morning, the Internet was all spam

We’ve known for a while that there are a lot of bad websites out there that could damage your computer or wish to stealing your personal information. But this morning, it was revealed that 100 percent of all websites wished to do you harm — or at least, according to a little search site called Google that is.

Credit problem takes down the iTunes store

I just opened the iTunes store to attempt to buy last night’s episode of Battlestar Galactica and was greeted with a message telling me that my store credit balance is currently unavailable. I found that odd because I don’t currently have any credits in the store, but it turns out that all of the credit processing in the iTunes store — including credit cards — may be down right now.

ABC dreams up the way to halt growth in online streaming: Double the ads

I was just as surprised as anyone to find that Hulu, the online video streaming site backed by NBC and Fox, is actually really good. It works because it lets you watch your favorite TV shows when you want to watch them, with commercials that aren’t too intrusive — all for free. The other TV networks have their own systems for online streaming, which, while not as good as Hulu, also work to varying degrees. But ABC is apparently looking for a way to kill its own, as it’s out there touting the idea of doubling the ads you have to watch, according to AdAge.

Dell choosing between Windows Mobile and Android for its phone — is there really a choice?

It seems that the number of computer makers entering the smartphone market is growing daily now. Just one day after it was revealed that Acer would unveil a smartphone at next month’s Mobile World Conference, Dell is apparently thinking about doing the same thing. At the very least, it has been working on its phone for about a year now, and has some prototypes, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.

Google apologizes for killing Bambi's mom

Google recently reported strong earnings despite a weak economy; it continues to gain search market share and its Android platform is set to take the mobile world by storm this year. It makes one wonder: Can anything stop Google? Thanks to Google Maps, we now know the giant’s one weakness: Deer.

Windows Mobile 6.5 IE looks, well, awful

Word keeps circulating that Microsoft is poised to unveil its latest mobile operating system, WIndows Mobile 6.5, at the Mobile World Conference to be held in a few weeks in Spain. There are plenty of screenshots already out there, but the latest show the OS’s version of its web browser, Internet Explorer (IE). Quite frankly, it looks awful.