Keystream launches online video advertising overlay service

Keystream is an online video ad startup coming out of stealth today, joining a pack of others trying to do similar things. It lets an online video publisher run an ad that appears in the empty part of a video. For example, in this picture of a Land Rover charging through a flooded road, there’s a sample ad that says “Want to make an impression?” If you click on the ad, the video pauses and a new page launches with more information from the advertiser.

Finally, I can avoid watching Bulletproof Monk on YouTube too

YouTube is set to announce a deal with movie studio MGM that will allow for some of its content to be viewed on the extremely popular online video site, The New York Times reports. This deal, which had been previously rumored (though the studio involved wasn’t clear at the time), will bring feature films to YouTube — legally. That’s big news, but it’s not all great news.

iTunes to finally add another major label's DRM-free music?

Apple has digital rights management (DRM)-free music for sale in its iTunes store under the name iTunes Plus, but the selection is weak when compared to the likes of the AmazonMP3 store. While Amazon has all of the major labels supplying it with DRM-free tracks, Apple still only has EMI on board (the other major labels only allow Apple to sell DRM-laced tracks). But another major label, Sony BMG, is about to go DRM-free with Apple as well, if 9to5 Mac’s “hunch” is to be believed.

The T-Mobile G1 keyboard: A lesson in failed ergonomics

I have pretty average-sized hands for a guy. And trying to use the keyboard on T-Mobile’s new G1, the first phone built to run Google’s Android platform, is ridiculous. I got my hands (literally) on the device for the first time this weekend, and all I can say is that if you complained about the iPhone’s keyboard because it didn’t have physical buttons, get ready for an even worse experience on the G1.

The Onion pits OS X Snow Leopard against Windows 7

The satirical website The Onion often has hilarious takes on current events. This week, it turned its sights on what will undoubtedly be a big debate next year: OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) versus Windows 7. The new operating systems from both Apple and Microsoft are expected to come out next year; The Onion mocks their “differences” in the image below.

Judge to Apple's Papermaster: Thou shalt not work

The transition from departing iPod chief Tony Fadell to new vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering Mark Papermaster is not going to an easy one for Apple. A U.S. District Court judge ruled yesterday that Papermaster would have to cease work immediately for Apple while allegations of a breach of contract with his former employer, IBM, is looked into, reports Reuters.

FriendFeed goes where Twitter can't: IM

Back in the day before people like Al Gore were using Twitter, users used to enjoy getting updates by way of instant messages. It was useful to get updates in real time through an application (some IM service) that you probably already had open. Unfortunately, during its attempt to make the service actually usable, Twitter had to suspend its IM service. At first it promised that it would be back shortly, but recently, it admitted that it probably wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. Luckily, once again, FriendFeed comes to the rescue with FriendFeed over IM.

With his own account, Al Gore can finally claim to have invented Twitter too

Back in September during Current TV’s Hack the Debate event, former vice president Al Gore (a cofounder of Current) admitted he did not have an account on the micro-messaging service Twitter (which was helped with the event), but promised to create one by that weekend. A few days turned to weeks, a few weeks turned to months… Still, there was no Al Gore on Twitter — until today.

Tethering to make a triumphant return to the iPhone — thanks to AT&T

One of the first applications to be removed from Apple’s App Store was NetShare. The app, which lets you tether an iPhone 3G to a computer (that is, use the phone’s data service to access the web on a computer) was thought to be in violation of AT&T’s terms of service. Still, seeing as AT&T has tethering options for other phones, it was odd that the company would strictly prohibit it with the iPhone 3G. Soon, that will change.

Lights, camera, YouTube: Feature films coming to the world's video portal?

Watch out distributors of premium content online, a 900-pound gorilla named YouTube just crept into the room. For the past few years, the service has become far and away the world’s most popular online video platform on the backs of its user-generated content and often legally questionable copyrighted material. But now the service may be close to gaining the ultimate content, legally: Feature films.

There will be Mac mini!

The Mac mini is easily the most neglected system in Apple’s entire line of computers. It hasn’t seen an update of any kind since 2007, and unlike other Apple products, it’s looked almost exactly the same since its inception in 2005. These factors, alongside talk of dwindling supplies, have led some to speculate about the death of the device. But more recently, rumors surfaced of a product refresh. While that won’t happen before 2009, it will happen.

Wild Tangent's chief Alex St. John talks about elevating COO, shutting game studio

Alex St. John was one of the renegades at Microsoft back in the day. He cut an imposing figure as he wandered the halls and swung a fake battle ax. He got Microsoft to launch its DirectX game development technology. Since 1998, he’s been running his game start-up Wild Tangent, but now he is formally handing the reins of chief executive to his chief operating officer, Mike Peronto.

Obama Or McCain Polls: The iPhone app that will last a day

One knock on applications built for the iPhone and iPod touch is that they’re fairly disposable. One might be popular one week, but then many others come along and the formerly popular one is largely forgotten about. We’ve seen it time an time again. A new app launched today is basically assured to have that problem right out of the gate.

Firefox hits 20 percent market share as Internet Explorer continues to sink

Mozilla’s Firefox web browser surpassed 20 percent worldwide market share for the first time last month, according to new data from Net Applications. That’s a huge milestone for the open source web browser, which was first released (the 1.0 version) by Mozilla almost exactly four years ago (November 9, 2004), at a time when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had a choke-hold over the web browsing industry with a market share well over 90 percent.

Election Day (search) results: America is voting, hungry and loves Chuck Norris

It’s Election Day here in the United States, and so much of the country (and probably a good portion of the rest of the world as well) is doing what we do best: searching for stuff on Google. The Internet giant has written a post outlining some of the interesting trends it’s seeing in the search results, and a quick perusal of Google Trends shows even more interesting results.

Apple spokesman: No new products until 2009

It has been a long few, um, weeks since Apple last launched a new product — the new MacBooks. The Internet is already chomping at the bit for more. While it was always unlikely that Apple would hold any more events before its big MacWorld conference in January, rumors were starting to circulate of smaller product refreshes taking place in November. Those rumors now appear debunked, according to Macworld.

Gmail gains a to-do list — but it's not made by Google

Google’s online email application Gmail is quickly turning into my main hub on the Internet. Not only does it house my email, it supports instant messaging (including Google Talk and AIM’s networks) and thanks to its brilliant Gmail Labs, services such as Google Calendar and Google Docs can be placed in Gmail’s sidebars as well. One thing that has been lacking from a productivity perspective however, is a proper to-do list. Today, thanks to the third party service Remember The Milk, you can add one.

Yahoo Live gestates for 9 months, won't survive delivery

Remember Yahoo Live? Probably not. It’s Yahoo’s attempt at doing live video streaming over the Internet. It got some buzz when it launched back in February as Yahoo was the first of the large Internet companies to step into the space. But since then, it’s just lingered in obscurity and today, the company is announcing its death.