Video game industry revamps its ailing E3 trade show

By most accounts, the E3 trade show in July was a disaster for the video game industry. (I liked it, because the crowds were so thin I could interview most of the bigwigs). But in recognition of the sorry show, the Entertainment Software Association is planning to announce tomorrow a redesigned format, according to Newsweek game blogger N’Gai Croal.

See who knew how to quit you on Twitter with Qwitter

We all lose followers on the micro-messaging service Twitter from time to time. It happens to the best of us. Sometimes it’s because we go on 25 tweet (Twitter message) political rants in 5 minutes. Sometimes it’s because we had a bit too much to drink one weekend night and sent a stream of incoherent babble to thousands of people. Right now, un-following (requesting to stop getting someone’s updates) doesn’t alert the user you’re dropping that you’re leaving them. A new service, Qwitter, is stepping in to fill that void.

Topix quietly builds momentum in small towns

The lament of newspapers has become familiar by now: With readers moving online, the once community-binding dailies are falling apart, losing both readers and advertisers. That’s especially true for small town papers. But a growing site called Topix is picking up where they’ve left off, self-reportedly reaching over one hundred million pageviews a month.

A swap atop Twitter for the "new phase"

Twitter’s growth has been impressive this year. It’s particularly impressive given the problems with downtime the micro-messaging service had for several months during the late spring/early summer. If any time seemed ripe for a change at the top of the company, it was then. Instead, Twitter weathered the storm and has had uptime galore recently — and oddly, now it’s making a change at the top.

Kleiner-backed startup Ngmoco to launch three new iPhone games

Ngmoco is unveiling its first three games for the iPhone and iPod Touch today. The San Francisco-based startup is on a tear. Neil Young, a former Electronic Arts executive, founded the company in June, raised $5.6 million from Maples Investments and the Kleiner Perkins iFund (targeted at iPhone-related startups) in July and is now about to publish his first titles.

YouTube on the G1, T-Mobile's Android phone

Online video site YouTube has been on the iPhone since the original version launched last year. It has pretty good usability, especially now that the device has 3G capabilities. NewTeeVee has just posted a video showing YouTube running on the G1, T-Mobile’s Android phone that people should start receiving later this week.

Searching Twitter ability being tested on Twitter

I can search Twitter messages from the Twitter client Hahlo. I can search Twitter messages from FriendFeed. I can search Twitter messages from the iPhone app Twittelator. Hell, I can search Twitter from basically any Twitter-related service besides Twitter itself. But that finally may be about to change.

Geolocation makes its home in Firefox with 3.1 beta 1. Companies start taking advantage of it

Well it didn’t take long for Mozilla to build support for geolocation directly in to the Firefox web browser. Just a week after it officially launched the Geode plug-in for Firefox 3.0, Mozilla today launched Firefox 3.1 beta 1, which eliminates the need for the plug-in. I had a chance to talk with one company that is particularly excited about this functionality,, makers of the location-based news and information service Radar.

New York Times sets campaign finance data free

The New York Times continues to redefine the role of a big newspaper with today’s release of its first application programming interface (API). Using┬áthe Campaign Finance API, developers will be able to incorporate data about who donated to which presidential candidate — the same data used to build The Times’ campaign finance map (pictured below)– into their own applications. Coming up next will be an API to access The Times’ movie reviews.

MacBook rumors confirmed, debunked and educated guesses

With the Apple MacBook event slated to kick off in just a matter of hours, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has been able to confirm several of the rumors, debunk others and lay out some compelling guess for the rest. It’s definitely worth noting that Gruber is the same person who nailed Oct. 14 as the date for this event several weeks ago.

New MacBook Pro shots leaked. She's a beauty

It’s been known for a while that Apple was going to completely revamp the look of its MacBook Pro laptop series. It’s had the same basic design for years now. But up until now we’ve only been able to guess what the new version will look like based on rumors and some leaked shots of the disassembled casing. Tonight come the first actual shots of the device before it is announced tomorrow.

Windows 7: The search for a good headline

When news broke today that Microsoft was officially naming the next iteration of its operating system “Windows 7,” all of the VentureBeat writers hanging out in our chat room had the same reaction: Really? Before long we had a rousing game of “write the best headline” going. VentureBeat’s Anthony Ha finally picked one for his actual story, but we thought we’d throw the rest out there just for fun.