A third-party app called Gigatweet has been measuring the service's total tweet count for some time now, and last week some onlookers picked up on the fact that it was getting awfully close to five billion. That said, Twitter's engineers have bumped up this number at least once or twice, and who knows how many test tweets were sent out in the company's early days.… Read more
We're suckers for cool little utilities that more or less do one useful thing very well. MoonDriver is one of those programs. It places an image of the moon in its current phase on your desktop. That's it, pretty much, but it's much more useful to have than you might think at first. The moon influences many aspects of nature and our daily lives, everything from ocean tides to biorhythms, but understanding the lunar phases is worthwhile in and of itself.
MoonDriver places an icon in the System Tray; right-clicking it calls up the program's properties, … Read more
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il issued a "special pardon" to two Current TV journalists who were recently charged for perpetrating "hostile acts" against the communist state, according to various news reports.
We "are overjoyed by the news of their pardon," the journalists' families said in a statement.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton reportedly arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday in a publicly unannounced visit to meet with Kim. During this meeting, the North Korean leader ordered the two prisoners released, according to the Associated Press.
"While this solely private mission … Read more
Boxee, the open-source software platform that combines Internet media with personal content, announced a slew of updates Tuesday.
Most notably, the company announced that it has made Boxee publicly available to Windows users.
The public alpha version of Boxee for Windows will work with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Users will also be able to run it on Windows Media Center, making it possible to bring Boxee to HDTVs through Microsoft's platform. A beta release of the software should be made available later this year.
MLB comes to Boxee Boxee has also inked a deal with Major … Read more
NEW YORK--According to former Vice President Al Gore, the importance of sustainability doesn't just apply to the environment. It also is key to the future of advertising.
"It really comes out of the environment, but in my opinion the key theme of this century really is sustainability," Gore said. "This theme of environmental sustainability has become a part of our culture, it's a part of our discourse, and I'm very optimistic that it will soon be a part of our policy."
Rotten Tomatoes, the popular online destination for movie buffs, will premiere in all its television glory (TomatoMeter and all) Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. EST on Current TV. The 30-minute show, which is hosted by Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox, will run weekly in that time slot where the hosts will discuss and review three movies.
Although the movie review space is crowded, Erlich and Fox believe their show is different from the competition. Both hosts told me in an interview on my Digital Home Podcast that while the basic premise--reviewing movies--isn't unique, bringing the audience in … Read more
Mobile app developer BrowserMedia announced Thursday that it has launched an iPhone app for the Grammy Awards, airing Sunday. According to the company, it worked closely with The Recording Academy to develop the trivia game, which tests the user's knowledge about Grammy history. BrowserMedia is also developing a companion Facebook application that will provide ongoing trivia contests past the award show's airing Sunday.
Juicy Campus, a service that let college students manufacture gossip and spread it anonymously, announced on its corporate blog that it has decided to suspend operations. According to the company, it was enjoying strong user … Read more
A rumor floated on the Twitter account known as The Media Is Dying--which, for obvious reasons, has been fairly active as of late--indicated on Wednesday morning that Current Media, the cable and Web media company co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, is closing its San Francisco office. The Twitter account, which has broken a handful of accurate layoff and shutdown stories as of late, claimed that it had "confirmed" the office closing.
But Current was quick to deny the rumor. Not that we have to remind you, but don't believe everything you read on Twitter.… Read more
Tuesday was not a good day for the San Francisco Bay Area's new media community.
The latest bad news to hit was word that blogging software developer Six Apart has laid off about 8 percent of its 200-plus staff. In a post on the company's public blog, CEO Chris Alden announced the cuts, writing, "We are reducing the size of our full-time staff by around 8 percent and are making some organizational changes as we prepare for 2009."
Though Six Apart seems to be growing--"with Q4 2008 on track to be our biggest revenue … Read more