Reality TV is struggling like a man trying to get out of a glass coffin full of scorpions on a Japanese game show.
How can the producers make it more interesting? We've surely seen everything.
Well, we've never seen the winners being shot into outer space, have we?
So it has come to pass that Mark Burnett, the very clever man behind such cultural artifacts as "The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice," has persuaded NBC to buy as show called "Space Race."… Read more
Still no word on what Clinkle does, but Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson has decided it's good enough to throw his money, and time, into the mix. The startup announced Branson's investment Thursday but wouldn't say how much he was investing.
Branson, who previously invested in mobile payments company Square, joins an already crowded group of high-rollers funding Clinkle. The startup has raised $25 million in its initial round of funding in June. It launched a college campus waitlist campaign shortly after and as of Thursday, more than 100,000 students from across the U.S. have … Read more
Ever wanted to know what it looks like from the tail of a rocket soaring to an altitude of 70,000 feet? Thanks to Virgin Galactic, you don't have to wonder anymore.
Thursday, the private space tourism company run by Richard Branson conducted its second rocket-powered supersonic test, blasting to nearly 70,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert. Today, Virgin Galactic released a video, shot from the tail of SpaceShipTwo, showing the flight in action from up close.
This is likely as close as most of us will ever get to getting aboard SpaceShipTwo, since Virgin Galactic is … Read more
Christopher Thomas Plante (that's "Christmas Plante" when said quickly) of Polygon fame joins Jeff on a very revealing episode of The 404 Show. We'll chat with Chris about the current state of gaming, including the year's best and most underappreciated titles, disappointing launch lineups, and general advice and sympathy for Nintendo.
We'll also squeeze out a few gaming confessions from Chris and read some general admissions from our listeners as well. A wonderful time was had by all today, so we hope you enjoy it as much as we did recording it. … Read more
We're one step closer to being able to cruise at 2,500 mph and experience five minutes of weightlessness 364,000 feet above the Earth -- if you happen to have a quarter of a million dollars lying around, that is.
It may not have as cutting-edge a name as Elon Musk and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, but Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is the real deal, and it successfully sailed Thursday to supersonic speeds with the aid of a rocket engine for the second time.
"We couldn't be more delighted to have another major supersonic milestone … Read more
It appears the road has finally come to the end in Facebook's "Sponsored Stories" lawsuit. US District Judge Richard Seeborg gave final approval to the suit's $20 million settlement on Monday.
"While not incorporating all features that some of the objectors might prefer, [the settlement] has significant value," Seeborg wrote in an order on Monday, according to Reuters.
The crux of the case focuses on Facebook's use of advertising in its Sponsored Stories. The original five plaintiffs, who aimed at representing more than 100 million members in a class-action suit, claimed the social … Read more
BlackBerry is eyeing another round of layoffs as part of its ongoing restructuring, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Journal said Wednesday that the job cuts would affect middle management across the sales and support divisions. The new layoffs would come on top of the 5,000 cuts planned during the company's last fiscal year.
Should you have spent recent weeks obsessing over a strange clicking noise on your Verizon phone, you might not know that Justin Bieber has not been having the most stellar of times.
And then he even allegedly fainted backstage.
Now is the time to offer some good news to beleaguered Beliebers. For Justin is to be sent into space.… Read more
If you thought $200,000 was a lot to pay for a Virgin Galactic flight to the edge of space, try $1.5 million. Do note, however, that the steep ticket price includes Leo DiCaprio as your travel buddy.
A bidder at a Cannes charity auction agreed to fork out that much for a seat in space beside the star who played flight-mad Howard Hughes in "The Aviator." The money will benefit amfARa Cinema Against AIDS, hosted by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
The winning bid was made by 37-year-old Vasily Klyukin, a Russian living in Monaco, according to Reuters.
"I want to be a bit daring," Klyukin was quoted as saying. "I will have to give up smoking now for sure!" … Read more