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9 web series worth watching

Dr Horrible The internet is practically heaving with top-quality “webisodes”. As such, selecting the best from a seemingly infinite bunch could be something of a Herculean task. Luckily, we have done the hard work for you and mined the funniest, weirdest and most uplifting web episodes from across the digital highway. Ask a Ninja Ask a Ninja launched in 2005 with its first episode Ninja Mart-Store. Since its debut, the series has released 117 episodes. The star of the show -- the Ninja -- ...

BlackBerry, Mobile

The week in RIM: Drama, drama, drama and a glimmer of hope

Glimmer of Hope A record low for RIM stock, drunken rowdiness aboard an Air Canada Flight, a disappointing update to RIM’s fiscal Q3 guidance, and yet, there's hope. It's just another typical week for RIM. Drama RIM announced during an update to its fiscal Q3 guidance, that it no longer expects to meet its full year adjusted diluted earnings per share target of $5.25-6.00. RIM shares have lost more than 70% of their value this fiscal year and ended on a record low of US$16 ...

Viral videos

Gay teen tells tale of fear, bullying, suicide in viral video

It Gets Better (650 x 432) A simple but heart-wrenching YouTube video, originally posted in August, of gay teen Jonah Mowry telling his story, has recently gone viral across the internet. Set to the haunting Breathe Me by Australian pop-singer Sia, a then-13 year old Mowry -- silent throughout -- displays a series of flashcards in the 4min long video titled "What’s goin on..". Mowry tells of how since he started school, he has faced taunts, jibes, and homophobic slurs from bullying schoolmates."Gay. Fag. Dick. Douche. Homo. Asshole," ...

News

Facebook finally rolls out Timeline

Facebook is finally rolling out its long-awaited Timeline feature. The first country to receive the update to the world's largest social network, announced in September, was New Zealand. According to an update on Facebook's official blog, "over a million people have signed up for the developer beta to access Timeline". The beta was initially designed to service developers looking to build apps on the platform. A number of ordinary Facebook users, however, took to the beta after their interest was ...

Gearburn

Review: Infinity Blade II

The gentle learning curve of mobile gaming is ever-present with Infinity Blade II, the sequel to the addictive, but repetitive, swords and sorcery adventure for iOS. Gone is the repetition (kind of), replaced by a branching structure which turns the once-linear cycle of death and rebirth into a whimsical, steel-plated action. Let me explain. A winning formula Infinity Blade II is all about death. Dying evolves your character, and each time you fight your way to the God King (or a similarly ...

News

Russian ‘Facebook rally’ hailed as success despite arrests

Thousands of Russians gathered at a so-called “Facebook rally”, protesting the results of recent legislative elections in the country. The elections were won by Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party amidst widespread claims of fraud. Several thousand people reportedly gathered in Moscow, in what news service Russia Today calls, "unsanctioned rallies". Mirroring techniques used successfully in the Arab Spring uprisings, prominent Russian bloggers took to Facebook to organise the rallies. The march received no coverage on mainstream television. In fact one ...

News

Web’s red light district ‘.xxx’ opens for business

Amsterdam's red light district Following a concerted decade-long campaign, proponents of an online "red light district" -- a specific domain for adult entertainment sites -- can finally celebrate with the sale of ".xxx" websites going live this week. With reports that the web was running out of web addresses sparking off fears that an “iPocalypse” was imminent, earlier this year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) -- a global body responsible for managing the internet’s domain name system -- voted to allow ...

Gearburn

Microsoft app store next Feb – as Android Market hits 10bn

When you’re this far behind, all you can do is be relentlessly up-beat. Which Microsoft was last night in the barn-raiser to build dev interst in the app store for the cross-platform “Metro” apps for Windows 8 devices. The store will go live in February, and offers developers the ability to hit the countless multitudes of Windows desktop and tablet users out there (should they hopefully upgrade to Win8), and the hoped-for buyers of Windows Phones that have so far ...

News

Indian minister proposes screening online posts, says ‘not censorship’

The government of India has asked some of the world’s largest online players to assist it in blocking out any material it deems offensive and defamatory. Meeting with representatives from the likes of Yahoo!, Google, and Facebook, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal requested that all content be checked before it is uploaded onto social websites. "I suggested that these platforms should evolve a mechanism on their own to ensure that such contents are removed as soon as they get to know ...

Le Web, News

Memeburn going Solomo at LeWeb

loiclemeur LeWeb Founder Loïc Le Meur speaks at a previous conference in 2009 LeWeb is a special place for Memeburn. The site was founded at the conference in Paris about two years ago with one of its legendary contributors Nur Bremmen. The very first few lines of code and the initial design was put together during the conference. LeWeb this year features the major internet players you know, including Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker (Napster and Facebook -- played by Justin ...

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