RIAA Argues Songs Ripped to Your Computer for Personal Use Are…

This is so mind-blowingly ridiculous I'll leave all of the smarminess to you guys to wipe up in the comments. In the case Atlantic vs. Howell—the couple's being sued for sharing songs over KaZaA—the RIAA filed a supplemental brief. On page 15, they repeatedly call ripped MP3s "unauthorized copies," basically arguing… » 12/11/07 1:30pm 12/11/07 1:30pm

AT&T Turns On Ultra-Fa(s)t 40Gbps Backbone Network

Before everyone gets Godzilla bandwidth, the backbone pipes have gotta be able to fit Mothra and the rest of the crew in the system to prevent backups and bottlenecks. So AT&T's plumped their backbone up with a new 40Gbps (OC-768) network on 50,000 of its wavelength miles, making it the first provider to carry traffic… » 12/11/07 12:10pm 12/11/07 12:10pm

Imeem Inks Deals With Big Four for Free Music, Its Soul [Updated]

The media-sharing/social networking site Imeem has inked a deal with Universal Music, making it the first site of its kind to forge unholy bonds with all of the Big Four. Update: The WSJ's issued a correction of the original source article. Under the deal, Universal gets a "payment each time a user listens to a given… » 12/10/07 10:15am 12/10/07 10:15am

Life's Mysteries: Why Xbox Live's Point System Makes No Sense

One of the most annoying things about Xbox Live is the currency setup. The points aren't 1-to-1 with real money (like on the Wii where $5=500 points), and you've gotta buy 'em in bulk—the bulk aspect made worse by the non-direct setup. There's a good reason for that, right? Well, Xbox Live's Aaron Greenberg actually… » 12/10/07 9:45am 12/10/07 9:45am

The Ultimate 700MHz Auction Guide: What It Is, Who'll Win and Why You…

Click to viewYou've probably seen the phrase "700MHz auction" bouncing around these pages quite a bit lately. Some of you know too much for your own good about this, but surely many readers are ashamed to admit you don't know what it means. It's okay, we get frazzled at times, too, so we thought we'd take a moment to… » 12/07/07 7:30pm 12/07/07 7:30pm

Rock Band Patch Adds Support for PS3 Guitar Hero III Controllers

In the battalion of boxes that encases Rock Band's high quality gear there is but one guitar. Since you can't buy the instruments separately yet and Guitar Hero III's guitar won't work w/ RB on the PS3, your band is effectively bass player-less. Harmonix to the rescue: The upcoming patch for PS3's RB includes "a… » 12/05/07 9:50pm 12/05/07 9:50pm

Microsoft's Special Windows XP for OLPC Runs Directly off of an SD Card

Addressing one of the major reasons OLPC's XO Laptop is being shunned by some countries—the lack of a Windows operating system—Microsoft is developing a version of Windows XP and Office that's run directly off of a 2GB SD card. (They convinced OLPC to add an SD slot to the mobo for this very project.) It'll be… » 12/05/07 9:15pm 12/05/07 9:15pm

Comcast Expects Customers to Flee Next Year

Maybe those mean ol' market caps the FCC's throwing at Comcast won't matter anyway: Comcast is predicting they'll bleed customers next year, thanks to competition from fiber-based services from AT&T and Verizon, as well as satellite. Guess they better get that fat cable internet ball rolling with some haste. [Reuters] » 12/05/07 7:30pm 12/05/07 7:30pm

NSFWish Lite Brite Boobs Brighten Your Night

Boinkology—the sorta NSFW brainchild of our own videographer, Richard Blakeley—is running a contest judging the artistic merits of the artiest of art forms: Lite Brite boobs. To craft the human form in such an imprecise but bold medium requires genuine talent. After the jump are some of our more NSFW picks—to the… » 12/05/07 7:10pm 12/05/07 7:10pm

Four-Minute Hourglass Shower Timer for Drought-Stricken Georgia Folks,…

Unlike the rest of the Giz crew (especially Chen), I shower daily. But I'm also currently located at ground zero for god's wrath. Despite the governor's public missive for divine relief, Georgia's still got less moisture than scarecrow, which is really the only reason this four-minute shower timer in hourglass form… » 12/05/07 6:10pm 12/05/07 6:10pm

iPod touch Mic Dongle Looks Sexier Than Homemade

One of the big projects at the iPod touch mods blog is snappy homemade mic dongle for VoIP that neatly fits into the dock connector. They've been documenting the process over the last couple weeks, and now they're finally ready to take orders. It's small, black and looks anything but DIY. They don't have a price… » 12/05/07 5:50pm 12/05/07 5:50pm

Verizon FiOS TV's High-Def VOD Goes Live: Is It in Your Neighborhood…

Are you on the list? Probably not! But lucky souls in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Tampa, Fort Wayne (IN) and Pittsburgh are—HD VOD is live for Verizon FiOS TV subscribers in those locales. The rest of you, fear not the rollout mystery, here's how it's going down: Washington DC, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will slip… » 12/05/07 4:35pm 12/05/07 4:35pm

A Holiday GPS Navigator Gadget Round Up for the Ages

After lighting up the Today Show last week, today Wilson's burning up the pages of the Grey Lady with a rundown of hot holiday gifts loaded up with GPS. There's navigation gear for hikers like Bushnell's waterproof ONIX 400 (complete with XM radio), Garmin's Forerunner 305 for power-joggers, the usual car-mounted… » 12/05/07 1:15pm 12/05/07 1:15pm

Michael Bay Says HD DVD Is a Big Microsoft-Funded Conspiracy

Michael Bay, acclaimed director of smash hits Pearl Harbor and The Island, has never had love for HD DVD, (though it seemed like he got reasonable). Now he says HD DVD is all a giant conspiracy being bankrolled by $100 million checks from Microsoft to slowly kill both HD formats: "Microsoft [officials] want both… » 12/05/07 12:30pm 12/05/07 12:30pm

Another Reason Mac Users Are Snobby: They're Greener Than You

According to Forrester Research, while 53 percent of US adults are concerned about the environment, only 12 percent are willing (or can afford) to pay more for green products. We don't have access to the full report—it costs $279, which we need to buy green gear, natch—but the excerpt notes (ironically?) that among… » 12/04/07 7:20pm 12/04/07 7:20pm

Justice Department Says $222,000 Damages Awarded to RIAA in…

The Department of Justice says that the $222,000 verdict—over $9,000 a song—Jammie Thomas got slapped with for file-sharing when she (somewhat feebly via her weak evidence) went up against the recording industry lawsuit machine is not unconstitutionally excessive. » 12/04/07 6:20pm 12/04/07 6:20pm

The real dig in the brief in regards to future cases…

T-Mobile Customer Service Killed By Flooding in the Northwest

Our busybody brother Consumerist is reporting that T-Mobile's customer service is totally down and out for the time being thanks to some wrath-of-god flooding in the Pacific Northwest. Their soggy computers can't pull up customer info, apparently. It's been down since last night, though no word on when it'll be back… » 12/04/07 4:20pm 12/04/07 4:20pm

Motorola's Chief Technology Officer Officially Gone

Confirming our scoop from yesterday, InfoWorld's reporting that Moto's chief technology officer, Padmasree Warrior, is out the door, complete with her Soviet-like erasure from Motorola's websites. While the article says "it's hard to know if Warrior's departure is linked to Zander's," our original source later added… » 12/04/07 2:15pm 12/04/07 2:15pm

Dell World of Warcraft XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook Unboxing, Looting and…

Dell's $4500 WoW-themed XPS M1730 gaming notebooks are hot shit, even if you aren't into WoW: overclockable Intel Extreme Edition Core 2 Duo processors, NVIDIA SLI DX10 graphics cards, PhysX card, Full HD 17-inch widescreen, pre-loaded with WoW and Burning Crusade expansion, plus a plethora of other limited edition… » 12/04/07 11:45am 12/04/07 11:45am