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IP addresses are about to run out. Will the world end?

According to one IPv6 provider, we are now just days away from the IPv4 ARPAgeddon, or IPocalypse [not to be confused with the iPocalypse]. With IPv4 providing only 4.3 billion addresses, we all knew that the end of the reckless and fancy-free Internet era was coming -- we just didn't know when. The death knell has started to ring. Asia is on its knees plaintively pleading for its fix of IP add...

GameCrush -- where you pay to play video games with hot girls -- opens its doors

GameCrush is just like prostitution, but with boys buying game time rather than sexy time from a dizzying array of cute, gamer girls. The service, which has been privately beta testing since the start of the year, launches today around 3PM Pacific time. 'Lots of girls have already signed up,' an internal source told us earlier, while we enjoyed a game of topless Call of Duty. Just like prost...

Sony's Crackle expands, brings free movies, TV shows to Canada

If there's one thing that users outside the U.S. find irritating about online video, it's the fact that we don't have access to many of the awesome services that our American chums do. Sony has struck a minor blow against geotarding today, however, with the expansion of Crackle. Canadians can now enjoy Crackle's Sony-powered content as well. Most of it, anyway -- I'm not able to watch most mov...

Google launches Family Safety Center

Google -- along with several partners -- has just unveiled their new Family Safety Center. It's a collection of resources designed to help people better understand things like cyberbullying and abuse, malware, and controlling access to inappropriate/explicit content. The site focuses on information like videos and tips from parents who work at Google -- the only actual "tools" provided are lin...

Instant Jam is a Guitar Hero clone on Facebook that uses your own music library (and it's awesome!)

First, watch the video. That should be more than enough to win you over. I start singing around the two minute mark; you have been warned. Skip to around 4:40 for an actual walkthrough of the game's features. Instant Jam comes from the clever guys at InstantAction. They have a technology that lets you play full PC games via a Java applet, a bit like OnLive -- but having said that I'm pretty su...

Blizzard's StarCraft 2 and World of Warcraft to implement Facebook integration

I could clamber onto my soap box and rant all day about Blizzard's pathetic, poorly thought-out Real ID implementation - but - as this isn't a games blog, I've been told to keep it short and sweet. So, straight to the diabolical point: Real ID is just the beginning. With StarCraft 2's launch at the end of July, Battle.net will also feature Facebook integration. Real ID, if you haven't been ...

Snapfinger lets you order food using your iPhone, may spell the end of waiters

It's sure taken long enough, but it seems like computer-assisted ordering of food is FINALLY upon us! Not only can you order take-out food with your iPhone, but one restaurant chain is looking to fire its waitresses and replace them with an iPad on the dinner table. The NY Times story details the quick rise of Kudzu Interactive and its Snapfinger software [iTunes Link]. Basically, Snapfinger in...

Spotify offers new cut-price package -- and you can now sign up without an invite!

Citing the renewed competition in the streaming-music sector, paidContent is reporting on Spotify's two new packages: Spotify Unlimited and Spotify Open. Spotify Unlimited -- £4.99/month -- is a cut-down version of the current £9.99/month Premium service. Like the Premium service, all advertising has removed. You don't get offline access from your mobile phone however, nor do you g...

Word Finder helps you come up with the perfect words for your crossword puzzle

Quick! What's an eight-letter word that starts with R, ends with M, and has B somewhere in it?* I know that these are often life-or-death questions, especially if Scrabble is involved (or poetry, for that matter). It's a good thing we're in the 21st century and there are now handy tools like Word Finder. This handy little form, hidden away in, of all places, the Toolbox section of a photography W...

Tabzon's free Web app is a simple in-out board for your small business

One tool I didn't list on my rundown of free Windows programs for small and home businesses was an in-out board. It's nice to have a central location where you can see what your co-workers are up to at a glance, and those old magnetic whiteboards just don't cut it. We've been looking for something like EIOBoard, only free. Tabzon might just be the solution. It's not as full featured as some...

DLS @ SXSW - Brown Paper Tickets

I happened to use Brown Paper Tickets a couple of months ago to buy tickets for a local comedy show. It was just as simple and easy as any other ticketing system I've used, certainly simpler (and faster) than Ticketmaster. But the real magic happens if you are putting a show together. Brown Paper Tickets has the lowest transaction fees and doesn't collect a dime if you don't sell any tickets. It...

Only seven percent of Americans would pay for online news

Released today, a new report from Pew Internet elucidates just how unwilling we are to pay for online news. In the State of the News Media 2010 report, Pew finds that while 71% of Internet users read their news online only 7% of all users would pay for the privilege. To put things into perspective, the report also notes that the total online advertising revenue dropped for the first time since 20...

Americans consume 33 billion online videos in December 2009

Boom! 178 million US Internet users watched online videos in December. That's 87% of the total potential audience -- very nearly total penetration. I wonder what percentage of Internet users write email -- less than 87%? Anyway, of those 33 billion videos, 40% (13 billion) of them were watched at YouTube. But guess who's next? Hulu -- 3%! You TV-horny Americans watched 1 billion videos on Hulu i...

Stanford signs Google Book Search agreement and brings millions of old and out-of-print books to our fingertips

Back in 2008 Google secured a landmark settlement with authors and publishers in the U.S. Both The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers agreed to the deal, opening up a truly vast number of books and periodicals and other written materials. The settlement received a lot of flak from authors, and Google paid $125 million to resolve a lot of claims made by troubled writers. Si...

'Facebook fugitive' that escaped jail and updated status on the run caught

It only took my dear friends at the British police four months, but they've caught him! Craig 'Lazie' Lynch shot to fame last month when his Facebook fan page suddenly gained traction and attracted over 40,000 fans in just a few days. He regularly updated his status and even uploaded photos while on the run -- I would link you to the fan page itself, but Facebook finally took it down last week....