__ Disney and Friends Invest in Chinese Website:__ A group of U.S. venture capital firms, including Disney’s investment arm, was set to announce Wednesday that it had invested $23.5 million in Chinese web video giant UUSee. Distributing live and on-demand video for CCTV and CSAT, China’s largest TV broadcaster and largest satellite broadcaster respectively, UUSee is set to capture the Web TV market. A total of 5 U.S. investors, including Steamboat Ventures, Disney’s investment arm, believe that with its government approval, content relationships, and acceptance into the Chinese community, UUSee will have a profitable quarter by the end of 2007. The Associated Press reports.
“As devastating as it is to consider, it looks like the ride is over,” wrote founder Casey Fenton on the website’s homepage after two days of server errors. In the message, he described the loss of 12 key data files as a “perfect storm” that scuttled the website during a transition between two backup methods.
In its efforts to shut down extremists blogs, the government ended up blocking all access to several websites, including the popular Blogspot.com. That brought calls from angry internet users and software executives on Wednesday. They called for the Indian government to reopen access to the sites.
Regardless of his legal troubles, the world lost a cultural icon recently in Michael Jackson. He ruled the pop world with a gloved fist and his musical genius will be missed by the world. No matter what your personal opinion of the man himself was, his music and influence on future music spoke volumes about his creativity. There were things about him though, that would suggest there was a geek buried behind the veil and plastic surgery. Here’s 10 reasons that Michael Jackson was a geek.
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ICANN has little enforcement power, but many critics said it could slow down alternate naming systems by moving faster in approving its own.
The biggest small-product news came from Palm, which slimmed down and dressed up its iconic Treo smartphone to expand the appeal beyond business and nerdy types. Freed from the unloved antenna nub, the new Treo 680 breaks out in four color options. Along with Palm’s corporate-style graphite finish, the 680 comes in three new shades: crimson, copper and arctic (white).
The nature of the sedimentation process that deposited the Arabia layers remains uncertain. However, the observation of regularly cyclic bedding rules out processes that occur in a purely stochastic manner, including volcanism and impact cratering. … the size-frequency distributions of many stochastic depositional processes are skewed toward smaller events and can be described in many cases by a power law. Such processes include turbidites, flood events, landslides, volcanic eruptions, and impacts …
The most interesting aspect of this story is the lack of any expression of remorse by the defendants (“Bloggers Gain Libel Protection,” June 30, 2003).
Pointing out these oddities seemed like a perfect blog idea so back in July the pair created Gettycritics.com, named after Getty Images, which has a humongous photography archive and was the first place they usually turned for stock.
Research from the World Health Organization suggests Alzheimer’s is on track to becoming a global epidemic, with some estimates saying the disease could nearly triple in size by 2050.