If you haven't heard the news today, an upstate New York entrepreneur and convicted felon Paul Ceglia is suing Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for over 50% of the company. Paul, proud owner of the two shiniest, brassiest balls on the planet might actually have a case though. Evidently Zuckerberg accepted $1000 for exchange of half of a company he refers to as "the Face Book" in various email exchanges with Ceglia, who is being represented by reputable international law firm DLA Piper. He is not, as they say, @#$%ing around.
Seven years later, after already having been convicted of fraud for his woodchipper fuel company (I know, right?), Ceglia stumbled upon these emails and contracts while researching his defense for his fraud case. If you want to take a look, the evidence is pretty solid, and DLA wouldn't stake their reputations on evidence that was shoddy.
Facebook, wonder of wonders, is claiming that Ceglia fabricated all of the emails and contracts. Honestly, I'm really curious as to how this one will play out.
After spending the last week on the out of stock list the OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB has once again popped back up on Newegg. Newegg is listing the 120GB model at 299.99, a 50 Dollar price premium over the MSRP but that's just the way it goes when looking for the fastest SSD currently available on the market.
Hit the Source Link at the bottom to go directly to Newegg and be sure to read our Vertex 3 240GB Preview.
Sharp's unique press conference "Spectacularge" announced its new 70-inch LC-70LE732U is now the largest LCD HDTV on the market. The screen is powered by Quattron four color pixels, full LED backlighting, Netflix, CinemaNow, Vudu Apps and DLNA access just to name a few - but it does not include 3D.
This will be solved with new models of 70-inch LCDs from Sharp that are reported to ship this summer. Price wise it's actually not too bad with an MSRP of $3799.
Yes, I know BlizzCon is in October, but if you actually want to go you need to mark your calendars for May, specifically the 21 and 26 of the month, 'cuz that's when you can buy tickets. There are a couple of catches though, so read closely:
Tickets will be available in two different shifts; Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. Paris time and on Thursday, May 26 at 4 a.m. Paris time through the official BlizzCon website. Oh yeah, and if you want to attend an exclusive charity dinner to benefit the Orange County Children's hospital, you can buy those starting May 28th.
If you don't feel like shelling out the (actually not bad) $175 USD for the ticket (which will probably sell out in minutes, so mark your calendars and synchronize your watches), a virtual ticket will be available for $40. Virtual ticket holders will be able to stream excellent HD content and coverage of the conference's sure-to-be animated goings-on, so if you're working that day or...idk...have something better to do(?), you can still participate in that fashion.
The conference is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California, which will officially change their hockey mascot from a Duck to a Zorg throughout the event.
Though social network Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have inadvertently sold half of his company to some rando from upstate New York, another rando is saying it won't matter because Facebook has the capability to become the world's largest bank by 2015.
This guy, Ken Rutkowski, evidently both founder of Metal International and chief dude at the Founder institute in Los Angeles, believes that in a few short years Facebook will have amassed enough financial credibility so as to calculate the credibility of consumers. Rutkowski told TechWorld:
If you play games on Facebook, which, by the way 40 to 50 per cent of the time spent on Facebook is playing games, and those games - like Farmville and Mafia Wars - are paid for and you have to buy credits for that and they are called Facebook Credits.
Rutkowski's logic is as follows: he claims that 40%-50% of people play games on Facebook, and that playing those games requires in-game purchases (they're not actually required, but it's easier to play them if you buy virtual goods), and....well, it gets kind of fuzzy after that. He goes on to claim that China and the rest of Asia already use Facebook as a massive revenue source...
GetGlue is a social service that allows users to check-in to films, television shows, books, music, sports games, etc.; it's like the Foursquare of...pretty much everything. They then use your check-ins and likes to tabulate stats and data to better recommend other pop culture for you to consume (sidenote: as much as this seems helpful, algorithms and similar services like Netflix and even the Facebook suggestions are generally redundant- big @#$%ing surprise, I liked SNL and now you're recommending that I would enjoy 30 Rock, which features at least 50% former SNL cast members. Thanks, supersmart algorithm).
You know how Foursquare has digital badges? Well GetGlue gives you physical, touchable, and stickable badges based on your commitment to the things you like and check-in to. Incredibly, this service has managed to take advantage of what everyone else is trying to eleiminate (including Netflix): Snail Mail. They just mail the stickers to you. Wow. Good for you, GetGlue.
Nintendo announced today on their blog a list of upcoming games as long as my arm. This year's second quarter will see the release of around 60 games for the Wii, The Nintendo DS, and the brand new Nintendo 3DS. The latter will see the long awaited and much anticipated release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, a completely re-mastered version of everyone's favorite hack-and-slash puzzle-solving RPG available June 19th. This version will utilize motion control and touch-screen features of the 3DS to truly optimize the unique style of play the 3DS offers. Also, the active 3D engine is nothing to sneeze at. The new version isn't just a 3DS'd carbon copy of the original- players can look forward to quests and challenges not featured in the original game.
Though the Wii may get a significant price cut in mid-May, Nintendo is releasing an in-house suite of games entitled Wii: Motion, launching June 13th, which is brand new assortment of challenges and mini-games built to get the most out of the Wii. It also comes with a black Wii controller. Why not?
Among the long list of other games, Nintendo's Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust (Big Fish Studios)
For years people have wondered, talked about, made movies about, created successful businesses locally and internationally, sold goods and accessories, all around the Roswell incident involving UFOs that crashed. Files have now appeared on the FBI's "vault" website that was once devoted to classified documents have now become public.
The memo is brief but it's from an Air Force informant about "flying saucers". The memo has FBI agent Guy Hottel saying what an "investigator for the Air Forces" told him about what is called "the Roswell incident", Hottel says:
Three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico . . . they were described as being circular in shape with raised centres, approximately 50 feet in diameter . . . Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in a metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.
The latest happenings from around the web - April 13th, 2011
- ASUS N53 Core i7-2630QM Sandy Bridge 15-in Notebook @ PC Perspective
- Lenovo IdeaCentre K330-11691AU @ TechReviewSource
- Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme DirectX 11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion
- MSI Radeon HD 6970 Lightning 2 GB @ Techpowerup
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti OC Graphics Card @ eTeknix
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition and Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI Tandem Performance @ XBit Labs
- Schiit Valhalla Headphones Amplifier @ tbreak
Vodafone was originally set to launch their Vodafone-exclusive Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v later this month but these plans have hit a snag. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v will now officially launch on May 4th with pre-orders available from April 20.
To ease the pain of the delay Vodafone are now offering a free case to purchases for Vodafone customers. Keep in mind that this is the older model of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and there is an updated model from Samsung that will launch later in the year - whether this model will be exclusive to Vodafone, we don't know yet.