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Peter Jackson to direct The Hobbit in 3-D

"The Hobbit has finally got the green light and will be made in 3-D with Sir Peter Jackson in the director's chair. Shooting will begin in February. The announcement was made today jointly by New Line Cinema - which bankrolled The Lord of the Rings, its parent company Warner Bros and MGM." | more

PC sales slow, US to blame

"According to beancounters at Gartner weak consumer spending in the United States was largely to blame. Gartner said PC units grew 7.6 percent, versus its prediction of 12.7 percent. PC shipments rose 11 percent to 89.7 million units in the July-September period, according to industry tracker IDC. That was below its forecast of 13.5 percent. It seems that businesses continued to spend as they upgraded aging PCs, tentative consumers resulted in a tepid back-to-school season in the US. The market rebounded in September but it was not enough.

UFO in NYC: Aliens or balloons in New York sky?

"Crowds in New York have had their eyes to the skies - in an alleged UFO sighting. Dozens of videos posted online show passers-by seemingly staring at a group of unidentified flying objects in the sky over Manhattan. Adding mystery to the event is a prediction by a retired NORAD officer Stanley A. Fulham. In a recent book, he claimed that on October 13th - the day of the sighting - a fleet of UFOs would hover over the world's principal cities. Many witnesses insist that what they saw were, indeed, alien spaceships...

U.S. Reigns As Most Bot-Infected Country

"The U.S. has by far the highest number of bot-infected computers of any country in the world, with nearly four times as many infected PCs as the country in second place, Brazil, according to a new report by Microsoft. The quarterly report on malicious software and Internet attacks shows that while some of the major botnets have been curtailed in recent months, the networks of infected PCs still represent a huge threat." | more

Pope: New technologies confuse reality and fiction

"New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality," the pope said." "The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual word, with various consequences -- above all the risk of indifference towards real life," he said." | more

Apple Wins First Round Of TV War With Google

"Apple and Google just kicked off the first round of their battle for the living room. Based on what we've seen so far, Apple is in the lead. It's still early, and this could change, but it looks like Apple is making an all-around smarter bet than Google. To recap what the two companies are doing:" | more

Google TV is here

There's no one more excited about Google TV then I am. I love watching great TV shows and movies when I have some free time. And Google TV will make it that much more user friendly. Now I need a Google TV box or Google enabled TV. All hail Google TV!

Grouspawn: New Dating Site Offers $60K for Babies

"Deal-hunting baby-makers, listen up! The wacky and incrementally expanding discount site Groupon has just launched a new dating service called Grouspawn, with an insane marketing ploy. If you can prove that you used a Groupon coupon on your first date, and that said date eventually resulted in a child, you could get a $60,000 grant for the little one's college tuition." | more

AppleTV Runs iOS, Already Jailbroken

"Soon, thanks to the tireless efforts of the iPhone Dev Team, you will be able to install apps on your AppleTV. An upcoming Jailbreak tool, called Shatter, has already been used to unlock the new Apple TV’s firmware. Shatter was used to jailbreak the newest iPod Touch shortly after its launch, and thanks to its iOS roots, the AppleTV is also susceptible to its power. The hack was carried out on the firmware restore download that has just been posted by Apple.

Star Wars Films Converted To 3D

"It had to happen I guess. As soon as 3D become trendy once more it was inevitable that Star Wars creator George Lucas would convert them all to 3D and re-release the entire series yet again. Lucasfilm revealed today that work is under way on converting the Star Wars saga to 3D for an enhanced theatrical re-run. That's all six films.

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