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Hulu Plus Slashes Its Monthly Price, for Real This Time

posted Sunday Nov 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Hulu Plus Slashes Its Monthly Price, for Real This Time

I know, I told you weeks ago about a possible price cut for Hulu Plus and after reading the press release last week and seeing that it was still $9.99/month, I informed you otherwise. Well, for the first time in a long time, one of our rumors turned out to be correct as this week Hulu Plus announced it was out, available and less than $10/month. That's right, you can now have the awesome that is Hulu Plus for only $7.99/month.

For more on the cool stuff that comes along with this premium package, hit the break.

Portal 2 Delayed - Again

posted Saturday Nov 20, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Portal 2 Delayed - Again

Today I have the misfortune of being the bearer of bad but not unexpected news - Portal 2 has been delayed again. Its most recent planned release date was February 9, 2011. Now we find out that we will not get the pleasure of playing Co-op Portal until April 20, 2011. Only a 2 month delay, but we all know how this works with Valve. Do any of you actually expect to see Half-Life 2: Episode 3?

Because Valve likes to keep their fans emotionally confused, they released this statement to announce the delay:

This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve's proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.

Thanks for driving us totally mad, Valve.

The Internet says - Kitten > Lord

posted Saturday Nov 20, 2010 by Scott Ertz

The Internet says - Kitten > Lord

Now that we have discussed how Tumblr stays around, the next topic is why. It bills itself as a blogging site but in reality it tends to lend itself to being very 4chan. In fact, recently there has been a war building between the anti-social 4channers and the anti-social tumblrs. Sounds thrilling, eh?

Well, it turns out to have been very interesting. You're probably asking yourself, "How is that possible?" The answer is simple - Tumblr seems to have won. Let me explain. Both sites seem to be populated by teenage hackers in their parents basements, but 4chan has several years of recruiting their members ahead of Tumblr. However, after Tumblr users have seemingly stolen Internet memes from 4chan, things have gone crazy.

To find out how crazy, hit the break.

Twitter + News = Tumblr?

posted Saturday Nov 20, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Twitter + News = Tumblr?

I think that by now everyone knows that Twitter is a huge, worthless hole filled with cash. What you might not know is that Tumblr is right behind them, following the same path.

While there are lots of lessons web applications should learn from Twitter, how to run the business end of things is not one of them. Tumblr never got this message, however, and has been playing the "give us money and we'll figure out who we are later" game that Twitter is so well-known for. Somehow, despite obvious reasons not to, many investors are falling for it.

To take a digital ride back before the dot com bust, hit the break.

Google Beats the Apple

posted Saturday Nov 20, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Google Beats the Apple

If you have been following The UpStream since August of last year, you know very well that Google and Apple have been battling over Google Voice on the iPhone. Apple claimed that Google's Voice app duplicated too many features of the iPhone and that it would be confusing for users.

After over a year and many trips to the FCC (Round 2, Round 3), Google and Apple seem to have figured out a way to move forward. Google's official Voice app has hit the App Store.

For more on the drama, hit the break.

Naked Pictures + Bad Break-up = Facebook ZOMG

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Naked Pictures + Bad Break-up = Facebook ZOMG

This is a tale of Joshua Ashby who suffered a bad break-up with his now ex-girlfriend and why both of them will regret it.

I can certainly remember a few bad moments in relationships that tempted me to do some not so nice things in order to exact my revenge and maybe I'm blessed that Facebook wasn't around for most of them. Too bad that wasn't the case for 20 year old painter Joshua Ashby who did what many of us would be tempted to do, especially in a drunken stupor.

He ended up posting naked pictures of her on her Facebook profile which remained up for 12 hours afterwards, thus guaranteeing they will exist forever and ever, amen. Did I also mention that he cut up her dresses and threatened to kill her, too? It might just be me but this guy seems a little "intense," as Ashby's parents described him. You think? After all this, a New Zealand judge determined that Ashby will spend 4 months in jail to reflect on his actions.

Sadly for his ex-girlfriend, those pictures will be on the Internet forever. The moral of the story is, don't let someone take nude pictures of you, they will not be for their eyes only.

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