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.
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.
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.
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.
During our Halloween break, RIAA won a case against LimeWire - parent company Lime Wire - and had a court-ordered injunction issued to the site, which has caused LimeWire to shut down. Since then, as you would guess, someone has stepped up and created LimeWire: Pirate Edition.
LimeWire would like everyone to know that LimeWire: Pirate Edition is not their doing and they have completely avoided the whole "press release" thing. Instead, LimeWire has made a statement when you visit their website.
To see the statement and to learn who is behind the Pirate Edition, follow the break.
With Rock Band 3 and Dance Central being extremely successful, it makes total sense for parent company Viacom to sell off game developer Harmonix, right? No? Well, that's what is happening in the world of Viacom.
Viacom purchased Harmonix for $175 million in 2006, back when the company was still making Guitar Hero games and before they went the way of Rock Band. Nobody in Harmonix had commented on why, other than a report saying that,
Viacom also announced that it plans to sell Harmonix, which developed the Rock Band music video game franchise. Accordingly, the Company reclassified the business as a discontinued operation.
But news since then has been discovered. For Viacom's stance on the matter, hit the break.