Video iPod: another leaked photo

Yet another claim of a leaked photo of the upcoming “real” video iPod:

I believe this to be authentic. I’m guessing it will be announced on the 28th alongside the launch of an iTunes Movie Store. The price point for this would be tricky to determine, but I’ll say $349 or $399 based on the need for expanded memory that would be necessary for movie storage – 60gb and 80gb.

Google quietly unveils online Web site creator

Google Page Creator. And everyone with Gmail can signup for an account. So far it looks pretty good. Here’s a quick rundown.

pros:

  • Lets you edit your own html
  • Good for being spidered in Google search engine
  • Good for hosting your images for free without worrying about size
  • Reliability – Google also owns and maintains blogger – which is generally a very reliable blog hosting service, so you won’t have to worry about downtime

cons:

  • By default, your Gmail username becomes your subdomain name (bad for you, good for spammers)
  • No support for Safari, although that’s likely to change soon
  • Everybody and their brother will have a crappy Web site and will again pretend to be Web developers – a la 1997 Geocities accounts. But, this can be good for people who need a free host and can provide good content or services

Here are some notes from Google, as well as their terms of service as related to ads:

Create your own web pages, quickly and easily.
Google Page Creator is a free online tool that finally makes it easy for anyone
to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.

Publish in seconds
With one click, the pages you create are ready
for your friends, family and the whole world

to see at http://%5Busername%5D.googlepages.com/

11. ADVERTISEMENTS
Many Google services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions on the service. The manner, mode and extent of advertising by Google on its services are subject to change. You agree that Google shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as a result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on Google services.

Digg flaw discovered


On Wednesday night a user using the nickname itoldyouso posted to Digg a link to a video that shows users how they can “digg” a story multiple times, as opposed to the single vote that users can typically give a story. (click image to enlarge)

This flaw is likely going to be a relatively significant problem for Digg developers as any abuse of the voting system could significantly impact how stories are voted to the site’s main page.

UPDATE:

I tested user itoldyouso’s bug – and was relatively shocked to discover that it worked for me. Unfortunately, my Digg account was suspended almost immediately after testing it.

Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg and co-star of Diggnation, just emailed me inquiring about it. I advised him I wasn’t the user that discovered the bug but that I did indeed test it and found (to my horror) that it worked. He advised me they found the flaw and are fixing it now. Hopefully once everything is sorted out I’ll have my account reinstated.

UPDATE 2:

Digg Support just contacted me and reinstated my account with a very firm warning not to test any more flaws. I have no problem at all with that request. Thanks to Kevin and the Digg team for addressing this right away.

Calling all Digg users: Do not try to test this bug for yourself. It will certainly result in a suspension of your account. Let the developers dive in and fix the problem without being further burdened by spammed counters.

O’Reilly calls for U.S. to “get out of Iraq”

Bill O’Reilly three months ago:

“People saying we should get out of Iraq as soon as possible are like Nazi sympathizers.”

Bill O’Reilly this week:

“We should get out of Iraq as fast as humanly possible”

During the February 20 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O’Reilly suggested that the United States “hand over everything to the Iraqis as fast as humanly possible” because “[t]here are so many nuts in the country — so many crazies — that we can’t control them.” O’Reilly then claimed that the “big mistake” was actually “the crazy-people underestimation.” (more)

I typically don’t like to go the ways of the pundit, but it’s always interesting to see shifts in the political climate.