Microsoft Named “Fremont,” Microsoft’s latest web service, a free and very search-able classified ad service is nearing release. Although only currently available for use by Microsoft testers and employees it is expected that the service will go public within a few weeks, perhaps sooner.

Fremont is designed as an on-line community marketplace combining ad listings with social networking and other community features. Perhaps in a move that will separate Microsoft’s classifieds from the rest is its customizable integration into Windows Live.

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A Dancing The latest news from the Tokyo Robot Exhibition is an intricate mix of robotics and Elegance. A group of talented developers headed by Japan’s Tohoku University today unveiled the “PBDR”, otherwise known as the Partner Ballroom Dance Robot.

This elegant robot, designed to waltz with a human partner makes use of technology that is still under intense development which estimates human intention. While it may not be artificial intelligence, it is an algorithm so complicated that it may eventually surpass the sense of anticipation that human dance partners have.
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Yaskawa Electric’s MOTOMAN-DA20 industrial robot is intended to be a drop in replacement for people on the factory floor. With it’s two arms, and human sized torso the idea seems to be to get rid of the people and bolt down a new robotic replacement.

The Japanese have done it again. While part of me is scared about what could happen if robots took all those jobs from people, the other part is excited to see what these guys can do.

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PwnedBeen playing a little too much Halo/Halo 2? Have you been wondering if you should take a break maybe to take in some of the Christmas Spirit, or maybe just to reclaim a little of your humanity before Bungie steals your soul with Halo 3? Well all of us here at want to help. So we’ve come up with an accurate list of the Top Ten Symptoms exhibited by people suffering from Halo 2 Overexposure (clinically referred to as Haloverexposure).

(Please note that none of us are psychologists, Medical Doctors, Therapists, or really anyone with any sort of validation to create such a list outside of the fact that we all play Halo.)

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Transmedia’s Glide Effortless is a new bread of Web based applications that offers a world of centralized data management and sharing potential, everything from pictures to Music to Videos and Documents. For $9.95/month you have access to 3Gb of storage which you can use to make your word documents accessible anywhere you go, or allow friends to view your on-line photo/video gallery.

With an innovative user interface and a slew of extra features still in the pipeline. I find Glide Effortless a compelling demonstration of what can be done with Web applications.

It’s an intriguing idea and one that Microsoft and Google are sure to be developing.

Digg.comProving that an Internet community is just as real, active, and committed as any other “tangible” community, users of Digg as reported by Aviran’s Place (and subsequently Digg) have paid due retribution to an unfair and threatening on-line photo shop.

In the astonishing response to an on-line buyer’s horror story, havoc has been wreaked with priceritephoto. The stores 800 number has been flooded with calls from scripts using Skype while others have chosen the more conventional prank call.

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SpaceX, the company funded and founded by Elon Musk with $100 million from his personal fortune is ready to make space more accessible. Well, after waiting on the launch pad for several days they’ve had to delay the launch while they await for a fresh supply of liquid oxygen to arrive from Hawaii to their launch site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean’s Marshall Islands.

SpaceX claims to be able to reduce the cost of flying into space to about half of current prices. That would position the company well in the satellite launch business, provided of course that the Falcon rockets can build a good success record.
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Water Ice on MarsNew Scientist Space Reports that Radar imaging by The MARS EXPRESS probe has discovered what appears to be Water Ice below the surface of the Red Planet.

The Ice was found in two regions of red planet’s northern hemisphere: the mid-latitude lowlands, otherwise known as Chryse Planitia and the northern polar cap. At the Northern Polar cap nearly pure Water Ice was found to stretch from just below the surface to a depth of nearly 1.8 kilometers.

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pspMuch as Steve Jobs had predicted during his keynote this summer, the popularity of podcasting and the demand for podcast downloads has exploded. Enter the Sony PSP with its latest Firmware Upgrade: version 2.60.

AS Cnet reports, this latest Firmware upgrade for the popular handheld boasts RSS support for audio streams and WMA (windows media audio) file support in an attempt to answer to the demand for podcast support.

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