It's Monday morning: you wake up, brush your teeth, and brew some java made specially with grass-fed butter -- wait, what? If you haven't heard, a trend is plaguing sweeping the hotshot companies of Silicon Valley, CA, and it involves putting butter in your espresso. The newest addition to the West ... More >>
The U.S. Senate may have 100 members, but only one, Al Franken, has really made his opinion known on the recent cable and telecommunications mergers, bashing the deals between giants like Comcast, Time Warner, and Sprint. While other senators may be holding back, Franken has repeatedly hammered the ... More >>
Higher costs and worse service loom on the horizon
Certain areas of the Twin Cities are about to have much easier access to fresh food. The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is sponsoring a new grocery-store-on-wheels program called Twin Cities Mobile Market.The foundation recently procured an old Metro Transit bus, which it will convert for use as a mob ... More >>
Today, Comcast, the largest cable and high-speed internet service provider in Minnesota and the U.S., announced that it plans to buy Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, for just over $45 billion.RELATED: Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC mergerBut that news ... More >>
Here's a sure sign you've just lived through a too-long winter: You see somebody lying around outside under the sun, and your first thought is Oh my God is that person dead?!SEE ALSO: Wisconsin is stupid, says Google auto-completeIn fact, so many people in Madison placed calls to police to share the ... More >>
A new type of cold war has taken over the tech world
Frontier Communications allegedly collected taxes it shouldn't have.A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that Frontier Communications illegally collected sales tax on Internet bills. The suit also alleges that Frontier "improperly applied" a number of fees to its customers, including a "911 ... More >>
Al Franken asked questions that Google CEO Eric Schmidt can't answer.Al Franken loves Google. He just doesn't trust it. That's what came out at yesterday's contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, which saw Google's CEO Eric Schmidt squirming a bit under the hot light of government oversi ... More >>
Bytemarks on FlickrBest Buy thinks it owns "geek"Best Buy has already taken over the technical support world with its Minnesota-grown Geek Squad. Now, the company is claiming that it owns the word "geek." The electronics chain recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to Newegg.com--an online ... More >>
Al wants to know what Apple knows.Al Franken pounced on Apple yesterday in a Senate hearing on privacy and mobile devices. Franken had summoned Apple executives as well as representatives from Google and others to discuss the companies' privacy policies. Specifically, Franken wanted to tal ... More >>
Al Franken wants a word or two with Steve JobsSen. Al Franken appears to have taken a bite out of Apple. Stung by bad PR, angry customers and the promise of Senate hearings chaired by Franken, the computer maker says it has released an update to iPhones to cut back on the amount of time the ... More >>
Franken: Keep it neutral.The compromise net neutrality rules just adopted by the FCC would prohibit broadband providers like Comcast and Qwest from blocking user access to websites and applications. But the measure won't do the same thing for wireless companies, and Al Franken smells censor ... More >>
Nick VlcekMAK attack on the technology industry.Margaret Anderson Kelliher will not be unemployed come January. The outgoing Minnesota House Speaker landed a job as president of the Minnesota High Tech Association, a non-profit that advocates for the state's technology industry.
People have always been willing to pay for news, Mike Klingensmith says.
Busybodies fall victim to economy.
Minnesota regulators trying to stop online poker sites have failed in their attempt to make Internet service providers to block access to the sites. At least for now.
While final word on NIN's retirement ferments, the tour Trent Reznor mentioned in his "farewell" note has come to fruition.
Let's hope for the Strib's sake that it happens by the end of the month.
From the constipated turncoat to the pathetic token to the veepstakes hopefuls. And about those hopefuls: Is McCain confused, or just toying with them (and us)?
Minneapolis has settled its lawsuits with Time Warner Cable. But the city may still be out to gut local cable-access programming.
New Zealand for sale on eBay, GM halts production on the original Hummer, the Chinese Wikipedia, Batman sounds-effect screenshots, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Rep's son sent to jail for slashing tires, Ericsson offers buyouts to 35- to 50-year-old employees, web comics become tattoos, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
To hear him tell it, Craig Newmark has had only the most trifling effect on the American newspaper business. "Somebody invented recently a myth that we're hurting newspapers," he complained to Philip Weiss in a recent New York magazine profile. "That appears to be an invention . . . We're a minor fa ... More >>
As if this weekend's fill of kids in funny costumes and Harry Potter parking lots weren't enough, here's one more way to celebrate the release of HP and the Half-Blood Prince. Harry & the Potters are a brotherly duo from Somerville, Massachusetts who write pop songs about three-headed dogs, the Dark ... More >>
DJ Grandmaster Flash has been tapped to host a new weekly mix show for Sirius Satellite Radio. "I?m using the same template for this new show that I used in 1971, before hip-hop started ? a combination of pop, rock, jazz, blues and R&B," says Flash. "I?ll be talking about the use of samples, what c ... More >>
Close on the heels of our Clear Channel story, the radio giant posted a momentous $4.7 billion loss in the fourth quarter of 2004--chump change compared to the $18.4 billion charge-off by Viacom. If you wondered whether internet advertising and satellite radio were cutting into the proceeds of radi ... More >>
How IBM rooked a champion--and crushed humankind
T&A and the ol' Ultra-V make for the ideal American film festival
The governor's right: Many "public servants" do what he and the friends of Tim have done. That's what reeks about it.
Why Telegate matters
On the heels of Harry Potter, young adult books are sweeping the mainland. Why would grownups rather read about sorcery than sex?
Politicians get ready to reboot telecommunications law
Minneapolis settles its spat with Paragon--and gears up for another
In St. Paul and its suburbs, an unlikely coalition battles telecom giant AT&T
Bootleg basher Microsoft puts the kibosh on local computer resellers
Are city officials and Paragon Cable turning Minneapolis into a bandwidth backwater?
US West wants to use information about who you call to increase its sales. Privacy advocates are screaming foul.
Democrats and Republicans are happily engaged in a folie à deux to forestall any real congressional probe into campaign finances