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Best of the Rest: Beard Growth, Robot Advertising, F-Word Cat

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. LOLCat of the day. Oh, it never gets tired. In case your...

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Morning Xtra: Nintendo Sales Drop, WinMo Renamed Windows Phone?

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... According to the Inquirer, Microsoft accidentally let slip yesterday that it will be changing the name of its mobile operating system, from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. Although that's not much of a change, Windows Mobile is...

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Morning Xtra: Pluto a Planet Again? Bing and Yahoo! Coming Together?

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... In case you don't closely follow the politics of intrasolar astronomy, you should know that Pluto's demotion from planetary status may not be permanent. The debate of Pluto's fate has been reignited, thanks to an international snub and...

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If We Chose the Names of Wireless Networks in Our Building...

The world would be a far less connected place without those ignorant but honorable souls with unsecured wireless networks named "linksys." It never fails that whenever we are stranded at a foreign apartment bereft of Internet access, someone living nearby has left their Wi-Fi on the default...

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Morning Xtra: Spacey's Facebook Film, Apple Leads Premium Sales

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Actor Kevin Spacey talks to MTV News about 'The Social Network,' a new film he's producing based on the creation of Facebook. He wouldn't mention who might be cast as college-aged founder Mark Zuckerberg, but if it's Shia Lebeouf, we...

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Morning Xtra: Google Wave Invites Coming, New Billboard Music Site

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Google is inviting 100,000 people to test out its new Google Wave service (which aims to revolutionize Web communication). We're baking them a cake to improve our odds of getting an early look. How are you getting your invite? [From:...

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'King of Queens' Actor Gary Valentine on Filming for the Web

In case you didn't catch his special on 'Comedy Central Presents,' you might know Gary Valentine from TV's 'King of Queens,' or from his slew of appearances on the big screen, including 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' and 'Stuck on You.' Now, the older brother of Kevin James is taking his comedy to the...

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Morning Xtra: Barnes & Noble Selling E-Books, Louis Vuitton's Space Egg

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Barnes & Noble is jumping headlong into the e-book market with a new digital store and an e-book reader app for Mac, PC, and iPhone. Word on the street says the favorite haunt of suburbanites may soon be launching a hardware...

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Nintendo 'Zelda' Emblem Secretly Hidden in Google Logos

For being one of the wealthiest and most-powerful companies of all time, Google sure likes to play things with a lighthearted touch. Make no mistake about it, Google lords over Internet search today every bit as menacingly as Microsoft did with operating systems in the '90s, but instead of...

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Morning Xtra: India ID'ing All Its Citizens, Natal Coming to PCs, Too

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... India plans to issue unique numbers and biometric ID cards to every one of its 1.2 billion citizens, many of whom have no documented proof of existence. Officials hope to store all the data online in what's intended to be the Fort...

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