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Disney World to Fight Long Lines with Underground Tech Bunker

The worst part about visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth is, without a doubt, waiting in those exhausting, long lines. But, according to the New York Times, Disney World is attempting to shorten waits at its attractions by building a new underground command center that would allow employees to intervene immediately when an area of the park becomes gridlocked, or when a ride becomes...

The Week in Design: A 'Tron'-Inspired Chair and a Robotic Chandelier

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. This week, we...

Google Logo Teases Live Search Results, A False Facebook Places Rumor

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines... The Google logo has been updated yet again, possibly hinting at a new, live-search feature in advance of today's Google press conference. [From: Engadget] Beware of false rumors that Facebook Places will inform everyone of where you are at all times. On top of lying, the scammy posts give inaccurate directions for disabling Places; check...

Apple Considering $0.99 TV Show Rentals, Yahoo! Search Now Runs on Bing

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple and Fox's News Corp. are reportedly engaged in "advanced talks" about implementing a $0.99 iTunes TV show rental program, with CBS and Disney purportedly interested, as well. [From: Engadget] After a year of development, Yahoo! and Microsoft have finally completed Yahoo!'s Bing-powered Web, video and image "mega search."...

Disney Augured a Creepy Tech Future, EFF Breaks Down the Net Neutrality Debate

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. This amazing video, which is called 'Magic Highway USA' and was produced by Disney in 1958, speaks of our future in glowing terms, but its eerie prescience caused...

Kanye Gives Facebookers the Best Break Ever, Disney Nabs Playdom

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Yesterday, Kanye West did some networking at Facebook headquarters, where he also delivered some material from his upcoming album. After West expressed a fear that he might "wear out his welcome," employees enthusiastically urged him to continue. Hmm. Go back to work, or slack off and watch Kanye? Tough call. [From: The Daily...

Guillermo Del Toro to Direct Live-Action 'The Haunted Mansion' in 3-D

In a surprise announcement Thursday at Comic-Con, Guillermo Del Toro said that he's agreed to direct a new 3-D movie based on Disney's Haunted Mansion theme park ride. (One would assume a movie based on a ride would be dumb, but, alas, not the case.) According to Wired, the live-action movie will reintroduce the ride's mythology, and the plot will focus on a main character called the Hatbox...

'Tron' and 'Mickey' Fans Get Crazy Gaming Gear from PDP

Some time ago, Sony colorfully burst onto the console peripheral scene with its geeky, indispensable sci-fi raygun, but envious Wii and Xbox 360 owners will soon gain access to their own fantasy accoutrement. Performance Designed Products aims to enliven legions of sci-fi deprived gamers with vibrant 'Tron Legacy' controllers for all three major systems. The sleek controllers apparently adhere to...

'Toy Story 3' Ad Tweets Debut, Oprah Showers iPads on Her Staffers

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Twitter continues to overcome doubts about its ability to generate crucial revenue. Its @anywhere and sponsored tweets programs preceded a new plan to implement sponsored trends, and the system apparently just attracted a huge new customer. Disney/Pixar, in order to hype the upcoming 'Toy Story 3,' has emerged as the first...

Microsoft's Project Natal Renamed Kinect, Xbox 360 Slim Leaked?

We've barely settled in here in Los Angeles for this year's 2010 Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3), and Microsoft's motion-sensing "use your body as a controller" Project Natal tech has already been redubbed 'Kinect.' Just hours before Microsoft's Sunday night event, USA Today's Game Hunters blog revealed the system's new official name and a list of early titles. Kinect creative director...

Disney Sells 'Toy Story 3' Tickets via Facebook Application

The Walt Disney Company and Facebook -- both giants in the entertainment industry -- have teamed up to sell movie tickets using an application on the social networking site. According to The New York Times, Disney Tickets Together allows users to purchase advance tickets to 'Toy Story 3' without leaving Facebook. Buying movie tickets online is nothing new, but this marks the first time it has...

Best Buy to Provide CinemaNow Streaming, Captain Jack Sparrow Applying 3-D Eyeliner

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... While other companies have been providing movie-streaming services for several years, Nintendo managed to get in the game this March, and now Best Buy appears finally set to jump on board, as well. The electronics distributor recently acquired the rights to the familiar and established CinemaNow name, and will initially provide...

Games Sales Suffer Through Miserable April, Zuckerberg's Potty Mouth

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Nintendo recently suffered through its worst profit period in six years, but the downward trend definitely wasn't isolated to the industry leader. Video game profits, as a whole, dipped significantly last month, as the NPD Group revealed that April demonstrated the worst monthly sales decline since July of 2009. [From: CNET] ...

Disney, Hyundai Add to iPad Pandemonium, California Cell Ban Generating Serious Cash

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The Disney family of networks has released an assortment of official iPad apps, including two 'Toy Story' read-alongs, and it's all quite timely considering the third chapter in the trilogy hits theaters this year. iPad owners will also have exclusive access to two new paid ESPN apps, including an upgraded version of 'ScoreCenter,'...

Disney's 'Epic Mickey' Goes Back to Mischievous Side of Iconic Mascot

Mickey Mouse is returning to the video game world in a big way. Disney has officially announced 'Epic Mickey,' a new Nintendo Wii game that's aimed at taking the world's most famous mouse back to his roots. Due in late 2010, the in-game Mickey will be a far cry from the character many people are used to. Instead of the happy-go-lucky mascot, this Mickey will be more akin to the one Walt Disney...