So, Why Isn’t the Angry Birds Cartoon Coming to American TV?

As if you needed another screen in your home with Angry Birds on it, anyway.


iPhone Jumps the Shark (Comic)

Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site. (Click on the image to see a bigger version.)

News Byte

Tiny Speck Raises Cash to Build a Massive Online Game

Tiny Speck, which was founded in 2009 by the four original members of Flickr, has raised a second round of capital from Andreessen Horowitz and Accel, totaling $10.7 million. The round precedes next week’s beta launch of the Vancouver, B.C., company’s first game. The browser-based massively multiplayer game, called Glitch, offers a goofy cartoonish underworld that evolves from a speck of dust.

Liveblogging the Bing-Facebook Bromance: "Underdog" Search With a Little Help From Your Friends

BoomTown motored on down to the Microsoft campus in Silicon Valley on a fabulously sunny day to liveblog the latest Bing event. The software giant is updating its search service, announcing deep integration–part of a deal announced last year–with Facebook. The theme, according to Microsoft SVP Yusuf Mehdi, quoting the Beatles, search with "a little help from your friends."

Viral Artwork: Meet the Flintstones, Google-Style Plus 50 Years

Finally, a styllzed Google logo that BoomTown adores. Here it is for the classic television cartoon “The Flintstones” on its 50th anniversary, as rendered by the Silicon Valley search giant. Suddenly, I feel very old, but who doesn’t love that Wilma?

Viral Video: Smarter Than Your Average 3-D Bear

Here’s the new trailer for “Yogi Bear,” a cartoon/live-action movie coming out in mid-December (and which I will surely be dragooned by the Swisher boys to see). Lots of distracting CG and 3-D as usual, but it does look nice when Jellystone Park’s infamous gourmand is grabbing a juicy pic-a-nic basket.

Beijing: “Google is Not God”

Google’s principled stand in China has very quickly turned into an ugly clash with the country’s government. On Wednesday, The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, lobbed a searing editorial at the company, decrying its arrogance and accusing it of collaborating with U.S. intelligence agencies. Its title: “Google is Not God.”

"All Things Digiphobic": Walt and Kara As Cartoon Vampires

Here’s a cartoon, titled “All Things Digiphobic,” by Andrew Fowler of Guhmshoo, in which Walt Mossberg and I live under your desk…until night falls, that is.

Microsoft Bails Out of “Family Guy” Windows 7 Episode After Actually Watching “Family Guy”

Remember Microsoft’s plan to use “Family Guy,” Fox’s ribald, off-color cartoon sitcom, to promote Windows 7? No more, says Microsoft, which is pulling out of plans to sponsor a special episode of the show scheduled to run Nov. 8. What happened? Apparently, Microsoft realized that “Family Guy” is a ribald, off-color sitcom.

Be Still, My Geeking Heart

Live Long And Proposition.

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War of the Tweets

Facebook Collection Agency

Lauren II: Grocery Hunter!

Yahoo-Microsoft Photoshop Funnies