When I told friends that I was interviewing in-demand drummer Matt Sorum, I kept getting the same response: "Find out what he's actually like." The stick master is best known for keeping the beat for the Cult, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver, but he shows his softer side on his second solo album, "Stratosphere," out February 25 under the moniker Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy. The follow-up to 2004's "Hollywood Zen" is a highly personal, orchestrated acoustic album. Sorum writes about the important things in life, like family and environmental and … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Your traditional Black Friday Walmart gadget brawl footage.
- Shoppers whip out mobile gadgets to tackle Black Friday madness.
- The dirty secret behind Black Friday discounts.
- 92 percent of 2013 Black Friday ads contain the exact same items at the same price as 2012.
- Amazon drones: Bold experiment or shrewd publicity stunt?
- Amazon "drones" stir up privacy concerns among lawmakers.
When consumers said "The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice," they sure weren't talking about apps. With far fewer applications at their fingertips than iOS, Android, and Windows phone users, BlackBerry aficionados, who just can't do away with the much-prized keyboard, are missing out on much of the latest and greatest in mobile software. Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist -- currently with Walking Papers -- Duff McKagan is one of the loyalists who's unwilling to give his device its walking papers.
Speaking of Walking Papers, the rock quartet's self-titled debut … Read more
Larry Ellison is troubled by the Google guys, especially Larry Page. In a recent interview, Ellison blamed Google CEO Larry Page for using Oracle's code illegally. The charge goes back to a lengthy trial last year in which the two companies faced off over Google's use of code in Oracle's Java language.
In 2010, Oracle sued Google for allegedly infringing copyrights it held on 37 Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android. Oracle argued that Google knowingly used the APIs without a license from Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired. The trial concluded on May 31, 2012, with … Read more
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was best friends with Steve Jobs for 25 years. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Ellison says that fighting pancreatic cancer for seven years finally wore Jobs out and he stopped taking medication. Ellison also said he believes that Jobs is "irreplaceable" at Apple.
"I am not shorting Apple. ... I like Tim Cook," he said. "Apple will not be nearly so successful because [Jobs] is gone."
Following is the discussion about Jobs' last days:
Rose: Did you watch him die?
Ellison: Oh, close. Was I there at the last moments?… Read more
It's no secret that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison greatly admired Steve Jobs, and he spells out this esteem for the late Apple co-founder in an upcoming interview with Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning."
"He was brilliant," Ellison tells Rose in a preview of the interview released Monday. "He was our Edison, he was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor."
Ellison was a close friend of Jobs and has frequently commended the Apple co-founder's skill, insight, and attention to detail. As far back as 1998, Ellison sang Jobs' praises, saying that … Read more
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Sweden has invented The Sweat Machine for purifying body sweat into drinkable water. The Improv Anywhere group makes 7,000 people follow commands. And NASA goes out of its way to make us feel small and insignificant. Thanks a lot, NASA! … Read more
Over the weekend, Digg founder Kevin Rose was spotted picking up a wild animal and then quickly turning and tossing it down a dark flight of stairs to land where no one knows.
But enough about Rose's new gig as a venture capitalist (ha!), let's check in on the meme centered around his launching of an aggressive raccoon that was attacking his dog at the top of the wrong flight of stairs.
In case you missed it, Rose posted video footage from his home security cameras of himself pulling the offending raccoon off of his poodle and launching it with major papa grizzly authority. With the animal separated from his pet, Rose then can be seen in the video heading down the stairs to check on the raccoon, but as he would later explain on This Week in Tech, it was nowhere to be found.… Read more
I know that in certain parts of the world they enjoy throwing short people in bars. As sport, you understand.
But until Saturday, I had never seen anyone tossing a raccoon. Especially for a good cause.
However, Kevin Rose -- the man who founded Digg and is currently, I imagine, very happy -- posted a video of himself picking up a raccoon and throwing it from the staircase of his home.
This, I should add, was not for sport, but to protect his Toaster.
Toaster is his dog -- or, perhaps, his dogg.
In the video, Rose explains this all … Read more
News about the National Security Agency's classified surveillance programs has been abundant the past few days, and to top it off, President Obama is now giving a 45-minute interview about the issue with Charlie Rose on Monday evening.
Buzzfeed published a partial transcript of the interview before tonight's airing of the show. While Obama goes over the topics of the two NSA spying programs with more detail, it appears he's reiterating much of the same when it comes to the White House's stance on the programs and document leaks. Essentially, it did nothing wrong.
"What … Read more