The 404 770: Where batteries are not included (podcast)

Today's 404 Podcast listeners will learn how to get a $100 refund on their recent iPad 1 purchase, how Charlie Sheen beat the Twitter verification system, and why there's no such thing as a good "Blade Runner" sequel. Plus, we reveal our speeding ticket horror stories and introduce today's Kodak Deal of the Day!


We're limiting iPad 2 chat to 10 minutes of airtime because you're probably sick to the gut from hearing all the rumors, the news, and the buying guides. Suffice it to say that Apple is now offering a $100 refund to anyone who purchased an iPad 1 in the two weeks leading up to this week's announcement.

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Apple's price-matching program is nothing new--it has offered a two-week price-matching deal on almost all its hardware after something new is released, but it's up to third-party distributors like Best Buy to decide whether they want to honor the deal.

If you were unfortunate enough to purchase an original iPad on February 16 or later, head to an Apple Store and don't get bitter with the employees--they don't know about releases ahead of time.

Prepare your thumbs for soreness if you own an Android or Apple smartphone, as the two operating systems may soon get BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) courtesy of Research in Motion.

BBM is a free instant messaging service currently exclusive to BlackBerry smartphone users, but Android and iOS may soon benefit from the instant communication service.

In the meantime, if you want another way to get free texting, check out Heytell, the social walkie-talkie for iPhone and Android, or worst-case scenario, you can always just make a phone call and deplete 2 minutes out of your 109,83,450,912-minute reservoir.

Fans of Ridley Scott's dystopian sci-fi thriller "Blade Runner" are either really happy or super pissed about Warner Bros. buying the rights to the film, which could mean a "Blade Runner" sequel or even a prequel in the near future.

On the other hand, their hearts aren't nearly as broken as "Star Wars" geeks, whose dreams of the original films getting released in 3D were shattered yesterday with news that Lucasfilm will begin the conversion with "Episode 1: The Phantom Menace ." Jar Jar Binks in 3D: no.

Well it's too late to enter our Kodak contest and tell us what you'd do with the money you'd save if you didn't have to buy ink, but you can still take advantage of our Kodak Deal of the Day, a Vizio VXT 57-inch 240Hz 1080p LED-backlit LCD HDTV for $889.99 with free shipping!

Also, be sure to listen after the break for our best speeding-ticket stories, including one about how I almost spent a night in jail for approaching terminal velocity in a Honda Accord! I don't even regret it.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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