The 404 771: Where the #dickbar is our totem (podcast)

Twitter's new "Dickbar" isn't as dirty as it sounds, but it sure gets in the way. We also profile the happiest man in America, demo iBoobs for Android, and introduce Kodak's Deal of the Day: a Dell laptop for $549!


We've been curious about how Twitter plans to make money off its services, and this weekend our questions were answered with one word: the dickbar. In-stream advertising has finally landed on the official Twitter iPhone app, and users will now see a top-mounted bar that shows "promoted" hashtags sponsored by advertisers who pay for the distraction.

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The problem with these ads isn't that they're obtrusive or that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo initially told us they would be " organic to the platform ," but that they're not specifically targeted at users, which makes sense because people use Twitter for a million different applications.

During this conversation, Wilson also reveals that he actually clicks on Google ads when he's shopping for things like headphones or, say, a house. I guess Jeff and I are so astonished at this because we're always looking for the quickest, easiest way to get rid of the annoying pop-ups.

The Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index shows, via statistical analysis of interviews with adults, that the happiest man in America is Alvin Wong: a tall, Asian-American, observant Jewish man who's at least 65 years old, married with children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business, and has a combined annual household income of at least $120k.

We certainly have a long way to go before we achieve pure bliss!

Apple rejected the controversial iBoobs application back in 2008 for its adult content, but the developers behind the game are having more success introducing it to the Android Market, as noted by its introduction on March 6.

The app adds on the original functionality with touch-screen support for the onscreen pair with statistics tracking and even an achievement system with 15 goals for players to attain. There's a regular version for $2.10 and a lite version with ads that Wilson will likely click on while furiously shaking his phone. There's also an extra-adult secret feature that lets you remove the bra from the image for a bare-all point of view.

Finally, let's check out today's Kodak Deal of the Day--a Dell Inspiron 15R Core i5 Dual 2.4GHz 16-inch LED Laptop for $549.99 when you use the coupon code listed on shopper.cnet.com. Check it out!


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