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The best team of Croatia, RK PPD Zagreb confirmed transfer of young Slovenian goalkeeper Urh Kastelic. The 19-years old goalie signeed three years contract with Croatian best side, as they managed to pay 40.000 transfer fee to RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko.Kastelic was a part of bronze medal Slovenian squad at World Championship 2017 in France.He was under contract with Slovenian champions, but without a real chance to show his quality at Zlatorog hall, as he was on loan most of the time at RK Maribor Branik and ← Previous Story TSV Hannover Burgdorf and Jens Bürkle separate ways Next Story → All Stars for Legends woke up Prague
NAAS CREDIT UNION has declined the option of merging with Newbridge Credit Union – meaning the latter could be dissolved and its loans and savings be transferred into the ownership of Permanent TSB.Reports in Kildare say that the Central Bank will apply for the bank to take over the loan book of Newbridge in the High Court on Monday.They would do so under the same legislation that allowed them appoint a Special Manager to Newbridge CU in January 2012. The bank would be given around €50 million from the Credit Union resolutions fund to protect against the liabilities of the bank.A number of people close to the situation say that they are “shocked” and “confused” that the Central Bank would make such a move.However, after the withdrawal of Naas Credit Union there are not many options. If the Central Bank feels that Newbridge, which it claims has a serious hole in its balance sheet, is not viable, there are few other options.A handful of credit unions would have the capacity to take on Newbridge, which has 37,000 members, but fewer still would be willing.Naas Credit Union confirmed that they had withdrawn from the process.“Over the course of recent months, Naas Credit Union investigated, negotiated on and carefully evaluated the possibility of a combination of the Naas Credit Union and Newbridge Credit Union businesses, which in principle the Minister for Finance indicated he was willing to support,” said a statement from the board of directors at Naas CU.Having fully investigated a possible combination, the Board of Naas Credit Union established that such a combination would not be in the best interests of the Members of Naas Credit Union. The Board of Naas Credit Union advised the Central Bank in the past week of its decision, ending dialogue on the possible combination option.Willie Crowley of Save Newbridge Credit Union says that the Central Bank’s plan will be met with resistance in Newbridge.“We will be going straight to the High Court on Monday morning to put a stop to all proceedings.“It is a catastrophic scenario, one that we predicted all along.”The Central Bank stressed that members’ money is safe.“The Central Bank is continuing to work on finalising a solution to the financial difficulties at Newbridge Credit Union and is actively engaged in ongoing commercial discussions surrounding this issue. In recent days, following an extensive due diligence and assessment process, Naas credit union has informed the Central Bank that it has decided not to proceed with its proposal to combine with Newbridge credit union.“However the Central Bank remains committed to the protection of members’ savings and is working towards finalising an immediate resolution to the financial difficulties at Newbridge Credit Union. A viable alternative option is being actively pursued which would protect members’ savings and ensure continuity of lending and deposit facilities in the community.”Read: Newbridge Credit Union members “will default on loans” if merger goes throughRead: Government will have to pay “tens of millions” in Newbridge Credit Union merger
We see no acute financing pressure. The budget being published today signals slim growth in the Greek economy after six years in a row of biting recession.But the budget, which will be voted on in December, is likely to require revision soon as Greek officials have yet to agree with the country’s creditors on how to close a looming fiscal gap next year.“I cannot say now that we are fully in agreement with the budget,” EU economic affairs spokesman Simon O’Connor told reporters in Brussels.“There are further discussions that need to take place on this before we can say we are fully in agreement with it,” he added.We shall have to see how that evolves in coming weeks … Greece has the possibility of submitting an amended budget.The troika predicts the 2014 fiscal gap will exceed €1.5 billion, while the Greek government estimates the sum to be slightly more than €500 million.Discussions are also stumbling on the issue of a new property tax, possible new pension cuts as well as layoffs in the state sector, and the slow pace of privatisation.The EU-IMF fiscal audit, necessary to unblock a €1 billion installment of financial aid, is now expected to drag on until Christmas.Plenty of work to do“Greece still has plenty of work to do,” Dijsselbloem told Ta Nea, noting that the EU-IMF talks in Athens were focusing on Greece’s “progress, or rather, lack of progress, on its commitments”.The budget today predicts a surplus excluding debt service charges of some 3.0 billion euros or 1.6 percent of GDP.It also forecasts a small dip in the country’s debt mountain to 320 billion euros, or 174.8 percent of output.Unemployment is also expected to drop to 24.5 percent, from 25.5 percent in 2013, with state is expected to earn €3.65 billion from privatisations.- © AFP, 2013Read: Two people killed outside offices of Greek far-right party Golden Dawn >Timeline: How did it come to this for Greece? > EUROZONE FINANCE MINISTERS are “losing patience” with Greece as the government unveiled its next budget without concluding an EU-IMF audit.The first details of the budget said that the deep recession in the economy would end next year with 0.6 per cent growth, following a 4.0 per cent contraction in 2013.However, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem told the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea that “many finance ministers of the eurozone are starting to lose patience”.A statement issued by the International Monetary Fund early today said that auditors from the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission had concluded their latest visit to Greece to review progress on the country’s economic programme, without reaching a full agreement.Such audits determine whether or not Greece receives the next installment of rescue funding.Greece’s Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, second left, gives an envelop and a disc containing the new draft state budget for 2014 to Parliament speaker Evangelos Meimarakis. (Image Credit: AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)It said that “good progress has been made, but a few issues remain outstanding. Talks would continue from the headquarters of the three creditor bodies and the auditors would return to Athens “early in December”, the statement said.“Productive” on the policiesThe IMF said that the discussions had been “productive” on the policies “that could serve as a basis” for completion of the review.It later said that it saw no near-term “acute” financing pressures on Greece under its international bailout program.“We believe that Greece’s financing needs in the coming months can be met from the existing liquidity buffer,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said.
A HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY company, based in Dublin, has announced the creation of up to 80 new jobs over the course of 2014.Sláinte Healthcare said today the new roles will be in addition to the 40 jobs it has already created in Ireland to date. The jobs will be created in software engineering, testing, business analysis, client administration, finance and marketing.The company provides software to drive efficiencies and reduce costs in hospitals and healthcare organisations by enabling them to move to paperless systems. With headquarters in Sandyford in Dublin, the Company currently employs over 90 people across its offices in Ireland, the Middle East, Australia and the UK.Sláinte was a participant in the Health Innovation Hub and today ministers Richard Bruton and James Reilly announced a seconf call for projects to take part in the initiative.“Through this hub, healthcare companies can gain access to the health system to trial their products and services, honing and improving them in response to real-life demands,” Bruton explained. “The health system, in turn, benefits by gaining access to cutting edge products and services to solve real problems it faces.”“We are determined to press on with the development of this project as part of our overall plan to support Irish enterprises and create the jobs we need,” he added.Read: Home for Christmas? Stay and check out job prospects says recruiter>Read: Job predictions “cold comfort” says McGrath>
LOUISE O’KEEFFE, a woman who fought for 15 years for the protection of children, has spoken of her anger that an early complaint, against her school principal who abused her when she was eight years old, went ignored.Earlier this week O’Keeffe won a landmark case against the Irish State at the European Court of Human Rights which ruled the State was liable for the sexual abuse she suffered. The State has been ordered to pay O’Keeffe €30,000 and both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have apologised to the woman.In a recorded interview with RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan, due to be aired later this morning, she talked about her fear of her abuser Leo Hickey.“And if I thought Leo Hickey was coming out of his classroom I’d hide, I could hide behind , there was a table tennis table and it was in the corridor between the two classrooms’,” she said.“Then in September when I had gone into third class which was in his classrooom…I made an absolute beeline first day in school into the corner back desk…I was protecting myself and I was getting out of his way.”The woman said it “really upsets” her that if that complaint had been acted on, she “wouldn’t have been abused at all”.“I would just be an ordinary woman in the countryside now and nobody would know me and I’d be as well off,” she said.It does make me extremely angry because when I think that if it happened in the school that I was in, it could just as easily have happened in how many other schools, and how many others would have been abused like me that needn’t have been abused if a complaint had been acted on and the whole thing sortedO’Keeffe also acknowledged the bravery of the women who first made a complaint about Hickey to gardaí.“‘I really do believe that in my books the person that deserves credit is the girl that went in and made that first complaint because I would not be where I am now were it not for her,” she said.The full interview will be aired on RTÉ’s Radio 1 at 10am this morning.Read: ‘Please act on it’: Louise O’Keeffe’s appeal to Taoiseach after apology>Read: Landmark European judgement finds Irish State liable for sexual abuse>
takes the issue of passport fraud very seriously and has strengthened measures to identify and prevent potential fraud. Customer services provided by the Passport Service will not be impacted.The woman who was arrested today was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station, where she was detained under Section 4, Criminal Justice Act, 1984 but has been released this evening and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The man remains in custody in Pearse Street Garda Station detained under Section 4, Criminal Justice Act, 1984.These arrests are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Investigation Section of NBCI into fraudulently obtained Irish passports.These latest arrests are separate from, and unrelated to, the investigation into fraud in the Passport Service which was made public in July 2013.The Garda investigation in that specific case is continuing and files are being prepared for the DPP, the Passport Office said.The two people who are being investigated as part of that particular ongoing inquiry are no longer employees of the Passport Service.Read: Second Passport Office employee released without charge>Read: Two Passport Office employees questioned in passport fraud investigation> TWO PASSPORT OFFICE employees have been arrested in a new fraud investigation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed this evening.The DFAT confirmed that a joint Passport Service and Garda investigation has been taking place at the Passport Offices in both Molesworth Street and Balbriggan in Dublin.They said that two employees of the Passport Service have been arrested and are assisting An Garda Síochána with their inquiries.Gardaí said today that they arrested a woman in her 30s and a man in his 30s, both employees at the Passport Office on Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Both were arrested for an offence under Section 20(1)(a) of the Passport Act, 2008.The Passport Service said it had launched an investigation in Autumn 2013 when internal checks revealed irregularities in the processing of three passports.The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation was informed and a joint investigation was launched into the discovery.The Passport Service said it:
I don’t buy this argument that drinking levels are solely an individual’s responsibility. The culture we have as a society is all-important. As individuals we are hugely influenced by culture, its values and ‘the way we do things around here’. The drinks industry is a ‘Goliath’ in terms of muscle and funds nurturing a society that has alcohol consumption at dangerous and harmful levels. AN ‘UNAPOLOGETIC’ LEVY should be put on the drinks industry, the chairman of the Alcohol Forum has said.Pat Harvey, who is also a former CEO of the North Western Health Board, addressed the National Alcohol Conference today, challenging Government, the drinks industry and parents to show leadership on what he described as “Ireland’s harmful drinking epidemic”.He said that Ireland “would be a much richer country, socially, economically and from a health perspective if we were brave enough to show leadership”. In a hard-hitting address, he called for the “unapologetic” levy on what he described as the ‘Goliath’, saying: He said that the industry should be levied so that it “pays generously towards undoing some of the harm associated with harmful drinking”.Regarding the National Alcohol Strategy, Harvey called on Government to make it law as a matter of urgency, and also challenged parents on their drinking. He said parents should ask the question: “How does my drinking impact our family?”Harvey also said that people should bear in mind:One in 10 young people say they are suffering emotional distress, neglect, and increased responsibilities as a result of parent drinking patternsOne in 3 of Irish children are at risk because of excess drinking by parentsOne in 7 child welfare concerns revolve around alcohol abuseOne in 3 people attending Emergency Departments at weekends do so because of too much drinkThe National Alcohol Conference is taking place in the Convention Centre Dublin and is the forum’s flagship event as part of National Alcohol Awareness Week. This awareness week, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, runs from 18-22 March.Also speaking at the event will be Junior Minister Alex White.Read: Impact of harmful drinking on Irish children ‘a national scandal’>
IRELAND EXPERIENCED one of the sharpest falls in household market income between 2007 and 2010, according to a survey of 30 countries, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today.The report warns of the growing risk of income inequality in the 30 OECD countries, which has increased by more in the first three years of the recession to 2010 than it had in the previous 12 years.Compared to countries like Chile, Mexico and Turkey, Ireland’s level of income inequality was relatively balanced though the report said the effect of unemployment was particularly large in Ireland with self-employment income also declining significantly.The welfare state has “cushioned the blow” for many according to the report but it warns that further social spending cuts in OECD countries risk causing greater inequality and poverty in the years ahead.Gap between the rich and poorThe richest 10 per cent of the population in the 30 countries countries earned 9.5 times the income of the poorest 10 per cent in 2010, up from 9 times in 2007. The gap is largest in Chile, Mexico, Turkey, the United States and Israel, and lowest in Iceland, Slovenia, Norway and Denmark.Ireland experienced one of the largest falls in average market income during the period with incomes in poorer households fell by more than 5 per cent.Between 2007 and 2010, average relative income poverty in OECD countries rose from 13 to 14 per cent among children and from 12 to 14 per cent among youth, but fell from 15 to 12 per cent among the elderly.Since 2007, youth poverty increased considerably in 19 OECD countries with an increase of 4 per cent in Ireland. Child poverty has risen in 16 OECD countries since 2007, with increases exceeding 2 points in Turkey, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia and Hungary.“These worrying findings underline the need to protect the most vulnerable in society, especially as governments pursue the necessary task of bringing public spending under control,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.“Policies to boost jobs and growth must be designed to ensure fairness, efficiency and inclusiveness. Among these policies, reforming tax systems is essential to ensure that everyone pays their fair share and also benefits and receives the support they need.”Read: Barnardos: CSO survey shows ‘ravaging’ effects of recession on families>Read: Disposable income and household savings up in second quarter>
A MAN HAS been arrested after an armed robbery at a service station in Clonmel.The suspect left the petrol station at Greenane on foot at around 4:30am this morning.Gardaí were alerted to the robbery and found the man as he was approaching Clonmel town centre.The man brandished and pointed the handgun at gardaí who kept him under observation and cleared the area.Armed Gardaí then arrived at the scene, confronted the suspect and arrested him.He’s currently being held at Clonmel Garda Station under Section 30 Offences Against the State Act.Nobody was injured during the incident.Gardaí say that investigations are continuing. Read: The man brandished and pointed the handgun at gardaí>Read: Man arrested following attempted robbery at Wicklow cafe>Read: Two men charged following cash-in-transit robbery>
WHETHER YOU GOT to holiday down the country or even abroad when you were younger then chances are you were scared of one thing.The rain.The rain could put a halt to all manner of holiday related fun you had planned outdoors and could be a total headwrecker.Mind you, it did mean that all sorts of things could happen indoors.Here are some of the things you’d do when rain threatened to ruin your holiday.1. Board games Flickr / Mark ScottYou’d rarely get to play the best board game.It was always some ropey old board game that was stuck in the house / tiny villa / caravan you were stuck in due to the downpour.Grim.2. Watching weird TVIf you were at home you’d have your mind opened to the weird world of daytime TV and shows about antiques, American talkshows were people seemed to only communicate in screams or really bad kids movies from the early 70s.If you were abroad you’d get a mix of the same or experience the weird world of seeing your favourite cartoons dubbed into a different language.Enrique12333 / YouTube3. Reading booksFlickr / anyjazz65It wouldn’t be a book you actually wanted to read but whatever strange novels were floating around your living quarters.Usually a John Grisham book of some description or the biography of some light entertainment celebrity you’d never heard of.4. Inventing new gamesYou’d take your Eye Spy and your Piggy in the Middle and create weird hybrid games called Piggy in the Eye Middle Spy or something where the rules were very flexible but also strictly enforced.5. Fighting over gamesvia ShutterstockEven if you stuck to reliable childhood games chances are a huge fight would break out.Because you CAN’T just PASS GO when playing MONOPOLY because those AREN’T THE RULES!!Or similar.6. A feast of some kindvia LidlWhether it would be deciding now was the time to get stuck into the supply of Cadet Lemon and Lime (or even better, Red Lemonade) or just eat a pile of chocolate bars in one sitting, the rain was an excellent excuse for a big ol’ feast.7. Make and DoIf you were lucky enough to have the materials wherever you were staying (or if you were good at improvising) then you’d try and have your own episode of How Do You Do?Mind you, it was never as good as this one:Brian Greene / YouTube8. Making a fortFlickr / Ryo Chijiiwa If there’s anything better than getting all the pillows in the house, a giant duvet and turning them into a fort in the middle of the sitting room then we don’t want to know.And it was even better when you did it on a rainy day mid-holiday.Bouns points if you made your mother livid with rage because you’d made a mess of all the beds.9. Caravan discoFailing all of the above, you’d throw on your tapes and have some kind of bop around the place.And if you were in a caravan it basically looked like this:Andrew Bevan / YouTube5 animals on skateboards who deserve their moment in the sun>9 things that always happened while watching Blind Date>
A DOG FOUND bloodied, beaten and abandoned in Dublin last week may have been used in a dog fight, the ISPCA says.Garth, an English bull terrier, was found in the Finglas area last week by a member of the public.He was discovered lying at the edge of a park and brought to the nearby Irish Blue Cross mobile veterinary clinic.A veterinary examination by surgeon Thomas Taras quickly revealed he had multiple severe wounds to his neck, throat and front legs consistent with bites from another dog.The Blue Cross put Garth on the road to recovery by cleaning his wounds and administering antibiotics.Garth, who is named after that singer, shows signs of being a well-trained house pet, the Blue Cross says.The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has begun an investigation into how Garth came to be in this position and will take over from The Irish Blue Cross and continue his rehabilitation and rehoming.“It would appear that Garth was involved in some form of dog fight” said the ISPCA’s Chief Inspector Conor Dowling,But, from an assessment of the dog and his injuries, we do not believe that he willingly engaged in a fight with the other dog involved. We would really like to identify those responsible for putting Garth in the position whereby he suffered these atrocious injuries and hold them legally accountable for their actions. Source: ISPCAGarth is now at the ISPCA’s national rehab facility.Chris Conneely, Manager at The Irish Blue Cross said: “We were delighted to play our part in giving quality of life back to this beautiful dog, who very quickly wagged his tail in appreciation for the care and comfort given to him by our fabulous personnel and volunteers.”The ISPCA and The Irish Blue Cross are appealing to anybody who may have any information regarding Garth’s past to contact the ISPCA’s National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or the Irish Blue Cross on 01-416303Read: Charity worker fined €250 after starved dogs and animal skulls foundRead: This is why a woman was banned from keeping dogs for 2 years
BANTRY CREDIT UNION is to begin providing credit union services for the people of the Beara Peninsula – weeks after it was announced that Berehaven Credit Union was to be liquidated.The decision was taken by the Board of Bantry Credit Union at their meeting last night.Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, said the news is “really welcome”.The Board took this decision at their meeting last night and also agreed to open the office this morning for the purpose of opening accounts. The credit union will operate from the existing premises in Castletownbere.He added:This represents the first stage in reinstating a fully functioning credit union presence in Castletownbere. Berehaven Credit Union was wound up by The Central Bank on Wednesday 23 July.A total of 85% of the 3,500 members of that Credit Union received their savings by cheque, just one week following the closure. The remainder will be issued over the coming days, said Harrington.The regulator said that Berehaven Credit Union is “no longer viable as a stand alone credit union” on 23 July.A statement said that “alternative options to resolve the serious financial difficulties at the credit union were examined but were found not to be feasible”.It added that there were serious financial difficulties at the credit union in Berehaven due to “poor governance, lending practices and a lack of internal controls”.Berehaven Credit Union members did not need to apply for the compensation from the Deposit Guarantee Scheme, as cheques were posted to their address automatically.Read: Berehaven Credit Union to be liquidated after ‘poor governance and lending practices’>Read: The Central Bank sent €10 million to Berehaven Credit Union depositors last night>
Energy Sistem knows the quickest way to this tech writer’s heart: comic books. The Spanish company today announced the release of a new color eBook reader, the Energy Color Book, and they’re talking up the thing’s ability to read comics. Well played, Energy Sistem.The reader can display full color books and videos and can play MP3s while you’re reading. It comes in 2-, 4-, and 8GB capacities and features a microSD slot for expanded storage.The reader is a bit on the small size–the screen is only five inches. It’ll run you 129 € ($181). That’s a lot of comics.
Both the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt were released this past December to much fanfare. But how much did they actually sell? As it turns out, not so much.The Volt sold somewhere between 250 and 350 vehicles over the course of the month, while the Leaf did even worse, with reportedly less than 20 cars sold. The main reason for these minuscule sales numbers is the supply. Both manufacturers are slowly producing vehicles, and gradually introducing them into new markets.Naturally, both companies expect much better numbers in 2011. GM expects to sell around 10,000 Volts this year, and 45,000 in 2012. Nissan, meanwhile, will be producing around 50,000 Leafs a year. Still small numbers when compared to other popular cars, but the demand is clearly growing.Via NPR
The greatest problem plaguing our modern world? Poorly applied iPhone screen protectors, of course. Thankfully, New Jersey-based startup Kioky has a solution–its Screen Care Pro back. The company’s “perfect fit technology” ships with the above plastic applicator, which centers the screen guard perfectly on your iPhone.The pack ships in four different varieties–clear, matte, privacy, and mirror. The product is set for launch later this month for $25. At launch, it’ll only be available for iPhone customers.
I’ve often wondered how a real life Batman might be unmasked (what can I say? I’m a nerd). I imagine it would unfold a bit like this story–someone would uncover the mystery and sell it to the highest bidder. On eBay.British street artist Banksy has risen to prominence recently, thanks to the masterfully executed–and rather controversial–couch gag he created for The Simpsons, back in October. His 2010 film Exit Through the Gift Shop also generated a stir upon its release at Sundance, back in January.Despite all of this newfound success, however, the graffiti artist has somehow managed to keep his identity a secret. Someone claims to have discovered Banksy’s identity, however–and it is offering to unmask him on the popular auction site, eBay. “I have uncovered [Banksy’s] identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records,” the seller stated on the auction page. “I will reveal no more details… I give you 100 percent assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as ‘Banksy.’”Bidding for Banksy’s identity started at $3,000. Thirty-eight bids later, it was at $999,999. The auction froze when it hit the later number. It has since been removed from the site altogether, simply carrying the note, “This listing (260720844294) has been removed, or this item is not available.”This isn’t the first time the seller has tried and failed to offer up Banksy’s real name via the auction site. Last time eBay pulled the listing on the grounds that the seller wasn’t offer a tangible product. The new listing centered around a piece of paper with a name on it. No word on why that one has been pulled this time around.
Star Trek – Acid Drive Wikipedia celebrated its 10th birthday this week, and to commemorate the event, this video explains the history of the project, who the Wikipedia Foundation is, and the humble beginnings of the service as a side project for what was supposed to be a definitive and more narrowly curated online encyclopedia. Since then, the service has grown to be one of the most important, influential, and hotly debated sites on the Internet, and likely will be for at least another ten years. ThinkGeek is known for making hilarious YouTube videos to go with its products, but if I hadn’t been specifically alerted to this one it would have flown under my radar. Anyone who’s worked in an office knows what it’s like to have people come up to your desk, assume you’re not doing anything important, and just start droning at you, as though you have nothing better to do than listen to them. Well, with the Cubicle Doorbell, you may not be able to stop them, but at least you can make them ring first. Verizon iPhone From the “watch where you’re going, not your phone” files, this lady was so busy reading or sending text messages on her phone that she completely failed to notice that she was walking right for a water fountain in the mall, then failed to notice she was about to run into it, and, finally, failed to notice it was right in front of her as she fell in. One thing’s for sure though, her wireless carrier is not going to replace that waterlogged phone for free. Maybe she should have grabbed some fountain change while she was in there. The State of Wikipedia The Cubicle Doorbell This 30 second ad celebrating the launch of the iPhone on Verizon Wireless (also likely to be a superbowl ad,) hit the Web this week and immediately racked up over 100,000 views in its first day. There’s only one line in the entire ad, and it thanks Verizon Wireless customers to being patient and never giving up the belief that the day would come that they’d be able to own an iPhone. Well, the wait is over. Girl Falls Into Fountain While Texting at the Berkshire Mall Wikipedia celebrated its 10th birthday this week, and in case you don’t remember the service’s humble beginnings, one of the best videos at YouTube this week was a little retrospective of how the service has grown and where it started. Also, Verizon Wireless and Apple dropped their first ad for their upcoming iPhone launch on Verizon Wireless exclusively on the Web, and of course the video was an instant sensation. That wasn’t all though – ThinkGeek’s new Cubicle doorbell yielded some of the funniest bits of office humor I’ve ever seen, a remix of Dire Straits collides with Star Trek: The Next Generation, and we get a prime example of why you should watch where you’re walking instead of texting. Hit the jump to see the videos. Every now and again, someone comes up with the right combination of pop culture elements and creates something you just can’t look away from. I remember Star Trek: The Next Generation when it was being originally aired on television. I also remember Dire Straits’ landmark song “Money for Nothing,” and the early 80s CG video that MTV used to play – you know, when MTV played music videos. Now, someone’s taken an incredible remix of that song (sans lyrics, of course) and mashed it up with some scenes from Star Trek, and created a viral sensation. My god, it’s full of stars.
Hey Android developers–start those engines. An SDK preview for Google’s upcoming tablet-specific operating system, Honeycomb (that’s Android 3.0), is online now for your downloading pleasure. The SDK features system images, non-final APIs, and other not-fully-baked goodies to help you get started on your Honeycomb-specific apps.Highlights include the “holographic” UI that made the Xoom demos we saw at ces look so snazzy, support for multicore processors, improved 2D and 3D graphics, and a number of improvements for enterprise usage. Android Central has a longer list of features to look forward to.