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Say hello to your new Facebook homepage

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They have been telling us to watch for it, and today it finally launches. Well, for some users anyway. Facebook rolled out their new homepage today for some (it should be there for everyone soon), and the features may look rather familiar to you if you use Twitter.

Rather Twitter-esque…the big change in the Facebook homepage is their real-time updates and their new way of doing newsfeeds. The thing is, the real-time update doesn’t so far seem to be operating in exact real time. It takes some refreshing. The stream of updates obviously only displays for a short period of time as well, so they put a new “Highlights” sidebar on your page, where you can see some of the older stuff it deems interesting to you.

Twitter makes its way into the federal courtroom

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Journalism isn’t like it was in the good ‘ole days where the reporter woke up, moseyed on down to the office for a cup of coffee and typed out his story on an old black Corona typewriter. No, now instead of a Corona, we’ve got Tweets.

While reporters have been able to use online streaming in a courtroom before, it’s been rare, especially in federal cases. But the latest feather in journalistic caps is one that was won by Ron Sylvester, a reporter for the Wichita Eagle. Sylvester was allowed to use Twitter to give constant, live updates on a big racketeering gang trial he is covering. (You can check out Sylvester’s tweets here).

Sylvester isn’t new to using Twitter in court, but this is his first time using it in federal court. Several lawyers raised some objections to using this type of media coverage, but U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten says that since jurors are instructed to avoid the newspaper as well as broadcast and online reports, he was allowed. As the Judge said, “You either trust your jurors to live with the admonishment, or you don’t.”

The messages sent on Twitter (known as “tweets”), are fairly short, being that they are limited to 140 characters. Because of this, the updates sent out via mobile phone or computer may not be especially long or detailed, but they do keep the public up to date in real time. Sylvester, as well as others in support of Twitter being used in all courtrooms maintain that “It does improve public access to the courts.”

John Lasseter at Sony keynote

Lasseter is here talking about Blu-ray

Sneak peek at the end of the keynote

You may wonder how they remember everything to say during the keynote? Well it’s not that high tech, just a teleprompter. But it seems that the prompter is a bit ahead of the keynote.

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Even casinos get in on the CES action

It seems like slot machines have opted to kick it up and join the tech world. Enter a eBay branded slot machine (hidden in the back of The Mirage). It seems like the days of Wheel of Fortune slots are over. Up next, Yahoooooo?