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At least they weren’t Dells

Cheap computers cause the stampede of the stupid:

A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

“This is total, total chaos,” said Latoya Jones, 19, who lost one of her flip-flops in the ordeal and later limped around on the sizzling blacktop with one foot bare.

An estimated 5,500 people turned out at the Richmond International Raceway in hopes of getting their hands on one of the 4-year-old Apple iBooks….

People threw themselves forward, screaming and pushing each other. A little girl’s stroller was crushed in the stampede. Witnesses said an elderly man was thrown to the pavement, and someone in a car tried to drive his way through the crowd.

Seventeen people suffered minor injuries, with four requiring hospital treatment, Henrico County Battalion Chief Steve Wood said. There were no arrests and the iBooks sold out by 1 p.m.

So many straight lines, so little time

Britain suffers a shortage of sperm.

Hot (not) off the presses

I want an RSS feed of the top searches in any day (or hour) on Technorati (not to mention Google, Bloglines, IceRocket, and Yahoo) and here’s why. Steve “Scoop” Rubel says:

One reason I turn to the blogosphere for news is that you find gems that you can’t unearth anywhere else. For example, my interest was piqued this morning when I saw on Technorait’s top searches a spike in queries for Christopher Walken. Sure enough, I found out that he’s running for President. As of right now the news media hasn’t really picked up on this one yet…but they will.

: LATER: Scoop Rubel, who started this, now leaves a comment saying there are reports this is a hoax. See also the Technorati rumors. This is why newsrooms confirm things….

Where in the world

Adrian Holovaty, the single most creative person I’ve run across in online news (or the most creative who also actually creates what he dreams up) has incorporated contextual Google Maps into news stories.

CNN maketh news… and taketh news away

How silly: CNN makes news with Robert Novak’s hissy fit and puts the video up online but then takes it down. Didn’t they learn from Jon Stewart on Crossfire? He got 150,000 viewers on big, old CNN and millions — millions — online off CNN. Here you have a news network making news and they don’t share the news. That, as Robert Novak would say, is bullshit.