Review: Ashampoo ClipFinder HD lets you easily find, watch, and download videos

Ashampoo ClipFinder HD is a stunning online video manager that's loaded with options, good looks, and plenty of style. Few programs can let you find, watch, and even download a video -- no matter what site it's on -- from the same window. It's one of the best ways you can find to watch videos online. It's even better than the best browsers.

Ashampoo ClipFinder HD lets you search for a keyword or video on multiple sites at once. Vimeo, YouTube, Google Video, and most of the favorites are here, which makes it easy to find … Read more

Has Facebook morphed from innovator to serial copycat?

Facebook has recently been criticized for being uninspired, for basically redoing features from competitive products rather than adding truly innovative new elements to its platform.

Last week, for example, Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) rolled out a new 15-second video capture and sharing feature, which has been characterized as a response to Twitter's Vine and several other video-sharing apps that preceded it. Adding filters and image stabilization isn't groundbreaking, despite Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom's view that taking some of the fuzzies and wobbles out of video is "completely mindboggling." No doubt, Instagram had to … Read more

The 404 1,283: Where we whirlybird this picture disc (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Weird Al Yankovic says next album will be his last.

- Australian scientists uncover "God's bathtub."

- These Blu-ray discs will last 1,000 years.

- You guys, Xanga is about to shut down unless we give them $60k.

- This teenager would rather go to jail than play his Xbox 360.… Read more

The new MySpace launches with help from Justin Timberlake

The new MySpace has launched to the public, and Justin Timberlake, the site's co-owner, is helping build some interest in it.

When folks head over to MySpace today, they'll find that they can now register to join the site. Upon doing so, users will be able to freely stream Justin Timberlake's new single featuring Jay Z, "Suit & Tie."

Until now, the new MySpace had been available only to those invited to try it out.

MySpace has gone through a series of reinventions over the years as it watched its star rise in the social-networking … Read more

The 404 1,172: Where we heard a rumor on MySpace (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel join "Girl Meets World" pilot.

- Wii Mini confirmed, brings cut-price gaming to Canada only.

- lets you donate your RIVAL college's jackets and shirts to the homeless.

- This lamp tells you the weather by recreating it inside your house.

- Why liveblogs outperform other online news formats by up to 300%.

- Follow Sharon Vaknin on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.… Read more

The 404 1,137: Where we're changing the rules (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Facebook shares drop after Barron's snub

- A revamped Myspace will stay 'true to roots'

- Check out the latest episode of Aunt Jill's own podcast, Jill on Money!

- Follow Jill on Twitter.

Video voice mail: Lance from Salt Lake can't climb mountains, drives instead.… Read more

A revamped MySpace will stay 'true to roots'

MySpace's new owners, which includes actor/recording star Justin Timberlake, are teasing the coming of a revamped service.

A video found at features a slick video touting a service flush with photos, video, and music from young and beautiful people. Yep -- as expected, MySpace appears to be coming back as a media-centric social networking service. The Financial Times spotted the new teaser clip first.

Managers posted a note that says, in part: "We're staying true to our roots."

Before Facebook began stomping all over MySpace in 2008, the then No. 1 social … Read more

How Facebook quickly took over the Web

Facebook is on its way to 1 billion users with an IPO around the corner. Not bad for a company with its roots in a Harvard dorm room.

But how did it achieve its grip on the global market? New findings from Nielsen offer a peek into some key milestones for the social network.

Facebook's user base currently numbers more than 900 million. But it's also one of the most visited Web sites in the world, according to Nielsen.

The site received around 152 million unique visits from people in the U.S. in March, which means that … Read more

MySpace got its groove back

HTC plays with streaming music, psychiatrists study Internet addiction, and MySpace beats on with the MySpace Music Player.

Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:

MySpace Music takes off HTC working on streaming music Apple releasing monthly labor reports Another solar company bankruptcy Internet addiction an official affliction? Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD

Facebook, Twitter, MySpace create social search tool

Following complaints that Google's new social search tool gives skewed results instead of the most relevant ones, a group of social networks have banded together to offer an alternative.

Engineers at Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace created a proof of concept that lets people use Google to get search results from those sites as well as LinkedIn, Flickr, Quora, Tumblr, Foursquare, Crunchbase, FriendFeed, Stack Overflow, Github, and Google+. The results show the highest social media results for a given search and not just the Google+ results that Google's new Search Plus Your World does.

Dubbed "don't be … Read more