Sony kills its laptop and e-book business

CNET Update says sayonara to Vaio:

In this episode of Update:

- Bid farewell to Sony's Vaio laptops, as the company is selling its PC business. Sony is also closing the Reader e-book business in North America.

- Catch up on the drama over Apple removing the Blockchain app from the App Store. Blockchain is one of the most popular Bitcoin wallet apps.

- Get excited for Amazon's console gaming plans, now that the company bought the studio Double Helix Games.

- Make your own Coca-Cola soda drinks at home with a future Keurig Cold home brewing machine. … Read more

Coca-Cola brings soda-making home with Keurig partnership

Responding to the growing popularity of home soda maker SodaStream, Coca-Cola announced that it will purchase a 10 percent stake, worth a cool $1.25 billion, in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the parent company of Keurig.

With its single-serve coffee makers and K-Cups, Keurig has become a household name in home-brewed hot beverages. An odd bedfellow for a soda company? Not when you consider that Keurig is developing a cold-beverage maker, the Keurig Cold, due in the fall.

Keurig says the new cold brewer will make everything from sodas to sports drinks, all with the same sort of pod system … Read more

Microsoft by the numbers: 100 million Windows 8 licenses and 554,000 pizza slices

Microsoft has some big numbers to share. The company launched a new Web site, featuring the Windows 8 live tiles interface, to display facts about the company.

"In the spirit of live tiles, we'll update this site frequently, so you can keep apprised of the progress we're making in our transition to a devices and services company, and of how many cans of Coke Zero we're consuming each year (hint: it's the most popular soda on our campus)," wrote Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of corporate communications at Microsoft.

You'll learn … Read more

Concept Coke can splits in two for sharing

If sharing fluids strikes you as icky, Coca-Cola's shareable can may be just the thing. A simple twist and the 330-milliliter can splits in half, one for you and one for a friend. Ideally, you should only do this with one buddy, as the can doesn't multiply any further.

The idea of this shareable can originated with ad agency Ogilvy & Mather Singapore, though the group that came up with the idea has since left the company. The concept was based on a Pepsi can that had been cut in half to be used as an ash tray. Passersby in Singapore recently could grab a shareable can from a "happiness truck," though we reckon it's unlikely the can will end up being made as a real product that's widely available. … Read more

The 404 1,136: Where we occupy the Low Line (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- iPhone 5: Say hello to scuffgate?

- Hacker: I've ported Google Maps to iOS 6.

- Subterranean park in Manhattan to stay sunny with fiber-optic skylights (Low Line).

- Coca-cola nails social media by releasing personalized bottles, Justin included.

- Leica cameras for some reason favored by celebrities.

Bathroom break video: iPhone 5 super-glued to ground in Amsterdam.… Read more

Coke's polar bears ready to talk Super Bowl live online

If you don't like Coke's polar bears, you simply haven't come to terms with your childhood yet.

It really wasn't all your Mom and Dad's fault. So please try and enjoy the central and socially addictive role that the cuddly white ones will be playing during the Super Bowl.

They will be watching the ad online at And they'll be reacting to every Tom Brady sack and every New York Giant fumble.

Coke promises that not only will you be able to chat with the bears while the game is going on, … Read more

Coke app + 'freestyle' machines = DIY sugary drinks

That mainstay from youth, the "suicide"--that's several different flavors of soda mixed together in a single glass to create one insanely sweet concoction, in case you're not in the know--is finally available on demand without having to fiddle with half a dozen 2-liter bottles.

Coca-Cola's nonstop marketing machine has introduced "Coca-Cola Freestyle," an online and real-world system that allows corn syrup (or Aspartame, for you Diet Coke drinkers) addicts to create their own soda "mixes."

The online component allows Facebook fans to fiddle with hundreds of combinations of various Coke brands and flavors, and an app for Android and iOS provides a related game. The apps also direct you to the nearest physical Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, where you can actually try out your deliciously decadent and dangerous-to-diabetics creation. There are currently more than a thousand "mix your own" dispensers in select restaurant chains, including some Burger Kings, Domino's Pizzas, Pei Wei Asian Diners, and other spots.… Read more

A Google Earth layer to scare you into submission

Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:

Apple releases an update to iPhone software in preparation for its press conference at 10 a.m. PDT Friday, which we will cover live here. Amazon is sued by Discovery Communications for alleged patent infringement on the Kindle. The latest Facebook scam claims to have horrific information about Coca-Cola. It doesn't. Don't click that. The upcoming version of Ford Sync can respond to over 10,000 commands. Mozilla releases Firefox Home on iPod Touch and iPhone to sync your desktop browsing with your mobile device. A new Google Earth layer may … Read more

Coke/Mentos-fueled rocket car hits NY streets

Forget electric cars: could the car of the future be one fueled by Coke and Mentos candies?

The idea is the brainchild of Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, founders of They're the same two guys who became an Internet sensation after creating some incredible Coke and Mentos geysers a few years back.

And on CBS' "The Early Show" Wednesday, they made their latest venture a reality, firing up a vehicle fueled by Coke Zero and Mentos on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan--with "Early Show" weather anchor and features reporter Dave Price at the helm. … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1247: Inside the Coke Zero and Mentos rocket car (podcast)

On today's show, size matters. You're going to hear that a lot. So, apologies in advance. Also, we have a great interview at the top of the show with Stephen Volz and Fritz Grobe, otherwise known as the Coke and Mentos guys. They've got a rocket car, a Coke Zero contract, and a dream. Also, Goatse wants to clear up some things, Mortal Kombat is back, and once again? Size matters.

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