The "Nerd Alert" Report...

by Rachelle Hruska · March 23, 2009

When cassette tapes break down, usually they get thrown in the trash. But not for flickr artist iri5. Using discarded cassette tapes, iri5 turns them into works of art in a series called, "Ghost in the Machine," portraying various influentioal musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison [Neatorama]

Tumblr's Jacob Bijani and friend Peter Vidani unleashed his new site start.io today.  It basically holds all of your most used links so you can get to them quickly from wherever you are and is "super customizable." Not to be that asshole or anything but isn't this called "Google Reader?" I think this is just a ploy to get girls. [Start.io]

"Why would Facebook do this to us?!" is about all we've been hearing since the switch last week.  Well, let's put it this way: Facebook has claimed 6% of time spent online in the U.S. in February, more than any other property ever.  And they would like to stay this way.  Any alternative or intermediary-Twitter can be used as either-threatens those statistics. Duh. [Adage]

Speaking of Twitter. They mean business. Literally. "Twitter Means Business" is now available at your local bookstores as the first print guide on how to master Twitter. [Your Tech]

Skype is still a tough sell to corporations. eBay's company is still trying harder than ever to court business users to use it's Internet phone service with their latest service "Skype for SIP" that plugs into existing corporate phone systems. [Buisness Insider] Meanwhile, iPhone's top game publisher, Ngmoco is having no trouble with funding.  They just raised $10 Million in series B financing. [BI]

Hulu is really becoming a major force in online video, becoming the fourth largest video site in the U.S. with a 42% increase in February. [Tech Crunch]