Google asks how far are you from Kevin Bacon?

Google has never been afraid to have a little fun — just try searching “do a barrel roll” or “zerg rush” — and their latest easter egg is no different. Presenting the Bacon number search feature. We all know about the “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon,” the parlor game surrounding one of the most prolific actors of our time. The game is a variation on the “six degrees of separation,” a hypothesis that posits that everyone in the world is no more than six links from anyone else. If you aren’t familiar with the game, the goal is to find the most efficient connection between any actor and Kevin Bacon…

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Radio Is Dead, Is Apple iTunes Next?

iTunes and friends have nearly killed off the radio. But is iTunes itself next to go? Trends in technology change so rapidly that what was gospel yesterday can be apocryphal tomorrow. To wit, the music business, which looks poised to undergo another upheaval — and put an end to per song sales from the likes of iTunes and Amazon. It was just over a decade ago that Apple introduced iTunes — called both the Grim Reaper of the music business or the fairy godmother that saved songs from the clutches of illegal file sharing sites such as what was at the time Napster. Many decried the tinny digital music files and the loss of high fidelity CDs, but the writing was on the wall: Convenience trumped clarity.

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Silly Products that Made Millions

Want to get rich quick? It’s best to have a blockbuster product. But in case there’s no flash of inspiration, don’t worry. There’s still hope. A few lucky inventors, entrepreneurs, and marketers have hit the jackpot with silly ideas that have just the right combination of humor and utility to move tons of units and bring in piles of revenue. Here are 11 ideas that made the cut, and the cash.

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Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Year

Justin Bieber and the “Bed Intruder” song are among the year’s top 10 most-watched YouTube videos. The Gregory Brother’s autotuned version of Antoine Dodson’s TV interview (a viral hit in itself) topped the list with more than 47 million plays. Bieber’s heart-warming video, in which he surprises a die-hard 3-year-old fan on Jimmy Kimmel Live, took the No. 9 spot with more than 19 million views.

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Steven Spielberg’s TV Series ‘Terra Nova’ Fires Writing Staff

Fox’s much anticipated sci-fi series Terra Nova, produced by Steven Spielberg, just suffered another set back. Reports are coming in that most of the writing staff on the show – which was delayed until Fall 2011 – was laid off this week. Show-runner Brandon Braga wasn’t let go though and apparently the layoffs could be temporary. They could either be due to a scheduling conflict or because the show needs to cut costs and having a bunch of writers sitting around when production doesn’t start until next summer isn’t cost effective. Either way, this is just another fascinating chapter in the story of a show that has had a very public behind the scenes life ever since it hit our radar. Centering on a family from the future who is sent into prehistoric times to save the world, there’s nothing but potential there. There’s much more info after the jump.

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