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Reports: Google to launch ‘Google Audio’ U.S. music service, Google-branded Android phone

Reports: Google to launch ‘Google Audio’ U.S. music service, Google-branded Android phone: "Is Google gunning to become the next Apple? The search company is reportedly...

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Chuck Berry Rocks His 149th Monthly Show at St. Louis Restaurant Blueberry Hill

Chuck Berry Rocks His 149th Monthly Show at St. Louis Restaurant Blueberry Hill: "Photo: Ufberg/WireImage


On Sunday, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry will turn 83. It’s a respectable enough age for kicking up one’s heels and taking it easy, but Berry’s got a still-active touring schedule, and the duck-walking octogenarian still performs once a month at Blueberry Hill, a restaurant in his native St. Louis.
Just like clockwork last night, Berry strutted onstage at the stroke of 10 decked out in a sparkly shirt and sailor hat with that famous cherry red Gibson around his neck, nimbly ripping into the opening riff of “Roll Over Beethoven.”
Berry’s shows at Blueberry Hill take place in the restaurant’s downstairs level, a smoky basement called the Duck Room. There are only four rows of seats, making it easy for nearly everyone to be no further than 30 feet away from the man himself. The sets are hit-packed, jumping from “School Days” to “Nadine” to, yes, “My Ding-a-Ling,” the novelty …

Blasblog: Vezzoli On Gaga At MoCA

Blasblog: Vezzoli On Gaga At MoCA: "Lady Gaga has always maintained that her concerts are performance art. And so in her lace-veiled view, it’s entirely logical that she’d be performing at MoCA’s 30th anniversary gala on November 14 in a performance piece that’s a highly intriguing collaboration with the Bolshoi Ballet and artist Francesco Vezzoli. (It’s not Kanye, but I suppose it’ll do.) It was the event’s honorary chairs Larry Gagosian and art-world wonder girl Dasha Zhukova who asked Vezzoli to create something for the occasion.

I contacted Vezzoli for his thoughts on the upcoming performance, and his response was effusive. “I am very grateful to MoCA, the Garage [Zhukova’s Moscow museum], and Gagosian for this commission. They basically offered me a social ritual as a blank canvas to be turned into an artwork,” Vezzoli said. “Some artists might see this as a nightmare, but for me it’s like a surreal dream, and in true surreal style I wanted to mix together the youngest and m…

Diddy and Dre Cobllaborate On New Line Of Headphones

Diddy and Dre Cobllaborate On New Line Of Headphones: "One of Hip-Hop’s biggest rivalries has ended in a business relationship, as Sean “Diddy” Combs and producer Dr. Dre have partnered for a new line of headphones. Combs revealed to AllHipHop.com that a new line of high quality ‘Diddy Beats’ ear buds will be in stores next year. “We designed some ear buds called Diddy Beats that will be out next year,” Combs revealed to AllHipHop.com. “We also have an iPod speaker base for your house coming out. That experience as a whole was good, we had a great chemistry...(read more)"

200 mph supercars featured at the 2nd Annual Caruso Concours

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2nd Annual Caruso Concours - Click above for our high-res image gallery courtesy Greg Grudt


The 2nd Annual Caruso Concours was held this past weekend at The Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, California. Put off a bit by threatening skies, we didn't make it out there ourselves, but luckily, Autoblog friend and shutterbug Greg Grudt was there to capture all of the excitement for us. This sophomore outing was once again put on by The Petersen Automotive Museum, and as was the case last year, a brace of incredible vehicles showed up to this fitting but unorthodox locale. Showgoers could peruse the cars for a bit and then pick up a Tiffany necklace on their way out.



This year's gathering focused on supercars - in particular, supercars capable of 200 mph. Not meant to be an…

Improvements to 2010 Porsche 997 Turbo slash ten seconds from 'Ring time

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2010 Porsche 911 Turbo - Click above for high-res image gallery


With its new-for-2010 direct-injected, 3.8-liter turbocharged flat-six, the upgraded 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo has fired a shot across the bow of the world's supercar armada. Promising better performance, better fuel economy and better emissions, this tweaked 997 should hold the fort until the 998 appears in a couple of years.



With 20 extra horsepower motivating the lightened (by 55 pounds) all-wheel drive coupe, it should be noticeably quicker than its 2009 counterpart. How much quicker? Autocar is reporting that it's a full ten seconds faster around the Nurburgring Nordschleife than a 2009 Porsche 911 Turbo. That means the new Turbo just breaks into the 7:30s at 7m 39sec.



That still puts it behind the rival Nissan GT-R at 7:28 after former Formula One driver, Toshio Suzuki, went out…

Porsche's next supercar, as envisioned by an Iranian designer

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Porsche supercar design by Emil Baddal - Click above for high-res image gallery



With the 911 looking largely the same for the past 46 years, the Cayenne looking the way that it does, and the new Panamera greeted with mixed reviews (at best), it should come as no surprise that there are others interested in taking a crack at designing the next Porsche. Especially since the next one down the wind tunnel could very well be a roadgoing supercar based on the RS Spyder prototype racer to succeed the Carrera GT... one of the best Porsche design in decades.



What you see here is the vision of Iranian designer Emil Baddal, who appears to have blended some unmistakable Zuffenhausen DNA with a sort of Veyron-esque profile. Which isn't so far fetched when you consider that Porsche and Bugatti now fall under the same umbrella. Baddal hasn't …

Toyota FT-86 Concept gets shot in the studio

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Toyota FT-86 Concept - Click above for image gallery


We're eagerly awaiting our first live encounter with the Toyota FT-86 Concept next week at the Tokyo Motor Show. But before we endure the long flight over the Pacific, the crew at the freshly hosted FT-86 Club has scrounged up a bevy of live shots of Toyota's new coupe in the studio.



The more we see, the more we like. And these detail images give us a clearer view of the subtle design elements that make the reborn Hachiroku so damn appealing. We're particularly partial to the straked vents aft of the front wheels that tie in with the rest of the coupe's triangular elements, and plenty of carbon fiber detailing on the door handles, side mirrors, wheels and rear diffuser doesn't hurt, either. The interior remains show-car wacky (the zippered slot for the DVD player is pure silliness, but w…

2009 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest: Part 1

2009 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest: Part 1: "

Since we were unable to make it to this year's RMAF, I thought it might be nice to pull together some of the most interesting photos and products from various sources around the web into one place, and post them here over the next few days. Full links are at the end of the article.

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