Wolfram Alpha fail? Wolfram Alpha was received with some fanfare a month ago, but it has clearly disappointed, with mixed reviews from the larger tech community, heartened only by the idea that a search engine could have a sense of humour. If you have any doubts about Wolfram Alpha’s lack of success in the wake of such a highly publicized launch check out this graph handily provided by the demigod of online search, Google:

See that peak? Alpha, it ain’t looking good. Why has Wolfram failed to quickly attract a user base? Is it because the search market is already bound and gagged by Google? Is it because it had no key unique feature with mass appeal aside from amusing quips about nerdy trivia? Did Alpha fail to gather momentum because it didn’t give the kinds of responses users have come to expect from search engines? Wolfram was never meant to be the next Google, the appeal was set to be a niche market of users seeking specific mathematical knowledge. It is possible that Wolfram could have a renaissance of some kind in the future, but if that line keeps dipping down it might not last long enough to be retro cool. — Eleri Harris

The answer is Crikey! This crossword puzzle is from the Saturday A2 section of The Age, check out question 19:

Beatles game ad best ever. Several bands have gotten special treatment from the folks behind Rock Band and Guitar Hero, but no collaboration with AC/DC or Metallica could compete with the anticipation for The Beatles: Rock Band. Which is why it’s a damn good thing that the video kicking off the game isn’t just great; it’s possibly the greatest opening cinematic of any game in history:

The video was directed by Pete Candeland of Passion Pictures, director of the Gorillaz music videos. What’s nice is that the video also gets across two major aspects of the game. First, as the players, you’ll follow the Beatles’ career path, unlocking songs and venues in chronological order. Second, the game actually does use “dreamscapes” as in-game visuals, especially for the band’s later, more pharmaceutically enhanced work. If you don’t dig this clip, have a gander at the Sesame Street version . — AdFreak

Glossy mags round-up. ACP, home to many a glamorous glossy editor, is fertile ground for the gossip reporter right now. As such, The Telegraph‘s Ros Reines’ latest column (which included the lad-mag revelation that Clare Werbeloff turned down a $30,000 FHM cover deal) was accompanied by a full-page spread detailing the happenings in the halls at Park Street. Titled ‘Seismic disturbances at ACP mags’ and replete with pictures of the glossies and their editors, the feature follows on from the news that Grazia’s Alison Veness-McGourty has been made editorial director of the ailing Harper’s BAZAAR — Girl with a Satchel

US protests North Korea’s treatment of journalists. President Obama and his top national security aides on Monday urged North Korea to release “on humanitarian grounds” two American journalists sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for entering North Korean territory. But administration officials said that the harsh sentences were likely to be used as a negotiating ploy by the North as it tries to avoid new sanctions in response to its nuclear test two weeks ago. In public statements, administration officials frequently referred to the two journalists as “young women” who might have inadvertently crossed the North Korean border, and urged North Korea to return them to their families. — New York Times

Spam goes glam: Hormel rebrands its meat-in-a-can. As the recession wears on, it gets hard coming up with new ideas for cheap eats, especially for those who are used to only making reservations for dinner. Enter Spam. Yes, the much-maligned meat-in-a-can, the other pink meat. Hormel is serving up a new advertising campaign that offers consumers ideas about how they can spice up mealtimes with the low-cost pork product. The new push comes at a time when Spam sales have risen at a double-digit percentage rate. — CNBC

Twitter to save TV show? Just a few short weeks ago we asked if Twitter could save the cult NBC sitcom My Name is Earl. The show was unexpectedly canceled after its fourth season, and outraged fans banded together via Twitter to express their desire to #SaveEarl. It looks as if our initial speculation that another network would step in to pick up the show could prove to be dead on. TBS is in negotiations to order 13 new episodes. The @EarlTwitition Twitter (Twitter reviews) account now has over 14,000 followers and includes a few tweets alerting followers to the fact that major networks have been made aware of the campaign. — Mashable

Globe‘s largest union rejects cuts. The Boston Globe‘s largest union tonight narrowly rejected $10 million in wage and benefit cuts, and about an hour later the paper’s owner declared an impasse in negotiations and imposed a 23 percent pay cut on the union’s members, effective next week. The move by The New York Times Co., which said the Globe’s dire financial condition gave it no choice, could quickly shift the bitter contract dispute from the bargaining table to the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts. — Boston.com