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Censorship

+ - Blogger Fired For Reviewing Leaked "Wolverine&->

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Chardish writes "Variety is reporting that longtime Fox News film blogger Roger Friedman has been possibly fired for posting a positive review of the leaked workprint of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Friedman claims he has not been terminated, though his review was taken down by Fox News and his blog has remained silent since Friday. The film is being distributed by 20th Century Fox, which, unsurprisingly, is owned by the same parent company as Fox News. Friedman's original review (which is now gone from Google's cache) has been decried by some within the fan community, with Ain't It Cool News calling it "criminally irresponsible.""
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Hardware Hacking

+ - BodySurf: Audiosurf meets the Wii Balance Board->

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Chardish writes "Forget the hype about Wii Fit — the coolest thing about the Wii Balance Board is its potential as a game controller, and what better way to christen a new peripheral than by rigging it to work with games that predate the peripheral's existence? BodySurf is a (somewhat lengthy) GlovePIE script that manipulates the input of the Balance Board to work with the PC music game Audiosurf. It's fairly sophisticated, and includes Wiimote motion controls, special controls for each character, weight calibration, and a few play options."
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Censorship

+ - Egyptian Government Jailing Bloggers

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Chardish writes "The UK Telegraph is reporting that the Egyptian government has begun jailing bloggers critical of the regime. Shortly before his capture, one of the now-jailed bloggers posted that he had been suspicious that the police were spying on him. Another claims he was tortured. How long before bloggers start being forced offshore to free-speech-friendly countries?"
The Internet

+ - YouTube to Pay Users for Content

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Chardish writes "According to an AP story, the popular user-submitted video site YouTube is going to begin sharing their revenue with users — revenue from advertisements attached to users' uploaded videos. No word on whether this will be an opt-in program. YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley says that the program will be rolled out in the coming months."
Businesses

+ - Konami Acquires In The Groove

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Chardish writes "Roxor Games, an independent arcade game startup and developers of the In The Groove series of dance games, announced today that as a result of an out-of-court settlement, Dance Dance Revolution producer Konami has acquired the In The Groove trademark and intellectual property rights. No word on what this means for the future of the In The Groove series, but this is a major blow for independent game developers everywhere. Harmonix's Guitar Hero bears a striking similarity to Konami's 1998 GuitarFreaks — will Konami be suing Harmonix next?"

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