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+ - divx pushing conduit malware->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In case this is of interest: I was about to update DivX when I saw it wanted to include conduit as part of the update... Conduit is regarded as malware. In many threads of the divx forums, the company is jumping in and defending their decision. Seems their main "excuse" is that they also provide detailed instruction on how to remove conduit."
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+ - OVIVO Mobile shuts down->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The British firm OVIVO announced yesterday evening that they were to shut down That same evening. OVIVO left this message on their website to the disgust of their customers: Dear OVIVO Customers, We are very sad to announce that for reasons beyond our control, OVIVO Mobile is closing down on the evening of Wednesday 19th March 2014. We’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support and friendship over the last two years."
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+ - Russian civil law changed by Wikimedia->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Changes to the russian civil code, which include the recognition of open licenses, or the right for libraries to generate digital copies of certain works, were now signed by the russian president and come into force on October 1st. According to Wikimedia-RU member Linar Khalitov, 'these changes are a result of a lot of hard work on behalf of Wikimedia-RU [...] – proposing, discussing and defending amendments to the Code.'"
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The Almighty Buck

In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed 145

Posted by Soulskill
from the massively-multiplayer-black-market dept.
riverni writes "Eve News 24 is running a couple of articles uncovering the lucrative 'black-market' existing in EVE Online, a sci-fi themed single-server MMORPG. The overall scale of the operation is breathtaking. While there exist legal ways to exchange real world currency for in-game currency, the black market, primarily driven by botters (users who utilize automated macros to perform rewardable tasks in game), remains strong. One article reports on how Iskbank.com made approximately $290,000 in sales during a 10.5-month period. These figures do not include any sales made through their sister site, Eveisk.ru and yes, those are US dollars."

+ - Jimi Heselden, Dead->

Submitted by Fazed
Fazed (21192) writes "The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river.
Former miner Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate in Boston Spa on a rugged country version of the Segway.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315518/Segway-owner-Jimi-Heselden-dies-riding-machines-cliff.html#ixzz10jvluBiS"

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PETA Using Games To Spread Its Message 477

Posted by Soulskill
from the looking-for-a-new-audience-to-harass dept.
Cooking Mama is a series of games for the Wii and the DS in which players go through a number of steps to prepare meals using a variety of recipes. Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) created their own Flash-based parody of the game, highlighting the use of meat products by having a more bloody-minded Mama do things like pull the internal organs from a Thanksgiving turkey. Cooking Mama's maker, Majesco, issued a light-hearted response, pointing out the vegetarian meals in the game. PETA then said they plan to continue making parody games as a way of "engaging the public."
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Stardock Tried To Make Star Control, Master of Orion Sequels 125

Posted by Soulskill
from the brought-to-you-by-frungy-the-sport-of-kings dept.
Gamasutra reports on comments from Stardock CEO Brad Wardell in which he described his efforts to revive two old but popular franchises: Star Control and Master of Orion. Quoting: "'I actually pitched Atari on a whole idea for a true successor to Star Control,' [he said], noting that the game would follow original series developer Toys for Bob's Star Control II rather than the Legend Entertainment-developed Star Control 3 ('We just pretend that never happened,' the CEO says of that release). ... Novato, California-based Toys for Bob has actually floated the idea of making its own Star Control II sequel, with co-creator Paul Reiche III indicating he has tossed potential design ideas around, but with the company now owned by publisher Activision the proposal seems to be stuck in limbo."

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