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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft disables MSN music downloads

Jthon writes: Information week is reporting that Microsoft plans to stop allowing the retrieval of license keys an authorization of additional computers with their MSN music service as of August 31st.

Given the DRM on all the music this means as of August 31st any music purchased on the MSN store will not work on new computers, mp3 devices, or on an upgraded PC. Given the average PC lifecycle most customer's won't be able to play their purchased music in 3-5 years, so much for buying a lifetime license.

Microsoft has given no reason for this change.
Censorship

+ - Jack Thompson Sues Best Buy->

Jthon writes: Game Politics is reporting that our favorite crazy lawyer Jack Thompson is suing Best Buy for selling M rated games to minors online. Apparently Jack is not happy that Best Buy's website doesn't require someone under 17 to submit proof of their age. Best Buy and the FTC both seem to think that requiring a credit card for an online purchase meets this requirement.

Apparently, a more thorough check is needed to stop all those 17 year olds with credit cards from buying games online.

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