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+ - Civilization in facebook->

Submitted by Lobo7922
Lobo7922 (1168241) writes "Seems like we are going to spend a lot more time in facebook than expected, Sid Meier says they have been developing Civilization Network, a new Civ game inside facebook:

A message from Sid Meier!

Hello Civ Fans!

I wanted to let you know we’ll soon be looking for beta testers to help us develop a unique new way to play Civilization. Ever since we finished Civilization® Revolution last year, I’ve been looking at ways of expanding the Civ gameplay experience to include solo, competitive and cooperative play to take advantage of the uniqueness of social networks. We’re calling this project Civilization® Network and the full game will be available next year on Facebook. Civilization Network will allow you to join together with your friends to create the world’s most powerful, richest, smartest, or just plain coolest civilization. You can coordinate your strategy to win great battles, share your technology to jump ahead of your rivals, lobby your family and friends to form your own government and win vital elections, manage and grow your cities to maximize production and happiness, spy on your enemies, and work with your friends to create the great Wonders of the World. The game will offer everything you enjoy in Civ in a fully persistent environment — you can play as much as you like, whenever you like, and it’ll be free to play.

We’ll offer a closed beta of the game soon, so stay tuned for details on how you can sign-up to participate. The full game will launch in 2010. For more information about Civilization Network, including development updates and behind-the-scenes posts from me and the Firaxis team, join our Facebook fanpage here.

Thanks and Stay Civilized!

Sid Meier
Director of Creative Development
Firaxis Games

Civilization Network in facebook: http://www.facebook.com/civnetwork?ref=mf"

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First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - Duke Nukem Developer 3DRealms shuts down 2

Submitted by Nick Ives
Nick Ives (317) writes "Via ShackNews:

"A very reliable source close to Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms today confirmed to Shacknews that the development studio has shut down.

The closure came about as a result of funding issues, our source explained, with the shut down said to affect both 3D Realms and the recently resurrected Apogee. Employees of both entities have already been let go."

A 3DRealms staff member has confirmed that this story is true. Duke Nukem will no longer be forever!"
The Internet

+ - Australian ACMA blacklist on Wikileaks

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An anonymous reader writes "As reported in the Australian Press, the blacklist compiled by the ACMA seems to have been posted on Wikileaks.

Many Australians have been fiercely opposing the imposition of mandatory ISP level censorship for some time. Please note that many of the sites are not safe to access depending on your location. The list includes Christian sites, a dentist, a tour operator, wikileaks pages, gambling and euthenasia related sites. This follows the leaking of the blacklists from several other countries. There is no confirmation that this is the current blacklist and there is some mention that censorware vendor filter lists may have been included. The list contains 2395 sites. ACMA said its blacklist, as at November 2008 that the list included only 1370 sites."
Censorship

+ - Livejournal extends censorship to linked content->

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An anonymous reader writes "Many of you might remember the previous story about Livejournal erroneously deleting hundreds of users as suspected paedophiles, spurred on by pressure from right-wing group Warriors for innocence. Since then, they've been taking action against users hosting material on their servers that they believe to be illegal. Today, Livejournal management have demonstrated a serious lack of understanding in how the internet works, declaring that users are responsible for the content of the webpages that they link to in their blog entries. A user points out the obvious flaw; "I get ToS'd because the link's been redirected to a page full o' porn, even though context clearly shows that when I originally put up the link that it didn't actually land on a page of porn?". One wonders how such a long-established blogging company be so ignorant about the nature of the world wide web?"
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