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Spurned Chinese Publisher May Create WoW Knockoff 111

Posted by Soulskill
from the poor-losers dept.
Earlier this year, Chinese game publisher The9 lost the rights to operate World of Warcraft in China. Now, it appears they are trying to solve their financial troubles by making World of Fight, which bears a suspicious resemblance to World of Warcraft. Others have noted similarities between World of Fight and Warhammer Online. Quoting Eurogamer: "According to the China Journal report, Chinese industry observers 'wonder whether The9 is launching a "shanzhai," or knock-off, World of Warcraft in hopes of keeping WOW players,' with iResearch analyst Zhao Xufeng noting that 'with the topic staying in the centre of attention, The9 can easily attract attention by doing this.'"
Books

eReader.com Limits E-book Sales To US Citizens 182

Posted by timothy
from the geography-is-destiny dept.
An anonymous reader writes "eReader.com seems to have begun applying distribution restrictions to its library. I first noticed that there was a FAQ page about distribution restrictions this morning. When I tried to order a few books this afternoon I simply couldn't — a large banner on the order confirmation told me the books had distribution restrictions. I checked a number of titles but it seems a large number of books are no longer available to non-US citizens like me. It is interesting to note that this policy change got implemented shortly after Barnes&Noble purchased Fictionwise. I have no idea if the new owners are behind this new policy but it seems crazy to restrict sales of ebooks. I've bought dozens of ebooks from eReader the past 4 years. I still have 15 dollar store credit but cannot buy any of the books I am interested in." (Right now, the link that should display these new geographic restrictions returns an error message that says the page is being updated.) Sounds like Barnes & Noble is taking its cues from Apple.
XBox (Games)

Microsoft Extends Xbox 360 Warranty To E74 Errors 142

Posted by Soulskill
from the step-in-the-right-direction dept.
Last month we discussed reports that Xbox 360 consoles were experiencing an increased number of "E74" errors. Now, Microsoft has announced that they're extending the three-year warranty originally designated for "general hardware failures" (read: Red Ring of Death) to include E74 repairs as well. From the support page post: "... we are aware that a very small percentage of our customers have reported receiving an error that displays 'E74' on their screen. After investigating the issue, we have determined that the E74 error message can indicate the general hardware failure that is associated with three flashing red lights error on the console. ... Microsoft will refund to customers the amount paid for an out of warranty repair due to a general hardware failure associated with the E74 error message."

Comment: TW flat ass sucks. (Score 1) 479

by Simple-Simmian (#27535571) Attached to: Time Warner To Offer Unlimited Bandwidth For $150

I am paying 65 per month right now. I have RR through Brighthouse Networks. I have yet to see the 15 Mbt down two Mbt up. I am paying for. But I DL LOTS of Anime I can see going over 40 gigs a month easily I don't pirate movies or music just current season Anime fansubs.

TW sucks and I would love to see them go down. I hope Brighthouse tells them to FO.

Security

+ - Massive credit card data breach...from scanners-> 1

Submitted by EricTheGreen
EricTheGreen (223110) writes "Merely swiping transaction databases has gotten too boring for black hats...they appear to have upped the degree of difficulty a bit in compromising the POS systems in a grocery store chain recently. POS apparently also could be an acronym describing their systems control process as no one apparently has any idea how 271 stores all got compromised. Good luck unwinding this one, gents and ladies."
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