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+ - Rob Malda on Slashdot, Hacker News, and Social News

TheSpoom writes: The Washington Post interviewed Rob Malda last week. The founder of Slashdot talks about the site's history, the current state of social news on the web, and what he's been doing recently at WaPo Labs. Worthwhile to note that while the Washington Post was just purchased by Jeff Bezos, WaPo Labs was not included in the purchase.
Music

+ - New Weird Al Album Tomorrow, Stream Free Today->

TheSpoom writes: ""Weird Al" Yankovic, after a misunderstanding with Lady Gaga (who later apologized), will release his first album in five years tomorrow, Alpocalypse. If you'd like to hear it first though, you can legally stream the whole album for free.

"...and your two million loser friends all have my address
because you never figured out the way to BCC...""

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+ - Warhammer Online Users Repeatedly Overbilled->

TheSpoom writes: "A screw-up in EA's Warhammer Online billing system has resulted in many players being charged upwards of 22 times for a one-month subscription, filling bank accounts with overdraft fees and the Warhammer forums with very angry players, who are discussing the issue quite vocally. EA has said that refunds are in process and that "[they] anticipate that once the charges have been reversed, any fees that have been incurred should be refunded as well." They haven't specifically promised to refund overdraft charges, only to ask customers' banks to refund them once the actual charges are refunded. They seem to be assuming banks will have no problem with this."
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The Internet

+ - WIPO Transfers SouthParkZone.com To Viacom->

TheSpoom writes: Fans of South Park might be a bit disappointed to hear that WIPO has decided that the domain of long-time episode streamer SouthParkZone.com is to be transferred to Viacom, partially because it was "confusingly similar" to the South Park trademark. Thankfully, the Streisand effect is in full force: SouthParkZone will now be known as X Episodes and will start to include shows than just South Park in the future. Of course, if you're in the United States, you can view the episodes legally through the South Park website.
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Wii

+ - Missouri: Play Animal Crossing? You're a Pedophile->

TheSpoom writes: Escapist Magazine is running an article detailing the stance of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force that "There is no reason an adult should have [Animal Crossing: City Folk]" and that adults that do likely have them for "the wrong reasons", according to task force coordinator Andy Anderson. Will we soon see 'children-only' games?
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The Internet

+ - Chicago Law Firm Sues Over Hyperlink-> 1 1

TheSpoom writes: Large Chicago law firm Jones Day are suing internet startup BlockShopper over the issue of whether linking to a business with their trademarked name should be legal. It would seem they are using trademark dilution as a tool to get BlockShopper to cease linking to their website. The EFF has filed an amicus curiae, as might be expected. If Jones Day wins this suit, anyone linking using a trademarked name may be in legal hot water.
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The Courts

+ - Atlanta Police Arrest Anonymous for Protesting-> 4 4

TheSpoom writes: During the worldwide Anonymous protests against the Scientology organization yesterday, police in Atlanta, GA arrested a protester who had simply delivered a speech given around the world. They then proceeded to ticket any vehicles passing by that honked their horns in support of the protest. As Anonymous has no leader (as nobody knows the identity of anyone else), this action seems fruitless and one questions the motives of these policemen. Police in Los Angeles were more supportive.
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