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+ - 36 Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist ->

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Zerocool3001
Zerocool3001 writes: "The recently featured 36 hour port of the original Palm version of Lemmings to iPhone and Palm Pre has received a cease and desist letter from Sony. Only one day after submitting the app for approval on the two app stores, the developer has put up a post stating that "while are did this as a tribute to the game — we can only hope that Sony actually does a conversion for platforms like iPhone and Palm Pre in the near future."

The text of the cease and desist letter is here: http://www.mobile1up.com/lemmings/blog/sony-letter.txt"

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+ - NBN in Aus in $11 Billion deal with Telstra->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Australian Government has signed an $11 Billion deal with the country's largest telco Telstra to aqquire the telco's physical infrastructure & migrate customers to the National Broadband Network. The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a 100mb open access fibre network that will be rolled out to 94% of the australian population, with wireless and satellite to cover the remainder. The deal marks a large step forward for the new network as without a deal to bring Telstra's customers onto the new network, the NBN's viability was in question.
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft .co.il sites hacked 1

Submitted by AC2020
AC2020 writes: In what appears as a coordinated attacks following the wave of attacks against American Pizza Chain Pizza Hut and some Egyptian government websites, a massive hacking attacks has struck over 50 websites that ends of co.il the domain name used for Israeli websites. The attacks sounds like a DNS type of attacks.

http://arabcrunch.com/ reported.
Privacy

+ - Australian Govt may record citizen's web history-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: If you thought the Australian Government's internet filter project was bad, think again. They have a new project — they are examining a policy that would require all internet service providers to log users' web browsing history and email data such as who all emails were sent to and from. And that's just the start. Telephone calls, mobile phone calls, even internet telephony. It's all in there. Looks like 1984 was a pretty prophetic book.
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+ - Pirate Bay forced offline by court injuction->

Submitted by ESRB
ESRB writes: The trackers are still online, meaning it will not interfere with existing downloads, but an injunction was served against a German company providing routing for TPB. Although it complied, the company has said it intends to fight the injunction. The site itself is unreachable, but they are reportedly working on the problem.
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The Almighty Buck

Activision Hit With $500m Suit From Modern Warfare 2 Devs 77

Posted by Soulskill
from the pow-right-in-the-kisser dept.
Dragoniz3r writes "Activision has been served a lawsuit from 38 plaintiffs, including present and former Infinity Ward employees, demanding up to half a billion dollars. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for 'unpaid bonuses, royalties, profit-sharing, and future profits from games such as Modern Warfare 3, and punitive damages.'"
Games

+ - Infinity Design has left the building-> 1

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset writes: The popular Call of Duty franchise is unravelling very quickly for Activision. Of the people in the credits for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, none now remain. Activision acquired the game's development company Infinity Design in October 2003 for $5 million. Since then the studio has released six games in the Call of Duty series, the most recent of which released in November is reported to have earned an estimated $1.3 billion so far. This past March Activision sacked CTO Jason West and studio head Vince Zampella. The two have since started their own studio Respawn Entertainment, which was immediately sued by and countersued Activision.

Over the weeks since then software engineer lead Francesco Gigliotti, senior animator Bruce Ferriz, and programmer Jon Shiring have all left Activision. They have since been joined by multiplayer lead designer Todd Aldermann and design lead Mackey McCandlish. In the past week lead environment artist Chris Cherubini and programmer Rayme Vinson also left. Today Gamespot reports that lead designers Steve Fukuda and Zied Rieke have also resigned. It's not yet known how many former members of this game design team will be joining West and Zampella in their new venture, but as of now not one game designer with title credits on CoD:MW2 still works for Activision.

In a separate story, Activision COO Thomas Tippl is quoted as saying "We treat our developers extremely well."

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Australia

+ - Xbox Australia Looking For "Test Subjects"->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Kotaku AU just put out the following message from Xbox Australia:

We’re looking for volunteer test subjects for a research experiment related to a product to be released later this year. We’re conducting an independent study during which you and the product will be evaluated formally using scientific methods in a controlled environment.

Candidate requirements:

* You must be in NSW (or willing to get yourself there)
* You must have a clean bill of health
* You must be at least 18
* You must be available 19th April 6pm – 11pm
* Previous experience playing videogames preferred


Interesting set of requirements there — let the speculation ensue.

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Idle

+ - Tactical Nuclear Penguin Beer Headed To US-> 2

Submitted by WrongSizeGlass
WrongSizeGlass writes: TIME is reporting that a new Super-High Alcohol Beer is heading to the US. The name of the Scottish microbrewery BrewDog's new brand? 'Tactical Nuclear Penguin'. "The beer set a new record by weighing in at a scary 32% alcohol-by-volume, over six times the strength of familiar domestic brands like Budweiser."
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+ - Facebook Threatens Greasemonkey Script Dev->

Submitted by palmerj3
palmerj3 writes: The popular Facebook Purity greasemonkey script has been used by thousands to rid their Facebook feeds from the likes of Mafia Wars, Farmville, and other annoying things. Now, Facebook is threatening the developer of this script. Does Facebook have the right to govern their websites design & functionality once it's in the browser?
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Security

+ - Can you still trust your network card?-> 1

Submitted by chrisG23
chrisG23 writes: Today during the CanSecWest http://cansecwest.com/ international conference in Vancouver, members Yves-Alexis Perez and Loic Duflot of ANSSI (French Network and Information Security Agency) described how an attacker could remotely take full control of a particular network card model. Once taken over, (and no interaction with the host operating system was required whatsover) the presenters demonstrated it was possible to enable the remote computer startup, shutdown, and restart commands disabled by default in the NIC firmware. Then the presenters demonstrated remote execution of code on the host computer, obtaining a root level account with a single additional packet.

This particular exploit only works on one particular model of network card, but the implications are staggering as it is almost inevitable that more network cards and other computer devices that have their own registers, memory, processor and firmware, and a means to communicate independently of the host computer, can and will be exploited, again totally independent of the operating system of the host computer. The researchers have contacted the NIC vendor and a patch has been released. The actual exploit code and tools will not be released. Details and an FAQ can be found on the ANSSI website at http://www.ssi.gouv.fr/site_article185.html

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+ - Mathematician refuses $1M Millennium prize-> 2

Submitted by neutralino
neutralino writes: Grigory Perelman, the Russian mathematician whose proof of the Poincaré conjecture was recently awarded a Millennium Prize worth $1M has rejected the award. Previously he refused to accept the Fields medal in 2006 and "quit the world of mathematics in disgust four years ago" (he published the proof in a paper in 2002). He refuses to talk to the media and told a journalist who contacted him "You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms."
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