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Submission + - PC has a Piracy Rate of 93-95%, says Ubisoft ( 1

silentbrad writes: From GamesIndustry International: "Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has told GamesIndustry International that the percentage of paying players is the same for free to play as it is for PC boxed product: around five to seven per cent. ... 'On PC it's only around five to seven per cent of the players who pay for F2P, but normally on PC it's only about five to seven per cent who pay anyway, the rest is pirated. It's around a 93-95 per cent piracy rate, so it ends up at about the same percentage. The revenue we get from the people who play is more long term, so we can continue to bring content.' ... 'We must be careful because the consoles are coming. People are saying that the traditional market is declining and that F2P is everything — I'm not saying that. We're waiting for the new consoles — I think that the new consoles will give a huge boost to the industry, just like they do every time that they come. This time, they took too long so the market is waiting.'

Submission + - China Launches Antitrust Probe vs. Microsoft (

snydeq writes: "China has launched an investigation into whether Microsoft unfairly dominates its software market, according to a state media report. A working committee of China's State Intellectual Property Office is investigating whether Microsoft engaged in discriminatory pricing and will will also look at Microsoft's practice of bundling other software programs within its Windows operating system, according to the report. The probe is part of a greater sweep of operating systems and other software developed by multinational companies that cost much more in China than in the U.S. "On the one hand, global software firms, taking advantage of their monopoly position, set unreasonably high prices for genuine software while on the other hand, they criticise Chinese for poor copyright awareness. This is abnormal," a source said."
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Submission + - Man gets probation, $2,300 fine for Digg post (

turbizzi writes: Phillip Hullquist wanted to get his camcorder back. Not getting much help from the police, he turned to the Digg community and posting personal information about the woman he says stole it. The post went viral, and the woman began receiving obscene phone calls, threatening messages and attacks to her home computer. Hullquist has pleaded no contest to the unlawful posting of a message, a two-year misdemeanor offense.

Submission + - 2012 and the Giant Dwarf Visit

markrich writes: "Interesting story about Earth's date with a giant dwarf star apparently on an intersect course with our solar system in 2012. It was suspected back in 1983 and written about in U.S. News in 1992. The video explains it well and it's interesting how it corresponds with the Mayan 2012 'ending'. It was found because of variations in planet orbit's on the outer edge of our solar system. It is linked to the changes in global climate discussed earlier in /."

Submission + - More Lindsay Lohan Photos Hit the Web (

vickyonfire writes: "Originally posted Wednesday February 20, 2008 02:50 PM EST

Believe it or not, there's more of Lindsay Lohan left to see.

New York magazine has posted additional outtakes (including this photo) from its now-famous photo shoot with the actress recreating Marilyn Monroe's nude 1962 "Last Sitting" with photographer Bert Stern. (The photos — which, readers should be warned, contain nudity — are on the magazine's Web site.)

So far, reviews of Lohan's shoot have been mixed (some wondered whether a nude photo shoot was an appropriate decision for the actress after her recent troubles). But her mom, Dina Lohan, told PEOPLE Tuesday that "it was very tastefully done."

"I respect the photographer as an artist, so I look at them artistically," she said."

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