gEvil (beta) writes "According to an article on CNN.com, Yahoo is reportedly planning on rejecting Microsoft's bid of $44.6M. Yahoo's board feels that the 'offer of $31 per share "massively undervalues" the company and does not account for the risk that a deal could be blocked by regulators. The source also said that the company is unlikely to consider any offer below $40 per share...Such a premium would increase the value of the takeover offer by $12 billion.'"
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gEvil (beta) writes "According to a Bloomburg article, Microsoft earlier today made an unsolicited bid of $44.6M to buy Yahoo. At this point, Yahoo has not responded to the bid offer. Is the search engine/web services world about to get a little smaller?"
gEvil (beta) writes "Some crazy kids at UC Santa Cruz have created a building-sized recreation of the first level of Donkey Kong out of Post-It(TM) notes stuck to the E2 building's windows. There are a number of images showing the progress of this ten-person, five-hour process."
gEvil (beta) writes "According to an article at BoingBoing, the processing keys for the AACS encryption scheme used by both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray video discs have been extracted, and a crack has been released. What this means is that there is now a method to extract the copy-protected content of any HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc out there. This is different from Muslix64's previous crack, which only extracted the volume key for each disc. This new method bypasses this step and allows anyone to extract the data without first requiring the volume key."
gEvil (beta) writes "The Associated Press is reporting that the PS3 is running into some problems playing some PSX and PS2 games. Much like the XBox360's backwards compatibility problems, some older games have various sound and graphics glitches, while other games won't play at all. It's looking like the Wii may be the only truly backwards-compatible system this generation, but even that remains to be seen."
gEvil (beta) writes "According to LinuxWorld, it appears that a Dell customer in the UK was successfully able to get a refund for the unused copy of Windows XP Home that came bundled with his laptop. A few days after submitting his request, he received a refund in the amount of 47 pounds plus tax, which amounts to just over 55 pounds (~$105US). Is this the beginning of the end for the "Microsoft tax"?"
gEvil (beta) writes "FileFront is hosting a PDF archive of the first 100 issues of Computer Gaming World, the first magazine dedicated to computer gaming. The available issues span the era from Nov-Dec 1981 to November 1992. Some background: "Founded in 1981 by Russell Sipe, Computer Gaming World began life as a small, self-published, independent magazine for the then small community of computer game hobbyists (it was, in fact, the first magazine dedicated to the hobby), but grew over the years into one of the most important and powerful media voices in all of digital entertainment, thanks to its strong editorial voice and reputation for tough but fair reviews." Also available with the nicely-scanned OCR'd issues is a searchable issue index."
gEvil (beta) writes "According to an article at BoingBoing, AllofMP3.com has lost their Visa account due to possible copyright violations, and is moving to an ad-supported model of free content to make up for the loss. In order to listen to the "free" songs, users will need to download and install an AllofMP3 player. Supposedly, there will still be a way for users to purchase music to be able to transfer it to a portable device."
gEvil (beta) writes "According to an article at the BBC, an evolutionary theorist in London suggests that humanity may split into two sub-species within the next 100,000 years. From the article: "The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures." Admittedly, this guy is from the London School of Economics, but if true, where would the Slashdot crowd fit into the new societal order?"