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Submission + - Free Content Might Violate Agency's 'Internet Conduct Standard' (

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: FCC Commissioner Ajit Varadaraj Pai said mobile content such as music that some service providers exempt from data limits could be in violation of the agency’s new Internet conduct standard. Pai cited T-Mobile’s music freedom program as an example. “If you are a T-Mobile wireless customer and you have a data cap you might think, ‘well, I have to be careful about how I consume data.’ Well, T-Mobile has a program called music freedom, which exempts certain programs like Spotify and Pandora from those data caps, so if you listen to a bunch of songs when you are walking around that content does not count against your data cap,” Pai said during an Internet regulation discussion hosted by the Federalist Society.

Submission + - America's First Video Game Museum is Leveling up ( 2

martiniturbide writes: Did you ever dreamed of a Museum where you can take your kid and show him/her what you used to play when young? Yes? No? Who cares? Today I found out that this museum exists and it is called “The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE)” at Oakland, California. This is non-profit videogame museum that preserves old games, has playable exhibitions, give free classes to learn to code using Scratch and host several kinds of gaming events. This museum has over 5,000 games and over 100 consoles and computers and hosted free classes for more than 400 students. Now they are launching a Kickstarter campaign because they need a bigger space.

Submission + - Modern Warfare 2 shock: No servers or mods for PC ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Call of Duty community manager Rob Bowling, also known as 'fourzerotwo', has confirmed in a podcast that the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will not support user-created mods. Worse, it will not support dedicated servers. PC gamers will have to suffer peer-to-peer connections, just like their console-owning cousins.

Mr. Bowling could offer no defence for this move, and simply stated that: "The team's focusing on having it very equal on every platform" and "We're doing a lot of work on the back end."

Previous PC versions of CoD have supported dedicated servers. Their absence will apparently make the game "much more accessible to the PC community as a whole."

You can listen to the podcast here; skip forward to around the 1:41 mark for the awful truth...

Check out our follow up story here, where Dice throws its two cents into the debate, as well as details about how you can have your say.


Submission + - Infinity Ward Sells Out ( 1

Phaethon360 writes: Infinity Ward's community manager, Robert Bowling (aka FourZeroTwo) dropped a bomb on PC gamers this weekend. He revealed Infinity Ward's intentions to take total control of the PC community with their new matchmaking service, IWNet. The message was clear: there won't be dedicated servers in Modern Warfare 2.

Submission + - Spacecraft Buzzes by Mercury (

Riding with Robots writes: "The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER is making its second fly-by of the first planet today, skimming just 200 kilometers above the surface. The fly-by will reveal portions of the planet that have never been seen before, but the main purpose of the maneuver is to prepare for an orbital insertion in 2011. The mission site offers extensive information, along with the first pictures that are already arriving on Earth, with many more expected in the coming hours and days."

Federal grants are offered for... research into the recreation potential of interplanetary space travel for the culturally disadvantaged.