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Businesses

Facebook Mafiosi Go To the Mattresses vs. Zynga 102

Posted by Soulskill
from the concrete-galoshes dept.
sympleko writes "Zynga has the lion's share of traffic in Facebook applications, and Mafia Wars is one of their most popular social games. Collapsing under the weight of over 26 million users, Zynga has been scrambling to thwart hard-core gamers who reverse-engineer URLs or script the game to optimize their enjoyment. Many of the workarounds have annoyed users who were accustomed to various game features, and even worse, the hastily-deployed changes have resulted in many players losing access to the game, in-game prizes, or statistics. Fed up with a software company seemingly bent on discouraging people from enjoying their product, a number of tagged players have organized a boycott of all Zynga games. The first 24-hour boycott on Sunday 12/13 resulted in an 11% decline in Daily Active Users, and an emergency thread on Zynga's forums (from which most of the flames were deleted). The current boycott, extending Wednesday through Sunday is being supported by a 428K strong Facebook group. At issue is the social contract between software companies and their devoted user base, as well as the nefarious tactics Zynga has used to raise cash."
The Courts

Apple and AT&T Sued, Again, Over 3G 230

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the overly-litigious dept.
Macworld is reporting that Apple and AT&T are being sued, again, for the lack of delivery on their 3G network. This follows a long line of other lawsuits in San Jose, San Diego, Alabama, Florida, Texas, and New York "The lawsuit charges the companies with Negligence, Breach of Express Warranty, Breach of Implied Warranty of Merchantability, Unjust Enrichment, Negligent Misrepresentation, Violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and Other Similar State Statutes, and Breach of Contract. Dickerson is seeking to force Apple and AT&T to correct its labeling and advertising, as well as to recover compensatory, statutory and punitive damages."
Toys

Lego MMO Delayed 32

Posted by Soulskill
from the +1-yellow-block-of-dragonslaying dept.
LEGO Universe, the MMOG currently under development by NetDevil, will not be coming out this year, as was previously expected. Mark Hansen, a LEGO Group exec, would not specify a new time frame, and attributed the delay to avoiding competition between some of their other upcoming products. Hansen did comment on the possibility of a console version of the game, claiming that they're just waiting for the right time. IGN did a related piece on the past and future of console MMOGs, exploring where early attempts failed and what needs to be done for them to succeed. Many game developers and publishers are still hesitant due to the massive financial investment required to get such a game up and running in a market that has yet to prove itself.
Operating Systems

+ - Apple releases fix for Freezing Aluminum iMacs->

Submitted by
losman
losman writes "Visiting the Apple discussion forums for the new 20" and 24" iMacs will show a lot of buyers found their machines freezing and it was felt to be a problem with ATI 2600HD cards. Many customers found both Apple phone and in-store support rejecting that this was a wide spread problem. Last night, along with the latest system updates, Apple released an iMac Video Firmware Update that addresses this issue. Apple never acknowledged that the problem actually existed but apparently it did with release of this patch. Here is the link to the note describing this fix: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=307008"
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Comment: These are two that I like (Score 0) 168

by losman (#21185091) Attached to: Game Reviews are Broken?
I've always liked the reviews coming out of Nintendo Power for Nintendo games. Anything that ranks 7.5 or above is pretty decent. I agree that the numbers don't mean that much but at least I can identify a lower bar (7.5) that I look for.

I catch episodes of X-Play for the rest of my game reviews. They seem to have a good grasp on what is crap and why its crap as well as what's good.
Wii

+ - Nintendo Wii being sued by Lonestar Inventions->

Submitted by losman
losman (840619) writes "Texas based Lonestar Inventions is suing Nintendo on a patent it holds that is described as a "high capacitance structure in a semiconductor device". They issed suits and settled on this patent before. Everyone seems to want in on Wii's success! The full story is at Gamespot: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6172456.html?om_act=c onvert&om_clk=newstop&tag=newstop;title;2"
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Enlightenment

+ - Google Earth now shows atrocities in Darfur

Submitted by
Josh Fruhlinger
Josh Fruhlinger writes "http://www.switched.com/2007/04/10/darfur-crisis-s hown-in-google-earth/

Google Earth is a fascinating program that allows you to zoom in on virtually any location on earth using satellite imagery. As of today, however, when you search for Darfur, you are shown a large red region titled "Crisis in Darfur." This is one of the first times a search engine of this scale has become involved in international politics. Google looks at it as a way to educate its users to the atrocities occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Sudan.

"At Google, we believe technology can be a catalyst for education and action," Elliot Schrage, Google's vice president of global communications and public affairs told CNN. "'Crisis in Darfur' will enable Google Earth users to visualize and learn about the destruction in Darfur as never before and join the museum's efforts in responding to this continuing international catastrophe."

Crisis hot-spots are shown in red flames. When users zoom in on them, they are shown damaged and destroyed villages with photographic evidence. Also involved is the Holocaust museum which provided much of the content."
Music

EFF Jumps in Against RIAA for Copyright Misuse 147

Posted by Zonk
from the big-guns-call-for-bigger-guns dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Arguing that the RIAA and big record labels may be misusing their copyrights, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has jumped in on the defendant's side in a White Plains, New York, court conflict. The case is Lava v. Amurao, and the EFF will be defending Mr. Amurao's right to counterclaim for copyright misuse. EFF argued that the RIAA, by deliberately bringing meritless cases against innocent people based on theories of 'secondary liability', are abusing their copyrights. In its amicus brief, EFF also decried (just as when it joined the ACLU, Public Citizen, and others on the side of Debbie Foster in Capitol v. Foster) the RIAA's 'driftnet' litigation strategy. They argue that the declaratory judgment remedy must also be made available to defendants, in view of the RIAA's habit of dropping the meritless cases it started but can't finish."
Announcements

+ - Linux Is Going To the Indianapolis 500!

Submitted by
gdoss79
gdoss79 writes "Linux Is Going To the Indianapolis 500! http://tux500.com/geeklog/article.php?story=200704 10075726379 Without a doubt, one of the most famous and voraciously-viewed sporting events around the world is the Indianapolis 500. Drivers from every corner of the planet frantically scramble to put together cars, teams and sponsors for their shot at not only fame, but world-wide recognition and respect for what they do. Oh, let's not forget the money. The Winner's Purse might find a place in that list of mentionable motivations. When I say that the Indy 500 is voraciously viewed, that is no subjective phrase. Networks battle just as hard as the drivers, race teams and sponsors for the rights to broadcast the event. Sponsors? Why the elbowing and shoving for positions among sponsors? Isn't an Indy car going a bit too fast to pick out a sponsor's ad on the chassis? Well,...yeah, but that's not the idea. During the course of the race, as the driver gains, loses or maintains his or HER position on the track, it's not only the driver that is mentioned...it's the driver's sponsor who is mentioned. "Jack, it looks like the number 17 Linux car is making it's move. Yes,...what a gutsy move Jack...second place now has a new occupant..." That is heard by the millions upon millions who are watching the race. It is known as "product insertion" and it's a powerful method in gaining the attention of the consumer. Well Linux Users...it's time for a bit of "product insertion" of our own. That's right. As of now, The Linux Community is going to attempt to make history. http://tux500.com/geeklog/article.php?story=200704 10075726379"
Sci-Fi

+ - France opens secret UFO files covering 50 years

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "France became the first country to open its files on UFOs Thursday when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings spanning five decades. Here's an interesting tidbit from the article: A phalanx of beefy security guards formed a barrier in front of the space agency (CNES) headquarters where the announcement was made, "to screen out uninvited UFOlogists," an official explained. Website at: http://www.cnes-geipan.fr/"

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