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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Playstation 3 price drop confirmed. (kotaku.com)

chuckdpe1 writes: Following up on the report that the PLAYSTATION 3 would see a $100 price cut taking place the week after E3 2007, GameDaily has confirmed with "a merchandising manager at one of the world's biggest retailers" that the 60 GB version of the PS3 will indeed drop to $499, starting on July 12, one day after Sony's E3 press conference. GameDaily also reports that the new price is indeed indicative a retail-wide price drop, not a Circuit City specific sale, as a handful of speculators have posited.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Gamecock tipped as potential Severity publisher (ggl.com)

Robert Summa writes: "Gamecock tipped as potential Severity publisher Thursday's episode of Epileptic Gaming had some breaking news about the CPL's publishing plan for Severity and its new energy drink. Citing an article set to appear in the Dallas Business Journal tomorrow, June 15th, EG reports that the relatively new Gamecock Media Group is a potential publisher for Severity. Mike Wilson, CEO of Gamecock, recently joined the CPL's advisory board, which lends credence to the idea of his company publishing it. Previously, Sierra was favored to publish the game."
Privacy

Submission + - Judge orders TorrentSpy to turn over "RAM" (zdnet.com)

virgil_disgr4ce writes: "In a monumental example of the gap of understanding between legal officials and technology, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian "found that a computer server's RAM, or random-access memory, is a tangible document that can be stored and must be turned over in a lawsuit." ZDNet, among others, reports on the ruling and its potential for invasion of privacy."
Patents

Submission + - eBay may Lose "Buy it Now" Button in Paten (lawbean.com)

Spamicles writes: "A judge has delayed his ruling on the eBay patent infringement case. eBay has been involved in a legal dispute over the use of its popular "Buy it Now" button, which allows consumers to skip the bidding and purchase items on eBay directly. The patent suit was filed six years ago by MercExchange L.L.C. In May of 2003, a jury ruled in MercExchange's favor finding that eBay did in fact infringe on the patent, but in 2005 the US Supreme Court ruled that MercExchange was not automatically entitled to a court order blocking the offending service, essentially handing a victory down to patent reform advocates. However, the ruling by the Supreme Court does not affect the final judgment of the court."
United States

Submission + - Game educates players on political redistricting

jhsiao writes: As mentioned on NPR, students at the University of Southern California have created a game showing the power politicians wield in the redistricting process. The game has several missions showing how gerrymandering can be used to create an advantage for one party (like in Texas), to entrench incumbents of both parties (as mentioned before in Slashdot here), or to establish minority representation.

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