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Submission + - New Social Network for Trading Games (ign.com)

silentbrad writes: From IGN: "A social network has been launched entirely dedicated to swapping games with people in your local area. The guys behind newly minted Waygoz.com say they have created a better way for gamers to trade old games — with each other and in common meeting places like donut shops. Waygoz.com is a Facebook-style website where you can sign up and start trading games with people in your local neighborhood. There's no charge, and users are encouraged to trade in-person, rather than via mail. ... It's a system that doesn't involve the traditional middle-man in used games — games retail chains. ... By taking the retailer out of the equation, gamers can squeeze more value for their old games. Instead of retailers profiting from the trade, it's all about gamers doing business with one another, giving them much more power over the goods they own. ... Co-founder Jean-Paul Rehr told IGN, 'The used games business is a bit broken. People like the idea of not having to go to a store to lose money on game trade-ins.' ... The site launches officially this week. Clearly, its success depends on achieving enough people to make it work. Rehr says the overall number of users is less important than achieving clusters of participants in populated areas, 'For us it's about local footholds in cities and towns around the U.S, to see this thing take off.'

Submission + - Federal Appeals Court Revives Rosetta Stone Suit vs Google (reuters.com)

suraj.sun writes: A federal appeals court on Monday revived the bulk of language-software maker Rosetta Stone's trademark infringement lawsuit against Google. In a lawsuit filed in 2009, Rosetta Stone accused Google of committing trademark infringement by selling the language-software maker's trademarks to third-party advertisers for use as search keywords. "A reasonable trier of fact could find that Google intended to cause confusion in that it acted with the knowledge that confusion was very likely to result from its use of the marks," Chief Judge William Traxler wrote for the three-judge panel. The opinion is the first appellate decision to address whether Google's sale of other companies' trademarks for sponsored links could give rise to liability for trademark infringement. The appeals court also reinstated Rosetta Stone's trademark dilution claims.

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/09/net-us-rosetta-stone-google-idUSBRE8380ND20120409


Submission + - Wii U components cost $180, price point $300? (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It is now thought that the total cost of the Wii U components, including the controller, is $180. The cost of the controller alone is $50. As for a price point, Nintendo wants to launch at $300, which would give both Nintendo and retailers a share of the $120 profit margin, but realistically it will be much less than that when taking into consideration packaging costs, distribution, and marketing.

How has Nintendo managed to only spend $180 on components? By being very economical in its hardware choices. Apparently the CPU/GPU combo was very cheap and manages to “keep up” with existing consoles. There’s also thought to be a much greater focus on downloadable content and other features, suggesting Nintendo wants to position the Wii U as a media box as well as a family games machine.


Submission + - Wind Map of US Will Blow You Away

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Talk about visualizations. Ever wondered what the wind would look like if you could see it in action from above? A new project posted online by a pair of Google computer scientists, called simply Wind Map, has to be seen to be believed. "It can be quite hypnotizing to watch the gusty trails blast across the American continent, skitter over the Sierras, get roughed up by the Rockies, and whoosh over the great plains on its way to Canada," writes Chris Taylor. Wind Map is the brainchild of Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, the co-leaders of Google’s “Big Picture” visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass. Wind patterns are constantly changing, of course, which is why the Wind Map designers have also given us a moving-image gallery of previous blustery days."

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