RossR writes: A Chinese multiplayer online game company is taking note of the success of "private servers" running pirated and altered versions. In moves that show some common sense, when a pirate server is taken down Shanda Games sees it as sign of a undeserved market. Properly licensed servers are occasionally installed for the geographic location previously served by the unlicensed servers. Shanda is taking it a step further by developing a new platform that would allow for the flexible rule changes favored in the hacked versions. Also of interest, is the reference to escalation cyber attacks between private server providers.
If nimble game companies like these learn to market directly to the west, the current dominate players will be in trouble. As is starting to happen in the cell phone market.
RossR writes: There was a Hydrogen fire and explosion renewable fuel station used by government vehicles. The nearby freeway and airport was closed resulting in diverted flights. This may the first major incident at a Hydrogen vehicle refueling station. GM has their major fuel cell development center nearby in the town of Honeoye Falls. The fire occurred when the 18-wheeler tractor truck was transferring Hydrogen to the station. The airport press conference reported that airport firefighters responded first and initially waited on the scene deciding how to respond. No news yet if the hard to see flames of Hydrogen combustion contributed to this delay. The fueling station is also adjacent to a NY State Troopers station and a firefighting training facility is a few blocks away. It will be interesting to see how this incident affects the future of Hydrogen cars.