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Submission + - SPAM: 'Father of Pac-Man,' Masaya Nakamura, dies at age 91

AmiMoJo writes: Masaya Nakamura, the founder of game developer Namco and known as “the father of Pac-Man,” has died at age 91. He founded Nakamura Seisakusho in 1955, which was renamed Namco in 1977. The company developed numerous hit video games, including “Galaxian,” “Pac-Man” and “Ridge Racer.” Pac-Man,” designed by Namco’s inhouse video game maker Toru Iwatani, is one of the most recognizable and popular video games in history. In 2005 it was listed by Guinness World Records as the “most successful coin-operated arcade machine.
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Submission + - AT&T-Time Warner may signal start of new media industry consolidation (reuters.com)

Mr D from 63 writes: The tie-up of AT&T Inc and Time Warner Inc, bringing together one of the country's largest wireless and pay TV providers and cable networks like HBO, CNN and TBS, could kick off a new round of industry consolidation amid massive changes in how people watch TV.

Media content companies are having an increasingly difficult time as standalone entities, creating an opportunity for telecom, satellite and cable providers to make acquisitions, analysts say.

Media firms face pressure to access distribution as more younger viewers cut their cable cords and watch their favorite shows on mobile devices. Distribution companies, meanwhile, see acquiring content as a way to diversify revenue.

Of course, Time Warner and AT&T reps claim this is necessary just to compete. Regulatory scrutiny may not see it that way.

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Submission + - SCO Is Done (groklaw.net)

pogopop77 writes: Judge Dale Kimball has ruled that Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights, invalidating any remaining claims made by SCO against Linux (and IBM). Groklaw has the story here. That about does it for SCO.

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