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Submission + - ESRB exposes emails of gamers who filed privacy co (wow.com)

simrook writes: Thousand of people filed privacy complaints with the ESRB over Blizzard's recent (and afterwards recanted) move to requiring the display of real life names on their WoW, StarCraft II, and Diablo forums. 961 of those complainants had their emails exposed in the ESRB's response. Epic. Ironic. Fail.

Submission + - World of Warcraft: Now with cross-server instances (wow.com)

simrook writes: Blizzard released a new major patch for World of Warcraft today with game changing new server technology allowing players from across different servers to group up and complete instances. This makes forming most 5-man groups instantaneous. Never again will you need to wait to run a group. There were also several other things released in this patch, including the final confrontation with Arthas (from the earlier Warcraft RTS games) via the Icecrown Citadel raid. This is the last major content patch of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. The next expansion, Cataclysm, is expected to release next year.
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - BlizzCon 2009 Announced (wowinsider.com)

Adam Holisky writes: "WoW Insider broke the news of Blizzard's announcement of BlizzCon 2009 on August 21st and 22nd. BlizzCon is the annual convention held in Anaheim, California showcasing Blizzard's latest and greatest products to the fans. BlizzCon is also the favored time of the year for Blizzard announces new projects. While last year's BlizzCon was met with a ton of ticketing problems, people are hopeful that this year things will be different."
United States

Submission + - Highway 35W Collapses into Mississippi (wcco.com)

dcapel writes: "In what has been called the worst engineering disaster in decades, a bridge of highway 35W, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has collapsed into the Mississippi. The collapse took place during late rush-hour traffic, so an estimated 50 cars were on the bridge at the time. There is no evidence for terrorist involvement, but an engineering or safety flaw of immense proportions must have been involved. As someone who was working only blocks away at the time, this happened entirely too close to home."

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