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Submission + - CCP to lay off 20% of its staff, refocus on EVE (eveonline.com)

zergl writes: CCP games just announced that 20% of its staff will be laid off due to their overextension on developing three titles at the same time while bleeding subscribers on their flagship title EVE Online. The World Of Darkness MMO will be put on the back burner while remaining resources will be put towards EVE and getting Dust 514 launched successfully.
This comes as not much of a surprise considering the financial situation CCP was in with liquid assets about to run out well before the Dust launch next year which was discovered when the 2010 financial report was analyzed on a community forum.

Media

Submission + - SPAM: US, Pakistan Near Open War; Chinese Ultimatum Warn

wbradleyjr1 writes: "China has officially put the United States on notice that Washington’s planned attack on Pakistan will be interpreted as an act of aggression against Beijing. This blunt warning represents the first known strategic ultimatum received by the United States in half a century, going back to Soviet warnings during the Berlin crisis of 1958-1961, and indicates the grave danger of general war growing out of the US-Pakistan confrontation."
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Businesses

Submission + - Stop him! (pressthepresident.com)

bubbles8 writes: The man thinks his net worth qualifies him for the president and it is a selling point over likely presidential contender Mitt Romney.

Submission + - Passerby Arrested For Cracking Joke (villagevoice.com)

cobracommand0 writes: We all know that sarcasm is the lowest form of humor, but who knew it could land you a "move directly to jail without passing go" roll in the game of life? New York City's War on Bikes results in some collateral damage as a sarcastic passerby gets the attention of an alpha male cop, who promptly calls in the cavalry and arrests him for "harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest."
AI

Submission + - Google teaches computers regret (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Google is funding an AI project that will introduce the technical concept of regret into programs — but there's a big difference between regret and being sorry.
In fact regret is just the difference between maximum possible reward and the actual reward received and the project is about optimization.
There are two things to learn from this situation. The first is that just because some numerical measure is called "regret" it doesn't mean it has anything to do with the common use of the term. Secondly if you are going to invent an AI technique then picking emotive words for your jargon is a good way to ensure publicity.

Intel

Submission + - Intel will support USB 3 alongside Thunderbolt (edibleapple.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Intel doesn’t see Thunderbolt, the blazingly fast transfer technology first introduced on the MacBook Pro back in February, as an exclusive competitor to USB 3. Rather, the company views the technologies as being complementary, according to Kirk Skaugen, the VP of Intel’s Architecture Group who relayed the message at Intel’s developer conference in Beijing this past Wednesday.
Android

Submission + - Flash on Android: Look But Don't Touch (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister test-drives Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0 and finds its shortcomings too sweeping to be chalked up to beta status. 'The worst part is the player's inconsistent behavior. This gets really frustrating when there's lots of HTML and Flash content mixed on a Web page. The UI turns into a tug-of-war between the browser and the Flash Player, where each touch produces varying effects, seemingly at random,' McAllister writes. 'As far as I could tell, there was one thing and one thing only that the Flash Player for Android 3.0 accomplished successfully. On the stock Android browser, Flash content is invisible, so you don't notice Flash-based advertising. With the Flash Player installed, however, all those ads suddenly appear where once there were none, their animated graphics leaping and scuttling under your fingertips like cockroaches on a dinner tray — some achievement.'"
Data Storage

Submission + - Intel and Micron shrink NAND flash (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Intel and Micron Technology on Thursday said they have shrunk NAND flash memory in size, which could help add more storage and features to smartphones or tablets. The new 20-nm process will produce 8GB multilevel cell (MLC) NAND flash, which store bits of data at multiple levels in each cell. The flash memory achieves a 30 to 40% reduction in board space, while retaining similar endurance and performance as the older 8GB chips, which were made using the 25-nm process."
Music

Submission + - Spotify Introduces Strict Listening Limits (spotify.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The free, legal, and ad-supported music streaming service Spotify has just announced that users will soon be limited to five plays per track (ever) and a total of ten hours listening per month. Many users are understandably disappointed at losing a service which effectively translated the commercial radio business model to the web, and are suggesting in the comments that the loss of Spotify will simply drive them back to illegal downloading. The changes will not affect the ad-free Unlimited and Premium services (£5/month and £10/month respectively).
Security

Submission + - WordPress Hacked, Source Code Stolen (threatpost.com)

Gunkerty Jeb writes: Servers belonging to Automattic, which makes the popular Wordpress blogging software, say that their servers were hacked and that the company's source code is believed to have been "exposed and copied," according to a company blog post Wednesday.

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