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Sony Press Conference [Liveblog] E3 2013

posted Sunday Jun 9, 2013 by Guest Blogger

Live from the LA Sports Arena, Sony's Jack Tretton will show off the new PlayStation 4 hardware. Let's be honest - this is the moment we are all waiting for from this E3. Will we have another Big Bertha, or will this console shine right from the beginning? You will definitely want to tune in to find out.

Shortly after the event, join our team LIVE for reactions on a special F5 Live: E3 Wrap-Up Show.

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Ubisoft Press Conference [Liveblog] E3 2013

posted Sunday Jun 9, 2013 by Guest Blogger

Live from the Los Angeles theater, Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot shows off what is in store for the company over the next 12 months. Including Assassin's Creed IV and Splinter Cell Blacklist, this is bound to be an action-packed hour of videogaming goodness.

Shortly after the event, join our team LIVE for reactions on a special F5 Live: E3 Wrap-Up Show.

Hit the break for coverage from E3 2013!

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Electronic Arts Press Conference [Liveblog] E3 2013

posted Sunday Jun 9, 2013 by Guest Blogger

Live from the Shine Auditorium, Electronic Arts' Peter Moore will put on display the company's next year worth of important titles. With a peek at Battlefield 4's multiplayer and Need for Speed: Rivals, plus a look at the work from EA Sports, this is one not to miss.

Shortly after the event, join our team LIVE for reactions on a special F5 Live: E3 Wrap-Up Show.

Hit the break for coverage from E3 2013!

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Microsoft Press Conference [Liveblog] E3 2013

posted Sunday Jun 9, 2013 by Guest Blogger

Live from the Galen Center, Xbox's Don Mattrick and Phil Spencer will complete the Xbox One announcement started 19 days prior, this time with a focus on gaming. With live gameplay from Forza 5 and a new title from CryTek, you won't want to miss all of the excitement here!

Shortly after the event, join our team LIVE for reactions on a special F5 Live: E3 Wrap-Up Show.

Hit the break for coverage from E3 2013!

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Prenda Law Planted Content on Pirate Bay, Used Torrents in Suits

posted Saturday Jun 8, 2013 by Scott Ertz

Everyone is aware of patent trolls at this point, but not everyone is aware of copyright trolls. The concepts are very similar, and exist predominantly in the adult industry, where creating content is cheap and possible infringement settlements are high. The most known of these trolls is Prenda Law, who happily boasts "Prenda Law has thousands of open cases against hackers and pirates."

The problem is, however, that Prenda Law might actually be responsible for its own infringements. Let me explain. John Steele, one of the main lawyers for Prenda, was recently attached to a Pirate Bay account named sharkmp4. The site used activity logs to track an IP address attached to the account, and then back-tracked that IP to comments on anti-copyright-troll websites with pro-Prenda messages. Oh, it was also used to access Steele's GoDaddy account. Oops.

Steele denies being sharkmp4 and, of course, denies any involvement with uploading pornography to The Pirate Bay, but it is pretty difficult to outrun your IP address. Referencing this data, attorney Graham Syfert filed a complaint in a Florida court this week against Prenda and Steele.

So, if this turns out to be accurate information, my guess is that Prenda will lose a lot more cases than they are already. That and I predict TPB users are going to be a little freaked out that the site is logging their IP addresses. Administrator Winston says,

As for us sharing the IPs, we would obvious only do this to out the bad guys after we linked them to the addresses.

Still a little concerning that a site used to transfer files covertly logs IP addresses, removing the covert aspect.

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Sprint-SoftBank Purchase Approved by DOJ, SoftBank Begins Talks with T-Mobile

posted Saturday Jun 8, 2013 by Scott Ertz

Sprint-SoftBank Purchase Approved by DOJ, SoftBank Begins Talks with T-Mobile

Since discussions were first confirmed, the road to success has not been an easy one for the Sprint-SoftBank merger. SoftBank agreed to purchase 70% of Sprint for $20.1 billion last year, but since then they have hit interesting road blocks; the most notable being DISH Network.

DISH offered more money for the network and has done everything in its power to distract Sprint from Softbank's offer. Last week they took it a step farther by taking out an ad in The Washington Post questioning the national security issues raised by the acquisition. Unfortunately for DISH their plan didn't work, as this week the Department of Justice cleared the deal. This just leaves the FCC approval pending, that is except for Sprint's shareholders.

Wednesday will see a shareholder vote to approve the acquisition, but not everyone wants the deal to go through. There is a lawsuit trying to block the vote, as well as major investors who want it delayed. Why? Because they want the board, who has already recommended to the shareholders, that they approve the SoftBank deal, to reconsider the DISH deal. A change of direction like that would certainly spell trouble for SoftBank.

That is except for the fact that SoftBank has also been in talks with Deutsche Telekom to purchase their 74% stake in T-Mobile US, according to anonymous sources. The sources say that SoftBank has been in talks for a while, but it is as a "Plan B" and are more interested in Sprint than T-Mobile. Obviously position 3 is better than position 4 no matter how you stack it.

So, will Sprint go to SoftBank or DISH Network? If they choose the latter, will Deutsche Telekom leave their stake in floundering T-Mobile US, or will they abandon their attempts at the US market? I predict that DISH Network will lose their bids for both Sprint and Clearwire, leaving them with no option but to purchase T-Mobile.

What is your prediction? Let us know in the comments.

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