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22 Can Details Curiosity... Kind Of

posted Sunday Jul 8, 2012 by Scott Ertz

22 Can Details <i>Curiosity</i>... Kind Of

Since Peter Molyneux left Microsoft and founded 22 Can, there has been a lot of interest about what the company would launch. Molyneux has said the company would produce 22 experimental games, something he is very good at (look at Milo). His first experiment, announced at E3 2012, is called Curiosity.

The game concept, explained in detail this week, is pretty simple: there is a box (pictured right) which contains something. Everyone in the world, up to 1 million at a time, get to hack away at the box to reveal the contents. That's it; pretty simple, right? The game is free, though you can purchase tools to help you break more, faster. For example, you can spend 50 cents to buy a pickax, or $50,000 to buy a diamond pickax. Molyneux describes the $50,000 purchase as "nothing to be ashamed of."

While 1 million people can destroy the box together, on iOS, Android and PC, only one person will get to reveal the contents. The important question everyone is asking, though, is what's inside? Obviously Molyneux will not tell, but he did say "it's so amazing I think it will appear on news reports." So, my question for you is, what is inside? Only time will tell, and we can start the journey on August 22. Give us your thoughts on the contents in the comments section.

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Facebook Settles its Patent Dispute With Yahoo!

posted Sunday Jul 8, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Facebook Settles its Patent Dispute With Yahoo!

While Yahoo's patent suit against Facebook might have looked like an IPO gimmick, it has lasted longer than Facebook's stock high, and might be worth more in the end. The two companies announced that they have entered into an advertising partnership and patent licensing agreement, thereby settling the dispute. The agreement includes patent cross-licensing, meaning Yahoo will gain access to Facebook's newly acquired patents from Microsoft, and Facebook will gain access to Yahoo's patents, including the 10 in question.

In addition to patent licensing, the agreement will also include a mutual advertising partnership. Together, the companies will form an advertising platform that will be available across both Facebook and Yahoo's global properties. The companies will also partner on Yahoo's media event coverage, bringing that existing content to Facebook's userbase through integrated social programs. This all makes sense considering the 10 patents in dispute had to do with media presentation and advertising.

What do the two companies think of the partnership? Hit the break for the reactions from executives at both companies.

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A New Gold Medal Available in London This Year

posted Sunday Jul 8, 2012 by Scott Ertz

A New Gold Medal Available in London This Year

Everyone knows that countries from all over the world will begin a global sports competition like no other in just a few short weeks, jockeying for the ultimate prize: Summer Gold. What most people do not know, however, is there will be another competition going on in the same city at the same time, and the prize for this competition is not quite as prestigious in the sports realm, but very prestigious on the Internet: 'Lulz."

This battle will be between the white and black hat computer security experts. London Olympic officials are expecting the hacking attempts during this year's games to be stronger than all other games together. Richard Clarke, England's counter-terrorism department director, said he believed the hacking threat at this year's games would rise to the level of physical threats at previous games. The ultimate laugh would be getting their own text to display on scoreboards all over London and televisions around the world.

Patrick Adiba, Atos executive vice president for the Olympic Games and major events, said about the matter,

It is very unlikely, as it all operates on a very secure network. It would be quite complicated to get into this network without being detected. It can never be 100 percent, but it is close to 100 percent.

Is everyone as optimistic as the guy whose job it is to convince people it is all going to be okay? Hit the break to find out.

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Beats Acquires Music Streaming Company MOG, Reportedly for Only $10 Million

posted Sunday Jul 8, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Beats Acquires Music Streaming Company MOG, Reportedly for Only $10 Million

After the departure from Monster Cable, it was unsure how Beats Electronics was going to thrive independently. HTC then swept in and now has a majority stake in the company and Beats Audio is slowly showing up in several more devices here in the States. However, while the company's flagship product, Beats by Dre headphones, has expanded the lineup to include more celebrities, it appears that's all Beats has going for them. The product itself now is not being manufactured by Monster and really lacks the overall sound quality that people are looking for, especially if that person wants to actually listen to music without making it sound like a trunk is rattling in their head.

Beats Electronics has announced that the company is buying the music streaming service MOG, with both sides now confirming the acquisition. For those who don't know, the company is almost an exact replica of the original version of Spotify, which has grown exponentially since its inception in America. MOG is having a very hard time gaining any traction but now with a hardware company behind it, Beats will now attempt to offer a full music experience. This is similar to what Apple does, from the device, to the consumption software to the headphones.

We have more on the acquisition after the break, including the official statement from Beats and what their plans moving forward.

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Netflix Eclipses 1 Billion Hours Streamed for the Month of June

posted Sunday Jul 8, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Netflix Eclipses 1 Billion Hours Streamed for the Month of June

I know it doesn't feel like it but The Great Netflix Debacle of Late 2011 happened a year ago around this time. The CEO went nuts and tried to break things up and confuse customers, all while jacking up the price for subscription. After the dust settled from that, we did learn that Netflix was working on some positive things. They purchased DVD.com, planned to add a bunch of original programming to their service and realized that all the people who left because "the prices were too high" decided to come back after realizing there were not greener pastures.

This week, Netflix has fended off the angry investors and customers and has proven that there is a reason they are the #1 video streaming service. The company has reached a new milestone in the world of video streaming: Netflix announced that the Watch Instantly service has over 1 billion hours of streamed content for the month of June. That is a lot of episodes of Parks and Recreation.

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The Apple is No Longer Greener on the Other Side

posted Saturday Jul 7, 2012 by Scott Ertz

The Apple is No Longer Greener on the Other Side

Apple has long billed itself as an environmentally friendly company. In fact, essentially the entire line of Apple products has been EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) certified. Not that this was a big accomplishment, as millions of electronics products are on this registry. It makes sense, since many schools, corporations and government agencies will only purchase products that are on the registry, either by matter of law, conscience or charter. One of the reasons is because EPEAT encourages products to be recyclable, such as being easily openable with standard tools and with the ability to disassemble the components easily.

Well, Apple's products are certainly not that. If you have ever had the guts to try and change the battery in an iPhone, you know that there is no real way to do it without ruining the housing. This coming from someone who has replaced communications boards between phones without concern, so you know it is a pretty serious effort, unless you have Apple's special tools. Unfortunately, Apple's special tools are not "standard tools" and therefore, the products do not meet the EPEAT requirements for registry. Because of this, Apple has notified EPEAT to remove all of their products, almost 40 in total, from the registry.

How will this affect Apple and what do the two organization have to say about the move? Hit the break for more.

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