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Record Labels Squeeze LimeWire for $105 Million

posted Sunday May 15, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Record Labels Squeeze LimeWire for $105 Million

I had all forgotten about LimeWire since November of last year when RIAA actually managed to win a lawsuit. It was originally filed in 2007, two years after the Supreme Court ruled that file-sharing companies could be sued for illegal distribution even if the service could be used legally. This left LimeWire on the hook for for damages that could have exceeded $1 billion in regards to 10,000 recordings released after 1972.

Arista Records LLC et al v Lime Group et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 06-05936 went before a jury trial the first week of May where Edgar Bronfman, the CEO of Warner testified that LimeWire not converting to a legal service was "devastating, frankly." The jury seems to have sided with Bronfman and the 13 record companies LimeWire was forced to settle with. Some of which were Atlantic, Capitol, Interscope, Arista, BMG Music, Motown, Elektra, UMG, Virgin, Sony and Warner. Damages were awarded in the amount of $105 million which is a win for both sides considering that the labels received compensation and LimeWire didn't have to shell out anywhere near $1 billion. All parties seem to be relieved that all this is behind them, even law firm Willkie, Farr & Gallagher who represented LimeWire,

Lime Wire and its founder, Mark Gorton, are pleased that this case has concluded.

Maybe everyone except RIAA which is basking in the glory of it's 0 for 10,000 record with lawsuits. Their CEO Mitch Bainwol said,

We are pleased to have reached a large monetary settlement. He called the accord a victory for music providers that 'play by the rules.'

Do you think this is a fair settlement? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Xbox 360 Update for the Spring Coming on May 19th

posted Sunday May 15, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox 360 Update for the Spring Coming on May 19th

Coming off the heels of benefiting from the Hulu Plus service rolling into the Xbox 360 yard, the Xbox, as per usual, is staying in the news. This week, being in the media certainly helps as we have gotten a hold of a couple of slides from a Microsoft tech support employee that hints to a new Dashboard update that will start to hit the consoles on May 19th.

From the docs, we should expect to see six different rollouts of the update from May 19 through May 30, which probably means heavy users and previous beta testers will get their hands on it first, which seems to be the typical deployment plan for the 360.

What's included? A bunch of cool stuff that's waiting for you after the break to find out about. We have the documents, too.

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Legendary RPG Chrono Trigger Comes to WiiWare

posted Sunday May 15, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Legendary RPG <i>Chrono Trigger</i> Comes to WiiWare

It seems like there's just less and less about Nintendo that gets my juices flowing, which is why reliving some of the old glory days is such a treat. Those of you born after 1990 probably won't have a clue why us veteran gamers are making such a big deal out of an old game coming to WiiWare and we don't really care. It's your loss that you weren't around to experience its glory in the good old days. Deal with it.

Chrono Trigger was originally released in 1995 for the SNES and is definitely one of the highest regarded RPGs of all time. I fondly remember a compelling story mixed in with unique gameplay mechanics such as team attacks that required collaboration between two or more characters to deal some serious damage. Let's also not forget about being able to replay the game from the beginning with your characters starting out at the level they were when you finished the previous time. SPOILER!! I do remember your characters needed to be at least level 75 to have a chance at the last boss.

To find out when you can get your hands on this legendary classic, hit the break.

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UK Developers ARM Less Fortunate with Linux Power

posted Sunday May 15, 2011 by Jon Wurm

UK Developers ARM Less Fortunate with Linux Power

I always like to see someone with a cause leverage technology to better mankind, especially when it's geared toward those that could use it the most. The last news of this nature that we had to report came from ConvergeUS, who is a conglomerate that finds ways to leverage technology to solve social problems. It seems that organization, and a lot more, could possibly benefit from what a UK developer has developed.

David Braben from Frontier Developments has put together a nifty little prototype computer that consists of a USB port, HDMI port, 700Mhz ARM11 processor and 128MB of RAM. The mini-computer is the size of a flash drive and runs Linux Ubuntu for the OS. Did I mention it also has an SD expansion slot and a 12MP camera? Braben's goal is to have them mass produced and in the hands of every kid, especially those that are socially or economically disadvantaged. How much would this little delight cost you? If mass produced it would only cost about $25 USD. Sign me up!

Watch Braben explain what he intends to achieve with this little device by hitting the break.

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TwitPic - A Photo Service for Twits

posted Saturday May 14, 2011 by Scott Ertz

TwitPic - A Photo Service for Twits

If you have ever used the photo service TwitPic - popular for sharing photos through Twitter - you might want to consider removing the images you have posted. A change to their Terms of Service, in addition to an announcement with news agency WENN, will have TwitPic selling your images for their profit.

While most of the photos shared through the service are mundane nonsense, like all data shared on Twitter, some have been socially impacting. The first photos of the Hudson River plane landing and protest photos from the Middle East. Those images will be sold for TwitPic's profit.

The changes to the ToS include,

...you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of ... after you remove or delete your media from the Service provided that any sub-license by Twitpic to use, reproduce or distribute the Content prior to such termination may be perpetual and irrevocable.

TwitPic is not the only service to include these clauses, but they are the first to openly say they will be selling your images regularly to a particular news outlet. I guess Google isn't the ones to fear, Facebook.

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Sony Relaunches the PSN

posted Saturday May 14, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Sony Relaunches the PSN

It is official - just a few hours ago Sony finally relaunched the PlayStation Network. The relaunch was accompanied by a firmware update for the PS3 as well as a mandatory password change. Of course, not all functions are back online yet and it is not available to the entire country. If you are interested in finding out what states are back up and working, hit the source link.

This restoration comes after weeks of outages because of an attack on Sony's PSN infrastructure. Much of the personal data was accessed, possibly including credit card data. Sony has assured their customers that even if the billing data was compromised, it is all encrypted. Of course, if someone is capable of breaking through Sony's defenses, they are probably capable of decrypting a little billing data.

The attack was initially blamed on AnonOps, the group behind many of the DDoS attacks we have talked about in the past, who even threatened Sony over the treatment of GeoHot. They have, however, said they were not involved and this is an organization that claims every attack they are involved in proudly.

To find out about Sony's resolutions, hit the break.

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