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Gmail Back in Beta

posted Sunday Mar 6, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Gmail Back in Beta

Do you remember when Google first launched Gmail and EVERYONE had to have one? Well, many of those people experienced another of Google's failures when 150,000 Gmail accounts were reset to new. All of these people started their day signing into their Gmail accounts to find only the "Welcome to Gmail" message. Years of emails, Gtalk chat logs, contacts and anything else stored in their accounts - gone.

While Google was working on solving the problem, a spokesperson said, "Affected users will be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts." I guess if all of your content is gone it doesn't matter if you cannot access your information. During the process, Google kept its users updated via its App Status Dashboard. One of the initial statuses said,

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by February 28, 2011 8:36:00 AM UTC with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.

Not that anyone really has patience for Google's disasters anymore, but at least we all expect them. The good news is, as of March 3, the new status says,

The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

Apparently someone at Google made a tape backup before the system failed.

Nintendogs Not Enough Security, 3DS Hacked

posted Sunday Mar 6, 2011 by Jon Wurm

<i>Nintendogs</i> Not Enough Security, 3DS Hacked

There's not a whole lot so say here that isn't already in the title but it only took about 4 hours for the R4i team to hack the 3DS after launch. You can't play pirated 3DS games on the device yet but you can play Gameboy Color and original DS games so things are starting off pretty well but you can expect Nintendo to push out a firmware update that will set R4i back temporarily. They did offer up an explanation about their accomplishment on their YouTube channel,

Let me just clear things up. This is not a 3DS flashcart. It is the R4 used on DSi. It is not possible to play 3DS games from it. You can't use your current DS flashcart (no matter what brand) on it. The R4 team has managed to hack the 3DS in order to make it run. Nintendo has made a "whitelist", built into the 3DS. It's a list that contains the names of all games that can be played on the 3DS, and guess what; the R4 is not on that list. These guys have modified this list, making it possible to run their flashcart. Therefore, YOU can not do this, unless you hack the system yourself. Expect Nintendo to release a firmware update to block the R4 cards once again.

Check out a video of the hack in action by hitting the break.

Amazon Instant Video Becomes Part of Amazon Prime

posted Sunday Mar 6, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Amazon Instant Video Becomes Part of Amazon Prime

Media analysts are very strange people. In a market where competition drives creativity and uniqueness, they are quick to downplay certain companies yet promote others as revolutionary and breakthrough before they even launch, or better yet, when they weren't doing too well and relaunch. Spotify is an example of the former and the new and improved Amazon Prime is an example of the latter.

Prime was a service where you could buy pretty much any and everything with free two day shipping to anywhere in the US. We're talking things from soup cans to nuts and bolts, and it included a lot of the Amazon.com inventory. All of this was available to any interested consumer for an annual rate of $79 per year, similar to Sam's Club or Costco's membership packages.

Amazon Prime is now looking to enter into the video streaming market at a time where Netflix is doing more and more good for themselves and Hulu can't seem to catch a break. The relaunched Prime service is looking to go right after Netflix with over 5,000 shows and movies for its customers. Also, the added video streaming options won't cost existing Prime members any more money, which means the price of the service is $20 cheaper than the lowest Netflix plan.

For more on the story, follow the break.

Sony Subpoena Bad News For GeoHot And Us

posted Sunday Mar 6, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Sony Subpoena Bad News For GeoHot And Us

Sony continues to turn up the heat on GeoHot this week when a Federal Magistrate, Joseph Spero, allowed Sony access to sensitive information concerning GeoHot and anyone who seems to have had contact with him in almost any way. If you have visited GeoHot's website anytime after 2009 then congratulations because odds are you will be included somewhere in the IP logs, server logs and account records they are legally obligated to turn over to Sony.

Some of the other subpoenas that were approved require Google to remit information about GeoHots's blog, his YouTube account and anyone who has posted or published a comment in regards to his "Jailbroken PS3 3.55 with Homebrew" video will also be caught up in the mix. If you follow him on Twitter don't feel left out, Sony is getting all the information associated with his Twitter account as well.

To find out what's next for GeoHot, hit the break.

Netflix Locks in CBS for More Shows

posted Saturday Mar 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Netflix Locks in CBS for More Shows

Netflix has been doing some great things as of late. On top of them already hitting the $2 billion mark and adding an exclusive deal with Disney, they've been getting help indirectly from their main competitor, Hulu, who has seen some serious troubles in recent weeks.

This week Netflix hooked up with CBS to stream some of the shows on its network, though none seem to be current on-air episodes. This two-year deal will include shows like Medium, Flashpoint, Frasier, Cheers and Hawaii Five-O and includes a two-year extension option for CBS when the deal nears its completion. CBS seems to be excited about this deal, which could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the company.

At a time where the next deal could be the make-or-break for either company, it seems like Netflix keeps going up and Hulu is just down in the dumps at this point. Things could turn around in the blink of an eye, especially in this new market with lots of potential. Good streaks can either come to an end abruptly or see a ton of success for a very long time. I hope Netflix can keep doing what's got them to the dance and I wish Hulu would get back on the ball and start making some better moves forward.

Spotify Signs More Deals, Still Waiting on Warner

posted Saturday Mar 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Spotify Signs More Deals, Still Waiting on Warner

It seems like every week I have Spotify updates for everyone. Starting in January, I mentioned Spotify would make its way from Europe to the US very soon. So far, the streaming music company has finalized a deal with Sony and EMI and has even hinted at arriving the the US sooner than we think. The only problem holding them back was the ability to land a significant deal with another big record label, which would force analysts to consider Spotify as a serious competitor. That is, until now.

Want to know who Spotify scooped up this week? Hit the break.

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