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Nintendo's Plans for 3DS Games of the Future

posted Sunday Jun 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Nintendo's Plans for 3DS Games of the Future

Ever since last week's Nintendo press conference at E3 2010, everyone has been talking about the new Nintendo 3DS. What everyone seems to have forgotten is that no real games were announced, other than Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Satoru Iwata had something to say about that in a Q&A:

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Foursquare Checks-In To Investors' Wallets

posted Sunday Jun 27, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Foursquare Checks-In To Investors' Wallets

Everyone here at PLuGHiTz Live! Radio that has a phone capable of using Foursquare uses it constantly but fortunately for Foursquare their user base extends beyond us and continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This is part of the reason why this location-based social networking service has been receiving enormous amounts of attention from investment groups and large Internet companies such as Yahoo! and Facebook. The other reason is because interested companies like the amount of innovation the service has seen over the past several months. Many of the talks with prospective investors have come close to closing but have fallen short. Their deal with Facebook, which is who Foursquare CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley wants to work with the most, is on the rocks as they are finding it difficult to negotiate for more cash rather than stock in the social networking giant.

Foursqure has also been involved in an on-again-off-again relationship with Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm. The two companies were discussing an 80 million dollar deal when Horowitz backed out saying the negotiating process was too complicated, lengthy and public for their liking. Three weeks ago Horowitz made another offer for less than the original 80 million but the amount is unknown.

It seems like Foursquare is playing around with some big and wealthy companies but I'm not sure they will be in a position to drag them along much longer. They have already been in negotiations for several months with Facebook and Andreessen Horowitz, seemingly their two most interested potential investors, but they aren't getting the interest that Twitter received despite the fact that their service is much more useful and innovative. That being said, it will be interesting to see who they sign a deal with, for how much, and what they will be able to do with the funding.

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3DPSP2 A no Go for Sony

posted Sunday Jun 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

3DPSP2 A no Go for Sony

Everyone seems to agree that one of the biggest wins at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was Nintendo's announcement of the glasses-less 3DS. Sony, however, was the banner-waver for 3D gaming as they have been in the rest of the entertainment industry for 3D content.

The surprise, then, will be that Sony has no plans to incorporate any type of 3D experience into their next version of the PSP, affectionately called the PSP2 among the industry.

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ICANN, YouCANN, We All CANN!

posted Sunday Jun 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

ICANN, YouCANN, We All CANN!

Are you tired of scouring the Interwebs for porn sites with names like www.somethingsemidirty.com or www.somethingharmless.edu? Well, your search just got a lot easier. ICANN, the international board in charge of the Internet has approved the addition of another top-level domain - .xxx. I bet you can guess what that's for.

Somehow, according to the board, they have been working for 6 years to create a place for adult content on the web. In the interest of full disclosure, in the past, ICANN has denied the addition of .xxx to its roster of top-levels. I wonder what else they were considering that they thought might be better.

Right now, ICM has over 110,000 pre-reservations for domain names and expects that number to continue to grow until release day. The excitement has gone to their heads and everyone is now speaking in innuendo. Example:

"It's been a long time coming" - ICANN Chairman Stuart Lawley.

"Our expectation is that this step will proceed smoothly" - ICM spokesperson.

Clearly this is an amusing topic, but there is a serious side, too. It will be easier to find you some boobies!

Hit the break for some of our suggestions on discarded top-level domain ideas. WARNING - NSFW!

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Jackson Taking Over The Hobbit

posted Sunday Jun 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Jackson Taking Over <i>The Hobbit</i>

It is nice to be able to write about the upcoming 2-part film The Hobbit and not have bad news. It is the reason I have mostly avoided the topic until now. Today I have some of the best news nerds all over the world could possibly get. Guillermo del Toro is officially out as director and his replacement is Peter Jackson!

Peter Jackson is the now legendary director who was responsible for the original trilogy of films that were The Lord of the Rings. He has been onboard as producer for the new series of prequel films, but bringing him out of the shadows and sitting him in the director's chair is a big move, bound to change the look and feel of the films, and hopefully the direction.

Hit the break for some of the changes and more.

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YouTube vs. Viacom: Round 2 Fight!

posted Sunday Jun 27, 2010 by Jon Wurm

YouTube vs. Viacom: Round 2 Fight!

Wednesday June 23rd, 2010 marks the end of round 1, which began back in 2007, for the Google owned YouTube vs. Viacom lawsuit with an unanimous decision in favor of YouTube. Judge Stanton's summary judgment states that section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act offers safe harbor to ISPs that take an active role in responding to copyright infringement complaints. He also stated that, "the DMCA is explicit," meaning sites like YouTube do not have to actively seek out infringing content, they only are required to respond to complaints.

Hit the break to read about Viacom's stance on the issue.

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