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YouTube's 15 Minutes of Fame

posted Sunday Aug 1, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

YouTube's 15 Minutes of Fame

YouTube's 10 minute limit on videos has expanded to 15 minutes this week, giving users 50 percent more time to upload more pointless and random crap to clog the Internet's series of tubes. The new limit is a reflection of audiences' growing demand for longer form content online. In the past, YouTube content partners have been able to publish longer videos, but the ability for regular user to do this now is pretty significant.

How famous can you get? Follow the break to find out.

Sprint Gets Even More Clever with New iPod Touch

posted Sunday Aug 1, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sprint Gets Even More Clever with New iPod Touch

Sprint's marketing and product development teams have been clever and just plain awesome when it comes to the ways they have been able to combat the ever popular iPod, iPad and iPhone. We have all seen the commercials and ads that show the iPad connecting to the network via Sprint's mobile hotspot solution, and even went as far as to offer a free iPad case that had a pocket to fit the 4G/3G Overdrive. Well, now Sprint has teamed up with manufacturer ZTE to bring you the Peel, which is a case that will allow the iPod touch to do the same for Sprint's 3G network.

To check out Sprint's latest concoction, hit the break.

Fired for Going TO SPACE!

posted Sunday Aug 1, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Fired for Going TO SPACE!

Want to hear the best termination story you'll ever hear? Well, here we go. Richard "Lord British" Garriott, Ultima creator and coiner of the term Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game created a company called Destination Games. They partnered with NCSoft to release a number of things, most notably Tabula Rasa, a semi-failure of an MMO. At some point, NCSoft bought the company and Garriott was made CEO of NCsoft Austin, also known as NC Interactive.

In 2008, Garriott decided to take his fortunes and go to space, so he hopped aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 and headed to the International Space station for 12 days. While there, NCSoft decided that this was his resignation and posted a resignation letter on the Tabula Rasa website. The only problem is that he didn't write the letter and had had no intentions of leaving the company.

To read the rest of the story and the resulting lawsuit, hit the break.

Google Makes Facebook Angry by Taking Zynga on a Date

posted Sunday Aug 1, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Google Makes Facebook Angry by Taking Zynga on a Date

Last week, we talked about how Google Me would be a way for Google to take on Facebook, at least on the social media side of things. But what about for the gaming market? With online games such as FrontierVille and FarmVille taking over, Google would have had to have seen the success, and this week, it looks like they have taken notice, as Google is trying to sweet talk social-gaming giant Zynga into doing business with them.

It only makes sense for Google to make this move, as we also learned this week that Disney bought Playdom, the #3 game developer behind Zynga and EA, for $563.2 million and GameStop made a move for Flash game developer Kongregate.

For more on Google's plot, follow the break.

How to Recover American Idol

posted Sunday Aug 1, 2010 by Scott Ertz

How to Recover <i>American Idol</i>

The country's top-rated program for somewhere near 100 years now is on the brink of collapse. Simon Cowell has left the show so he can go back to having a career and recently rehired executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, has fired Ellen Degenres and Kara DioGuardi, leaving the series with Randy Jackson.

Jennifer Lopez has officially been picked to replace Ellen and Kara (they are bringing the team back to 3, not 4) and rumors in the industry seem to point to an incredibly odd replacement for Simon: Steven Tyler. Yes, you read that right. JLo and Aerosmith combining to form a partnership even stranger than the Super Bowl halftime show where Aerosmith and N*Sync performed with Brittany Spears.

So, this has me thinking - is there a way for Fox to salvage American Idol?

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!!!!!!!!

posted Sunday Aug 1, 2010 by Josh Henry

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!!!!!!!!

Citing increased real-life criminal activity originating in the online space, the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communication has placed a number of tight restrictions on massively multiplayer titles. These include bans on any and all advertisements for online games, as well as regulations forcing ISPs to shut off service to gaming cafes and retailers after hours.

According to the website 70% to 76%, of primary school children play online videogames on weekdays, with 100% of the surveyed saying they played on weekends. Videogames have been blamed for a rise in crime and truancy by young people, as well as fears over videogame addiction.

The government has asked videogame creators to have their games put through a standard ratings system based on their content. Some have already done this and the ratings range from "below 6; 6-11; 12-15; 15-18; above 18; and 'unsuitable for all ages'." There’s also, according to Vietnam News, a move for "electronic IDs", which seems to indicate a universal log-on system which would help "manage internet usage".

More drastic is the Ministry's decision to stop allowing any additional online games to come into the nation until further legislation on the matter can be considered. What I am wondering is if this has anything to do with the large amount of gold farming that comes out of countries like Vietnam and Korea. It looks like all the people who depend on buying fake money with real money. Looks like I am going to have to hold off on buying my epic mount.

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