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LucasFilms Sues Jedi Mind, Inc.

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

George Lucas is taking out his lightsaber to attack the makers of a wireless headset called Master Mind that states its users can interact with computers through brainwaves. Jedi Mind, Inc. is the target of this Lucasfilm lawsuit over copyright infringement, claiming that the products made by this company could hurt Lucas' business and make customers confused.

Lucas has somewhat of a reputation of being intolerant of anyone using references to Star Wars in their products. The now-popular "Droid" mark for Android-powered smartphones was, in fact, licensed from Lucasfilm for this reason - otherwise, Verizon Wireless would have to use another, probably less catchy name.

With this fairly common knowledge, it's surprising that Jedi Mind, Inc. even moved forward with its company and product names in the first place. Lucasfilm sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company in May of 2009, and then again in September of 2009 after Jedi Mind failed to phase out the Jedi-related marks. The two companies tried to settle out of court, but apparently failed, leading Lucasfilm to ask for $5 million in damages as well as injunctive relief.

Movie Studios Sue Ad Companies for Pirate Sites

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Movie Studios Sue Ad Companies for Pirate Sites

Movie studios are sick of websites that offer pirated material and have decided to open a new lawsuit targeting an ad company that provides their services to these sites. Warner Bros and Disney have joined forces to sue Triton Media, saying the company is responsible for contributory and induced copyright infringement because Triton helps keep these sites alive by supporting them with ad and referral income.

Warner and Disney are going after Triton for supporting nine websites they claim to be "one-stop-shop" sites for illegal copies of the studios' work. Some of the sites include, and - basically, no-name sites. Essentially, the lawsuit claims that both parties have profited from the distribution of the pirated works and Triton made it possible by offering "material assistance" to the sites.

To see if anything may come out of this lawsuit, check after the break.

Microsoft Cofounder Sues the Internet Over Patents

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Cofounder Sues the Internet Over Patents

Paul Allen, entrepreneur and co-founder of Microsoft, has filed a lawsuit against 11 companies for infringements on his Web search patents. The suit names Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, and Microsoft partner Yahoo as defendants for violating four Interval Licensing LLC patents, though the court will likely have to weigh whether the patents in question are "obvious" or not.

The infringing patents have three main concepts in question: browser use for finding and looking through information, keeping a user's peripheral attention while using a device and letting users know of items of current interest. Basically, this is revolving around the idea of presenting searched-for information to a user along with related news articles, music, videos, status updates from friends or stock and weather info.

For more on what's going on here, follow the break.

Fan Friday for Star Wars: The Old Republic Brings Great News!

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Josh Henry

Fan Friday for <i>Star Wars: The Old Republic</i> Brings Great News!

Whether you like to keep two feet on the ground or like to explore the final frontier, The Old Republic is catering to your every need. Fans of the former or the ladder (or both) aspects of the game have a little more to look forward to this week, as BioWare released additional information on the advanced classes and rolled out the first two starfighters for the public to see. Last week they also revealed some footage of space combat as well as some in depth information about the Jedi Knight.

In its recent Fan Friday, BioWare clarified the 16 class specializations by listing each of their top three attributes. For example, class I plan on playing, the Jedi Knight, has two specs entitled Jedi Gaurdian and Jedi Sentinel. The Jedi Guardian skills include using a Single Saber and Heavy Armor, while having Party Buffs and fulfilling the role of a Tank. Jedi Sentinels however Dual Weild their Saber's and specialize in Saber to Saber combat and take care of Melee DPS.

If the recently revealed space combat has you itching to jump in your jumpsuit, you can check out the first two starships (out of six) that will take pilots through the midst of adrenaline-pumping battles. The Fury is an Imperial interceptor (which looks like a enlarged predecessor of the TIE Interceptor), designed with speed and firepower in mind. Its counterpart, the Defender, is a standard Republic corvette that's been upgraded with turbolasers and shields for quick combat missions. Hopefully, we'll find out the remaining four fighters before too long!

MizuCon - Is YourzuCon

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Jon Wurm

MizuCon - Is YourzuCon

What an interesting Con month it's been for Scott, Josh, and myself. It was interesting for me because of Star Wars Celebration V and because of my first time experiencing MizuCon. You're never heard of it? Imagine a good con; now imagine a great con; OK, now imagine a super con! Got it? Well it's like that except better and wrapped up in a neat little package. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality.

Friday night was of course filled with cosplayers, vendors and exhibitors, like the improv group as well as our good friends from TATE'S Comics+Toys+Videos+More and the 3000 Brigade. 3K, of course, stole the show without trying. Their preview show was off the chain and somehow I wasn't surprised. Seeing all the Koopa Kids, played by the sexy female cast members, made it difficult to focus on filming, to say the least. Shame on you if you weren't there to see it and kudos if you were. Fortunately, I was also able to catch a glimpse of the improv group that performed afterwards. 3K is a tough act to follow but I certainly enjoyed what I saw and they were good sports about sharing back stage space with 30 other people so when you hit up MizuCon next year stop by and give them a watch as well.

Saturday, Scott and I remembered what it felt like to be a spectator and walked around talking with con-goers and some awesome vendors as well. Of course, we ended up with some con goodies but with the variety of anime and gamer stuff you're bound to find something you just have to get. However, I am glad that we were able to take refuge at TATE'S booth when the urge to geek out became too strong. Otherwise who knows what damage we might have done.

HP-Palm WebOS Tablet Coming in

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

HP-Palm WebOS Tablet Coming in

We'd heard HP's Todd Bradley had confidentially told employees that a webOS tablet would arrive in first quarter 2011, but now the man's gone on the record in the company's third quarter 2010 earnings call.

"You'll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011," he told investors and analysts in response to a direct question about tablets, adding that potential slates were part of the reason HP bought Palm in the first place. Now, we're not financial experts, but we've heard it's typically a good idea not to promise things to your shareholders if you don't intend to deliver. In other words, there's a good bet the PalmPad is actually not an imaginary friend our subconscious created after Mark Hurd's hateful words in June. Instead, it does exist and that's why HP has gone a new direction when it comes to their CEO decision-making - you know, minus the whole $50 million severance package thing.

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