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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!

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.

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.

Kinect Demo's Going Live... At Four Locations

posted Sunday Jun 27, 2010 by Josh Henry

Kinect Demo's Going Live... At Four Locations

The Microsoft Store's official Twitter account is inviting folks to try Kinect at its stores "nationwide," which sounds a lot more impressive before the realization hits that there are only four locations in the entire country. The MS Twitter account also notes that Kinectimals will be shown off this weekend, so looks like those of you nearby will be able to play with skittles, which sounds a lot better than playing with a wet monkey. The miracle to me is that something interesting actually came out of twitter.

Hit the break for the locations and more information about the Kinect test-drive.

Microsoft Just Dropped A Bieber Bomb

posted Sunday Jun 27, 2010 by Josh Henry

Microsoft Just Dropped A Bieber Bomb

The drums of war are sounding over the motion-controlled gaming market, and efforts have escalated significantly earlier this week, when Microsoft's Kinect gained an endorsement from one of the world's foremost cultural leaders: Teen sensation Justin Bieber. Click past the jump to see the intro video to one of Bieber's recent performances: A clip which shows Bieber and company trying out Dance Central and Kinect Adventures, unlocking a few lucrative (albeit fake) Achievements along the way.

E3 2010 - Konami Brings Us Two New Castlevania Games

posted Thursday Jun 17, 2010 by Jon Wurm

E3 2010 - Konami Brings Us Two New <i>Castlevania</i> Games

I am pleased to announce that there were some good things that came from Konami this year. Everybody clap at Konami! Koji Igarashi, a producer for Konami Digital Entertainment announced one title I'm really excited for. This title is part of a 25 year old franchise that all of us NES lovers remember fondly. I'm talking of course about Castlevania Harmony of Despair.

This is a new take on the original 2D versions for the NES and looks to bring new life to the old 2D platform. The maps are now connected so monsters can actually follow you through the game creating a more continuous world. It is also the first multiplayer game of the franchise with a co-op mode and versus mode so you can play with or against each other. Koji also talked about the graphics getting a face lift as well so you can expect a more vibrant atmosphere. We didn't get to see a lot of game play but it certainly looks exciting.

For information on the next Castlevania title, hit the break!

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