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There Will Be B**ching: Viacom Vs. YouTube

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Jon Wurm

There Will Be B**ching: Viacom Vs. YouTube

In March of 2007, Viacom filed a lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube citing massive copyright infringement. They claim that around 160,000 video clips of Viacom's programming have been viewed over 1.5 billion times making this the largest lawsuit concerning intellectual property rights ever, but Google doesn't seem to be worried. After acquiring YouTube in 2006 for $1.6 billion, making it the largest online acquisition ever, Google expected there to be potential lawsuits in the future. At present day the two companies are still locked in legal turmoil but things are really starting to heat up. Viacom stated last Friday on their website that,

It is abundantly clear that YouTube and Google knew about copyright infringement on the YouTube site, encouraged it and profited from it.

There are also some very angry internal e-mails from Viacom execs and employees that reveal their true hatred for Google, including "F*** those motherf***ers." and "Google bastards."

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Virgin Games' Big Announcement

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Virgin Games' Big Announcement

In the 80s and 90s, Virgin Interactive Entertainment was one of the biggest names in the industry, topping their achievements with Command and Conquer. After they sold to Blockbuster in 1994 for a whopping $250 million, no one expected they would ever be a force to be reckoned with again. Boy were we wrong.

In 2004, Richard Branson, the billionaire playboy owner of the Virgin Group, started Virgin Games which owns and operates prize-based game sites. Among the featured games is a casino, poker and bingo. Certainly not what Virgin Interactive was all about. Rumor has it that Sir Richard Branson himself will be at E3 next month to step up their game.

According to MCVUK, Branson has been developing a cross-platform gaming environment.

The new gaming service rumoured to launch at E3 will seek partnerships with leading publishers and content owners, offering new and unique opportunities.

Ambitious and global, the business is expected to run across the leading console formats and feature the most popular games on the market.

MCV understands that the new video games venture will be online-only and again challenge-based, possibly built on a technology acquisition.

This wouldn't be the first product of its type in the gaming space (BringIt), but with the backing of the Virgin name and logo, it could be the first to be successful.

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Even Pakistanis Hate Facebook

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Even Pakistanis Hate Facebook

Protesters in Pakistan are outraged by what they feel is a direct attack against their religion. In the Muslim world, it is sacrilegious to display the image of the Prophet Mohammed. Many free speech advocates, however, feel that there is a need to do it just to prove the value of free speech. One such person created a Facebook event and group entitled "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" which was this past Thursday.

Clearly, this is a controversial move and one that members of the Muslim world do not appreciate. At these protests, there have been chants of "Death to Facebook" and "Death to America," though the protests themselves have been mostly peaceful. As a result, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has blocked access to Facebook, YouTube and a collection of more than 450 other sites that have been deemed to be in conjunction.

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Intel Possibly Fading the Already Grey Line Between Netbook and Notebook

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Intel Possibly Fading the Already Grey Line Between Netbook and Notebook

Intel has tried to keep tabs on netbook sales overtaking notebook sales by placing a limitation on how large a netbook screen could be. Netbooks that used the Atom N series processor were restricted to screen sizes of 10.2" or less. Sound the rumor alert though, because word on the street is that Intel will be removing this hardware restriction sometime in the second half of this year, which will allow any netbook using the dual-core N550 processor to have larger screens.

This doesn't come as a shock to us, as Intel is trying to find a new way to keep netbook sales on the rise after seeing them level off in the past six months. Offering new models and styles will probably drum up a few percentage points in sales. It might also be that Intel is trying to keep up with Asus' move of the new EEE-PC netbooks, which offer 1080p video on a 10" screen, by combining Pine Trail and BroadcamCrystalHD to make it possible on larger LCDs.

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FTC Shuts Down Less-Than-Ethical ISP

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

FTC Shuts Down Less-Than-Ethical ISP

Guess what happens if an ISP hosts and distributes spam, malware and porn? It's going to get shut down, especially if the FTC gets involved! That's exactly what happened with Internet service provider 3FN. Earlier this week, the FTC made a request to a district court judge to shut down the ISP. 3FN's servers and assets were since seized and they have been ordered to pay $1.08 million of it proceeds to the FTC.

This started back in June of 2009, when the Federal Trade Commission initially charged 3FN with actively recruiting and colluding with criminals to distribute e-content such as spyware, viruses, trojans, phishing schemes and child pornography.

The FTC alleged that the defendant advertised its services in the darkest corners of the Internet, including a chat room for spammers.

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Heroes: Saving the Cheerleader Won't Save The Series

posted Sunday May 16, 2010 by Josh Henry

<i>Heroes</i>: Saving the Cheerleader Won't Save The Series

Something that us fans of NBC's show Heroes have been anticipating has actually been confirmed, that being the cancellation of the series. Yes that is right, Heroes will be no more and we will no longer be able to hear about Mohinder and his father's research, nor will we be able to see problems fixed by a little memory wipe here or a trip back in time. The cancellation of the show has been speculated for the past two years but now that it has actually been confirmed it is a bit bitter sweet. I myself along with the rest of the crew have watched the show since day one and have seen the decline of the series since its amazing first season. Now don't get me wrong, each of the seasons have had their truly great moments and glimmers of hope but to find this news unexpected or surprising is a bit naive.

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