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Privacy Pounced On, Considered Privilege Once Again

posted Saturday Mar 13, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Privacy Pounced On, Considered Privilege Once Again

Once again, consumers are outraged by issues regarding invasion of privacy. Google stepped on some Gmail user's toes recently, and apparently they are not the only ones. A lawsuit, filed against Netflix, claimed that the company had not done enough to make sure their customer's information remained anonymous in a recent contest.

The contest was established to formulate a better system of suggesting movies based on the films the user has already viewed. Seems like a good idea right?

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Another Day, Another Bundle

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Josh Henry

Another Day, Another Bundle

There are a few definite truths within the world: one being that the Canadians are gods of hockey and another being that Microsoft really enjoys their bundle packages. If you are like me and are looking to buy your third (yes I said third) Xbox 360, chances are you are looking for the most bang for your buck as well as the reliability of your system's functionality. Alternatively, are you perhaps looking to break your Xbox 360's hymen? It seems that both of us are in luck; Amazon recently added a listing for an Xbox 360 Elite Spring 2010 bundle, which includes Halo 3: ODST, Forza Motorsport 3 and a 120GB hard drive for just $299.99.

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Cake May Be a Lie, But at Least You Can Eat it With Your Friends

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Josh Henry

Cake May Be a Lie, But at Least You Can Eat it With Your Friends

This Saturday we all got a big reveal when we saw a preview of Portal 2 being next month's Game Informer cover. This is extremely exciting for all of us here at PluGHiTz Live!, but didn't reveal much to us as to the cold hard facts of this highly anticipated game. Now, between Eurogamer being told by Valve that the game is heading to Xbox 360 and PC, and Game Informer's reveal that the sequel features a "two-player co-op mode with its own campaign featuring two new playable characters," I am excited to see how exactly Valve plans on pulling this off and even more excited that the game is coming out this holiday season.

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It Never Ends...Apple and Nokia at it Again

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

It Never Ends...Apple and Nokia at it Again

Remember the ongoing battle between Apple and Nokia? Oh yes, the incident you try to forget but it just wont go away. Well, there's more! What a shocker.

The last update in the case occurred when Apple decided to retaliate after Nokia filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC). Nokia's reason for filing the complaint was to have the ITC ban imports of Apple products into the U.S. This complaint was completely ridiculous since it did not relate to the original grievance in any way. Yet, Apple had to get a piece of it and decided to file a complaint with the ITC themselves. Their reasoning was unclear. By this point, we knew that this dispute would not be settled in court.

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"Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal." Thanks, Steve Jobs!

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Yeah, Steve Jobs said that. Looks like 1996 Steve Jobs and 2010 Steve Jobs haven't met. When 1996 Steve Jobs was fired and sold off all his shares and anything Apple Computers-branded, 2010 Steve Jobs killed that man and renamed the company to Apple, Inc. And with that, he also went on a tirade of lawsuits and counter-suing with Nokia to now duking it out with HTC. Apple has sued HTC for infringing on 20 patents "related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware."

Apple's claims are nuts! Just because ANOTHER phone has touch screen doesn't mean it's infringement. I got news for ya, Apple: You weren't the first. But yes, I understand, you're lost in the cloud that is your beloved operating system and won't admit that you merely passed the phone off by calling it innovation when inventions before you have outperformed it, I get it. It's fine. But you've even surprised HTC with these claims, who, by the way, had the PPC6600 before the thought of a touch device was even a gleam in your development team's eyes.

Here's the press release:

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This Week in Portal

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

This Week in <i>Portal</i>

Do you remember Portal, the fantastic shooter puzzle game from Valve where you had to escape from a psychotic robot? It turns out that Valve remembers about it, too, and even updated the PC version of the game this week completely unexpectedly. Their release notes said,

Changed radio transmission frequency to comply with federal and state spectrum management regulations.

Immediately we got excited and knew something was up with the radios. In digging into the audio files for the game, it was discovered that there were a number of new MP3 files all related to the radio. The new files include several Morse Code transmissions and the rest are SSTV encoded photos. The images all appear to be photos from inside Aperture Laboratories, possibly from the security cameras. There is definitely a lot of thought behind what is going on here.

The guess has been that all of these new challenges are leading up to a Portal 2 which Valve then announced officially. The official description of the game says,

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