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Guitar Hero Challenge

posted Wednesday Oct 17, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Are you good at Guitar Hero 2? Will you be in LA this weekend? Then why not take up a challenge from Target to become a pro? You can stop by any of the GH kiosks at the E for All event, play Guitar Hero 2 and try for a chance to be in the finals playing for $3000!

Even if you're not good, and just want to try out Guitar Hero 3, you can stop by and do that, too!

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AT&T Contract Changes

posted Wednesday Oct 17, 2007 by Scott Ertz

AT&T Contract Changes

AT&T, the country's largest provider of wireless phone service, has followed the lead of Verizon Wireless in changing its contract terms. From now on, the early termination fee will be prorated, based on the customer's time into their contract (the farther along, the lower the fee).

Based on what we know about the wireless industry and the way handsets are priced, we suspect this will be reflected back into the pricing of the phones themselves.

The important thing to remember is, once you get pissed and destroy your iPhone, it won't cost as much to get out of contract.

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YouTube to "Filter" Content

posted Wednesday Oct 17, 2007 by Scott Ertz

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YouTube is implementing a new system that will allow them to remove copyrighted material from their system. That should make Viacom happy, right? Not as much as you might think. The system requires that YouTube have a copy of the material so that it can be compared to ensure it is illegally posted. Then, the copyright owner has the option to either have it removed or have an ad placed around the video to generate revenue.

So, companies like Viacom that owns multiple television stations and movie brands, will have to submit EVERYTHING they have ever produced to make the system funtion. All I can say is, I wouldn't want to be the one at Google processing all of this new video and uploading it into the content filter.

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Facebook Goes Safe

posted Wednesday Oct 17, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Facebook Goes Safe

Facebook, one of the largest social networking sites on the Internets, has agreed to make the network safer. They, along with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, have worked out procedures to attend to complaints about innapropriate content (obscene language, nudity, etc) within 24 hours of the complaint and report to the complaint within 72 hours.

Cuomo said at a news conference. "Facebook will have the safest interactions of its kind on the Internet." "We care deeply about our Facebook users and today we pledge a solution," said Chris Kelly, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer, who was with the Attorney General announcing the procedures. "We believe that safety is an ongoing process."

Now that Facebook is "safe" where will emo kids post their half-naked pictures for everyone to see?

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Mac OS X Leopard

posted Wednesday Oct 17, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Mac OS X Leopard

Apple announced a release date for the newest version of OS X (Leopard), for October 26. Apple says about Leopard "With 300+ new features, Leopard is the most impressive Mac OS X version yet." Part of the release is the finished version of Boot Camp, a program they have been beta testing that allows Intel Macs to run Mac OS X and Windows together. This upgrade will be available to must users for $129, unless you bought your computer this month, in which case all you pay for is shipping.

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GTA4 Multiplayer

posted Wednesday Oct 17, 2007 by Scott Ertz

GTA4 Multiplayer

According to Gaming Excellence, Rockstar is thinking about adding a 16 player, fully unlocked and explorable world right out of box. So, this means that you, and all of your friends can run around without having to ever actually play through the story, but who would want to play the sory when there are hookers to be killed?

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