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Wii Would Like To Kirby

posted Sunday Jan 30, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Wii Would Like To Kirby

Good news everyone, Nintendo has a game coming out for the Wii that is part of an awesome series not related to Mario Bros. or Zelda! After many years only making appearances in games like Super Smash Bros. and pretty much skipping an entire console Kirby is back on Nintendo's roster with a new title of his own. So far, there is no title for the game but it is still being developed by HAL Laboratory and based on the game footage released Kirby seems to be back to his old self, kicking ass Kirby style with black hole-like sucking, sword powers that would make Link turn green with envy, and just general badassery. The game play appears to be closer to the SNES games which should make it feel like a true sequel.

To see Kirby in action, hit the break.

Verizon Confirms Unlimited Data + Trade-In Program Details

posted Sunday Jan 30, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Verizon Confirms Unlimited Data + Trade-In Program Details

With the Verizon Wireless iPhone launch only a few days away, it is a very busy time for the Verizon execs. They have announced plans to entice AT&T subscribers over to their network as well as details about the iPhone data package.

Verizon's trade-in program has been increased to allow AT&T customers to trade in their working AT&T iPhone for as much as $285 in credit towards the purchase of a new Verizon iPhone 4. You can even get $28 for trading in an original iPhone. Of course, you can trade in just about any other working phone as well. For a valuation, you'll need to head over to the device appraiser.

Data information has also become available. For details on the packages available, hit the break.

Spam Saves Lives

posted Sunday Jan 30, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Spam is usually a pain in the butt, whether it come in your mailbox, your email or as a text message. On some very rare occasions it can be a blessing. And, in one very odd situation, spam saved hundreds of lives.

On New Year's Eve in Central Moscow there was a suicide bomber whose plans were foiled by a spam text message. A common way for these suicide bombings to go down involves 2 people - one with a bomb and one with a detonator. Recently, the detonators have been cell phones. The bomber will move until in a place where they will do maximum damage and the detonator will send them a text message. This didn't quite go as planned. Before she was able to get to Red Square, she received a text message wishing her a happy new year several hours before she was supposed to arrive.

Who would have ever guessed that one day spam would save so many lives.

Will Ferrell to Join Steve Carell's The Office Departure

posted Saturday Jan 29, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Will Ferrell to Join Steve Carell's The Office Departure

NBC's hit sitcom, The Office is going to be getting a big shakeup later this season when Steve Carell, Michael Scott, leaves the show. To ensure the transition is as erratic as possible, Anchorman co-star Will Ferrell will be joining the cast for a total of 4 episodes. He will be playing a branch manager who is as clueless as Michael himself.

After 7 years as the district manager of Dunder Mifflin, Carell leaves the series 4 episodes before the season finale and Ferrell will join the cast 3 episodes before that, leaving one episode after Carell leaves. Speaking about Ferrell's guest role, Paul Lieberstein, executive producer, said,

We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star, and we turned him into a television star. We are proud to continue The Office's tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they'll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality.

Intel Spends Another $100 Mil, This Time in US University Research

posted Saturday Jan 29, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Intel Spends Another $100 Mil, This Time in US University Research

Intel's just been doing everything right lately. It seems that when they said they were going to spend $8 billion to open new manufacturing plants that would create over 1,000 jobs that something in their brain set them off on a helping spree. More recently, Intel pledged to help the NFL analyze quarterback concussions with real-time data and even teamed up with rival company AMD to rid the world of the pesky blue analog input known as VGA. Well, let the good karma roll, because this week Intel said that it is going to invest $100 million through the next five years in US university research.

For more on Intel's good deeds, click the break.

Hulu Looks to Restructure Itself into an On-Demand Subscription Product

posted Saturday Jan 29, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Hulu Looks to Restructure Itself into an On-Demand Subscription Product

Hulu has tried to stick to their guns as long as it possibly could, with creators of the service doing everything in their power to get users to support the free-with-ads business model they have been running with. Unfortunately, the bigger guns behind the content Hulu provides is threatening to back out and pull shows and movies unless Hulu can find a way to monetize the users that come to the site, and fast. We have heard rumors of Hulu considering restructuring their business model and moving towards an Internet-based television provider that users would subscribe to, similar to the way they would for satellite or cable TV. With providers like Disney and News Corp threatening to pull their free broadcasting, Hulu better do something quickly, especially when these companies are able to make money with services such as Netflix, Apple and Microsoft.

That repackaging, however, is just one of the options we've heard tossed around the Inter-tubes this week. Follow after the break for more on the other possibilities.

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