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RIAA Finally Wins a Lawsuit

posted Sunday Nov 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

RIAA Finally Wins a Lawsuit

On our off week, the Recording Industry Association of America (or RIAA) won a lawsuit filed long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. The defendant was file-sharing service LimeWire and their parent company, annoyingly named Lime Wire.

In 2007, RIAA filed suit against Lime Wire for copyright infringement by way of facilitating access to copyrighted material through their network. Last week, a US court agreed and ordered the LimeWire service shut down.

For more on the lawsuit and what it means for users, hit the break.

T-Mobile Has a 4G Network?

posted Saturday Nov 6, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

T-Mobile Has a 4G Network?

Remember just over a month ago when I told you T-Mobile doesn't care about 4G? Well, apparently they must've had some sort of mental breakdown because now they have announced that they have a 4G network and it has been rolled out for a few weeks already!

If this doesn't sound right to you, pat yourself on the back. T-Mobile does not have a fourth generation network, they don't even have a sustained third generation network! The company has decided that customers don't care about the technology behind the network powering their mobile devices and only care about download speeds.

This all started with a commercial I saw on TV about T-Mobile's new myTouch4G. It was mocking the iPhone 4's limited features and AT&T's 3G network. They then went on to say they have the largest 4G network! What? T-Mobile currently has (in very limited areas) a third-gen HSPA+ network, which, while fast, is nowhere near the speeds of WiMax or LTE - both 4G networks.

To see the commercial they put out that sparked me to raise my hand to question their logic, follow the break.

Google Buzz Lawsuit Settled

posted Saturday Nov 6, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Google Buzz Lawsuit Settled

Have you heard the buzz? Google Buzz. Google's social project that proved they didn't care about privacy or making things work before they are launched caused them a number of headaches, one of them being a class action lawsuit. Well, the case has been settled.

The best part about this? We were notified by Google via email. No wait, that's not the best part. The best part is after the break! So hit it!

Facebook Won't Be Checking-In To Foursquare

posted Saturday Nov 6, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Facebook Won't Be Checking-In To Foursquare

By now even casual Facebook users, those who don't make a status update about things like using the wrong brand of creamer, or dedicate the majority of their screen real estate for hours on end to it, have noticed the locations feature popping up on profile pages and news feeds. Of course they aren't the first ones to do this but Facebook may have some advantages smaller geo-location service companies may not. Like 500 million users.

Hit the break to find out if Foursquare, Loopt, or any others are in trouble

California To Vito Ultra Violent Video Games, Supreme Court Will Decide

posted Friday Nov 5, 2010 by Jon Wurm

California To Vito Ultra Violent Video Games, Supreme Court Will Decide

This week video games reached a new precedent by making their way to the very top of the U.S. justice system, the Supreme Court. The same place where Alan Shore saved his friend Denny's life on Boston Legal, just as a point of reference. Except this time it's not representatives from Boston doing the arguing, it's the Golden State of California vs. the Supreme Court and video games.

I'm going to break this down into a couple parts and try to keep it simple just in case Steve Jobs reads this. However, I would urge you to read over the transcripts if you are interested in learning more, and I hope you are. Don't worry, they are actually quite comical at times.

Hit the break to find out why California has brought ultra-violent video games into the limelight and what this could mean for you.

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