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Sony fined $395,000 for 2011 hack of its PlayStation Network

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A UK government body has fined Sony £250,000 (about $394,570) for the devastating 2011 hack of its PlayStation Network, which resulted in one of the largest online breaches ever. The Information Commissioner's Office announced the fine on Thursday, a little less than two years after Sony officials first disclosed...
Sony fined $395,000 for 2011 hack of its PlayStation Network

Twitter's New 'Cards' Look Like An E-Commerce Challenge To Facebook

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Twitter rolled out a new function last night called "Cards" which allows users to display photos, app information and products for sale in a more visual, prominent manner. The move looks like a challenge to Facebook's mobile app install ads, which have been gaining favor with game, app and e-commerce...
Twitter's New 'Cards' Look Like An E-Commerce Challenge To Facebook

The Internet is disturbing! New online game lets you play as Joseph Stack, Austin plane attacker: http://bit.ly/bs5lRC (so wrong)

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The Internet is disturbing! New online game lets you play as Joseph Stack, Austin plane attacker: http://bit.ly/bs5lRC (so wrong)

Amidst child sex scandal, Habbo “mutes” its entire site while it investigates its users’ behavior

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As we reported earlier, teen social site Habbo is attempting to handle some very delicate, and serious, issues right now. Channel 4 issued a statement earlier on an expose that it was planning to broadcast: A Channel 4 News investigation has uncovered shocking lapses in the moderation of a hugely...
Amidst child sex scandal, Habbo “mutes” its entire site while it investigates its users’ behavior

Being online aged 90 has made my old age less lonely. Others are less lucky | Harry Leslie Smith

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As grief over my wife and son eased, I wanted to join the land of the living. I wish more seniors could reap the benefits I haveThere's no getting around it: I am from the class of 1923, which makes me very old. When I was a boy, people thought...
Being online aged 90 has made my old age less lonely. Others are less lucky | Harry Leslie Smith

Game lets Argentina invade Falklands

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An Argentine company develops map for the online game Counter Strike in which Argentine 'police' players fight British 'terrorists' on the Falklands Islands....
Game lets Argentina invade Falklands

Flat stance on content pricing is what got Apple in trouble with the DoJ

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Apple views publications the same way it views apps, which is apparently why the company pushed for the agency model when penning deals with publishers to put their e-books on the iBookstore in 2010. The attitude was revealed in a short quote from Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services...
Flat stance on content pricing is what got Apple in trouble with the DoJ

Assuage Your Internet Rage with Online Debating Game DeBunky

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Mr. Batra If you've never heard of New York-based site DeBunky, we won't hold it against you. The online game is the brainchild of NYU grad Rick Batram and IP lawyer Deepal Chadha, who stealthily launched DeBunky last week. The site has been attempting to quietly build a user base among...
Assuage Your Internet Rage with Online Debating Game DeBunky

EA’s focus: Brands, platforms, and talent

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Electronic Arts is a complex, multi-faceted company with $4 billion in annual revenues. But the company has simplified its strategy to focus on “brands, platforms, and talent,” according to chief executive John Riccitiello (pictured above, on left). In a conference call yesterday with analysts after EA reported its fourth-fiscal-quarter...
EA’s focus: Brands, platforms, and talent

Videogames Using the Power of Fans to Get a Kick-Start

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Videogames are fast becoming one of the most popular categories that are able to attract start-up capital from everyday people. SFC / Shutterstock With the rise of so-called “crowdfunding,” game makers are finding fans online who are willing to pledge a few bucks toward a game they’d like to see...
Videogames Using the Power of Fans to Get a Kick-Start

Zynga’s Next Cash Cow? Farmville Sequel Spotted Under The Name “Big Harvest”

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Is this Zynga’s next cash cow? It looks like Farmville 2.0 is already in beta testing under the name ‘Big Harvest’ in the Philippines, a tipster tells us. As you can see from the screenshot below, the game is way more three-dimensional, the crops are really lush and the graphics...
Zynga’s Next Cash Cow? Farmville Sequel Spotted Under The Name “Big Harvest”

Deutsche Telekom invests $2.63M in Germany’s Flaregames (exclusive)

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Germany’s Flaregames, a mobile game startup headed by Gameforge founder Klaas Kersting, has raised $2.63 million (2 million euros) from Deutsche Telekom’s investment arm. T-Venture Investment will take a stake in Karlsruhe, Germany-based Flaregames, which is making free-to-play games for a variety of mobile platforms. The deal comes on...
Deutsche Telekom invests $2.63M in Germany’s Flaregames (exclusive)

I Want An Internet Filter For Stupid People

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The Age: ‘Rape simulator’ game goes viral amid calls for censorship Attempts to ban a deplorable “rape simulator” video game have only caused it to spread virally across the internet, leading to calls for sites hosting the game to be blocked by internet censors. Karen Willis, executive officer of the...
I Want An Internet Filter For Stupid People
Sponsor post: As paid content booms, will ad opportunities shrink?

Chinese dad hires virtual assassins to harass video game-obsessed son

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What would you do if your adult son was playing video games all day instead of looking for work? Well, one Chinese father resorted to desperate measures when he reportedly hired in-game hitmen to attack his son whenever he logged on to his favorite game, according to the People’s Daily....
Chinese dad hires virtual assassins to harass video game-obsessed son

After a torrid 2012, Habbo changes CEO -- but is it enough?

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The new year brings mixed feelings for many, but one company that will definitely be glad to see the back of 2012 is Sulake, the Finnish owner of youth-centered virtual world Habbo Hotel. After a year in which the site was embroiled in a huge child protection scandal, lost many...
After a torrid 2012, Habbo changes CEO -- but is it enough?

Looks Like Pinterest, Takes On Evernote: Clipboard Launches Its Web Clipping Service To All

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At first glance, you might mistake Clipboard, the impressively-backed web clipping service, for yet another Pinterest clone. But any similarities are only skin deep. Clipboard’s real rivals are things like Evernote’s web clipper, SpringPad, Delicious, Dropbox and Microsoft’s OneNote. That’s because, explains Clipboard CEO Gary Flake, Pinterest is about expressing...
Looks Like Pinterest, Takes On Evernote: Clipboard Launches Its Web Clipping Service To All

Rockstar condemns Max Payne 3 cheaters to play only against each other

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Most online game developers deal with the persistent problem of in-game cheating by simply issuing blanket bans, hoping to eliminate the problem players from their universe entirely. Rockstar is taking a slightly different tack for online play in Max Payne 3, however, letting them continue to play in a quarantined,...
Rockstar condemns Max Payne 3 cheaters to play only against each other

Nintendo's N64 could have had an embedded dial-up modem, making it the first console to go online

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Nintendo’s N64 console could have been the first video game console to be connected to the internet, featuring competitive multiplayer and an online store, a senior employee at Vidyo has revealed. While working at another company fifteen years ago, Amnon Gavish, the Senior Vice President for Vertical Solutions at Vidyo,...
Nintendo's N64 could have had an embedded dial-up modem, making it the first console to go online

Boot up: Habbo Hotel, latest on Google Street View Wi-Fi case, Ping to die and more

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Plus those Microsoft lyrics explained, Verizon whacks moderate data users in the US and moreA (delayed; apologies) quick burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamShould your child play in Habbo Hotel? >> Channel 4 NewsExclusive: a Channel 4 News investigation uncovers shocking...
Boot up: Habbo Hotel, latest on Google Street View Wi-Fi case, Ping to die and more

Portal's Valve to release 'Steam Box' console, says report

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Company behind hit computer game Portal and popular online game-downloading system Steam is set to shake up industry with hardware-software system rivaling Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and even Apple TV, report says. [Read more]...
Portal's Valve to release 'Steam Box' console, says report

DealBook: Shanda Interactive's Shareholders Back Buyout Plan

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The vote clears the way for Shanda Interactive Entertainment, a Chinese online game developer, to be taken private by a management team led by the company's founding chairman....
DealBook: Shanda Interactive's Shareholders Back Buyout Plan

Elder Scrolls Online - interview with game director part two

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Matt Firor talks about the online game's PvP system, where his experience working on Dark Age of Camelot came to the foreThe Elders Scrolls Online (TESO) splits players into three factions, and the rivalry between them is what its Player v Player (PvP) system is built on. This is also...
Elder Scrolls Online - interview with game director part two

Valve for sale? Asian firms reportedly in talks to purchase video game studio

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Even though Valve CEO Gabe Newell said it’s more likely that his company will “disintegrate,” rather than being bought out, reports are out that two major Asian online game companies are discussing a possible purchase of the Bellevue-based video game company. Nexon and NCsoft reportedly met in Hawaii on Wednesday to...
Valve for sale? Asian firms reportedly in talks to purchase video game studio

What the U.S. Can Learn from China in Mobile Social Gaming

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Editor’s Note: Chris Shen (pictured) is VP of Chinese online game developer and operator The9. He is also the general manager of the company’s mobile business unit. In this guest post, Shen outlines the convergence of social and mobile gaming in the West and how it compares to China’s experience....
What the U.S. Can Learn from China in Mobile Social Gaming

Report: Amazon to challenge Zynga with social games studio

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Amazon.com is making a new push into Zynga’s territory, in more ways than one. The online retailer is aiming to set up its own social games studio in San Francisco, according to a report today by Business Insider. The studio would expand on Amazon’s existing presence in the online game...
Report: Amazon to challenge Zynga with social games studio

Cue on agency model: ‘I don’t think you understand. We can’t treat newspapers or magazines any differently than we treat FarmVille.”

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By now you probably know that the US Department of Justice this month launched an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and two publishers following an investigation into Apple’s ebook pricing agency model. Three publishers including Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster have decided to reach a settlement with the DOJ to...
Cue on agency model: ‘I don’t think you understand. We can’t treat newspapers or magazines any differently than we treat FarmVille.”
Wii U to launch without Nintendo TVii, video-on-demand apps
Game designers and Rockefeller Foundation attack poverty with fun

Korean online game firm Nexon acquires stake in GameHi for $59M (exclusive)

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Fast-growing online game firm Nexon has bought a controlling stake in Korean game development firm GameHi for $59.8 million. Nexon is buying 29.3 percent of the company’s shares as well as management rights for control of GameHi from GunIl Kim, the largest shareholder in GameHi. GameHi is known for...
Korean online game firm Nexon acquires stake in GameHi for $59M (exclusive)
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