Microsoft's community czar, Stephen Toulouse, has had an interesting career. It seems he steps in it every time he appears in the public, either in person or in writing. I believe we all remember the gamer who was banned for
living in a town named Fort Gay.
This week's faux pas comes to us via Twitter. He was asked,
Hey, I'm not a genocidal hater of Jews but I really love the design of the swastika because its actually used by numerous religions, can I use it as my Call Of Duty: Black Ops logo? SWASTIKAS ARE AWESOME.
For his reaction, hit the break.
Google Wave is not as dead as we expected. Google and Novell have submitted to the Apache Software Foundation that they take over the majority of codebase from Google Wave. While the move is a bit odd, it isn't a huge surprise.
shutting down Google Wave earlier this year, Google decided to make its source code available to the open source community. We just were not sure exactly how it was going to go from an internal project to the Wave in a Box they wanted.
Hit the break to find out how this is any different from just releasing the source code.
The 5 year wait for the 5th release in the epic
Gran Turismo franchise might very well have come to an end. The game has shipped out to retailers and there is even some online game play footage. But let's not pop the champaign just yet. Anyone who has followed the franchise at all will not be able to kick their Perkaset addictions until it's actually in their PS3 and being played, by them. Especially after the recent release date shenanigans that Sony and Polyphony have pulled. Also, as Scott mentioned to me, we saw footage of Spore 2 years before the game actually released.
To see some of the game play footage and the hilarious Sony commercial hit the break.
Have you encountered a vehicle that has WiFi built-in? We did
last year at CES 2010 but not really in the wild. It seems to be similar to the iPad (have any of you seen one of THOSE in the wild?). The reason is because this year only 174,000 units have shipped worldwide. Not a terribly impressive number.
On the other hand, by 2017, it is expected that around 7.2 million units will ship worldwide, with about half making it to the US. That is an impressive number, no matter what Nintendo thinks. 1.1 million of those units will ship as aftermarket in the US, which means somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 million will ship as part of a vehicle from the manufacturer.
What does this mean and why is it important? Hit the break.
I don't know about all of you, but we here at the show love the merger of Sirius and XM and all the
cool new stuff they have to offer. But who knew that Sirius Canada and XM Canada didn't merge yet after the US counterparts have merged well over a year ago? I know I didn't. This week, the two companies announced their plans to merge forces to create a super satellite sound alliance!
The $520 million mashup, no
my_____ pun intended, will take two competing companies and align them side by side to make a 1.7 million audience base.
For more on the extraterrestrial squish, hit the break.
With Google TV
taking a big hit this week, they are looking for other ways to bolster their video streaming offerings. They believe that an agreement with Miramax studios would be a quick and easy way to accomplish this goal.
Miramax, currently part of Walt Disney Corporation, is set to be purchased by a holding company and Google's people have been in discussions with the new owners to get the rights of distribution to the more than 700 titles available in the Miramax library, including
No Country For Old Men and Finding Neverland Blu-ray.
How might this affect you? Hit the break to find out.