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Sony Continues to Turn Up the Heat on Hotz

posted Sunday Mar 20, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Sony Continues to Turn Up the Heat on Hotz

This week there has been a further development in the Sony vs. Hotz lawsuit. It seems that Sony has been awarded further access to sensitive information following a previous round of granted subpoenas by Magistrate Joseph Spero. The previous ones gave Sony access to the Twitter and Youtube accounts of anyone who watched the PS3 Jailbreak Tutorial or followed him on Twitter, as well as everyone who visited his website since 2009.

Now Sony is acquiring documents from Hotz's Paypal account in an attempt to prove that he accepted monetary donations from people in the state of California in regards to his PS3 hack and tools. Anyone who has done business associated with the geohot@gmail.com Paypal account from January 1st 2009 to February 1st 2011 seems to be fair game as Sony has threatened to sue anyone involved for a variety of reasons.

GeoHot has complied with a court order to remove the encryption key and tools from his website which is classified as a "circumvention device" by the DMCA. Sony doesn't have to prove that Hotz accepted money for his stuff to sue him but it would help them move the case from New Jersey to California where laws concerning this matter fall more in their favor.

Global Warming Solved - Sort Of

posted Saturday Mar 19, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Global Warming Solved - Sort Of

It isn't often that I have the great opportunity to announce world-changing news but today is that day. Global Warming has been solved for good and we have the United States House of Representatives to thank. In a unanimous vote, House Republicans agree that there is no such thing as global warming and that CO2 emissions have no effect on the climate. Crisis averted.

In reality, what happened is Henry Waxman of California proposed a bill that would acknowledge that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal." There was no specific reasoning included, just a nod that yes, the temperature of the Earth is rising. This was the first step in trying to prevent the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating CO2 emissions.

For a pretty humorous quote from Ed Markey of Massachusetts and the results of the vote, hit the break.

Free Stuff for Using Free Software - What Could be Better?

posted Saturday Mar 19, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Free Stuff for Using Free Software - What Could be Better?

You know you've been curious about exactly what Hulu PLUS has to offer since we started talking about it and you know you've been wanting to try Internet Explorer 9 to see what all the hype is about. If you are willing to give both a try at once, Hulu will give you one month of its PLUS service for free.

That's right. Hulu and Microsoft have teamed up to help gain acceptance of both of their products by offering a full-featured month of Hulu PLUS to any and all Internet Explorer 9 users. Think that's great? Well, Microsoft is just getting started.

Want access to a free Xbox 360 Kinect bundle? How about free stuff from eBay? Hit the break to read about the other deals coming to IE9 users.

Michigan Changes the Way Cars Work

posted Friday Mar 18, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Michigan Changes the Way Cars Work

Michigan State University researchers presented a prototype propulsion system that could completely replace the internal combustion engine in vehicles. The design, called a shock wave generator, does away with the crankshafts, pistons and valves in favor of a rotating round disc with wavy grooves.

This prototype uses 60% of the fuel for motion, compared with standard engines which only use 15% of the fuel for motion. Add to this the fact that it would reduce the weight of vehicles by up to 20% by removing the transmission and cooling system and you get one hell of a fuel efficient vehicle.

To read a description about how this thing works, hit the break.

Microsoft Might Discontinue Zune Player but Zune Software Will Live On

posted Thursday Mar 17, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Microsoft Might Discontinue Zune Player but Zune Software Will Live On

Microsoft's Zune enjoyed a relatively short life since it was first introduced to us in 2006 and might be discontinued according to a Microsoft statement made to Bloomberg that there will be no future models,

We have nothing to announce about another Zune device -- but most recently have introduced Zune HD to Canada via the Zune Originals store and remain committed to supporting our devices in North America.

Fear not, the Zune may be discontinued but it's not dead. Hit the break to find out how.

Blockbuster Officially Up For Sale and Not Liquidation

posted Sunday Mar 13, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Blockbuster Officially Up For Sale and Not Liquidation

Here is some quick follow up news on the fate of Blockbuster which was attempting to gain federal court approval to be auctioned off instead of liquidated. Judge Burton R. Lifland with the Manhattan U.S. Bankruptcy Court signed off on an auction that will have a starting bid of $290 million by Monarch Alternative Capital for all the company's assets.

This only came after very intense negotiations between Blockbuster's lawyers and movie studio lawyers who felt a liquidation of the company would be the only way they could recoup the millions of dollars Blockbuster currently owes them. Dennis McGill, Blockbuster's financial chief, is happy about the auction approval and is hoping for an overbid which would aide in the paying off creditors more quickly than the agreed upon terms that Judge Lifland spent all day getting both sides to agree on.

There are currently six parties interested in purchasing Blockbuster and the interest helped persuade debtors and creditors that Chapter 7 isn't the only option for them to recuperate their losses. We can expect the final sale to be completed by April 20th this year.

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