Okay, I really wasn't lying a couple weeks ago when I talked about how Apple was confusing who they are suing and who their friends are. This week, the Crazy Fruit Company (all rights reserved) is going after Kodak! The good news is that at least Kodak started it this time.
Before we move forward with what is going on, let's fill you in on some of the recent companies Apple has attacked and some companies that have attacked Apple:
Since technology allows you to access pretty much any information you could ever dream of, you would think Internet users would take extra precautions to protect themselves from fraud. Well, Blippy, a site that permits users to share information about their online purchases from retailers such as Netflix, Woot, and eBay, did not do a very good job of protecting private information.
The site was intended for consumers to share their purchases with others looking to buy the product, but how much information is too much? When signing up for Blippy, they lead you to believe that the only information that will be shared is the item or service purchased, the amount, and the retailer. It was recently discovered that when a Google search was performed on some the the products, the entire credit card number and address were exposed. Bippy users were not aware that this information was being shared.
Microsoft announced their quarterly numbers on Friday and they were pretty good. They posted a profit of $165 million for the quarter, due in large part to the Entertainment and Devices Division which is responsible for Xbox and Zune.
The console saw a slip of 12 percent on sales, however the cost of production was down and they saw record usage of the Xbox Live platform, more than covering the sales losses. Total sales were $14.5 billion, which is a 6 percent increase over this quarter last year. Some of that is because of a recovering global economy and part because of increased sales of Windows machines and Windows software because of Windows 7.
In March, Microsoft launched Game Room - a virtual arcade on your Xbox 360. The offering was developed as a partnership between Microsoft and Krome Studios and offered the ability to purchase full (digital) arcade cabinets of classic arcade games. Since launch, 30 cabinets have been added to the lineup with another 6 on the way next week. Although the service got off to a rough start, it does seem to be doing pretty well now.
On Thursday, Krome Studios confirmed rumors that they had laid off a number of employees earlier in the day via press statement.
My schedule for the week consists of a few repeatable tasks, mainly being catching up on my anime, watching The Office, doing homework and checking what new updates there are for Bioware's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. This week has definitely been one of my favorite updates simply because it gave us a glimpse of the universe's past, as well as giving something for the Darth Revan fanboys to get excited for.
Flashback to last month when Ubisoft announced to the world that its fun-filled humiliation based game Just Dance had sold a cool 2 million copies world wide. Fast-forward to now, where based on data from the March NPD report, analyst Ben Schachter estimates that one million copies have been sold in the US alone between the game's November release and the end of March. Needless to say it's suprising to know that a lot of people out there have no shame in bustin' a move to the Trashmen's Surfin' Bird!
236,000 of those copies of Dance were purchased just last month in the US. In contrast, Ubisoft's new Wii release, Red Steel 2, sold only 50,000 copies. We look forward to the obvious knockoffs from other developers. Just for some example: Dancing Euphoria, You Can't Stop the Beat or who can forget Pump It... nevermind.