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Episode 314

Tech News Today 314: The Game Stops Here

New CEO, and end of an era, neither one at Apple this time, GameStop lives up to its name, Samsung protests too much, and more.

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  • GameStop responds to Deus Ex controversy by pulling it from shelves
    • GameStop will not sell retail copies of Deus Ex: HR until Square Enix provides boxed copies without the OnLive coupon
    • You can still buy the game from GameStop's online store
    • "As part of Deus Ex: Human Revolution's boxed offering on PC, Square Enix included a third-party coupon," Square Enix said in a statement. "GameStop was not made aware of this inclusion and Square Enix respects the right of GameStop to have final say over the contents of products it sells and to adjust them where they see fit in accordance with their policies. Square Enix invites gamers who want to purchase the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution without additional coupons to buy the game at any one of over 4,000 GameStop stores in North America or purchase a digital download copy online from www.gamestop.com.
  • RIM Announces Music Service for BlackBerry Messenger
    • BBM Music allows you to build a personal music profile with up to 50 songs. You can refresh your profile by swapping out up to 25 songs each month.
    • Features music from EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group.
    • Up to 50 tracks from your personal profile are shared with your BBM Music Community, and each member of your community can share up to 50 songs from their profile with you.
    • So with each friend that is added to BBM Music, you grow your music collection, since the songs from their profile become available to you.


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  • Samsung gets more definitive about HP, while HP gets less definitive about selling off PSG
    • In an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang, Todd Bradley (head of PSG and former Palm CEO) “We’ve lost clarity about what we announced,” he added, calling sunsetting the Touchpad “a prudent business decision” and the less-certain announcement about the Personal Systems Group driven by advice from HP’s securities lawyers to be as transparent with its deliberations as possible. He avoided endorsing the decision to explore splitting the company.
    • Samsung CEO Geosing Choi wrote in a note sent to Wired.com: “To put to rest any speculation on this issue, I would like to definitively state that Samsung Electronics will not acquire Hewlett-Packard’s PC Business. Hewlett-Packard is the global leader in the PC business with sales of 40 million units last year, while Samsung is an emerging player in the category and sold about 10 million units in 2010. Based on the significant disparity in scale with Samsung’s own PC business and the complete lack of synergies, it would be both infeasible and imprudent to even consider such an acquisition."

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"Hey TNT crew,

I just want to say a small congratulations your 314th e'pi'sode (or 3.14, ya I'm just that geeky). Though since your e'pi'sode happens in August, and August traditionally being such a slow tech news month, I wonder what you'll be talking about today? Best wishes to you all, see you on your Tao day!

Chris Portland, Oregon."


"Just wanted to send a quick email to correct a few things said about Onlive yesterday.

Tom had mentioned that there was a fee involved with Onlive, or that it cost for the service, but that the Deus Ex game would be free that you were talking about yesterday that the code was given out for, but the Onlive service is actually FREE. There are NO cost involved other than renting or purchasing games, or if you want to sign up for there all you can play play pack plan for 9.99 a month that gives you unlimited play to over 85 games for that flat fee. The service is free to sign up, and free to demo anything you wish.

Also, the Onlive service doesn't run in your browser. You actually download a small client to your desktop. Onlive runs on PCs, Macs, your TV via a the small Onlive game system, and coming this fall, via ipad, android tablets, and smartphones.

- Justin Stone"

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