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Title: Episode #102 - Sony's Bad Week, Valve Bails on Offline Games & Delicious Sells
Post by: Zeus on May 02, 2011, 08:03:14 PM
We have just posted up Episode #102 of Weekly Tech Update.  Below are the show notes and more.
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Sony Has A Bad Week (http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/26/6539290-why-the-playstation-network-breach-is-scary)
Sony doesn’t have a good week as they had their network hacked and went 8 days before they warned anyone that their credit card information was probably compromised.  It looked like the network is now back up and running (http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/05/playstation-network-comes-back/) but I wouldn’t be in a rush to put my credit card back online with these guys.  The shoe is on the other foot now and Sony is being sued for a change (http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20057921-260.html).

 Valve “Probably” Done With Single Player Games (http://ca.kotaku.com/5795355/valve-probably-done-with-single+player-games)
Valve is like every other company eyeing the likes of Blizzard that keeps racking up the cash in multiplayer games.  They say that they are probably done – even with the success of Portal 2.  They want more money than just the one-time purchase and the way to do this is through subscriptions and DLC… just ask Treyarch.

Is Honeycomb Android’s Vista? (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/burnette/is-honeycomb-androids-vista/2229)
ZDNet thinks that Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) could be the Vista of the Android world.  While that sounds really bad, keep in mind that Vista actually worked fine if ran on supported hardware.  Honeycomb is no different.  It needs a top-notch system to run and then run it does...

Super Jumbo – 4 Operating Systems In One/url]
If you want to play around with a neat OS that combines Ubuntu, Android, Chrome OS and another Linux flavor to a desktop – or rather a [url=http://beagleboard.org/]Beagle Board (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/226435/android_chrome_os_and_ubuntu_united_in_one_platform.html).  Take a look and see if the $150 platform is worth its weight in DVD+R blanks.

Delicious Gets Sold (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/nice-move-youtube-founders-take-delicious-off-yahoos-hands/47909)
Delicous was a property of Yahoo that they really didn’t want, but kept around because the community that used it was very vocal about shutting it down.  Thankfully for Yahoo, the founds of YouTube have snagged it for an undisclosed sum and plan to do something a little different with it – while still keeping the core audience.

 Facebook Deals to Compete with Groupon (http://theweek.com/article/index/214658/facebook-deals-a-groupon-killer)
It looks like Facebook wants to take advantage of its 600 Million users and offer them coupons.  This could be a big blow to sites like Groupon or LivingSocial, but I think that there is room for sites like these to co-exist.  Everybody that likes deals, likes more deals.

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