News of the Week; March 5, 2014

1. Delaware Court Rules That Vivendi Can’t Invoke French Law in Activision Shareholders Lawsuit

2. Federal Judge Dismisses Shareholder Lawsuit Against Zynga

3. Judge Denies RI Advisor Request to Be Shielded in 38 Studios Lawsuit

4. Court Documents Reveal EA Was Keen to Use Athletes’ Names and Likenesses in its NCAA Video Games

5. Chinese Government Bans Video Game Advertising on TV, and in Other Mediums

6. Report: UK Spy Agency Evaluated the Potential of Using Kinect, PlayStation Eye for Bulk Surveillance

7. PEGI: We Didn’t Censor South Park: Stick of Truth

8. European Commission consultation on free to play games and ‘free’ mobile apps: an initial analysis

9. House Offers Proposal for Tax Credits for Business… Except ‘Violent Video Game Makers’

10. Ubi writer: Sales fears make gay protagonists unlikely

11. The day the Mario Kart died: Nintendo’s kill switch and the future of online consoles

12. Nintendo Kills Online Functionality For Wii, DS Titles, Highlighting Need For Greater User Control Over Content They Supposedly Own

13. This Is Your Brain on Candy Crush (Video)

14. Nintendo Investor Wants Us To Pay $0.99 For Higher Mario Jumps

15. 6 million PlayStation 4s sold

(And a 3 item  GTA 5 bonus)…

16. Mob Wives star sues Rockstar (Feb. 27, 2014)

17. Lindsay Lohan sets lawyers on Grand Theft Auto 5 (Dec. 2, 2013)

18. Rapper sends cease and desist to Rockstar 

19. Board Games and Intellectual Property

20. Copyright Users’ Rights in Canada Hits Ten: The Tenth Anniversary of the CCH Decision

21. Will 3D Printing Upend Fashion Like Napster Crippled the Music Industry?

22. Facebook exempt from Quebec’s French language law, lawyer says

23. Garcia v. Google, Inc.: Does An Actor Have A Copyright Interest In His Or Her Performance In A Film?

24. Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy Protection

25. The Doomsday Cult of Bitcoin

26. California Court Rules Looking at Maps Apps Okay — But What About Everything Else?

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28. Verizon Reveals More About Federal Spying on Customers

29. The technical aspects of privacy

30. “A Rape in Cyberspace” Gets Remade for the IRL Era

31. Lawrence Lessig sees compensation after rights holder’s YouTube takedown

32. British Spies Said to Intercept Yahoo Webcam Images

33. The digital anthropologist: Danah Boyd interview

34. Kickstarter reaches $1 billion in pledges — Games are the biggest category overall