News of the Week; August 6, 2014


1. Artist claims she invented Angry Birds, files complaint seeking compensation

2. Thailand’s military junta bans dictator-simulator Tropico 5: State reportedly worried game “might affect peace and order” in the country.

3. Gearbox responds to Aliens class-action lawsuit, throws Sega under bus: Says dev spent “millions” of its own to finish game, never repaid by Sega.

4. Of Doom Metal, Women, And Videogames

5. Shock study: Kids playing video games over an hour a day are better adjusted

6. Study: Play of ‘Risk-Glorifying’ Video Games Can Exacerbate Deviant Behavior

7. Bomb Gaza pulled from Google Play

8. Hacker crack squad hitting the video game industry with IP-stealing attacks (concerns theft of “source code”)

9. More than 20 million people watched the most lucrative video game tournament ever

10. The Case For and Against Game Subscriptions in the App Store

11. Strong PlayStation 4 sales keep Sony in the black

12. Metal Gear Solid on PS4 triples Xbox One version sales

13. PS4, Xbox One doubling last gen sales – NPD Canada

14. China’s Xbox One and games will be totally region locked

15. Sony And EA Experiment With New Business Models For Older Games

16. A Father’s Struggle To Make A Game After Cancer Killed His Son


17. OTW files amicus brief in Capitol Records vs Vimeo

18. Tweeting from courtroom impresses Nova Scotia top judge: Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court allowed reporters use Twitter during a sexual assault trial and says he “couldn’t get over how well it had worked.”

19. Copyright Office Rejected My Attempt To Copyright A Tweet

20. The death of privacy: Google knows what you’re looking for. Facebook knows what you like. Sharing is the norm, and secrecy is out. But what is the psychological and cultural fallout from the end of privacy?

21. What Is Privacy?: It’s also not so simple… (danah boyd)

22. Privacy and Data Security Harms

23. Bullying Is A Problem For All Of Us, And The App Secret Needs To Do Something To Prevent It

24. Max Mosley Continues His Quixotic And Misguided Quest: Sues Google For Still Finding Photos He Doesn’t Like

25. Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

26. The NFL Announces It’s Tracking RFID Chips On Every Player For 2014

27. Elon Musk says artificial intelligence is ‘potentially more dangerous than nukes’

28. Chinese Communist Party-Backed Tech Giants Bring Censorship To The Global Stage

29. New Russian law represses social media, bloggers: Activists say law is part of “Russia’s relentless crackdown on free expression.”

30. How Silicon Valley wants to hack North Korea: Balloons, slingshots, and miniature radios could get information to ‘the darkest corner of earth’

31. Dear America, Would You Please Give Edward Snowden His Medal Of Freedom Already?

32. Twitter Pushing DOJ, FBI To Let It Disclose More Info on National Security Requests

33. In the age of Reddit, can the Internet ever really grow up?

34. CRTC Finds Rogers Engaged in Unjust Discrimination With Its Domestic Roaming Agreements

35. FCC chair accuses Verizon of throttling unlimited data to boost profits

Verizon to FCC: We Throttle Unlimited Data Users to Incentivize Using Less Data

36. MLB Comes Out Against FCC’s ‘Fast Lanes’ Plan

37. Quantifying Comcast’s Monopoly Power

38. Adam Carolla Won’t Let Company Drop Podcast Patent Infringement Case Against Him

39. EFF inaugurates “Stupid Patent of the Month”: Your August candidate – patent for “a doctor’s computer-secretary.”

40. Microsoft sues Samsung over Android patent fees


41. The Ambush at Sheridan Springs: How Gary Gygax Lost Control of Dungeons & Dragons

42. How Art Became Advertising

43. Recording Industry Willfully Misreads The Law In Order To Sue Ford & GM For Having Built-in CD Rippers

44. Artist uses DMCA to remove criticism of his impossibly-shaped female characters:

45. Randy Queen takes issue with Tumblr posts using images from his Darkchylde series.

46. Amid backlash, hotel rescinds $500 fines for “negative” online reviews: News of the policy hit the Internet, and the Internet reacted predictably.

47. How one man’s lies almost destroyed the comics industry