Is Blizzard Afraid of the Regulatory Bogeymen? Hackers?

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments by

On September 17, Blizzard announced that it will shut down both the Real Money Auction House (RMAH) and Gold Auction House (GAH) on March 18, 2014. Why? Apparently Blizzard thinks that trading and selling loot in a controlled environment detracted from the “core game play.”(Blizzard’s official announcement) You couldn’t sell me this rationale for 2 gold pieces. [...]

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Senate and Fed Scramble to Understand Bitcoin as it Flirts with $400 and Chooses an Identity

Nov 11, 2013 No Comments by

Bitcoin is a decentralized currency with no backing government that is based entirely on an open-source software code. It’s become increasingly accepted by online merchants, but it’s probably most infamous for its use in Silk Road.  [In case you haven't been online for the last year or so, here's a nice intro video on Bitcoin] On August [...]

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ICANN to NSA: No Snooping Around

Oct 23, 2013 No Comments

Hell hath no fury like a Merkel scorned. Angela Merkel, Germany’s recently re-elected chancellor, recently accused the Obama Administration of tapping her personal cell phone. The administration deftly responded by saying that the National Security Agency (NSA) is presently not spying on Merkel, nor does it have plans to do so in the future. No comment was made as [...]

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The Devil’s Details – Lessons from the Diablo 3 RMAH Snafu

May 11, 2013 No Comments

The Devil’s Details – Lessons from the Diablo 3 RMAH Snafu What happened?   Blizzard’s latest patch in the quilt of Diablo 3 had a couple frays. Patch 1.0.8 intended to increase the gold stack size in the game from 1 million to 10 million. Yesterday John Hight, production director for D3, addressed the community: [...]

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TAKEDOWN PART II: Responding to a Takedown Notice

Mar 10, 2013 No Comments

Chances are you won’t be receiving over 2 million takedown notices like Google. Nevertheless, if you do receive one, here are some things to consider: a)  Responding to the copyright owner  When a copyright owner sends a takedown notice, an OSP is required to act “expeditiously to remove, or disable access to” the allegedly infringing [...]

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Mar 10, 2013 No Comments

  In just one year, the number of DMCA takedown notices Google received grew from 202,297 in January 2012 to 2,857,808 in January 2013. The numbers says it all: copyright holders are increasingly sending takedown notices, not just to Google, but to bloggers, hosts, and webmasters. If you are hosting any third party content on [...]

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The Exceptional Decline in Law School Applicants

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

The New York Times reports that law schools have seen an enormous decline in applicants over the past three years. For example, As of this month, there were 30,000 applicants to law schools for the fall, a 20 percent decrease from the same time last year and a 38 percent decline from 2010. . . [...]

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Cybersquatters: Making the Best of a Bad Situation.

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

The internet is awesome for a lot of things, like watching cat videos, stalking people on Facebook and buying things on Amazon from the comfort of your own toilet.  Turns out it’s also an incredibly powerful tool for dragging people through the mud and extorting companies.  One really annoying problem successful companies increasingly face is [...]

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Follow up on Facebook Post

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

By now you’ve no doubt heard of “graph-search,” Facebook’s new search tool. It allows you to do some rather intrusive things, as Kashmir Hill discovered in her quest to know all things Mark Zuckerburg. You can, for example, search for “nearby restaurants that my friends like,” or “single friends in Seattle who are up past [...]

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My Personal History with Facebook and My Prediction for its Downfall

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

My Personal History with Facebook and My Prediction for its Downfall By Danan Margason My personal views about Facebook—and privacy generally—have gone through a radical transformation over the past 10 years. When I first joined Facebook in 2004 I was in college and highly skeptical of many things. Facebook was a very new company and, [...]

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