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SOPA is continuing to mark its territory with news of anti-SOPA rallying the tech world's best. Cheezburger (who also does I Can Has Cheeseburger, FAIL Blog, Know Your Meme, and more) CEO Ben Huh has announced that they would be moving their array of over 1,000 domains away from GoDaddy unless the registrar recants their support of the act.
The question now is, will Huh's threat be enough to get GoDaddy on his side? GoDaddy is a large enough company with plenty of controversies under their belt, so they're used to this sort of heat. But, the more news, the more awareness is being raised on the issue.
If SOPA is supported by GoDaddy, it could be not only a big change to Cheezeburger, but to virtually the entire Internet as we know it. With Cheezeburger's 1000 domains, just imagine the implications of SOPA to the rest of the world.
Microsoft have announced that their attendance at CES 2012 will be their last, where on January 9 at 6:30PM, CEO Steve Ballmer will give his third keynote speech. Microsoft will continue to attend to connect with partners and customers, but won't deliver a keynote or schedule a booth.
Microsoft have explained that CES simply doesn't gel with its marketing strategy. Microsoft asks:
What's the right time and place to make announcements? Are we adjusting to the changing dynamics of our customers? Are we doing something because it's the right thing to do, or because it's the way we've always done it?
One would presume that ASUS had deal written up with Hasbro over the use of the Transformer name, but that is not the case. Hasbro have just filed a lawsuit alleging that ASUS is infringing on the Transformers trademark. What I would like to know, is a few things.
First, why did it take Hasbro this long to get onto a lawsuit, it has been nearly a year since the Transformer has been released. I think it mainly has to do with ASUS releasing the next-gen tablet, Transformer Prime. If you're not up with it, Prime comes from Optimus Prime, from Transformers.
Did ASUS step over a boundary here? Should Hasbro just feel proud that their name is making it into the technology world? Or is it just business as usual, use my name and I'll sue the hot pants off you, ASUS. I'm putting it out there, but ASUS can use my full name for their next tablet, it has a ring to it: The ASUS Anthony Garreffa tablet. I'd buy one.
Apple have just completed a deal to purchase Israeli flash memory firm, Anobit. The deal is reportedly worth between $400-$500 million, which makes it Apple's largest acquisition since NeXT which cost $404 million. A tweet from the Twitter account of Israel's Prime Minster has said:
Welcome to Israel, Apple Inc. on your 1st acquisition here. I'm certain that you'll benefit from the fruit of the Israeli knowledge.
It is not just exciting for Apple, but for consumers, too. Apple's new investment in Anobit shows their commitment to requiring fast flash memory, as Israel is a country known for technological breakthroughs, such as its early work in mobile phones and instant messaging.
Anobit explains their technology:
Anobit's MSP (Memory Signal Processing) technology is comprised of proprietary signal processing algorithms combined with advanced error correction and innovative flash management schemes, resulting in a dramatic improvement in endurance, performance and system cost. Specifically, MSP enables SLC (one bit-per-cell) endurance and performance with MLC (two bits-per-cell) NAND, and MLC endurance and performance with TLC (three bits-per-cell) NAND, resulting in a significant reduction in cost per-bit.
If you haven't heard of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), then I suggest you do some serious reading, because last week the House Judiciary Committee discussed it, and the results of SOPA would not be good, at all.
There was an abrupt end to the markup session on Friday, with a new hearing date set for this week. Opposition to SOPA is growing, with the General Manger of Reddit stepping in and saying that the bill would "almost certainly mean the end" of Reddit.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will continue discussing SOPA to decide whether the bill should move to the full House. Until then, lobbying groups for and against the bill continue with their efforts to influence the votes of committee members.
AT&T have decided that the merger with T-Mobile won't be happening. AT&T blames the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice and states that the actions of two government bodies "do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry."
AT&T also added that the merger would have been an interim solution to the spectrum allocation issue that is currently hurting the industry, and that without the merger, "customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled." An FCC staff report was released just hours after AT&T and T-Mobile withdrew their merger application, with the staff report calling into question the claims that the merger "would serve the public interst, convenience, and necessity."
Apple's patent trolling has striked once again today, with the ITC siding with the Cupertino-based company. HTC was on the other side of the stick, where they will have certain models of their products either banned from sale, or imported.
The ITC found that HTC violated a pair of patents held by Apple regarding the formatting of data (such as phone numbers) in otherwise unstructured documents (such as e-mails) allowing users to interact with them.
The ban isn't set to strike until April 19th of next year, which gives both HTC and Google enough time to work through it. In the meantime of this news going to air (or to keyboard), HTC have said that they have a plan in place to not face the ban. The ITC did not find that HTC violated two other patents that were in question, which related to real time signal processing and would've been much harder for HTC to circumvent.
His Aunty didn't throw him in a cab and send him to Bel-Air, but Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the nephew of the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, has invested a cool $300 million in social-networking site, Twitter. Alwaleed is one of the richest people in the world, ranked at No. 26 on Forbes' billionaire list, with a net work of $19.6 billion.
He made the investment through his 'Kingdom Holding Co.', where it was announced through a press release, and confirmed by Twitter. Twitter's last round of funding, valued the company at $8.4 million and was led by Digital Sky Technologies (DST) of Russia. DST founder Yuri Milner, has stakes in Twitter, Facebook and Zynga.
CD Projekt, developers behind the successful currently PC-only game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is going after pirates. The game has sold over one million copies so far, and while they are confident behind these sales numbers, they are also confident in going after pirates of their hard work.
CD Projekt are going after pirates, claiming that only people who they are sure downloaded a copy of the game illegally are receiving a threat of legal action. Michal Nowakowski, CD Projekt's VP of Business Development says:
We're addressing only 100% confirmed piracy causes that are 100% possible to prove. We are not worried about tracking the wrong people. As this is the trade secret of the company working on this, I cannot share it. However, we investigated the subject before we decided on this move, and we aware of some past complications. The method used here is targeting only 100% confirmed piracy cases. No innocent person was targeted with the letter so far. At least we have not received any information as of now which would indicate something like that.
We all know Skyrim has enjoyed a very successful career in just six weeks, but just how successful? Well, firstly, it has shipped over 10 million copies since it's 11/11/11 launch, with "Large retail reorders across all platforms and record-breaking digital sales reflect the ongoing global demand by consumers excited to explore this extraordinary fantasy epic," the company said in a statement.
Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media has said:
We are gratified that Skyrim continues to garner high review scores and accolades around the world. We are most grateful to our fans for their support and enthusiasm for the game, and their love of the hundreds of hours of gameplay it offers. We continue to strive to deliver the highest quality entertainment experience for everyone. 2012 will be another huge year for our fans, with the release of the Creation Kit, as well as exciting DLC which will add to the richness of this epic adventure.