11/12/2005

Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility List

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has finally announced the list of the 213 Xbox 1 games playable on Xbox 360 at launch. A software emulator is required for each original Xbox game, which means you need an HDD for these games to work on Xbox 360. While it is expected that the list will grow in future via Live update, as of now it lacks first-party titles such as Project Gotham Racing, and other popular titles such as DOAU/X, Doom 3, Far Cry, KUF, Panzer Dragoon Orta, the Splinter Cell series, and the SW: Battlefront series

Source: Slashdot

All your reviews belong to Amazon.com

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Amazon.com has been granted three detailed patents covering purchase circles, consumer reviews, and search results in the form of products from multiple product categories.

It’s a sweeping landgrab which puts e-commerce rivals on the alert. The techniques granted to Amazon.com by the patent office are already ubiquitous on commercial and social networking web sites.

Patent 6,963,848 filed March 2, 2000 and granted November 8, covers “Methods and system of obtaining consumer reviews”.

Patent 6,963,867, filed on March 31, 2003, covers “Search query processing to provide category-ranked presentation of search results”.

Patent 6,963,850, filed on August 19, 1999 covers “Computer services for assisting users in locating and evaluating items in an electronic catalog based on actions performed by members of specific user communities”.

Source: The Register

EBay Adds RSS To Atores, Introduces Research Tool

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

EBay Inc. has rolled out RSS-based content syndication capabilities to all eBay Stores, letting buyers subscribe to feeds from specific stores and that way receive new information about items for sale, the San Jose, California, company announced this week.

Owners interested in activating this RSS capability on their eBay store can find more information online

Also featured in that announcements section is a new service called eBay Marketplace Research, designed to help buyers and sellers track transaction trends on eBay, so that they can make more informed decisions.

Specifically, Marketplace Research can provide buyers and sellers with average item prices, show top keyword searches by category or related keywords, create charts illustrating transaction trends and deliver data on completed sales over the past 90 days, according to the announcement, posted by John Bodine, an eBay product marketing manager.

Source: MacWorld

Child Still for Sale on Craigslist?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As far as anyone at the venerable Internet site Craigslist knew on Friday, an advertisement that a California woman allegedly used to pimp her 4-year-old daughter for $500 is still posted on the site.

In fact, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark said the Martinez Police never contacted the company during their investigation, which led to the woman’s arrest Tuesday on child soliciting charges.

Newmark didn’t find out until days later, and it was via press reports.

In a way, Martinez, Calif. police investigators can’t be blamed for not approaching Craigslist for help. It may not have been necessary in this case. Plus, in general, law enforcers still chafe at the plodding pace of Internet companies acting upon official, or unofficial, requests for help or information. Often, it just isn’t worth the wait.

Source: eWeek

Stolen Computer Has Credit Data for 3,600

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A desktop computer stolen last month from one of the nation’s three major credit bureaus contained Social Security numbers and other credit information for as many as 3,600 people, the company confirmed Friday.

TransUnion LLC, which along with Equifax Inc. and Experian Information Solutions checks consumers’ credit on behalf of banks and other lenders, acknowledged the security breach after it was first reported this week by the Privacy Times newsletter.

The Chicago-based firm said consumers who may have been affected were notified last month following the early October burglary of a small TransUnion sales office in California. They were offered a year of free credit monitoring and the ability to place a fraud alert on their files.

Spokeswoman Colleen Tunney said the computer was password-protected and was only one of the items stolen, suggesting the credit information was not the target of the burglary. She said TransUnion notified police and has been monitoring the credit reports of the affected consumers closely since.

Source: AP

Sprint Opened Wireless Music Download Service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Phone-based online music store allows anytime, anywhere wireless song downloads–no computer necessary.

You just know that certain technologies, once they become inexpensive and easy to use, will be earth-shattering hits: instant viewing of any movie ever made; nonpolluting cars; cell phones that don’t drop calls.

Don’t look now, but one longstanding member of the Someday Club has just become a reality, more or less: anytime, anywhere wireless downloading of favorite songs for instantaneous listening–no computer necessary.

This remarkable service is brought to you by Sprint. It’s the first cellular carrier to unveil a phone-based online music store; the others have similar plans. Their logic goes like this: “Those crazy kids have bought 30 million iPods and a billion songs from online music stores. They also spend nearly $5 billion a year on downloadable ring tones. What if we could combine those two trends? If teenagers could download full-length songs right onto their cell phones–we’ll be rich, I tell you! Rich!”

Well, maybe. As usual, the devil is in the details.

It ain’t cheap. After buying the expensive phone, the expensive Internet service and the expensive memory card, there’s one more surprise: the expensive songs. You get five freebies for starters. After that, Sprint music store songs cost $2.50 apiece, plus tax.

Read more at source

Source: News.com

U.S. Enters BlackBerry Patent Fight

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The U.S. government has inserted itself in a high-stakes patent fight over the popular BlackBerry device, saying it wants to make sure federal workers won’t be cut off from mobile access to their e-mail.

The Justice Department filed a “statement of interest” earlier this week to explain how the U.S. government, with as many as 200,000 BlackBerry users, could be harmed if a federal judge in Virginia issues an injunction against Research In Motion Ltd. to stop selling the device and accompanying e-mail service.

If the judge issues an injunction, “it is imperative that some mechanism be incorporated that permits continuity of the federal government’s use of BlackBerry devices,” the filing said.

Source: AP

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