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When you can't get yourself a 10, you can always buy five 2's. Microsoft struck out with Yahoo so to repair their self-esteem they snatched up a consolation prize: Danger, the makers of the Sidekick. Who will be next?

The mobile maker will be incorporated into Microsoft's mobile division and you can bet that a Windows Mobile version of the Sidekick is on the horizon.

We'll be with our iPhones over here not caring. Microsoft, maybe next time you can buy a product we don't associate with annoying tweens texting at the movies and Paris Hilton.

Engadget: Microsoft buys Danger, Windows Mobile Sidekick imminent

Yahoo Nixes M'Soft Offer

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Posted February 11, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Apparently, the Flickr protest was successful*: Yahoo has turned down Microsoft's buyout bid.

The company said the offer, made public last week,  "substantially undervalues" its "global brand, large worldwide audience, significant recent investments in advertising platforms and future growth prospects, free cash flow and earnings potential, as well as our substantial unconsolidated investments."

Ball's back in Microsoft's court, who must either come up with a better offer or hit the pike.

A merger of Microsoft and Yahoo would be the world's largest of two computer technology companies and would create a formidable rival to Internet search and advertising leader Google.

Associate Press: Yahoo Formally Rejects Microsoft Offer

*Okay, the Flickr protest probably didn't matter.

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In an increasing effort to keep R4 chips out of the hands of DS owners, Nintendo and the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association have joined forces to fight against the dark tides of piracy.

The R4 chip is an electronic means of getting around the DS' security features and playing copied games illegally downloaded from the internet, and while Nintendo says that the R4 has yet to find its way into the mass market, there is still enough concern to warrant the cracking down on this type of piracy.

Both ELSPA and Nintendo hope to stem the proliferation in the bud before it can undermine profitablity efforts on the DS.

Next-Gen: Nintendo and ELSPA team to Battle DS Piracy

You know how you hate being called by telemarketers when you're at home  eating dinner or nodding on Methadone? And so you go to a website and register your phone number and then no businesses can call you? But then you find out the "don't call me!" spell wears out after five years (as if, maybe in five years you'll want someone to sell you new windows at dinnertime), so you have to re-register? You know all that?  If the Congress has its way, the list will be permanent.

The bill to extend the Do Not Call Registry into perpetuity and allow you to switch phone numbers without re-registering has been fast-tracked through Congress and the next step is Bush's pen signing it into law.

So, readers, what do you think? Do you think the president going to sign the law extending the Do Not Call list? Do you think he should?

Arstechnica: Do Not Call Registry extension fast-tracked to the President

"The strike is over! The strike is over!"

That seems to be the general sentiment being reported through the media this week. People have even been saying that the deal will be done by today. Ex-Disney Chief Michael Eisner even chimed in, saying "It's over. They made the deal, they shook hands on the deal. It's going on Saturday to the writers in general...it's impossible (the WGA) will turn it down. A deal has been made. They'll be back to work very soon. I know it's over."

Well, not so fast...

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You can smell it on the wind. It's that time of the year, the time when video game publishers discuss their quarterly earnings reports and make projections for the calendar ahead.

Activision, gaming's newest top worldwide publisher of games, issues their own predictions. According to them, the Wii will sell the most units in 2008 with 6 million pieces of hardware out the door. In second place will be the Xbox 360, selling just below that with somewhere between four and five million systems. bringing up the rear will be the PS3, with between three and four million.

Additionally, the company projects that handheld game systems (meaning the PSP and DS) will combine for over 10 million units worth of sales.

Perhaps most surprising is that Activision still believes the PlayStation 2 will continue to kick; they would not be surprised if the PS2 sells two to three million units. That would be impressive for a console entering its eighth year on the market.

IGN: Activision Projects 2008 Hardware Sales

'PGR4' Sees New DLC This Month

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Posted February 8, 2008 - By jfassino

Having a nice car usually means choosing between spending money on your wheels or spending it on your girlfriend; luckily Bizarre Creations is making that choice much, much easier.

Valentine's Day will see a release of brand new content for Project Gotham Racing 4, including 10 new achievements worth a total of 250 gamer points. Three new game modes include Tourist Mode, an open-ended multiplayer mode that allows for simple sandbox or exploratory gameplay and Free Roam Cat & Mouse Mode, where a slow-driving "mouse" vehicle must avoid faster-moving "cat" vehicles to earn points, as well as a new option under the main menu called World Challenge, which will challenge you with a harder difficulty, racing with only downloadable cars, and other various arcade trials.

Speaking of new cars, there are a total of 10 new vehicles: the 2008 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Concept, the 2007 Volkswagen Golf GTI W12-650, the 2007 Peugeot Flux, the 1987 BMW M3 E30 DTM, the 2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, the 2008 Honda S2000 CR, and the 2008 Callaway C16 Speedster. There are also new motorcycles as well: the 2007 Yamaha YZF-R1, the 1995 Aprilia RS 250, and the 1998 Aprilia RSV 1000 Tuono R.

This new stuff has been split into two packs: the Premium Challenge Pack comes with everything and costs 400 MS points ($5), and for the gamer with an exceptionally demanding girlfriend, the Free Challenge Pack, which is simlpy selected cuts from the entire shebang (seven of the 10 achievements, one of the new cars, and two of the three game modes).

The rumor that Viacom has taken a serious interest in buying Grand Theft Auto publisher Take Two has videogame industry analysts saying: Not so fast...

"This is very unlikely," Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson told Reuters. "Video games are a hot space and media companies are interested in participating in the growth, but for Viacom, they are pursuing a completely separate strategy."

Another nay-sayer: Reuters' "source familiar with the matter," who confirmed that Viacom is not in the market for Take Two.

That guy "Source" sure knows a lot, eh?

Reuters: Viacom not in talks to buy Take-Two: source

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A Tempe, AZ man who had planned a shooting spree at last weekend’s Super Bowl in Glendale, AZ is in custody under suspicion of mailing threatening communications following the alleged dispersal of his 8-page manifesto to media outlets.

Kurt Havelock, upset at having been denied a liquor license for his bar, “Drunkenstein’s” (we can see where that might pose a problem), revealed in his manifesto that he targeted the Super Bowl in order to “shed the blood of the innocent.” That’s after he decided that his original target, the Desert Ridge Marketplace, was unsuitable because it’s too near Scottsdale, which Havelock described as being full of “scum and villainy.”

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Today, Adam brings you the latest in gaming news, including Duke Nukem Forever release date snafu, Assassin's Creed for the PC, and Legendary from Gamecock Media Group.

X-Play Gaming Update 02.07.08 »


Do you think the government should be able to search through travelers' suitcases when they come into the United States? How about their cell phones and laptops? According to some, that's what our nation's border guards are doing: looking through computers, copying photos and otherwise snooping about in people's electronic possessions. In some cases, companies have altered their policies to require employees to safeguard corporate secrets by clearing laptop hard drives before international travel.

But no one knows exactly what the government's search guidelines are. Today, two civil liberties groups in San Francisco, plan to file a lawsuit to force the government to disclose its policies on border searches. Look for an explosive decision when the truth finally comes out.

We want to know: If the governement copies our harddrive, should we notify Microsoft that an unauthorized version of Windows was created?

Washington Post: Clarity Sought on Electronics Searches

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Will Arnett (Arrested Development) has had to give up his part as the voice of KITT in the upcoming NBC Knight Rider reboot due to some contractual difficulty he has with General Motors. See, Arnett has been a voiceover artist for GM for the better part of the past decade, and the cars used in Knight Rider will be Ford Automobiles. Not only will Ford be providing the automobiles for the show, they are taking an active role in the promotion of the show, as well, so naturally GM doesn't want their spokesman working on it.

So, the producers have had to scramble and find someone else to redo the already-completed voice of KITT, and they've scored a winner with the Real Genius himself, Val Kilmer. Kilmer will go in soon to record the voice, and he'd better hurry since the movie is scheduled to be aired on NBC in the next couple of weeks.

Variety.com: Val Kilmer voices 'Knight Rider'

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The folks over at Circuit City are getting into the used videogame racket, citing some research that puts the resale market at a robust $1.5 billion a year industry in North America. With the used market currently dominated by specialty shops like GameStop and Game Crazy, we can bet there is little worry among the small players. Users are typically loyal in their chosen stamping grounds, and honestly, who goes to Circuit City unless there's not a Best Buy for 100 miles?

That said, sometimes among the uninformed (thrift stores, yard sales) you can find some real gems, and so a couple trips to Circuit City might be in order just to see if their pricing on used games is as off as their marketing campaigns and store layouts.

Wow, that came out of nowhere.

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We know that lots of movies have game tie-ins these days, but this one might be pushing it a little too far. Rumors have surfaced suggesting that Fox Searchlight has made contact with Crave Entertainment and 7 Studios in an effort to have them develop a game based on the hit indie film Juno. We can't for the life of us imagine what this might entail, but we have to admit to being at least a little intrigued.

Especially if there's any part of the game that involves getting Ellen Page pregnant, because that would be one of the best game simulators on the market, if you catch our drift. Otherwise, what's it going to be all about? Successfully evading the advances of older men who are into Sonic Youth? Making pithy commentary that shows that you are wise beyond your years? We'll keep you posted.

Gamespot.com: Juno getting game treatment?

Take-Two Interactive, responsible for such games as Bully, Manhunt 2, Table Tennis, and BioShock, has long been rumored to be on the market, and various suitors have been mentioned with none of the rumors bearing fruit. So, with that in mind, the latest rumor has Viacom buying Take-Two.

This rumor might hold a little more water than most, as everyone knows that Viacom has been interested in making an entry into the gaming world for quite some time. Buying a studio with the heft of Take-Two would certainly accomplish the splashy entry they're looking for, but, at the moment, it's only a rumor.

Maybe Viacom's success with Rock Band is enticing them to step further into the gaming space, eh?

Kotaku: Rumor: Viacom To Buy Take-Two?

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