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Nintendo Hijacks Ad Revenue From Fan-Created YouTube Playthroughs

The BBC reports that Nintendo is now using the content ID match feature in YouTube to identify screencap videos of people playing their games. They then take over the advertising that appears with the video, and thus the ad revenue.

Facebook losing users

"Facebook has to deal with a mass exodus of users who are no longer interested in giving up all their personal data so that they can be inundated with pictures of cute cats, conspiracy theories and US gun lobby propaganda.

While the company is expected to report that its revenues are up, it might also have to tell shareholders that its expansion in the US, UK and other major European countries has peaked. In the last month, the world's largest social network has lost 6 million US visitors, a 4 per cent fall, according to analysis firm SocialBakers..."

Biological computer created at Stanford

"In the foreseeable future, humans might carry microscopic natural computers inside their cells that could guard against disease and warn of toxic threats based on a Stanford research achievement. A team of engineers there has invented genetic transistors, completing a simple computer within a living cell, a major step forward in the emerging field of synthetic biology. The startling achievement, to be unveiled in Friday's issue of the journal Science, presages the day

Samsung Confirms Smartwatch in the Works: Report

"Samsung has confirmed that it is indeed working on a smartwatch. "We've been preparing the watch product for so long," Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, told Bloomberg during an interview in Seoul, according to a March 19 report. "We are working very hard to get ready for it," he added.

Piston Steam Box coming holidays 2013

"The Piston from Xi3, which has become known as the first “Steambox,” is now taking pre-orders for the Piston for delivery this holiday season. (The exact shipping date isn’t yet known.) The price is currently $899 for the base unit till March 17th when it will rise to $999.

Sorry to say it, but keyboard and mouse are losing the FPS market

"Considering that the PC is the platform that birthed both the first-person shooter and the MMO, many PC game fans are a bit perturbed that Activision and Bungie have yet to confirm a PC version of its recently unveiled FPS-meets-MMO Destiny. Bungie co-founder Jason Jones threw a bit more fuel on the fire of perceived PC gaming disrespect, though, by telling Destructoid that, in essence, Halo made keyboard and mouse controls obsolete: We did a bunch of ambitious things on Halo deliberately to reach out to people.

3D Printers Can Run Off Body Parts

"Scientist at Cornell University have been showing the potential for 3D printers by creating a replacement ear using a 3D printer and an injection of living cells... Once refined, the technique will allow biomedical engineers to print customised ears for children born with malformed ones, or people who have lost theirs and have not found them down the back of the sofa. While prosthetic reconstructions are suboptimal; they don't look realistic and they lack the qualities of real tissue, the 3D printer versions are pretty good..."

Is the Wii U Already Dead?

"The Wii U has been struggling as of late. Even Nintendo has admitted sales haven’t been as high as they would like. So what went wrong? Is this just a fluke? Will the Wii U recover and bounce back? Will the PS4 and the next 360 come out the door and leave the Wii U in the dust? GoozerNation takes a look at some of the NPD’s and speculates on what it all means..."

IE Patch To Fix 57 Vulnerabilities

"Microsoft is advising users to stick with other browsers until Tuesday, when 57 patches for Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9, and even 10 are scheduled. There is no word if this patch is to protect IE from the 50+ Java exploits that were patched last week or the new Adobe Flash vulnerabilities. Microsoft has more information here. In semi-related news, IE 10 is almost done for Windows 7 and has a IE10 blocker available for corporations. No word on whether IE 10 will be included as part of the 57 updates."

Mass Availability of WD’s Solid-State Hybrid Drive Slips to 2014

"Western Digital announced its solid-state hybrid drives (SSHD), storage devices that combine high-speed NAND flash memory and high-capacity rotating media, last September, but since the products are still in development, they will likely miss window of opportunity this year and will only become available in new notebook PCs in 2014."
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