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Nintendo blocks out 3rd party resellers with own refurbished online store

Nintendo blocks out 3rd party resellers with own refurbished online store

Nintendo is looking to steal some business away from 3rd party resellers like Gamestop or Game n' Trade with its own refurbished online store. Its new refurbished store currently only offers slightly blemished Nintendo 3DS and Nintedo DSi XL systems, but soon it may offer even more products like the Wii U. While the refurbished online store will be beneficial to consumers, it will be detrimental to businesses. Luckily for businesses around the world, Nintendo's refurbished store is only available in North America.

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Foursquare CEO says company is generating more revenue than ever

Foursquare CEO says company is generating more revenue than ever

Despite the public's perception of Foursquare, Foursquare's CEO Dennis Crowley says that the company is doing fine, and that it's not struggling at all. Crowley participated in TechCrunch's Disrupt NY event, where he discussed Foursquare's current state and how it's generating the supposed "big" revenue Crowley claims. Though at times, he does keep things a bit too hush hush to reassure anyone.

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Internet cookies get five year death sentence

Internet cookies get five year death sentence

Internet tracking cookies may soon see their demise, at least according to Paul Cimino, the Vice President and General Manager at Brilig Digital Data Solutions, a company that looks through 1st and 3rd party data to leverage for marketing campaigns. He says that the internet cookie has "5 years at most" to live before its killed off. He continues to say that the internet cookie is flawed, invasive, and has privacy issues. There are many that agree with Cimino's statement.

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Xbox 720 detail leaks suggest “Xbox Infinity” as new name

Xbox 720 detail leaks suggest “Xbox Infinity” as new name

A new image discovered by users from both Twitter and Reddit suggest that the Xbox 720 may be released as the "Xbox Infinity". The image shows off the Xbox Infinity logo and it's followed by the tagline, "Infinite entertainment. Infinite possibilities." which compliments Microsoft's efforts to make the Xbox more than just a gaming console. However, of course the leaked image has been received with much criticism, especially from Forbes, whose Microsoft source sent them a differently-styled Xbox logo.

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Indiana University’s petaflop supercomputer bucks public trend

Indiana University’s petaflop supercomputer bucks public trend

Indiana University's new petaflop supercomputer is the first supercomputer to be a "dedicated university resource." It has been named Big Red II, and is a big replacement to IU's previous supercomputer, Big Red, which reached speed of 28 teraflops, drastically slower than Big Red II's one petaflop speeds. Big Red II will be used to help students and staff members with their research on various subjects.

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Chrysler invests more into Toledo plant to increase 9-speed production

Chrysler invests more into Toledo plant to increase 9-speed production

Chrysler will be making another investment into its Toledo Machining Plant in order to increase production capacity for its torque-converters for its 9-speed automatic transmissions. It will invest $19.6 million into the Ohio-based plant in order to produce more converters for the 9-speed transmissions, which are set to make their appearance with Chrysler's 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

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Microsoft set to rebrand Bing, Skype, and Xbox

Microsoft set to rebrand Bing, Skype, and Xbox

Albert Shum, Windows Phone Design Studio General Manager, and Todd Simmons, Creative Director at Wolff Olins, announced at the Design Day 2013 Event in Norway that there will be some rebranding coming to Microsoft soon. There will be logo rebranding for several of Microsoft's services, including Bing, Yammer, Skype, and Xbox. They figured that since Windows 8, Microsoft, and Office all got new logos, why shouldn't these services?

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GALAXY S 4 abandons original Samsung-made NFC tags for second-gen

GALAXY S 4 abandons original Samsung-made NFC tags for second-gen

It seems that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 now uses a BCM2079x NFC controller instead of the NXP PN544 NFC controller, making it incompatible with the original Samsung TecTiles. The current TecTiles are MIFARE Classic 1k tags, which are unreadable by the BCM2079x controller, meaning that those of you who plan on getting a GALAXY S 4 and want to use TecTiles will have to replace your current tags with Samsung's upcoming TecTile 2 tags.

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The Witcher 3 forgoes multiplayer and quick-time events

The Witcher 3 forgoes multiplayer and quick-time events

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which will be released sometime in 2014 for next-gen consoles and the PC, will forgo both multiplayer capabilities as well as quick-time events. Konrad Tomaszkiewicz and CD Projekt RED (the developer of The Witcher 3) spoke with Forbes about The Witcher 3 and they stated that the game had no place for multiplayer. He also stated that quick-time events were being left out because all they resulted in was frustration for players.

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