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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

Welcome to Friday everyone. The weekend is here is last, and what better way to kick it off than with a giveaway? We've teamed up with NVIDIA to hand out three 16GB Google Nexus 7 tablets, so be sure to enter (but read the rules before you do!). Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent trial gave us a glimpse at sales numbers for both companies today, and we also found out that Apple is looking for a whopping $2.45 billion from Samsung. Even though Google has remained publicly silent about this whole suit, it turns out that it has been providing support for Samsung behind the scenes during the trial.

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Battle.net hack: how to keep yourself safe

Battle.net hack: how to keep yourself safe

Earlier today we received word that Blizzard's battle.net servers have been hacked, and with a recent influx of 10 million users thanks to Diablo III's launch, that makes this potentially devastating for a lot of people. Blizzard has since released an FAQ on battle.net, telling users what exactly was compromised and what remains secure. Those with a North American account (which includes people in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia) were hit the hardest, so if that's you, read on to find out what you can do to keep your account safe.

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Blizzard hacked: Battle.net leaks emails and more

Blizzard hacked: Battle.net leaks emails and more

Diablo developer Blizzard has warned gamers that their personal information may have been leaked, after the company was the target of a network hack. No financial information is believed to have been stolen, Blizzard said in a statement on the data breach, but some email addresses, personal security question answers, and authentication details for some types of connections were all extracted before the unauthorized access was blocked.

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World of Warcraft Pandaria expansion lumbers forth September 25

World of Warcraft Pandaria expansion lumbers forth September 25

This week Blizzard Entertainment has let loose all of the info regarding the next big expansion for their massively popular MMoRPG game World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. What began as an April fool's joke is now made real, with a September 25th launch date for an expansion for the fantasy game with no less than a whole new playable race of characters: giant pandas. These pandas are called the Pandaren and also usher in a new region to the game's environment: Pandaria.

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Advocacy group threatens legal action over Diablo III always-on DRM

Advocacy group threatens legal action over Diablo III always-on DRM

Diablo III has attracted a healthy amount of controversy since launch, with most of that controversy focused around the game's always-online requirement. Blizzard's announcement of the always-on DRM was met with considerable outcry from fans, and it caused plenty of problems on launch day, as Blizzard's Diablo III servers repeatedly crumbled under the stress of so many logins. It was enough to send any gamer into a rage, and now a German consumer advocacy group called the Federation of Consumer Organizations is looking to do something about it.

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Diablo III exploit makes Wizard characters invincible

Diablo III exploit makes Wizard characters invincible

A new exploit has been discovered in Diablo III that makes Wizard characters essentially invincible. The exploit reportedly works for both Softcore and Hardcore characters, which has some players up in arms and others scrambling to complete Hardcore more before Blizzard issues a fix. In the meantime, Blizzard has been removing forum posts that mention the exploit in a effort to keep the amount of people using it in-game to a minimum.

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Diablo III player dies after 40 hour session

Diablo III player dies after 40 hour session

Sad news coming out of Taiwan today, as a teenager has died after playing Diablo III for 40 hours straight without any food. 18-year-old Chuang booked a private room at an internet cafe on Friday, July 13 and played Diablo III all the way through until Sunday, July 15, when he was discovered slumped over his desk by an internet cafe employee. Initially, Chuang appeared to be fine - only tired - but after getting up and walking a few steps, he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he later passed away.

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Diablo III is the Worst Game Ever Made

Diablo III is the Worst Game Ever Made

I have played Diablo III for dozens of hours. I have beaten the normal difficulty level with one of my “Heroes,” and I have made solid progress with a variety of characters representing each class. I came to the new sequel already a fan. I played through and beat Diablo II perhaps a dozen times, at nearly every difficulty level with every type of character. But now I’m done. I’m moving on. It finally hit me: Diablo III is the worst game I’ve ever played, for hours and hours and hours.

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