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GOG Galaxy online gaming platform takes on Steam

GOG Galaxy online gaming platform takes on Steam

GOG is stepping up its game and will soon be encroaching on Valve's turf. It has just announced what it calls the GOG Galaxy, a DRM-free online gaming platform that will be offering almost everything that Steam's platform does, but with more freedom than Steam can probably ever give.

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Wii and DS online play restored with unofficial server

Wii and DS online play restored with unofficial server

Back in February, Nintendo announced that Wii and DS gamers would lose access to online play, something that spurred an outcry and, it seems, an industrious effort to avoid the change. Though today WiFi Connection goes dark, the option to play online remains.

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Google buys Rangespan to improve your online shopping experience

Google buys Rangespan to improve your online shopping experience

Google has been keen to bolster their online shopping initiatives, and a recent acquisition should really ramp up those efforts. Google has purchased Rangespan for an undisclosed amount. The service is a back-end solution for online retailers, which aims to help them stay ahead of shopping trends.

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Steam is down: many users having access trouble

Steam is down: many users having access trouble

This afternoon Steam has been having a bit of trouble staying up in several areas. In Europe East servers especially, with a high number of players searching for the term - as you likely know already. There aren’t an inordinate amount of people on Steam at the moment - nearly 5.5 million - and Steam database clients are currently set to "Normal" mode.

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Would you give up WoW for LEGO Minifigures Online?

Would you give up WoW for LEGO Minifigures Online?

There’s a massively multiplayer online game being prepared for delivery this week after the folks at Funcom secured massive amounts of cash to develop it. This game will likely build on the success of the customizability efforts in recent games like The LEGO Movie Video Game. In that game, customization of characters includes the changing of pants.

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Amazon sees online sales decline in states where it charges tax

Amazon sees online sales decline in states where it charges tax

Amazon has been at the heart of battles with state governments around the country as retailers want to the online seller to pay sales tax. Currently Amazon and other retailers don’t have to charge sales tax for products if they don’t have a physical location in the state where the product is purchased. A new study has been performed by researchers at Ohio State University that looks at the sales Amazon has made in states where it has to charge sales tax.

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Xbox Live is down: it’s not just Titanfall

Xbox Live is down: it’s not just Titanfall

This afternoon alerts have been sent out to users of the game Titanfall for Xbox One and PC. This alert shows that Xbox Live members and those playing Titanfall through Origin are having a tough time connecting to games - the whole lot is connected through one system, as it were, working with Windows Azure.

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Amazon Lockers now support returns and deliveries

Amazon Lockers now support returns and deliveries

Amazon has been placing its Lockers delivery service into locations around the country to cater to folks that don’t want packages delivered to their home or office. There are all sorts of reasons why delivering to home or office won’t work for some people, one of those reasons is fear of theft. One thing that the Amazon Lockers didn't allow when the service launched was returns of items to the same location they picked up from if they didn’t like the product.

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Steam is down (again), it’s not just you

Steam is down (again), it’s not just you

If you’re a regular Steam user, you may have noticed that this gaming network has been down a bit more often than usual as of late. Having seen issue just this past week and here now again not a week later, it would seem that a recurring issue must be at fault. And it’s not a scheduled maintenance point, if that’s what you’re thinking.

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Tim Berners-Lee’s Reddit AMA summed in four comments

Tim Berners-Lee’s Reddit AMA summed in four comments

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. As he mentioned today in his Reddit AMA session (that’s Ask Me Anything, a popular method of popular people speaking to the internet), TBL "coded it up on a NeXT", while it was Robert Cailliau who was "the first convert to it" and later "wrote some code for a Mac browser called "Samba". As the creator of the WWW, TBL is (arguably) one of the best people to go to when it comes to considerations for how it might be handled now and in the future - thusly we devour his insight.

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YouTube is down today, it’s not just you

YouTube is down today, it’s not just you

This morning YouTube went down at approximately 11AM CST, with reports coming in throughout the hour. At the moment it would not appear that collection pages are down, just pages with display information about the videos and the videos themselves. Users trying to access YouTube videos throughout the United States are seeing messages that include talk of "something went wrong" and the always classic "A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation."

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Obama’s Cybersecurity Framework revealed (but is it enough?)

Obama’s Cybersecurity Framework revealed (but is it enough?)

President Obama has launched the new Cybersecurity Framework, the Whitehouse's guide for infrastructure providers like gas, electric, and water, as well as banks and power plants to fend off digital attacks. The handiwork of a year's collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the private sector, the Framework consists of three components - the core, profiles, and tiers - designed to assess existing security levels, bring them (and employee understanding of them) up to a safer level, and then maintain those levels in future. However, there are already criticisms that the plan does not go far enough.

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