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'World of Warcraft: Cataclysm' sells 3.3 million in first 24 hours
Having already boasted last month about spurring "the biggest entertainment launch in history," Activision Blizzard is now saying it's home to "the fastest-selling PC game of all time."
Blizzard Entertainment announced in a statement Monday that the long-awaited expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm sold 3.3 million copies in the first 24 hours after launch.
The performance tops the day-one haul of World of Warcraft expansion and former record holder Wrath of the Lich King, which sold 2.8 million copies.
"We want to thank all of our new, existing, and returning players throughout the world for their incredible enthusiasm and support, and we look forward to hearing what they think about all the new content," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime in a statement.
This is the third expansion for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), which continues to dominate the PC realm. Back in October, Blizzard revealed the subscriber base for WoW topped 12 million.

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By echo off on 14-12-2010, 07:55 AM
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Google Chrome OS CR-48 Notebook Reviewed

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Google's Cr-48 Chrome OS netbook provides the first glimpse of a "third choice in desktop operating systems," as Google CEO Eric Schmidt puts it. It's all the things Google boasts: speedy, simple, and secure. But there are things it cannot do, only some of which won't matter in time.

Chrome OS is not really a third choice because it's not a desktop operating system. It doesn't support direct file manipulation. It's a browser-based operating system, and comparing Chrome OS to a desktop operating system like Windows or Mac OS is a bit like comparing a motorcycle to a pickup truck. Both work as transportation but if you're hauling drywall, you're not going to want a motorcycle.

Chrome OS will be succeed because, for many circumstances, the Web is enough and the price point will be compelling.

It's appealing because it's not a hassle. I never have to worry about updating Chrome OS. That happens automatically, without the interruption of dialog boxes. It took me less than a minute to start up, establish an account, take my own picture, connect to my WiFi network, and load my iGoogle homepage. All my Google Docs files were there waiting for me, in the cloud. All my bookmarks were there, thanks to Chrome's synchronization capabilities.
By echo off on 14-12-2010, 08:01 AM
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Gawker Hack Leads to Twitter Spam Campaign

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Gawker Media's servers were hit by hackers during the weekend, exposing the e-mail addresses and passwords of registered users of their Websites and apparently leading to a spam campaign launched on Twitter.

A group called "Gnosis" has taken credit for the attack and put the compromised data in a 500MB file. Inside is information on users of a number of Gawker Media Websites: Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Jezebel, Fleshbot and Deadspin.

In addition to user passwords, the attackers walked away with usernames and passwords for Gawker's staff, as well as Gawker's source code and chat logs of discussions between employees.

"If you've registered an account on any Gawker Media web site … and you didn't log in using Facebook Connect, then it's best to assume that your username and password were included among the leaked data," Gawker stated in a "Frequently Asked Questions" post on its Website. "Passwords in our database are encrypted (i.e., not stored in plain text), but they're still potentially vulnerable to hackers. You should immediately change the password on your account, and if you used that password on any other web site, you should change your passwords on all of those accounts as well."
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