Virtual currency seems to be the way to get venture capitalists to part with their real currency.
stories by Dean Takahashi
Imagine the pain at Microsoft and Intel. Steve Jobs doesn’t have to do anything, and he still gets outstanding press coverage.
A federal grand jury charged a trio of hackers with stealing data related to more than 130 million credit and debit cards. It’s another reminder that computer security is broken and it still hasn’t been fixed.
Social networking sites are facing a steep rise in hacking attacks in 2009, according to a report released today by web security firm Breach Security.
A two-part series called “Video Games are dead” on DigitalTrends.com examines the increasingly moribund state of the console video game industry, pointing out that video game sales have been falling for months – including a big drop in July.
Desktop sales are dropping rapidly as the world becomes enamored with laptops, netbooks and smart phones. But they still constitute about half of overall computer sales. So there’s still reason to take notice when top-of-the-line chips hit the market.
Somewhere around 25 million people have been been hit with identity theft. But it’s hard to protect your confidential data against determined criminal hackers, who are stealing credit card numbers and other private information by the millions.
Nvidia reported better-than-expected revenues for its second fiscal quarter, prompting a 9 percent jump in its stock price in after-hours trading thanks to renewed hopes of a turnaround in personal computing.
The top three botnets — or herds of compromised computers controlled by hackers — are sending as many as 21 billion spam messages a day, according to Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence report.
Amid the 12,000-plus attendees at the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences in Las Vegas last week, it almost seemed like we were in the midst of a boom in demand for security technology. But venture capitalists who attended the security conferences were not optimistic about the ability to make a killing on security startups.
The old guard casual game companies continue to march into the brave new world of video games. Today, Oberon Media, an established casual game maker with 500 employees, is announcing that it has made a big move into the micro transaction-based video game market.
Exponential Entertainment has launched the first casual games on its HollywoodPlayer.com web site as well as on Facebook.
T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G with Google cell phone went on sale in the U.S. today, kicking off a new generation of competition with Apple’s iPhone.
Activision Blizzard’s second quarter earnings were better than expected thanks to good sales of a diverse game line-up in a seasonally weak quarter.
Paying college tuition is still pretty tough. The federal government is still lending money, but private loans by big banks have been hit hard due to the recession and Wall Street’s financial crisis. Some big providers of secondary education loans have pulled out of the market entirely.
Four decades after the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA found that it had accidentally destroyed the archival video footage of one of mankind’s greatest achievements. But Lowry Digital was able to use digital video restoration technology to reconstruct a high-definition version of the footage.
Sarbakan has made more than 600 games since 1998. But nobody knows about the company because it mostly does work for hire.
We might as well start getting used to important news flashes on Twitter. Tonight, at about 8:30 pm Pacific time, Paula Abdul announced on the microblogging service that she will not be returning for another stint as a judge on American Idol.
While console video games have moved on to titles like Tekken 6, the social games industry is so new that they’re just getting going with their sequels.
Motion capture is one of the technologies that Hollywood and game publishers can’t live without. It’s an expensive process that captures the motion of human actors and translates it into digital form so that artists can create more realistic animations of humans on the move.
Has Electronic Arts gotten over the worst of its slump?
Thank heaven for The Sims 3. That’s probably what Electronic Arts executives are thinking, given the company posted a loss that is smaller than what Wall Street expected for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30.
People have found a lot of ways to make money on the Internet, but you have to give credit to Jason Sadler, a 26-year-old Floridian who is the ultimate sellout. He may be getting the most amount of money for the least amount of work, at least as far as ordinary folks go.
Targeting high-end consumer electronics fans, Digeo is announcing today a new multi-room solution for its digital video recorder as well as other new features for its retail boxes.
Women’s TV network Lifetime is teaming up with King.com, which will become the exclusive provider of skill-based games on Lifetime’s online site, myLifetime.com, VentureBeat has learned.
Buying your love a virtual rose is a happening thing to do these days on social networks such as Facebook. And now there are 50 ways for you to pay for it.
Nathan Hamiel (right) and Shawn Moyer (left) love social sites from MySpace to Facebook. But at the Defcon and Black Hat security conferences this year, they gave talks about how easy it is to compromise web sites that accept user-generated content.
In a sign that console game companies care about new platforms such as the iPhone, Namco Networks has hired a former Apple producer as the head of its Apple Games division.
[Updated with Blizzard response] Hacking World of Warcraft is like a national pastime among game-oriented hackers. So it’s no surprise that hackers have figured out a new way to circumvent the rules of the online role-playing fantasy game.
You can now use a Nintendo DSi handheld video game system to share goofy photos with your Facebook friends.
Global chip industry sales continued in the second quarter as sales grew 17 percent from the first quarter, according to industry trade group Semiconductor Industry Association.
If there is such a thing as a serial entertainment entrepreneur, Jordan Weisman is it.
Samplify Systems is announcing today a new design for its technology that compresses data without sacrificing quality.
Caustic Graphics announced today that it’s signed up a number of software companies to adapt their software to its CausticRT development platform — a platform that will bring the highest quality graphics and animation to a community of artists and designers
A security researcher at the Defcon security conference has proposed a way to get news feeds into countries that ban them via email clients. The proposal aims to simplify the process by which Internet users in censored countries can get uncensored news, making it useful in countries such as China and Iran.
In a scary presentation at the Defcon hacker conference, a security researcher showed how easy it is to compromise the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control system.
Charlie Miller (left) has had a string of hits as a hacker. This week he added to his list as he announced at the Black Hat security conference that he and partner Collin Mulliner were able to hack an iPhone with a text message.
Apple has patched a flaw in the iPhone that makes it vulnerable to being hacked by a text message.
University of Delaware students say they have hacked the Wii video game controller and the Wii Fit’s Wii Balance Board to be used with applications for disabled people.
In casual games, Yahoo Games has been the biggest online operator in the U.S. for years. But now it’s been surpassed by Zynga, the social gaming company that has a huge audience on Facebook and the iPhone.