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Sunday Sampler [9-12-07]

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Posted December 9, 2007 by admin in Internet

Nintendo is considering pulling the Wii’s TV ads in the UK due to their ongoing battle to meet demand.“As we are keen to act responsibly we are potentially looking at moving some advertising on some products into early 2008.”

Microsoft Watch has compiled what they believe to be the ten reasons why Vista flopped. “December is the month for year-end reviews. We begin our first 2007 look back by offering 10 reasons why Vista failed to “WOW” consumers or businesses.”

Activision and Vivendi Universal has merged in a deal worth $18.9 billion to create game publisher Activision Blizzard. “Former Vivendi Games parent company Vivendi will hold a majority stake, approximately 52%, of Activision Blizzard. Vivendi-designated representatives will also occupy a majority of the new company’s board of directors.”

Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the Commodore 64. Reminds me that I’ve still got two slowly decomposing in a cupboard somewhere! “By 2007 computing standards, the Commodore 64 is a dinosaur. A relic of the past, long made obsolete by the march of time. But the C64 isn’t dead. It’s very much alive — on gaming Web sites, through music and in the memories of millions who owned and loved them.”

It appears that the delays involved in developing GTA IV could leave publisher Take-Two interactive in some financial troubles. “Take-Two had $61.62 million in cash at the end of July, down from $138.15 million at the end of January.”

Microsoft has pulled their instant messaging Santa bot after it was sprung talking about sexual matters and calling children dirty bastards… “Disturbing news has reached our Yuletide youthful innocence bunker that Microsoft’s new artificial intelligence-powered Santa bot is subjecting the world’s children to an unprecedented torrent of filth.”

Last but not least, two 256MB 8800 GT’s from XFX are now in stock at Newegg. “Two flavors of the card have become available on Newegg: XFX’s PVT88PUDF4 model, which Newegg sells for $209.99, and XFX’s PVT88PUDD4 model, which is a slightly pricier $229.99.”

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