Author - Jerry Paxton

Advance Wars 2 Shown in Paris

1up is reporting that Advance Wars 2 has been shown to Paris press folk recently, revealing some new details about the game. One of the biggest is the change to a more mature style of anime graphics instead of the more whimsical nature of the first game. Nintendo may show a demo at the E for All Expo coming up soon.

Microsoft Readying Web-Based Office Products

The Register is reporting that Microsoft is preparing web-based versions of it’s popular Office software.

From the article: ‘Microsoft said features of its Office Live Workspace would include allowing users to upload more than 1,000 documents to free personal websites.

There will also be an option for documents to be shared in a password-protected environment.

For anyone who doesn’t have Office installed, features will be restricted via a read-only browser, although users will still have the ability to comment on the document.

The vendor sought to give the beta program a healthy lick of corporate spin, saying ”Online’ services are for organisations with more advanced IT needs where power and flexibility are critical.’ Other apps under the program include Exchange and Sharepoint.’

Jurassic Park is frightening in the dark!

Yahoo reports that scientists have discovered that wooly mammoth hair offers a wealth of genetic information; much more so than from frozen animal skin/blood.

‘Learning the DNA sequence does not mean that the ancient animal can be cloned or somehow resurrected, Schuster said, adding ‘this is science fiction.”  

Sounds like someone needs his Ph.D revoked!  It could happen!!! I have seen it on TV!

Halo 3 Breaks All Entertainment Sales Records

Joystiq is reporting that Halo 3 has raked in $170 million dollars over it’s first 24 hours in retail. This is a landmark and the biggest day in entertainment sales ever – better than ANY movie, book, or video game to come before it.

I really hope this pushes the Halo film along a bit.

Vonage pwned again.

MSNBC reports that earlier this morning a Federal jury in Kansas City, KS awarded Sprint-Nextel $69.5 million in damages for ‘willful patent violation’ by Vonage.  

This is on top of Verizon’s ealier win against Vonage in March for $58m plus a 5.5% annual royalty on all future earnings.  

If you have stock in this company, I shed a tear for you.

China MMO Bans Males Playing As Females

PacificEpoch reports that Shanda subsidiary Aurora Technology has frozen game accounts of male players who chose to play female in-game characters in its in-house developed MMORPG King of the World, reports 17173. Aurora stipulates that only female gamers can play female characters in the game, and it requires gamers who chose female characters to prove their biological sex with a webcam, according to the report.