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Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy Album Coming to Rock Band

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276w ago - The band's sixth and most recent album will be available for download next week.

To quote: Guns' N Roses' "Chinese Democracy" is coming to "Rock Band" for all platforms. The DLC album will include 12 tracks; the 13th song "Shackler's Revenge" is already on the disc for "Rock Band 2," but other songs from the album will be available for purchase separately.

"Chinese Democracy" will be available on Tuesday, April 14 for Xbox 360 and Wii and on Thursday, April 16 for PlayStation Network. The cost of the tracks will be $1.99 (PSN) or 160 Microsoft Points per track. On Wii, individual songs will cost 200 Wii Points (or $2.00 each). The album download will be $19.99 or 1600 Microsoft Points; this option is not available for the Wii.

Press Release: GUNS N' ROSES ALBUM CHINESE DEMOCRACY SHREDS ITS WAY ON TO ROCK BANDŽ

Cambridge, Mass. - April 10, 2009 - Harmonix and MTV Games announced today that Chinese Democracy, the sixth and most recent album from Guns N' Roses, will be released in its entirety to the Rock BandŽ Music Store catalog of downloadable content on April 14, 2009.

The highly anticipated November 2008 release of Chinese Democracy was Guns N' Roses' first official music release in 15 years. It debuted at #3 on the Billboard...
 

Chinese Gamers Will Have to Give Real Names to Play Online?

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288w ago - According to China Daily, China is to start requiring gamers to register for online games with their real names!

It isn't confirmed when this new policy will go live, but it sounds pretty drastic if it is indeed true.

To quote: The government will start real-name registration for online game players this year, said Zhang Yijun, director of the General Administration of Press and Publication's technology and digital publication department.

Four online game companies' operations have been suspended after it was found that their software did not have the mandatory anti-addiction system, he said in Qingdao on Wednesday.
 

Chinese Pirates Crack Blu-ray DRM, Sell Pirated HD Discs

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297w ago - Movie pirates are distributing fake Blu-ray movie titles in China, which are essentially ordinary DVDs passed off as Blu-rays.

According to a WSJ report, the counterfeit Blu-ray discs are ordinary DVDs that hold the same movie content as the original Blu-ray but it is encoded in the AVCHD format. AVCHD is based on the MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video format, enabling recording of high-definition 1080i and 720p video onto cheap DVD discs.

"We are concerned and are assigning priority to this issue," said Mike Ellis, the Asia-Pacific managing director for the MPA.

The issue came into the surface last month when authorities raided a big stash of the new pirated discs in China, which is often at the leading edge of piracy trends.

The MPA estimates that within the next six months the high-definition discs could account for 10% of $224 million that its member companies lose from piracy in China. While a legitimate Blu-ray discs costs about $30, a pirated Chinese disc goes for as little as $7.
 

Chinese Hackers Angered By Microsoft's Epic Fail

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300w ago - Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program aims to deter the use of illegally copied versions of Windows, but it may end up helping hackers in China.

Microsoft's WGA program tests Windows installations to determine whether they have been legally purchased. As implemented in some countries, like China, WGA turns the user's desktop background black when it detects an illegal copy of Windows. The goal is to encourage users to pay for legitimate software.

According to a BSA-IDC study, 82% of PC software in China is pirated.

The so-called "black screen of death" -- which doesn't impede computer function like Microsoft's "blue screen of death" -- has prompted an outcry against what Chinese users of unauthorized software see as Microsoft's heavy-handed tactics.

Beijing lawyer Dong Zhengwei, lashed out at Microsoft, calling it the "biggest hacker in China with its intrusion into users' computer systems without their agreement or any judicial authority," according to China Daily.

The lesser hackers, meanwhile,...
 

BBC Web site unblocked in China

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330w ago - People in China are able to access English language stories on the BBC News website in full, after years of strict control by Beijing.

The Communist authorities often block news sites such as the BBC in a policy dubbed the "great firewall of China".

But BBC staff working in China now say they are able to access news stories that would have been blocked before.

However, the firewall remains in place for Chinese language services on the website and for any links in Chinese.

'Without hindrance'

Beijing has never admitted to blocking access to BBC news stories - and there has been no official confirmation that the website has been unblocked.

But Chinese users trying to access pages on the site have almost always been redirected to an error message telling them: "The connection was reset."

It now appears that this is no longer the case, and access to the site is much easier.

Steve Herrmann, editor of the BBC News website, says this is a welcome development.

"We want BBC News to be as accessible in China as anywhere else in the world," he said.

"We will endeavour to continue working with the Chinese authorities to improve our access in other areas."

Technology experts say such a development...
 
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