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Microsoft Wants Refund From Some Laid-Off Workers

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297w ago - Microsoft says it made an accounting error when it laid off some employees last month and now feels the best way to correct the error is with what will likely add up to a public relations blunder. To quote:

The software giant, which recently laid off 1,400 employees, sent letters (see image below) this week to some of those former workers letting them know that their severance payouts were a bit too "generous" and respectfully requested that the former employees pay back that money, according to a report Saturday on [Register or Login to view links].

"An inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an overpayment in severance pay by Microsoft," the letter states. "We ask that you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to you."

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the authenticity of a letter posted on TechCrunch, but declined further comment, saying it was "a private matter between the company and the affected people."

The company declined to specify how many of these letters were sent out, and it's unknown how much the overpayments total, but it did indicate that some laid off employees were also undercompensated.

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PlayStation Expands to Latin America, PSN Hits Some Countries

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297w ago - SCEA Director and General Manager for Latin America Mark Stanley made the following announcement today:

I'm thrilled to announce that today PlayStation is officially expanding into Latin America!

So this means that you can now purchase any of the three PlayStation platforms, our library of software titles - such as Resistance 2 - and even the latest peripherals, including our Bluetooth Headset, in 13 countries across Latin America. We're also working on providing access to PlayStation Network in select countries.

This is such an exciting opportunity and we're looking forward to providing social entertainment and gaming experiences you can share among your friends and family around the world. This expansion is the direct result of feedback we received from you and we're proud to deliver PlayStation products and services to enable you to easily connect, play and communicate with one another.

As a native of Costa Rica with many years working directly in the region, I know Latin America holds much promise of growth for SCEA. Muchas gracias to all of you in Latin America and around the world for your support!

Viva PlayStation!
 

Customized 'Homicide' PS3 Case Mod is Bloody Awesome

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298w ago - This brutal PS3 Mod is entitled 'Homicide' and rightly so, for it has blood stains all over its clean white cover and simply looks like it was a witness to some awfully ruthless crime.

To quote: It is a wonderful addition to all the different PS3 Mods we have seen before and bloody awesome.

The creative mod for the PlayStation 3 was created by Jerry Thampan, and he goes on to explain its development:

...my ps3 that i customized. airbrushed white, blood done w/ red paint put into a spoon and drawn in, then clear coated twice...

I salute Jerry for his imagination and creativity. He also mentioned that some PS3 accessories and peripherals with the same blood stained design will be coming soon.

I guess this kind of mod brings the violence we see in the video games of today outside as well... but no harm done.
 

GameStop Exec Defends Used Game Sales & Somewhat Succeeds

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302w ago - In a recent interview with [Register or Login to view links], GameStop Chief Marketing Officer Mike Hogan tried to defend his company's stance on the used game market by comparing it to the used car market.

He argued that without trade money from used cars, the owners wouldn't be able to afford a new car. Although some people will try to flaw his argument by noting that games aren't that expensive in relation to people's disposable income.

To quote: Starting his argument, he compared the games industry to the car industry saying: "If you couldn't sell your old car - would the industry sell more cars?" He argues that without the trade-in money From The used car, owners wouldn't be able to afford a new car.

He then claimed that 90% of trade-ins take place over 90 days after the release of a game. He said, "We track this fairly closely. We believe we're extending the life-cycles of users."

He continued, "I realize there are other perspectives, but ours is: trades and used fuel growth in the category."
 

PlayStation 3 XMB Plus Open Source Equals Awesomeness

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308w ago - The PlayStation 3 can probably be considered one of the most customizable consoles on the market. With the ability to upgrade you HDD, use external USB devices, Bluetooth peripherals, install open source operating systems (Linux/Unix) and freely customize your own XMB theme, the PS3 gives users a freedom of choice that was never previously established in console gaming until this generation.

Not to say that it's really "open" in the sense where programmers, like myself, don't really have the ability to access any hardware acceleration in the RSX because of restrictions by a hypervisor (software systems that run directly on the PS3 as a hardware control and guest operating system monitor) in the available Linux/Unix flavors; this limits any 3D operations that can be done on the PS3 whilst running Linux.

But gamers don't really need to worry about crap like that. That's reserved more for the bewildered geeks that get a stiffy trying to comprehend the internal workings of any system - let alone the PS3.

But what if Sony took off the shackles currently limiting user control of the PS3? What if Sony decided to give users the ability to fully customize and control their interactivity and interface?

To finally change that sonata chime at startup to something more you (not...
 
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