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Prince of Persia devs planned something special for PS3 owners

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345w ago - You may or may not be aware that there's a vote taking place on the official Prince of Persia Web site. This poll allows people to pick one of three Xbox 360 achievements for the final game.

Not much use to PS3 owners, but Ubisoft has done its best to keep us sweet. The poll itself states that PS3 fans need not take umbrage and that they have "planned something special" for us too.

Whether this will have anything to do with the upcoming trophies for the game, or something else entirely, there's no real indication.

Needless to say, however, we're looking forward to seeing whatever it is Ubisoft comes up with. What can we say, we love surprises!
 

ESRB Cracks Down on Premature Game Leaks

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345w ago - The joy of discovering unannounced downloadable game titles on the ESRB's ever-reliable Web site will soon be a thing of the past, as a new policy aimed at halting premature leaks on the site has been put forward, according to an internal memo passed to Web site Next-Gen.

When submitting a new game title to the ESRB's ratings database, publishers will now have the option of entering in specific reveal date, letting the ESRB know exactly when to release information regarding the title to the public.

If no date is specified, the title will automatically appear in the ESRB's public search database 30 days after it has been rated.

Well now, that's certainly exciting news for publishers. As for end-users, not much at all. Guess we'll have to rely on the European rating bodies from this point forward.
 

Firefox 3 is released for download!

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345w ago - As expected, the latest version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser, Firefox 3, was made available for download at 6pm BST today. Another nail in the MS coffin!

Firefox 3 is now available for download HERE.

After nearly three years in development, last Wednesday Mozilla announced that Firefox 3 was ready for release. During Firefox 3's development, memory-usage improvement has been a consistent theme.

Firefox's third release candidate was released on Wednesday last week, and contained a fix for loading issues with Mac OS X. The final release is identical to RC3, said the organization.

Mozilla is hoping to set a Guinness World Record for the most number of downloads of an application in a day, on the release of the browser.

There is currently no official Guinness World Record for the total number of downloads of an application in a day. During the first 24 hours of Firefox 3's release, Mozilla is aiming for over 1.6 million downloads and hoping for five million.

Mozilla has encouraged its community of over 175 million users to sign up on the spreadfirefox.com marketing site to receive Firefox 3 on Tuesday, to host download parties, and to put Firefox badges on websites and blogs....
 

Canadian bill targets illegal downloads, unlocking iphones, more

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346w ago - According to the Canadian Press, the "Federal government is expected to introduce legislation Thursday that will seek to make it easier to prosecute individuals who download copyrighted material from the Internet."

Experts say that Canada has finally given in to pressure from the U.S government to crackdown on illegal filesharing with provisions including: A $500 fine for each illegal file shared online, making it illegal to unlock cellphones or copy music from protected CDs to iPods, forbidding the right to copy "time shifted" shows onto personal video recorders if flagged by broadcasters.

To quote: Although it is currently unclear how the copyright bill will be enforced, observers have said enforcement could be aided if Canada signs on to the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, to be tabled next month at the G8 summit in Japan.

The agreement, which was recently published on a Web site known for disseminating leaked documents, would require Internet service providers to police the content that travels over its network.

According to the four-page document, ISPs could required to filter pirated digital files and reveal the identities of customers suspected of infringing on copyrighted material.
 

Final Fantasy XIII to be shown this summer at Japanese Event

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346w ago - Square Enix announced today its 'DKΜ3713' summer event that will be held in Japan. The invite-only event will allow a select few to check out various games including Fantasy XIII and Kingdom Hearts.

The party will be broken up into separate sessions, with three sessions taking place on August 2 and August 3, each lasting a duration of three hours.

Attendance will be limited to 400 attendees per session, which totals to 2,400 people. Users of the Japanese Square Enix Members site can apply for admission to the event now. Applicants will be picked at random.

Square Enix plans to show off a number of upcoming titles at the event, including Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and Final Fantasy XIII. No mention of Dragon Quest IX, unfortunately. Check below for the complete list of games:

* FINAL FANTASY XIII (PLAYSTATION 3)
* FINAL FANTASY Agito XIII (Mobile)
* FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII (PLAYSTATION 3)
* KINGDOM HEARTS Coded (Mobile)
* KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (Nintendo DS)
* KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep (PSP)
* DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY (PSP)
* The 3rd Birthday (Mobile)
* Sigma Harmonics (Nintendo DS)
* FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE (Blu-ray)
 
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