Startup Has an Awesome Idea That Will Get Crushed by Big Media

Streamnation says it will let you “borrow” digital versions of friends’ TV shows and movies. Good luck!
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Valve’s Steam Machines Won’t Be “Console Killers,” but Here’s How They Could Shake Up Gaming Anyway

If they work as promised, Steam Machines could be disruptive — just not in the way you think.
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How a Man in Austria Used Legos to Hack Amazon’s Kindle E-Book Security

A little robotics, a little OCR and voila.
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Microsoft Clarifies Its Xbox One Game-Sharing Policies … Again

When Microsoft backtracked on its controversial DRM policies for the Xbox One in June, it also seemed to be abandoning the “Family Sharing” feature that would allow digital games to be downloaded to more than one of the next-gen consoles. However, the company clarified today that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to log in to other Xbox Ones and access their digital content. If users buy and download a game to a One they don’t own, it will be freely accessible on that console until they log out, and will also become available on their home console.

Exclusive: Microsoft’s Xbox Head Don Mattrick Leaving to Take Top Role — Possibly CEO — At Zynga

A very big hire for the troubled online gaming giant.
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Apple Shares Held Hostage and Oracle’s Mystery News — 10 Things You Need to See on AllThingsD This Week

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
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Microsoft: We Had to Wait Until After E3 to Change Our DRM Policies

It seems reception from the all-important gamer audience at E3 forced Microsoft’s hand.
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Xbox One-Eighty: Microsoft Backtracks on New Console DRM

The Xbox One will not require Internet “check-ins” and will not impose restrictions on how games may be loaned or shared, Microsoft announced today. Early word of the announcement was first reported by Giant Bomb. The policy changes mean the game playing and sharing experiences on the One will be the same as they are on Microsoft’s current console, the Xbox 360. The company initially defended the DRM policies, including at last week’s game trade show E3, but backlash from gamers was apparently loud and fierce enough to effect a change.

Five Questions About the PS4 for Sony’s Jack Tretton

Sony’s computer entertainment CEO offers a piece of advice for people who ask about mobile and tablet gaming. Raaar!
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DRM Firm Sues Apple After Patent Talks Flop

Intertrust is looking for another big paycheck.
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Rubinstein and McNamee: Remaking Palm

Macworld ’09: Behind the PhilNote