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- Comcast announced the acquisition of TechTV this morning for an undisclosed amount. The company plans to merge the channel with its gaming channel, G4. Completion of the sale is pending regulatory approval which should take 30-60 days.
- Microsoft announced its new cross-platform gaming platform, XNA, at the Game Developers Conference on now in San Jose. XNA builds on DirectX 9 but will deliver higher quality graphics and pave the way for Hi-Def gaming. XNA will appear first in Xbox 2.
- The Chinese government is cracking down on Internet cafes, saying they endanger teenagers’ “mental health.” Internet cafes may not be operated near schools or homes. Juveniles are barred from entering.
- Dell Computer is a little red-faced over the inadvertent posting of an ad for an AMD Opteron-based server yesterday. Dell admits to privately selling AMD machines to special corporate customers but remains staunchly Intel-only in public.
- Guess I was wrong about the iPod mini. Apple is delaying its global launch citing stronger than anticipated demand in the US.