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Steam Downtime Planned for this Evening

Valve Software has announced that their digital distribution service Steam will be down today from 6pm to 9pm PDT in order to perform some ”software maintenance” on the servers.Valve also mentions that games downloaded with Steam that do not rely on the social/match-making options of the service should remain playable.

1 billion Firefox downloads served

Mozilla has celebrated a milestone from its great hit Mozilla Firefox, reaching 1 billion downloads. The open source browser released its first version in 2004 with nearly 3 million people already using it before it was able to achieve version 1.0. Firefox has been through dozens of official releases and countless number of nightly builds, a compile of the latest builds, sometimes unstable at night. The browser has seen tremendous success over the last 3 years, bringing in over 30% market share, receiving dozens of awards from IT specialists and software review web sites, and even setting a Guinness World Record for the most number of downloads in a 24 hour period of 8,000,000 downloads.

MS Says Ads Won’t Interfere With Xbox Live Experience

Microsoft has responded to concerns over its recent announcement that the addition of the MS Silverlight software (the Microsoft equivalent of Shockwave) will allow ads to interfere with Xbox Live functionality. Major Nelson reassured gamers on his website that MS only intends to enhance the ad service with Silverlight, not interfere with or revamp it totally. He claims we do not have to worry about a huge influx of advertising on XBL. We really hope not, Larry, because it would be a shame to pay for XBL Gold and get swamped with ads, too. Especially when PSN is free and relatively ad-free.

Pirate Bay Acquired For 7.8 Million USD, Goes Legit

The Pirate Bay, one of the most popular sites for free content that may or may not be copyrighted, has been acquired by Global Gaming Factory X for 7.8 million USD. Not only that, but now Pirate Bay will acquire copyrights for every bit of software they have, and they will develop a new business model to charge end consumers for said software. The original founders of the Pirate bay were jailed last year for a year each, and all four received fines totaling 3.6 million USD. 

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Palm Pre webOS Updated

The Palm Pre’s webOS has been updated to version 1.0.3, less than a month after the device’s debut. Palm also announced that developer access to the SDK won’t come until the end of the summer, but the App Catalog has nonetheless had 700,000 downloads.

Palm has already pushed out an update of webOS, the software running on the Palm Pre, as well as offered developers some news regarding the availability of the software developer kit for webOS. 

Palm is looking to keep customers happy and interest alive while it hurries to replenish stocks, after the Pre’s successful debut on June 6.
Regarding the operating system update, Palm Pre users received a message on their devices that stated: “Palm webOS 1.0.3 is now available. It’s about 13MB. We’ll download it over the next couple of days when your device is idle and a high speed network is available. You’ll be notified when the update is ready to install.”

The updates to the operating system reportedly include changes to the calendar, such as making Google events on the phone sync with Google online; to the clock, including creating a weekday-only alarm; to contacts, including syncing changes to Google contacts with Google online; and changes to email, including enhancing power performance in areas where wirelesscoverage is weak or unavailable.

During a “Meet the Palm Pre” event Sprinthosted on Facebook on June 18 — which had 6,375 confirmed attendees and more than 4,000 Facebook users possibly attending — it was clear from the hundreds of questions posted that, while generally enjoying their smartphones, many users were already looking forward to updates, changes and new applications.

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