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IRON MAN’s Brand New Armor


Overnight at Marvel.com, the House of Ideas showed off their latest: an all-new armor for the metal Avenger, Iron Man.

This newest iteration of ‘ole Shellhead’s battle-dress features the familiar Red and Gold color scheme, but a streamlined look and redistribution of colors gives it a unique style.

According to Marvel’s piece, the look was co-designed by now longtime Invincible Iron Man writer Matt Fraction and the designer for the Iron Man and Thor movies, Ryan Meinerding. Fraction is quoted as saying, ""The inspiration for the new design came from thinking about a sleeker, leaner, tougher Iron Man. If technology is increasingly getting smaller and lighter it seems like the Iron Man should do the same: ergonomic and aerodynamic." 

Marvel does note it will still be Tony Stark in the new armor, and the debut will come in April’s Invincible Iron Man #25.

‘Fantastic Voyage’ plus ‘Avatar Sequels’

James Cameron will produce a remake of Fantastic Voyage using the same 3D digital technology he used in Avatar, according to Variety. Cameron also told British journalists that he had worked out stories for two Avatar sequels, which would use the CG world created for the first film. Fox would not confirm plans for the sequels, according to the report.

The investment in the new technology for Avatar was substantial, and all concerned are looking for new ways to use it.

Whedon Honored by PGA

The man behind "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and "Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog," Joss Whedon will be honored by the Producers Guild of America. Whedon has been selected for the Vanguard Award, which recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Whedon will be recognized in a ceremony in January, according to Variety.

Facebook ensnared in two social networking patent disputes

Two companies are taking social networking heavyweight Facebook to court over claims that Facebook’s website infringes on patents related to personal pages and establishing human relationships. Tele-Publishing Inc, a Boston-based company known for providing personals services to newspapers since the 1980s, is accusing Facebook of violating its patent on "providing a personal page." Meanwhile, Japan-based Mekiki Co Ltd is suing Facebook for infringing on three of its US patents for a "human relationships registering system."

Tele-Publishing Inc was awarded in 2001 US Patent #6,253,216, "Method and Apparatus For Providing a Personal Page." The patent abstract is generic enough that it honestly could apply to any social networking service or other website that allows the creation of a profile page. The main aspect of this patent that Facebook may be running afoul of is that it covers a method of selectively controlling who can and cannot view a particular person’s information. Facebook’s privacy settings include fairly fine-grained control over who can see what part of your Facebook profile, including contact information, wall posts, photos, and more. Tele-Publishing uses the technology ostensibly to allow users of its online dating and personals sites to limit access to personal information.


University of Florida Has Zombie Attack Plan In Place

The University of Florida may have a sales pitch a lot of other universities in the same state and around the country don’t have.

Should the zombie apocalypse occur, they have a plan to deal with it.

The school has a plan for responding to the undead on its Web site among outlines for dealing with hurricanes and pandemics.

The exercise lays out how university officials would respond to attacks by “flesh-eating, apparently life impaired individuals.” It notes that a zombie outbreak might include “documentation of lots of strange moaning.”

A University of Florida spokesman says the exercise was written by an employee at the school’s academic technology office to “add a little bit of levity” to disaster preparation discussions.