Daily News Brief: Hug Eric Ligman Day!


Somebody Needs a Hug

Between the resource requirements, UAC annoyances , Vista-capable lawsuit , installation nightmares , DirectSound3D dissing , and more versions to choose from than most cartoon characters have fingers, you'd think Vista users would be the ones crying foul. Instead, Microsoft's US Senior Manager Eric Ligman went on the offensive in a recent blog post , lambasting anyone and everyone who's ever used a licensing loophole to install a Vista upgrade. Sure, he has a point, but does Microsoft really need the negative PR that comes from raking consumers over the coals?

Make Calls with Your iPod Touch!

No, we don't know of a way to transform your iPod Touch into an iPhone, but that doesn't mean you can't make a phone call on your swank music player, if you're willing to void the warranty. Lifehacker's Senior Editor Adam Pash posted a tutorial on how to do just that, which requires 'jailbreaking' your iPod Touch and then installing SIP-VoIP , a freeware app that works with a handful of VoIP services (sadly, no Skype support). You can find the tutorial and accompanying video here .

Arrgh! Ye Better Be Compensating Me, Matey!

Miffed over blocked traffic by Danish ISP Tele2, The Pirate Bay said it will file a complaint seeking compensation. The complaint stems over a Danish court order in February ordering Tele2 to block customers from the torrent site, a decision which is currently under appeal. If successful in obtaining monetary damages, The Pirate Bay said it will use the award to fund independent artists who share their music on file sharing sites. Because, you know, when we think of legal file sharing and pillars of the online community, The Pirate Bay immediately comes to mind. Wait, what!?...

GTA 4 to Break Sales Record

Citing unnamed " sources close to publisher Take-Two Interactive ," Variety says Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV will bring in a whopping $400 million during its first week of sales, more than any other video game to date. They're also saying the new title will sell 6 million units after it launches worldwide on April 29. Microsoft holds the current record for the biggest video game launch of all time after Halo 3 grossed $300 million in its first week, selling 5 million units.

Safari Update

Apple released Safari 3.1.1 yesterday, which address a handful of security issues. Chief among them is a JavaScript vulnerability discovered by Charlie Miller, Jake Honoroff, and Mark Daniel during CanSecWest's Pwn2Own contest. Read more on this and other security issues addressed here .

ATI Catalyst 8.4

ATI has released the new Catalyst 8.4 drivers, adding support for Stanford's Folding@Home GPU client for HD 2xxx and 3xxx videocard owners. The new driver package also resolves a variety of issues found under both Vista and XP, as well as Linux.

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