Warner Music videos removed from YouTube

If you are used to watching your favorite music videos via YouTube, then you might be surprised to find that task is going to become much more difficult. Warner Music said in a statement that it “simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide.”

Electronic Arts now under Steam

Valve's Steam content distribution service has scored an important win with the addition of Electronic Arts to the list of participating publishers. The announcement is somewhat surprising given the fact that the world's largest game publisher runs its own online store that also sells select games as digital downloads. Electronic Arts currently offers five triple-A titles on Steam, including Spore, and is expected to grow the list of games by the end of the year with several new additions, including Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3.

YouTube changing format, pushes widescreen HD video

Recently, YouTube released their high-definition video option. They have now created new landing pages in attempt to make finding popular video categories simple.

SimCity now building cities on iPhone screens

If you ever enjoyed building sandcastles on a beach and destroying it afterwards, there is a good chance that you were playing one of the many versions of SimCity on a PC as well. EA Mobile recently released an adaptation of the game for the iPhone which lets you create a finely structured city and, if you want to, bring sudden change through monsters or tornadoes.

Joost kills desktop app

Joost, founded by the Skype creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, has been downgraded to a YouTube clone as the company announced that it will disable streaming to its desktop client tomorrow.

Playstation Home open beta now live

Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 have been dominating game console headlines lately and there was not really a whole lot positive to say about the Playstation 3 lately. Sony’s game console desperately needs new reasons why people should choose the platform – and the Home social gaming and entertainment network and may be one of them. After a long delay, Home went live earlier today as an Open Beta. Extra: SLIDESHOW

Playstation Home beta to launch tomorrow

Sony today announced that Playstation Home will finally launch as an open beta tomorrow. Designed as a virtual world and social networking platform for Playstation 3 owners, it  has been delayed several times since Sony first announced the project in 2007. Basically a virtual community, Home lets users “live” in a virtual world, create their own apartment and personalize their living space with items like furniture, clothing and gadgets. Gamers can communicate via VoIP, play mini-games, attend events and explore game-related spaces.

Monty Python hits the Internet

Back in the 1980s, Monty Python was a living comedy troupe for the last time with the release of “The Meaning of Life.” Eric Idle, an English comedian and former member of the group, has worked for decades to ensure that Monty Python is not lost. The name continues through books, DVD’s, a Broadway show, video games, concert tours, and even ringtones. He is now making an effort to place Monty Python on the Internet, launching Pythonline.com.

Netflix streaming for Macs out of beta

Netflix “Watch Instantly” movie streaming for Intel-based Mac is out of beta and now available to all Netflix subscribers who own Macs. Netflix emailed Mac subscribers earlier today to announce that the service is now open to all Mac users who wish to try it out. Watch Instantly still features only a small portion of Netflix’s library, but users are promised that they will be able to stream more than 12,000 movies and TV shows by the end of the year.

Beatles not ready to release music to iTunes

Negotiations between the Beatles and EMI, which releases the Beatles music catalog under the Apple Corps label, to make titles of the legendary band available on iTunes have “stalled”, Paul McCartney told the BBC earlier today. He said that EMI was demanding “something: the Beatles “are not prepared to give.” Welcome to a new round of iTunes-Beatles speculations and why the band’s music is not available. Our bets are on DRM.

First Look: The New Xbox Experience

Opinion - Microsoft’s New Xbox Experience (NXE) announced yesterday is much more than a simple update to the software’s dashboard. It transitions to a completely new look and feel of the interface. Oh, and yes, there are several new features as well. Here is our first impression.

The Dark Knight on its way to become the most pirated movie of 2008

The Batman sequel The Dark Knight was a smash hit at the box office, with $400 million in U.S. ticket sales in its first 18 days after release and more than $1 billion in sales globally so far.  But the title achieved another significant milestone: It amassed over one million illegal downloads on BitTorrent in less than seven days.

Valve selling Half-Life for 98 cents

Ok, we admit it, there are ways to get Half-Life for free, you may even have a copy in a graphics card box in your closet (at least I do in the box of the original ATI Radeon AIW), but we felt it was worth noting that Valve’s Half-Life game turned 10 today and the company is celebrating the birthday with a 98 cent edition of the game.

Microsoft launches New Xbox Experience, Netflix streaming off to a rocky launch

Microsoft updated its Xbox firmware and upgraded Xbox Live service today. The new software+service combination, called the New Xbox Experience, is released in 26 countries and is available in 11 languages. The software maker considers the product a milestone release with the hope to make the firm’s game console the center piece of home entertainment, replacing rival consoles and set-top boxes. A cornerstone of this strategy is the unlimited Netflix HD streaming feature. However, early user reports indicate that Netflix streaming did  not work for at least a certain portion of users who updated their Xbox 360.

Epic gallery of (almost) everyone who makes World of Warcraft

Making video games is serious business, but creating the world’s most popular MMO, World of Warcraft, is a monumental feat requiring hundreds of developers, programmers, artists and videographers.  It’s easy to forget these people because they usually aren’t publically recognized, but today you’re getting a special treat that we’re pretty sure has never been done before.  During last night’s launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King at the Electronic Fry’s store in Anaheim, we snapped photos of 140 WoW developers and you can see all of them in the three slideshows below.

Google Earth brings ancient Rome to life - in 3D

Google Earth remains one of the most impressive 3D applications available today. A new highlight for Earth is a layer visualizes ancient Rome as it is believed to have looked like in 320  A.D. It includes buildings that have withstood test of time, like the famous Coliseum, in addition to objects that no longer exist, as well as roads and terrain. Users can experience a breathtaking Rome in 360 degrees, fly though streets and even see the detailed interior of some buildings.

We (barely) survived the Wrath of the Lich King launch

My thumb is numb from taking hundreds of photos and I can't even feel my feet anymore.  But that doesn’t matter because I own the newest World of Warcraft expansion pack Wrath of the Lich King.  After interviewing the first people waiting in line at the Anaheim Electronic Fry’s store on Tuesday, I headed back Wednesday afternoon to capture the launch. 

Gallery - WoW fans camp out at Anaheim Fry’s

We knew people were going to line up for the next World of Warcraft expansion, but we didn’t think it was going to be this early.  On Tuesday November 11th, we headed over to the Anaheim Fry’s Electronics and saw several people already in line.  In fact, these folks are pros at this sort of thing and were also one of the first people in line for the initial launch of World of Warcraft and the Burning Crusade expansion pack.

Better late than never: YouTube to host full-length MGM films

YouTube may be the world’s most popular video sharing site and it even may be the world’s second largest site in terms of search traffic, but there is no doubt that YouTube completely missed the boat on hosting full-length movies. Now, the service seems to be catching up with ad-supported movies and TV episodes. Just don’t expect current blockbusters.

Gears of War 2 hits 2.1 million units on day 1 – report

It appears that Microsoft had a blockbuster title in stores just in time for Christmas once again. Gears of War 2 could not quite match Halo 3, but 2.1 million boxes sold on day 1 means that Microsoft’s game studios and Epic received an early Christmas present and the Xbox 360 should see a nice bump in unit sales.