Weekend tech reading: Should Valve be trusted with its Steam service?

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Randy Pitchford talks Borderlands, piracy, and why he doesn't trust Valve "It would be much better if Steam was its own business. There's so much conflict of interest there that it's horrid. It's actually really, really dangerous for the rest of the industry to allow Valve to win. I love Valve games, and I do business with the company. But, I'm just saying, Steam isn't the answer. Steam helps us as customers, but it's also a money grab, and Valve is exploiting a lot of people in a way that's not totally fair." Maximum PC

25 Items the iPhone has rendered useless We had no doubt iPhone would be the best smartphone we ever used, but we never could have imagined just how many ways it would take over our lives. From tools we'll never need again to places we won't be going back to, iPhone's versatility never ceases to amaze us--and we're not just talking about pocket fishermen, paperbacks and newspapers. Want to avoid sleeping on the couch after a fight with your better half? There's an app for that. MacLife

Google: Computer memory flakier than expected Wondering why your computer just crashed again? Its memory might be to blame, according to real-world Google research that finds error rates higher than what earlier work showed. With hundreds of thousands of computers in its data centers, Google can collect an abundance of real-world data about how those machines actually work. That's exactly what the company did for a research paper that found error rates are surprisingly high. CNET

Innovation: The psychology of Google Wave Early reviews have been positive, and demand for invitations outstrips supply (Google says ours is still on the way). But even for those who have tried and liked it, Wave's potential is still hard to assess. The problem is that most talk about it is focussed on technology, not people. New Scientist

Seeing the future in 3-D television Flat-panel television screens can't get much flatter and consumers don't want the screens to get much wider, so Japanese television makers are banking on a whole new dimension to buttress their lineups. The New York Times

The chip that changed the world When Robert Noyce invented the integrated circuit, even he could never have imagined how it would transform the lives of everyone on the planet. Times Online

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