Weekend tech reading: Diablo III, Cataclysm, HotS detailed

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Blizzcon 2010 news roundup Blizzard's gigantic annual fan conference, Blizzcon, just took place on the 22nd and 23rd of October – and out of it (besides the live performances, insane costuming and playable demos) came a whole lot of news about Blizzard's upcoming games. Gaming Till Disconnected

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Win2K Fix On a related note, our server guru, Per has managed to hack the latest version of WoW to run on Windows 2000. Yes, it's an old OS but a solid one at that, so if you've ever hit a wall trying to couple those two together, here's a fix.

Google leads charge to dismiss Paul Allen's 'scattershot' lawsuit Paul Allen vs. the Internet, the Internet is joining forces to fight back. The online giants sued for patent infringement by the Microsoft co-founder in August have quietly aligned in an early bid to derail the litigation -- contending that the suit doesn't adequately back up its claims that they're running afoul of approaches pioneered by Allen's defunct Interval Research. TechFlash

Netflix testing $7.99 and $8.99 streaming-only plans in US right now When CEO Reed Hastings called Netflix "primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail," he wasn't messing around, as the company's quietly made streaming-only plans a reality on US shores. Strangely enough, however, it seems the firm hasn't quite decided how much the new plan should cost, as depending on which computer and web browser you use to navigate Netflix's website you'll see a different result Engadget

Prosecutors seek to block Xbox hacking pioneer from mod-chip trial Want a live tutorial on how to hack an Xbox by the guy who actually wrote the book on it? If so, you should plan to attend what likely will be the nation's first federal jury trial of a defendant accused of jailbreaking Xbox 360s—installing mod chips that allow the console to run pirated or home-brew games and applications. Ars Technica

Microsoft puts PC game downloads in the browser Microsoft wants to let PC gamers know it's still serious about delivering game software and is putting that idea to the test with a new system that places fewer roadblocks in the way of getting gamers connected to digital game downloads. Today, the company is announcing a new online store that will let gamers buy digital copies of games--old and new--from just their browser. CNET

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