Google to debut Dart, a new language for the Web Google's at it again with a new programming language, this one called Dart. In 2009, Google launched Go, a language designed for writing server software and handling other chores often handled today by C or C++. Dart, though, is "a new programming language for structured Web programming," according to the schedule for the Goto conference where Googlers plan to describe it next month. CNET

Inside the second: A new look at game benchmarking I suppose it all started with a brief conversation. Last fall, I was having dinner with Ramsom Koay, the PR rep from Thermaltake. He's an inquisitive guy, and he wanted to know the answer to what seemed like a simple question: why does anyone need a faster video card, so long as a relatively cheap one will produce 30 frames per second? And what's the deal with more FPS, anyway? Who needs it? The Tech Report

AT&T counters U.S. objections over T-Mobile deal AT&T on Friday filed its response to the Obama administration’s lawsuit seeking to block the telecommunications giant’s $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA. In its response, filed in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, AT&T denied most of the Justice Department’s allegations, chiefly that the proposed merger would severely clamp down on cellphone service competition and harm consumers. The NY Times

Whoops! Microsoft leaks patch info four days early Microsoft normally publishes the lengthy write-ups -- called "bulletins" by the company -- only when it ships the actual patches that fix the described problems. Under normal circumstances, the bulletins would have appeared around 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Although the bulletins went live Friday, the updates did not... Computerworld

Actually, it’s okay to complain I’d been meaning to write a reply to Ben Kuchera’s “In gaming, everything is amazing, but no one is happy” all week, and I’ve finally had enough tea and enough of a break to think about what he said. Go and have a read of it, please, and then come back. I’ll be here, typing away. Read it? So you can probably see why it didn’t sit quite right with me. Rock Paper Shotgun

Ubuntu technical board member proposes monthly Ubuntu release cycle Ubuntu Technical Board member Scott James Remnant has outlined a theoretical proposal for transitioning the popular Linux distribution to a rolling release model in which new stable versions would be issued every month. He has published his thoughts on the matter in a blog entry to encourage discussion. Ars Technica

Hurt Locker file sharing suits come north: Federal court orders ISPs to disclose subscriber info File sharing lawsuits involving the movie the Hurt Locker have been big news in the United States for months as tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed. It now appears that the lawsuits are coming to Canada... Michael Geist

Congress passes patent law; what it means for tech In a win for big tech companies like Microsoft, Congress has approved a measure that will change how patents are recognized in the U.S. The America Invents Act was approved by the Senate Thursday. The act was passed the House in June. Tech Flash

EA's Origin hosting third-party content 'very soon', 4m client installs Publisher Electronic Arts is putting major focus on its digital strategy, and a key component of that is the company's new Origin digital distribution platform, where it currently sells EA-published games. Gamasutra