Weekend tech reading: Who killed video games?

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Who killed video games? (A ghost story) Here I am: The Worst Journalist In The World. I was once a person who wrote about technology and entertainment; then I figured that, in order to ask better questions while talking to people who made things, I should try making those things myself. Years passed. I worked on some games. Just as weightlifting doesn’t mean anything if it isn’t painful, I could say I drifted toward projects I found morbidly fascinating more than I drifted toward projects I thought would be fun. Insert Credit

Undercover cops and politicians escape BitTorrent lawsuits Court papers filed in one of the mass-lawsuits against BitTorrent users reveal some interesting facts. In an attempt to justify suing dozens of people at once, the attorney claims that this is a practical issue. Apparently the copyright holder has decided to throw out a lot of cases, because the defendants have died, are political or public figures, employed by the army, or part of a covert police operation. TorrentFreak

Police who illegally broke into Gizmodo journalist's house deride seized e-mails as "juvenile" The saga of the lost iPhone prototype -- the 2010 incident at least, not the most recent one -- has finally concluded. On Tuesday, Brian Hogan (who allegedly found the iPhone 4 prototype in a Redwood City bar) and Sage Wallower (who allegedly helped Hogan contact various web sites about the find) pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft and were sentenced to... EFF

Siri voice command system ported from iPhone 4S to iPhone 4 Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been working with 9to5Mac exclusively to port the iPhone 4S Siri voice command system to the iPhone 4. Troughton-Smith was able to get the beginning steps of a full port rolling after installing the iPhone 4S Siri and Springboard files onto an iPhone 4. As you can see in the video... 9to5Mac

Security researcher threatened with vulnerability repair bill A security consultant who quietly tipped off First State Superannuation about a web vulnerability that potentially put millions of customers at risk has been slapped with a legal threat demanding he allow the company access to his computer, and warned he may be forced to pay the cost of fixing the flaw. SC Magazine

Researchers add a dash of salt to hard drives for capacities up to 18TB Running out of disk space for your movies and music? There's good news from Singapore. Researchers at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering have found a way to increase the density of hard disk storage by six times over current drives, all thanks to salt. Ars Technica

U.S. copyright czar cozied up to content industry, e-mails show Top-ranking Obama administration officials, including the U.S. copyright czar, played an active role in secret negotiations between Hollywood, the recording industry and ISPs to disrupt internet access for users suspected of violating copyright law, according to internal White House e-mails. Wired

Self-replication process holds promise for production of new materials New York University scientists have developed artificial structures that can self-replicate, a process that has the potential to yield new types of materials. In the natural world, self-replication is ubiquitous in all living entities, but artificial self-replication has been elusive. ScienceDaily

AMD says S3 doesn’t own patents being asserted against Apple Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it, not S3 Graphics Co., owns the four patents asserted against Apple Inc. in an infringement case before the U.S. International Trade Commission and wants the proceedings halted. Bloomberg

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