Week in review: Game on for Sony

Sony joins the motion controller wars, and broadband gets ready for a big leap. Also: SXSWi goes geolocation.

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Sony is making a play for motion control dominance.

The entertainment and technology giant this week unveiled the Move, a small device that looks like a microphone and represents Sony's bid to gain control over the motion controller wars. Those wars are currently led by Nintendo, with its Wii controller, although many think they will be dominated by Microsoft and its Project Natal controller system.

Video game pros get down to work (and play) at GDC (photos)

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To Sony, releasing the Move is an obvious move for the PlayStation, given it believes it started the motion controller era with its Eye Toy. Sony held its press conference during the Game Developers Conference here. Now, the Move, which will be available this fall in a starter kit that begins at under $100 for a Move, a PlayStation eye camera, and a game, is its attempt to jump ahead of Microsoft's Natal and to begin winning over Wii users.
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Super fast broadband speeds are possible today, but the problems are what to do with all that bandwidth and who really wants to pay for it?
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Links in direct messages on Twitter and e-mail notifications about direct messages will be filtered in an attempt to stop phishing attacks.
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Mozilla to overhaul its open-source license

The Firefox backer wants to modernize and simplify the Mozilla Public License and sets an ambitious November deadline.
•Mozilla aggressively asks older Firefox users to update
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Google-China resolution coming 'soon,' says CEO

Talks between Google and Chinese government are ongoing, Google's Eric Schmidt says, and he expects the matter to be resolved sooner rather than later.
•Google launches tool for searching public data
•Google Maps to add bike maps, directions
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Pink Floyd wins court fight on downloads

The U.K.'s High Court sides with famed British rock band and tells EMI no more selling individual song downloads without Pink Floyd's permission.
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SXSWi: Let the geolocation games begin

The competition will be particularly fierce at the annual digital-culture bash between Foursquare and Gowalla, rival social-media services that want to own the location-based networking market.
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Sun fended off Apple, Microsoft IP lawsuit threats

Steve Jobs personally threatened to sue Sun Microsystems, Jonathan Schwartz says. Sun warded off that and a Microsoft threat with its own patent portfolio.

Green tech can't shake the bubble question

Investors say we've already experienced "mini bubbles" driven by hype or subsidies. But there remains a societal push for cleaner and domestic sources of energy.
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