1. The Olympics Are Over. Usain Bolt is insane, no aliens attacked and all the U.S. Teams that should’ve won gold did, except for the women’s indoor volleyball team. In a bit of cross promotion, as we talked about on Kicking it on the Ground floor this week, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields won a gold medal. I don’t know if it was one of the greatest Olympics of all time, but it was pretty damn cool.
2. Valve Launching Apps Center within a Month, Not Ruling out Steam OS. If you ever wished you could have Photoshop launch from Steam or buy a word processor and store it all in the cloud (you already can), but Valve Software is really interested into getting into other types of software on Steam and selling everything through that medium. And remember, Gabe Newell said he thought things like Photoshop should be free….
3. Battle.net Got Hacked. Blizzard’s all-encompassing server service Battle.net was hacked this week, apparently exposing North American passwords and security question answers as well as e-mail addresses and some features of the mobile authenticators. Mobile authenticators have been updated, but the Dial-In Authenticator is now set to be phased out entirely. It appears no credit card information was stolen and keychain authenticator users won’t be further affected, but still. It’s pretty scary.
4. Google Trying to Get You to Stop Torrenting Stuff (post it on YouTube instead). Google announced this week that in an effort to cut down on internet piracy they are going to downgrade sites on their SEO rankings that have consistently had to take down content due to RIAA, MPAA, etc. requests. This, interestingly enough, does not include Google owned YouTube, the last great haven for freely available pirated content.
5. New Virus in Middle East Steals Banking Data, Installs…Fonts? Gauss, the hot new PC virus that is spreading across the Middle East this week has a lot of unique features, not the least of which is its ability to target only financial data and leave just about everything else alone (watch your BitCoin wallet!) but it also installs a font called “Palida Narrow.” No idea why, probably because it’s easier for attackers to find infected computers, but that works the other way too. At least this virus wasn’t called “Son of Stuxxnet” or something.
Matt: Top Movies
Dan: Top Games
http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/videogames/ref=amb_link_6857402_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1DK8E0QJP0MTASH9Q7R7&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=12http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/videogames/ref=amb_link_6857402_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1DK8E0QJP0MTASH9Q7R7&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1266825702&pf_rd_i=49699466825702&pf_rd_i=496994 (ignore game cards and accessories)
10. Persona 4 Golden PS Vita
9. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition
8. Sleeping Dogs
7. Borderlands 2
6. The Last Story
5. Darksiders II
4. New Super Mario Bros. 2
3. Guild Wars 2 [Pre-Purchase Online Game Code + Early Access]
2. Madden NFL 13
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
It’s Forza, Dan
Laura: Top Books
Matt: Top Songs (iTunes)
Dan: TV Ratings?
Read the top ten broadcast and maybe the top 5 (or ten) cable.