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John Beiswenger, author of the little-known 2003 science fiction novel Link, has filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft, the developer of the Assassin's Creed series of video games, the Escapist reported.

The first Assassin's Creed game was released in 2007, three years after Beiswenger authored his book, Venturebeat reported. However, many who have read his book fail to see much resemblance, the Escapist reported.

Beiswenger is seeking a minimum of $1.05 million in damages for 11 counts of copyright infringement, including all four core games, their spinoff games, the official encyclopedia, and the DC Comic book series, Venturebeat reported.

Worst of all for the fans of the franchise, Beiswenger is reportedly attempting to block the release of Assassin's Creed 3, due to be released this October, until the case is resolved, the Escapist reported.

Angry video game nerds have since gone online and posted terrible reviews of his book on Google Books, bringing down his average score to one star out of five.

After the virus Flashback exploited a weakness in Java in Mac computers and infected more than 600,000 computers over the last two weeks, Apple has finally deployed a detection an removal tool, the Washington Post reported.

The Flashback Trojan succeeded in creating a "zombie army" of remote-control Macs, but that number has shrunk rapidly, The Register reported.

The tools developed to fight the malware have been quite effective so far, with the number of infected computers dropping to 270,000 by April 6, Digital Trends reported.

Google released a concept video Wednesday outlining "Project Glass", or Google's efforts to create Terminator-style glasses with an augmented reality hub, PC Mag reported.

The video made it seem like the wearer could pull up quick tasks lists, check the weather, send messages to their Google Plus friends, and use Google maps with a "snappy, icon-driven directional system", PC Mag reported.

However, the accompanying pictures showed that the "glasses" weren't really glasses at all, instead consisting of small rectangular pieces of glass hovering over the wearer's right eye, Wired reported.

Judging by the pictures, there is no way that the glasses could deliver the sort of experience Google outlined in their promotional video, MIT Media Lab researcher Pranav Minstry told Wired magazine. The director of the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech, Blaire McIntyre, agreed with him, telling Wired, "The small field of view, and placement off to the side, would result in an experience where the content is rarely on the display and hard to discover and interact with."

1988's Wasteland is one of the most revered computer games of all time, and is renowned for its influence and wonderful (for the time) gameplay and storyline. Now, almost a quarter-century later, it's original team -- once split up by corporate fighting shenanigans -- has reunited with the goal of creating a long-awaited sequel, Forbes reported.

Unable to get funding from big studios, series creator Bill Fargo and his company InXile Entertainment took their plans to the public and set up a Kickstarter account on Mar. 13 with the goal of reaching $900,000 in 35 days, MarketWatch reported. They hit that goal on the second day, Thursday, and now, a week later, they have broken $1.4 million, DigitalTrends reported.

InXile told MarketWatch that this signifies a new era in gaming "where the developer gets to work directly with the fans to build the type of product that the fans want". The game will be fan funded with fan input and use digital distribution methods to bypass both publishers and retail, MarketWatch reported.

Rumors of a new iPad have been floating around for a while now, and Apple has finally confirmed them by sending out invites to select media outlets to attend the unveiling of the iPad 3 at Yerba Buena in San Francisco next Wednesday, Industry Gamers reported.

Shaw Wu of Stere Agee told the Washington Post the new iPad will be a significant improvement over its predecessors, revealing that it will have a better display, a faster processor and will come with Siri. He also predicted that some iPads may ship with 4G LTE connectivity -- a first for Apple, which in the past has steered away from 4G due to its tendency to drain batteries quickly.

As happened at the iPad 2 release, various technology buyback and refurbishing companies are seeing a huge influx of iPad 2's and other tablets, as the "early adopters" prepare to grab the next big gadget, Computer World reported.

Sony music and Apple have both suffered harsh criticism after the price of Whitney Houston's Ultimate Collection album was hiked up just hours after her death, Forbes reported.

The price hike was first noticeable on iTunes, so Apple took the brunt of the original criticism, reported Wired. However, it was soon revealed that the iTunes system automatically takes 30 percent of whatever price the company who owns the track sets. In other words, Sony hiked the price, and the Apple system automatically carried out the price increase, reported Wired.

The price of the album was lowered again at some unknown point over the weekend, reported VentureBeat, who went on to say that the blame for this tasteless display lies entirely with Sony Music, which has received much criticism in the past for its treatment of artists.

Teens and social networking can be a messy mix, often leading to conflicts between teens and their parents. Tommy Jordan's solution? Pump nine slugs from a .45-caliber handgun into it and post the result on YouTube.

The display, which in the past three days has snagged over 12 million YouTube hits, has started an enormous debate on the internet, Ottawa Citizen reported. The comments below the video mostly share support for the father, with some complaints from parents who thought that the display was counter-productive and from a few teenagers who thought that it was totally unfair.

Some simply wish that he had donated the laptop to charity or sold it instead of blasting holes in it, CNET reported.

There is no further word on whether the daughter has seen the video or how the family situation is since the destruction of the laptop.

Codecademy Goes Open Source

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Codecademy, the hit JavaScript training website, is releasing a platform that will allow experts who know various programming languages to create and display tutorials of their own, Mashable reported. was founded last August, and just hit the 1 million user mark last January. There were only a few complaints about the website -- one being the lack of courses being offered in JavaScript and the other being the lack of courses in Python and Ruby, TechCrunch reported.

These complaints are being addressed with the release of the "Creators" tool, which will allow verified experts to easily create courses of their own that either expand on the lessons already offered in the crash course or provide entirely new lessons. Two thousand programming teachers have already signed up for the beta release of the software, Venture Beat reported.

Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch said that "Creators" was a smart move for the company of six employees, who have had trouble keeping up with the explosive demand.

iPhone 5 to Come This Summer?

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While Apple may pride itself on keeping its new devices secret until the time of release, an employee of the iPhone production plant Foxconn is a bit more forthcoming in information.

Production is about to begin on the iPhone 5 which, given Apple's normal habits, is most likely due for a summer release, the Washington Post reported.

Two prototypes for the phone design are laid out in the Foxconn factory, and both are quite different from current iPhone designs. Both have a screen of at least 4" wide (the current screen is 3.5") and both samples are symmetrical in thickness, going against previous rumors of a teardrop design, reported 9to5Mac.

The launch of a new model less than a year after the release of the iPhone 4S may put a major hold on sales, but it is likely that Apple is anxious to release a phone with 4G capabilities to keep up with their Windows and Android competitors. Some even go so far as to argue that the iPhone 5 could be called the iPhone 4G, Digital Trends reported.

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