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  1. Intel Selling $50 Code to Unlock Gimped Processor’s Power

    Seemingly taking a cue from the video game industry's long-standing practice of selling unlock codes and downloadable content, Intel is experimenting with selling codes for deliberately gimped processors that would unlock their full power one the unlock code is applied.

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  2. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2 DRM Has Been Cracked

    Ubisoft has angered many in the gaming community with its stance on Digital Rights Management and piracy. The release version of all of its PC games -- one of the biggest of which is Assassin's Creed 2 -- now require a constant internet connection in order to make frequent checks with the company's DRM authentication servers, regardless of whether the game requires internet access for gameplay.

    It was predicted by many that this latest effort in the arms race between game makers and software pirates would fall out as it usually does: eventually the DRM would be cracked, and the pirates would play, heaping any and all inconvenience caused by the DRM squarely on honest users.

    In March, a cyberattack took down Ubisoft's authentication servers for a number of hours, making it impossible for legitimate users to play two of their most popular games. This week, hacking consortium Skid Row published a cracked version of Assassin's Creed 2, one of Ubisoft's most popular titles, that is making the rounds of torrent sites.

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  3. Ubisoft Claims Server Downtime Was Due to External Attack

    Yesterday, Ubisoft's Digital Rights Management servers for Assassin's Creed II were down for over 10 hours, preventing many players from accessing the game at all.

    Ubisoft has told Eurogamer that the downtime actually only affected 5% of their player base and was caused by attacks on their server from an external source.

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  4. PSN Fail Whale: PlayStation Network Glitch Keeps PS3 Users Offline

    PlayStation Network, the online hub that connects millions of PlayStation 3 gaming consoles worldwide, is down for many users. Receiving error messages like "Registration of the trophy information could not be completed. The game will quit. (8001050F)" and "8001050F - Hardware failure. Cannot update Firmware or connect to Internet," many users are being blocked not only from games that require online connection, but from offline gaming as well.

    Owners of the original "fat" PS3 seem to be the only ones afflicted, whereas owners of the newer "skinny" PS3 seem to be spared, Sony confirms via Twitter.

    Though it's not yet clear what's caused the PSN outage, early signs point to a mix of a calendar issue and faulty DRM:

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