Daily Archives: March 19, 2010

In Personal Technology in the Business Life section of the FT this week, we look at the Lenovo ThinkPad x100e and its rivals:

“The Lenovo ThinkPad x100e looks like a netbook, weighs about the same as a netbook and at $450 (£423 in the UK) is priced (almost) like a netbook. However, in terms of performance, its speed, screen resolution and keyboard outperform netbooks. This may be why the manufacturer classifies it as a laptop, albeit a small one.”

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Square Enix’s big US marketing push for Final Fantasy XIII appears to have paid off, with the Japanese publisher announcing on Friday that the title is the fastest selling in the franchise’s history.

Square Enix said it sold 1m units in the US in its first five days, following its big launch event for FFXIII in San Francisco on the eve of the Game Developers Conference last week, with Yoichi Wada, chief executive, in attendance. We spoke to Mr Wada at the launch – his thoughts on FFXIII and the parlous state of the industry after the jump. Read more

As anticipated, location-sharing services were the talk of the town in Austin as engineers and entrepreneurs convened for the South by Southwest Interactive festival.

“Location, location location,” Playfish chief operating officer Sebastien de Halleux told me when I caught up with him. “It’s a big theme for the web at this stage.”

That may be true. But despite the genuine promise of location-based services, and all the hype around the budding rivalry between Foursquare and Gowalla — rival applications that let users “check-in” and share their location with friends — this stuff is still a long way from being mainstream. Read more

The latest round in the heavyweight Viacom v YouTube slugfest has clearly gone to Viacom.

Google fought to keep evidence filed in Viacom’s copyright infringement case sealed, but failed. The full gory details were on display on Thursday. This is Viacom’s application for summary judgment in the case, and this is Google’s version of events.

The result is death by a thousand quotes – the inevitable result of selective quotation from stacks of YouTube emails unearthed during legal discovery (all the email written by co-founder Chad Hurley was said to have been lost, but his replies to his associates are on record). My colleague Ken Li has been combing through the documents. Some highlights after the jump. Read more