Switchcam Raises $1.2 Million From Mark Cuban, 500 Startups, Turner Media Camp, And Others | Despite huge Diablo III launch, May video game sales fall 28 percent | The great connector | Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services | GamesBeat's gigantic E3 2012 roundup

Switchcam Raises $1.2 Million From Mark Cuban, 500 Startups, Turner Media Camp, And Others

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San Francisco-based startup Switchcam has created technology that combines videos from multiple sources and allows users to watch concerts, political rallies, conferences, and other events from multiple different points of view. And it’s attracted investment from one of the biggest names in video, raising $1.2 million in a seed round led by Dallas Mavericks owner, HDNet founder, and billionaire Mark Cuban. But he’s not alone: 500 Startups, Turner MediaCamp, Vikas Gupta, David Beyer, Jeffrey Schox, Niket Desai, and Reed Morse also participated in the round.So far, Switchcam’s killer app seems to be pulling together full concert performances from multiple video sources. The p[...]
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Despite huge Diablo III launch, May video game sales fall 28 percent

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Video game sales fell 28 percent in May, with total industry sales falling to $516.5 million from $718.9 million a year ago, according to consumer market research firm�NPD Group. That happened despite the launch of the fantasy action role-playing game Diablo III from Blizzard Entertainment and the first-person shooter Max Payne 3 from Rockstar Studios.
The poor performance in May was a little better percentage-wise compared to April,�when sales fell 42 percent year-over-year. The strong sales of Diablo III did create a bright spot: PC game sales were up 230 percent for the month.
But the weak brick-and-mortar store sales aren’t necessarily something to fret about as retail is becoming[...]
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The great connector

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Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services

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The Ethiopian government, Al Jazeera reports, has criminalized the use of Skype and other VoIP services like Google Talk. Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison. This law actually passed last month, but mostly went unnoticed outside of the country. Ethiopian authorities argue that they imposed these bans because of “national security concerns” and to protect the state’s telecommunications monopoly. The country only has one ISP, the state-owned Ethio Telecom, and has been filtering its citizen’s Internet access for quite some time now to suppress opposition blogs and other news outlets.
As for Skype and other VoIP services, the new law doesn[...]
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GamesBeat’s gigantic E3 2012 roundup

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The sensory smorgasbord of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) heaved itself upon the video game industry for three straight days, and GamesBeat’s intrepid crew enthusiastically hit showfloors, conference halls, and meeting rooms to offer our readers piles of previews, interviews, and news.
What follows below is our collected coverage during the show. You’ll find everything here sorted into categories for easy navigability.
Who needs stickers? We analyzed, judged, and sorted our top picks for the show’s offerings directly for you. Take a look — the results might surprise you.
GamesBeat’s E3 2012 Game of the Show…plus staff picks ? by Dan ?Shoe? H[...]
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