UPDATE: Electronic Arts And Bioware Back Down On Mass Effect DRM

UPDATE: Electronic Arts And Bioware Back Down On Mass Effect DRM

The backlash against Bioware/EA’s Mass Effect DRM has resulted in a successful conclusion, it seems. Bioware has announced that they have reworked the DRM and will no longer require reauthorization every 10 days.

Mass Effect DRM Causing Backlash Among PC Gamers

Mass Effect DRM Causing Backlash Among PC Gamers

If you’d like to play the PC version of Bioware/EA’s hit XBOX 360 title “Mass Effect,” you’d better have an internet connection. Why? Because in order to remain “activated” the game will need to reauthorize itself via the internet every 10 days. Go 11 days without checking in and your game won’t work until you do. Some gamers are saying that this requirement makes them feel like criminals, and doesn’t make a lot of sense for a game that otherwise doesn’t require an internet connection.

Verizon Infuriates Baseball Fans With "Misleading" Blog Post "Announcing" MLB Extra Innings On FiOS

Verizon Infuriates Baseball Fans With "Misleading" Blog Post "Announcing" MLB Extra Innings On FiOS

Back in February of this year, Verizon posted the following message titled “MLB Coming to FiOS, Mom and Apple Pie Rejoice!” on their Policy Blog:

Pizza Hut Delivery Driver Fired For Shooting Armed Robber

Pizza Hut Delivery Driver Fired For Shooting Armed Robber

A Pizza Hut delivery driver with a valid handgun permit has been fired after he shot an armed robber who put a gun to his head and demanded he turn over his cash. Now an Iowa state senator is calling for a boycott of Pizza Hut:

“You tell me any Iowan that was in his situation, that had a gun put to his head, how they would’ve reacted differently,” state Sen. Brad Zaun of Urbandale said. “I think it’s the wrong decision by Pizza Hut and I will not be buying any more Pizza Hut products.”

Pizza Hut says it’s against company policy for delivery drivers to carry guns, even with a valid permit.

Video Backlash: The Flickr Users Are Revolting

Video Backlash: The Flickr Users Are Revolting

Flickr has added the ability to upload 90 second video clips! Cool, right? Apparently not. A group called “We Say NO to Videos On Flickr” has more than 25,000 members and appears to be going strong. These disgruntled users fear that video will cause the site to slow down and attract the dreaded “YouTube crowd.”

Absolut Pulls Controversial Advertisement

Absolut Pulls Controversial Advertisement

Swedish vodka maker, Absolut has pulled a controversial advertisement that showed a map of the United States and Mexico as they were before the Mexican American War. The advertisement read “In An Absolut World.”

Creative Backs Down, Reinstates Spurned Developer

Creative Backs Down, Reinstates Spurned Developer

Creative Labs heard your chest-beating across the internet and decided to reinstate spurned developer Daniel_K less than a week after booting him from their forums. Unlike Creative, Daniel_K issued drivers that allowed Creative sound cards to work properly under Vista, and even enabled previously crippled features. The drivers were downloaded over 100,000 times. The company thanked the developer by accusing him of “enabling our technology and IP to run on sound cards for which it was not originally offered or intended, [in] effect, stealing our goods.” Even though he has been reinstated, Daniel_K is still pissed.

Walmart Drops Lawsuit Against Brain Damaged Worker

Walmart Drops Lawsuit Against Brain Damaged Worker

The world’s largest retailer said Tuesday in a letter to the family of Deborah Shank it will not seek to collect money the Shanks won in an injury lawsuit against a trucking company for the accident.

Creative Sparks Customer Revolt When It Tries To Silence Third-Party Programmer

Creative Sparks Customer Revolt When It Tries To Silence Third-Party Programmer

Creative’s executive team will be coming in to quite a mess Monday morning, thanks to its VP of Screw Ups, Phil O’Shaughnessy. Friday morning, he posted a warning on the Creative customer forums that told programmer Daniel_K to stop writing his own drivers for their X-Fi sound cards. The cards still won’t work on Vista over a year after the OS was released, because Creative hasn’t released drivers for them—but by Mr. O’Shaughnessy’s account, Daniel_K is “stealing” from Creative by making the cards work. Then the weekend happened.

No Starbucks Allowed: Indie Coffee Shop Says It Will Stop Using Its Fancy Clover Coffee Makers

No Starbucks Allowed: Indie Coffee Shop Says It Will Stop Using Its Fancy Clover Coffee Makers

As we’ve mentioned previously, Starbucks has purchased the company that makes the $11,000 Clover coffee maker. Now that acquisition isn’t sitting well with some of the Clover’s current customers.

Sellers Growing Increasingly Unhappy With Lack Of Professionalism At Etsy

Sellers Growing Increasingly Unhappy With Lack Of Professionalism At Etsy

Etsy.com calls itself “your place to buy and sell things handmade” and is a pretty cool website that we personally enjoy. The sellers who use the site, however, are getting all riled up after several stores were shut down without notice due to simple, easily-resolved complaints from buyers.

Trader Joe's Will Remove All Single-Ingredient Food From China From Their Stores By April 1

Trader Joe's Will Remove All Single-Ingredient Food From China From Their Stores By April 1

“Our customers have voiced concerns about products from this region and we have listened,” Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said in a statement.

Starbucks Baristas Don't Like The New "Skinny" Drinks

Starbucks Baristas Don't Like The New "Skinny" Drinks

A few days ago Starbucks started their new “skinny” drink program. Ordering a drink “skinny” means you’d like sugar-free syrup, non-fat milk, and no whip cream. We didn’t write about it because, um, you can already order that if you want , and we figured you didn’t really care that a basic drink order had a new marketing nickname.

You Really, Really, Hate Blockbuster For Raising Prices

You Really, Really, Hate Blockbuster For Raising Prices

I responded by immediately canceling my account – I gave them the benefit of a doubt the first time, but this is too much.

Parents Predictably Outraged At Southwest's New Boarding Policy

Parents Predictably Outraged At Southwest's New Boarding Policy

There’s a bit of backlash going on against Southwest Airlines’ for changing their “family first” boarding policy. Previously, families traveling with children under 4 were allowed to board before the “a” group. Now they’ve been bumped back behind “a” but before “b” and “c.”

Apple Sued For iPhone "Price Discrimination"

Apple Sued For iPhone "Price Discrimination"

A New Yorker who waited for hours to be one of the first to buy an iPhone is now suing Apple, says Apple Insider.

Is The Consumer Backlash Against DRM Starting To Make Them Sweat?

Is The Consumer Backlash Against DRM Starting To Make Them Sweat?

Consumers don’t like DRM and neither do we, but quite honestly—we thought no one cared what we liked and disliked.

Former Marshall Field's Customers Take To The Chicago Streets To Protest Macy's

Former Marshall Field's Customers Take To The Chicago Streets To Protest Macy's

Chicagoans don’t like change. (Take Wrigley Field, for example, in all its jumbotron-less glory.) Yes, they are a strange, stubborn people who do not eat ketchup on hot dogs and who put the sauce on top of their pizza. And they don’t like Macy’s. Why? Because Macy’s did away with Marshall Field’s.