Rumored by Reuters last night, Microsoft this morning confirmed that they are buying Internet voice talk and video service Skype for $8.5 billion. They also confirmed that the service will "support" devices like the Xbox, Kinect and Windows Phone and that it will be connected to Xbox Live and other Microsoft…
Speaking to Bloomberg, spokesmen for Wells Fargo & Co., American Express Co. and MasterCard Inc. said they were monitoring cardholder accounts and hadn't seen unauthorized activity relating to Sony. [Bloomberg]
The founders of NetDevil left their Colorado-based studio recently to kick off another game developer start-up. END Games Entertainment has been mostly quiet until today when a blogpost went live hinting at what the foundling studio plans to work on next. Hint: Think casual. [End Stand For...]
You're a nefarious supervillian and you want to transform this city into a hive of mind-controlled minions. But you also need the element of surprise. Two new scientific studies offer a possible solution: behavior-changing proteins in sperm! [io9]
Wi-Fi provides a convenient way to connect the computers in your home without the hassle of wires, but Wi-Fi is also slow and unreliable compared to a wired connection. Here's how to go wired where it counts. [Lifehacker]
Women are a growing force in MMA fighting-and now they're fighting onscreen in the new game Supremacy. According to its developers, this could help counteract the "princess in need of rescuing" stereotype that dominates portrayals of women in games. [Jezebel]
Amazingly, videos of tsunami waves coming ashore in Japan this week showed many people driving away from the water. If you find yourself in a similar situation, how can you increase your chances of survival from nil to slim? [Jalopnik]
Giant Bomb is trying to show 3D footage from the Nintendo 3DS in anaglyphic—old-school red-and-blue paper glasses 3D. Cool! [Giant Bomb]
After making fun of his sister for selling scented candles as a school fundraiser, 13-year-old Hart Main of Ohio was inspired to invent "Mancans," candles that emit manly odors. [Jezebel]
The original Nyko Charge Base was like my personal team doctor, making sure my controllers were ready and charged for game time. But could Nyko improve on something that's near perfect? (Yup.) [Gizmodo]
Tokyo game maker Tecmo Koei delayed 3DS game Dead or Alive: Dimensions and action title Troy Musou for "various reasons". The new release dates are TBA.
EA Games boss Frank Gibeau has called the Wii a "legacy platform". In other words, an old console. Something that goes next to the PS2 section. Ouch.
It sounds like the Australian government, fed up with being the "laughing stock of the developed world", is going to step in and find some way to let Aussie adults play adult video games. About time!
As fears rise in Japan about nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant, the first and best line of defense are the reactor's six inch thick steel-walled chambers, made by a company that still forges samurai swords by hand. [Jalopnik]
Capcom has dropped the price of Street Fighter IV on the iPhone to $0.99 and is donating all sales to earthquake relief efforts in Japan. Pick up a copy of Street Fighter IV here.
Social games maker Zynga moves one step closer to world domination, minting its own currency, the zCoin. In short, play games like FarmVille, FrontierVille, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker and more, earn zPoints, cash those in for zCoins and grab exclusive items from RewardVille. The move comes months ahead of Facebook's…