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The Remains of The Daily. Creator of Xbox Blockbuster 'Fable' Blames Success on Baked Beans, Happy Accidents: Peter Molyneux, creator of the popular “Fable” gaming series and head of Microsoft Game Studios in Europe, recalls the highs and lows of a 22-year career in video games – GUILDFORD, U.K. — April 15, 2011 – Peter Molyneux, one of the video game industry’s most celebrated designers and the creative force behind hits such as “Fable,” “Populous” and “Dungeon Keeper,” credits much of his 22-year career to a happy accident involving baked beans.

Creator of Xbox Blockbuster 'Fable' Blames Success on Baked Beans, Happy Accidents: Peter Molyneux, creator of the popular “Fable” gaming series and head of Microsoft Game Studios in Europe, recalls the highs and lows of a 22-year career in video games –

Peter Molyneux, head of Microsoft Game Studio Europe, in 2007 shortly after receiving the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters). It happened shortly after he graduated from university. Brad Colbow - Independent Web Designer, Illustrator - The Brads - This is Why Your Newspaper is Dying. House Dems want cost estimate for ‘dig once’ broadband. Tech News Is So Phenomenally Boring. Tech news *is* boring. Amazon Android Tablet Would Be Welcomed by Consumers: Retrevo - Desktops and Notebooks. Consumers are ready for a low-cost tablet alternative to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad and would seriously welcome such a slate from Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), according to Retrevo.

Amazon Android Tablet Would Be Welcomed by Consumers: Retrevo - Desktops and Notebooks

The consumer electronics shopping site said that 55 percent of 1,000 consumers surveyed said they would choose an Amazon tablet, which is expected to be based in Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android "Honeycomb" platform. Why Microsoft Won't Dump Bing. Foley on Microsoft Why Microsoft Won't Dump Bing Many Microsoft shareholders, employees, partners and customers would like Steve Ballmer to resign (or be ousted) as CEO.

Why Microsoft Won't Dump Bing

Almost as many are agitating for Microsoft to push Bing out of the Redmond nest. To all of those folks, I've got bad news: Ballmer is going nowhere soon, and Microsoft isn't decoupling the Online Services Division (OSD) -- the business unit that includes Bing and online advertising -- from the rest of the company. OSD is still losing money, and lots of it.

Bitcoin befuddles U.S. customs agents, thwarting Seattle visit by digital currency guru. A developer who specializes in the Bitcoin digital currency says he was sent back to China last week after he arrived at Sea-Tac Airport with only $600 in cash and wasn’t able to convince U.S.

Bitcoin befuddles U.S. customs agents, thwarting Seattle visit by digital currency guru

Customs and Border Patrol agents that he would be able to fund his two-month visit using Bitcoin. The developer, who goes by the alias “Doctor Nefario,” identifies himself as the founder of the Global Bitcoin Stock Exchange. The truth about Apple and the eReader app changes: Customers lose. You may have heard about Apple forcing ebook apps to remove the ability to shop at non-Apple ebookstores from the apps.

The truth about Apple and the eReader app changes: Customers lose

They were also forced to remove any link to a store on the web, rendering it difficult for Apple's own customers to use the iPhone/iPad to its fullest; at least they can't use it as fully as they did before this week due to the changes. Dan Frommer has a good take on how these changes are bad for Apple's customers as it leaves them with an inadequate user experience. I agree with Frommer for the most part, due to what I have seen in my own household.

My wife bought an iPhone 4 as soon as it was available on the Verizon network. She has taken to the iPhone like an addict to a banned substance, rarely putting the thing down at home. One of the apps she installed was the Kindle app, and since then she has been reading ebooks on her iPhone almost exclusively. I understand that Apple has the right to handle its own App Store anyway it sees fit. Image credit: SplatF. Apple's New Rules Prompt More E-Readers, Including Kobo, to Build HTML5 Apps. "Everybody loses" with the enforcement of Apple's new in-app payment rules, argues The Atlantic Wire's Rebecca Greenfield in a post chronicling how consumers, e-reader companies and perhaps even Apple might suffer.

Apple's New Rules Prompt More E-Readers, Including Kobo, to Build HTML5 Apps

As we wrote about yesterday, Apple made the move over the weekend to enforce e-reader apps' compliance with its new in-app payment rules, prompting Kindle, Nook, Kobo and the like to all remove links to their associated e-bookstores so as to avoid giving Apple a 30% cut of sales. The HTML5 boom is coming. Fast. Updated.

The HTML5 boom is coming. Fast.

The tech industry’s movers and shakers have been saying for months now that the HTML5 is very important. New data released Friday indicates that HTML5 is not just going to be big, it’s going to be huge — and it’s coming fast. More than 2.1 billion mobile devices will have HTML5 browsers by 2016, up from just 109 million in 2010, according to a new report by ABI Research. Much of this growth will be thanks to Apple’s massive support for the HTML5 platform, according to the study. And Apple is also likely to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the technology’s wide scale adoption.

Five Things I Learned At MySpace That Could Help Google+ Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.

Five Things I Learned At MySpace That Could Help Google+

You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ This is just a guess, but I’d bet money that Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz probably feel like their heads are going to explode. Anyone on the Google+ team who really cares about G+ is probably getting very little sleep, and are annoying their friends and family with their one-track G+ minds.