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May 13, 2008 3:44 PM

Google finally going for online gaming? Industry big says it's in the works

Posted by Brier Dudley

During his keynote speech at the ION Game Conference today in Seattle, Won-il Suh, vice president of Seoul-based Neowiz, talked about how the industry is becoming more global as game companies look abroad for new markets.

Asian game companies like his are looking to partner with game companies in the U.S., and they're also exploring opportunities in developing markets like Southeast Asia and even South America.

Suh said Neowiz is a 10-year-old game company operating in eight regions around the world. It has about 1,000 employees, up to 600,000 gamers playing at peak hours and expects sales this year of $230 million.

Then, a bit later, he slipped a potential bombshell into his speech:

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May 13, 2008 2:52 PM

Gladwell sets off Myhrvold vs. Techdirt, round 2 (or 3?)

Posted by Brier Dudley

The Bay Area tech blog is watchdogging the perpetual national press coverage of former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold and Intellectual Ventures, his Bellevue-based brainstorming/patent hoarding company.

A profile by Malcolm Gladwell in the May 12 issue of The New Yorker set off the latest round.

I wonder how many of the numerous comments on Techdirt debating whether Myhrvold's being a brilliant innovator or a greedy patent squatter came from Medina.

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May 13, 2008 9:13 AM

Amazon CTO on cloud computing, mainframe failure and more

Posted by Brier Dudley

One of Seattle's high priests of cloud computing, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, delivered a compelling sermon urging companies to use pay-as-you-go online computing power -- namely Amazon Web Services -- at OVP Venture Partners' annual technology summit today at the Fairmont Olympic hotel.

Vogels was probably speaking to the choir: Venture capitalists and their big investors are already enthusiastic about AWS and the opportunity for companies to build, test and run systems with lower capital costs.

But Vogels wasn't just pitching AWS as a platform for Web startups. He talked a lot about how big enterprises, even the federal government, have used the services for projects.

Exhibit A was Amazon itself, which turned to a services approach after its early systems maxed out and needed to handle seasonal spikes. The services approach also enabled teams to build new, differentiated products and not worry about common infrastructure issues.

A few quotes and factoids from his presentation:

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