Noon News: Rakuten Buys Play.com, Game Transfer Phenomena Tested, BT Claims uSwitch Using Out of Date Data

Japanese online services provider Rakuten has acquired UK based online retailer Play.com for £25 million. Rakuten is a Japan based online services provider which offers services like e-commerce, banking and travel.

A new research has found that hardcore gamers have become so accustomed to their virtual environment that they transfer their gaming experience to the real world. The research, which was carried out by the Nottingham Trent University and Stockholm, interviewed 42 gamers aged between 15-21 years.

UK telecom giant BT has claimed that the recent report released by uSwitch about the slowest places for broadband in Britain was based on old data. Price comparison website, uSwitch, recently released a report in which it claims that Mount Pleasant in Halesworth, Suffolk, had the slowest broadband connection in the country at 0.128 Mbps.

Redmond based software giant Microsoft Corp. has reached a patent licensing agreement with Casio over the use of the open source platform Linux. It’s nothing new for the Windows maker to resort to such practices wherein it tricks companies, supplying devices with Linux, to get affiliated into their patent programme - Casio being the latest in the trend.

Amidst nearly stagnant share prices and an increasing demand for greater return from the long term investors, software powerhouse Microsoft Corp. seems to be in some sort of trouble, and so does the company CEO Mr. Steve Ballmer.