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Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as The Late Show host

Stephen Colbert, host of the “Colbert Report,” will replace David Letterman after Letterman retires, CBS announced in a press release. Colbert will be given a 5 year contract. The producers and location of the Colbert-hosted show have not yet been determined.

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Sony Online Entertainment announces zombie survival MMO H1Z1 for PC & PS4

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smeley’s message on Reddit

I wanted to tell you about an exciting new free-to-play game we’ve had under wraps here at SOE for some time. It’s called H1Z1. It’s a massively multiplayer game in which players fight for survival in a world where death is the only sure thing. The H1Z1 virus devastated mankind and left nothing but death and destruction in its wake and a world nearly empty of human life where the remnants of humanity are in a fight against extinction against those infected with the virus. It’s been 15 years since H1Z1 was first encountered and what’s left of the world before is overrun with the Infected. Humanity has been reduced to hiding in the shadows, searching desperately for food and water and anything that can help to survive even for another day. But the Infected aren’t the only dangers in the world. Everyday life in the Apocalypse means dealing with all kinds of wild animals and the brutality of other survivors, as well as finding your next meal and a safe place to sleep. It also means scavenging or crafting anything that can help you live just one more day. In H1Z1 every minute of every day is borrowed time and fearing for your life… unless you are the Danger (talking to you Walter), but life can and will go on… even in circumstances as dire as this. Humanity has not given in to the Infected. There are still pockets of humanity and the fight goes on!

Our vision for this game is very simple but ambitious. We are starting with what I would call “Middle America” – an “anywhere and everywhere” town. The world is massive as you’ve come to expect from our games. Over time we will grow the world until we have our own version of the U.S. after the death and destruction brought on during the H1Z1 epidemic. It will be our own version of America. We’ll have urban cities and desolate wide open places. All connected seamlessly. Our focus is building a sandbox style of gameplay where players can build shelters out of resources in the world. They can even work together to make amazing fortresses complete with weaponry to help defend against both the Infected and other players. Players also have access to a very deep crafting system that can let players make a huge variety of awesome stuff, including weapons (I made a 1911 the other day) and things like Molotov cocktails, explosives.. and other fun surprises.

I will also go right to the heart of the question a lot of players will have – “There are a lot of survival / Zombie games… how is this one going to be any different?”. First off, it’s a persistent MMO that can hold thousands of players on servers we host (yes there will be multiple servers with very different rule sets). Why is that a good thing? It means a thriving economy (oh yes… there’s trading). It also means you have potential allies in the all-out war on the Infected… and many an enemy as well. It uses our proprietary next-gen Forgelight engine and that means we’ve had a lot of really cool technology to work with to make the game we wanted to make. It’s also designed from the ground up for our players to become part of the design process. The Roadmap system that we built for PlanetSide 2 will be used extensively to clearly communicate what features we’re working on and what you can expect and when. You’re also going to be getting awesome access to our developers. We’ll be opening it up for Player Studio creations too so expect player-created items to make their way into the game. The main thing that differentiates H1Z1 from the other great games in the genre is the emphasis we are putting on player ownership and building. We want you to be able to form roving gangs that are headquartered out of an abandoned warehouse that you’ve taken over… or a house you’ve built from scratch after having cut trees down and secured the resources to make it. We are giving players the tools to make their own towns, camps and defenses, and they can decide how to set up their base (which is in the world btw… not instanced). We’re building in all the social features you’ve come to expect from an SOE game (grouping, proximity voice chat, voice chat for your gang, and many other cool social features).

To use a simple reference I’m sure everyone interested in this game will get… we want our players to make Woodbury from The Walking Dead if they want to. Or take over a prison. Or fix an old car so you and your friends (yeah we have multiplayer vehicles) can run zombies and players over mercilessly, and revel in the sheer delight of hearing a zombie scream as you light it on fire, or craft a gun to take down your friends and enemies alike. Our goal here is to provide emergent gameplay that will allow our players to make the world their own the way they want to. One of the best things about H1Z1 being an MMO is the fact that with a lot of people playing, we’re able to see all different kinds of gameplay. If you prefer a quiet life as a farmer raising crops… we’re going to make sure your zombie apocalypse fantasy is complete. If you’re like me and you want nothing more than to kill everything that moves, by all means see how that goes. It’s going to be a blast!

Check out H1Z1.com and reddit.com/r/h1z1. We’ll be adding more information in the coming weeks to the website. We’ll also be very openly answering questions in the subreddit.

Next week you can see us do a livestream of the game as we have a playtest. Stay tuned!

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Ukrainian/Russian Events Feed

Part 3   cont. from previous Tumbles

4/10/14 UPDATE: Putin warns Russia may cut Ukraine gas.

Also… Russian Military Ready on Ukraine Border, NATO Says.

4/9/14 UPDATE: Ukraine vows to use force if pro-Russian protesters don’t leave occupied buildings.

4/8/14 UPDATE: Ukraine’s security service: Separatists have placed explosives in seized building in Luhansk; holding around 60 people.

MORE: In case of storming SSU building, Luhansk separatists & Putin’s tourists are threatening to use women as shields.

MORE: The armed Separatists took confession with a priest, said goodbye to families. They are ready for firefight.

4/8/14 UPDATE: Ukraine warns Russia: Don’t invade.

Also… Ukraine’s interior minister: Pro-Russia protesters driven out of Kharkiv.

Also… US warns Russia of more sanctions over ‘saboteurs’ in east Ukraine.

Also… It is clear Russian agents have been behind unrest in Eastern Ukraine in last 24 hours, Secretary Kerry says.

4/7/14 UPDATE: Kharkiv: Pro-Russian separatists burning tires & trying to throw them inside of RSA building.

MORE: Firetrucks still can’t get to the RSA building, police trying to put out fire themselves. Explosins and shots heard.
Live Feed http://t.co/hxiUaNNMT9

4/7/14 UPDATE: Russian soldier fatally shot a Ukrainian officer in Crimea, says Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

Also… Pro-Ukraine activists forced to kneel and walk on their knees in Kharkiv.
VIDEO: https://t.co/Cl1lpYwXhx

Also… Abducted Ukrainian journalist found killed, believed to be tortured first.

Also… White House Says Russian Protesters Likely Paid.

4/6/14 UPDATE: Pro-Russia protesters storm regional government building in east Ukraine.

MORE: Ukraine Faces New Crisis as Pro-Russian Separatists Seize Buildings.

4/5/14 UPDATE: Ukraine foils coup attempt; 300 machine guns, antitank grenade launcher seized.

Also… Story of how a US couple slipped out of Crimea with last adopted girl before Russian takeover.

Also… Ukraine may sue Russia for gas price hike.

4/4/14 UPDATE: McDonald’s quits Crimea as fears of trade clash grow.

4/3/14 UPDATE: Ambassadors Discuss Invading Miami, California In Leaked Call.

Also… Russia raises Ukraine’s gas bill 80 percent in 3 days.

Also… Obama, Congress Meet on Ukraine.

UPDATE: Russian Envoy Mocks USA: ‘Stop Tantrums,’ ‘Do Yoga’.

Also… Obama has signed the Ukraine bills into law.

Also… Ukraine detains 12 riot police on suspicion of ‘mass murder’

Also… Russia demands that NATO explain military buildup in Eastern Europe.

4/2/14 UPDATE: NASA suspends all cooperation with Russia except for International Space Station.

4/1/14 UPDATE: Russia’s Gazprom turns up the heat by pumping up Ukraine’s gas price - in 60 seconds.

Also… Still no sign Russian troops are withdrawing from border, says Nato chief.

3/31/14 UPDATE: Russia’s Medvedev Visits Crimea.

Also… Sec Def Hagel said he cant confirm Russia has begun to re-deploy small number of troops (a battalion) from Ukraine border.

UPDATE: Vladimir Putin wants to reclaim Finland for Russia, former adviser says.

Also… Crimea springs forward by 2 hours, joins Moscow time zone.

3/31/14 UPDATE: Russia withdraws some troops from Ukraine border - a move welcomed as a “small signal” by Germany.
3 steps forward 2 steps back? ;)~

Also… Sec. of State Kerry’s talks with Russia’s Lavrov fail to ease Ukraine crisis.

3/30/14 UPDATE: Troop movement, ‘covert operation’ suggests Putin not finished in Ukraine.

Also… Putin says Crimea takeover shows Russian military prowess.

Also… The White House and Kremlin seemed to have different recollections of Obama-Putin call.

Also… Ukrainians prepare to defend themselves.

3/29/14 UPDATE: Secretary of State Kerry to meet with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Paris on Sunday to discuss Ukraine.

Also… Crimean Tatars’ want autonomy after Russia’s seizure of peninsula.

Also… Rotenbergs gets Crimean bridge contract.

Also… Meet the billionaire chocolate barron who wants to be Ukraine’s next president.

3/28/14 UPDATE: Russia threatened countries ahead of UN vote on Ukraine - envoys.

3/28/14 UPDATE: Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, White House Says.

3/27/14 UPDATE: Russia now has 100,000 troops on its side of the Russia-Ukraine border.

Also… Ukrainian Jews slam Putin in full-page ad in New York Times.

Also… Crimea resolution backed by U.S. barely gets UN majority.

3/27/14 UPDATE: U.S. House & Senate passes legislation with loan guarantee and aid for Ukraine, sanctions over Russian incursion …sent to White House for sig.

3/27/14 UPDATE: US intel: More indications than ever Russia could invade Ukraine.

Also… A leaked Russian document developed by Moscow’s National Security Council and posted on a Ukrainian website Monday revealed that Russia plans to “integrate” all Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine, including the capital, Kiev.

Also… Buildup on border now includes tanks & troops. All troops are positioned for potential military action.

3/26/14 UPDATE: Russians intensify intelligence activities near Ukraine border.

March 21 2014

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