Atari Co-founder Ted Dabney Dies Aged 80

According to a Facebook post by Historian Leonard Herman, Atari Co-founder Ted Dabney has passed away at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer. In partnership with Nolan Bushnell, Dabney developed arcade game Computer Science, which would serve as the foundation for Pong.

In 1971 Dabney co-founded Atari predecessor Syzygy with Bushnell and developed Computer Space, the world’s first commercially available arcade video game. In 1972 the pair co-founded Atari, and Computer Space was used for the basis of Pong, the video game that made the company its early-days millions. Dabney later left the company after a falling out with Busnhell.


Amazon Banning Shoppers Who Return Items Too Often

The Wall Street Journal has sparked another round of stories regarding Amazon customers who have been banned for making too many returns. It isn’t clear what the exact metric is, though some say that an account will be flagged if the return rate exceeds 10%.

Amazon’s return policy doesn’t tell customers that returning too many items can get them kicked out, but its conditions of use say the company reserves the right to terminate accounts at its discretion. “We want everyone to be able to use Amazon, but there are rare occasions where someone abuses our service over an extended period of time,” an Amazon representative said.


Synopsys Shows World’s First USB 3.2 Demo with 20Gbps Speeds

Systems design company Synopsys has provided an early look at the potential performance of USB 3.2, which was announced in July of last year. The latest USB specification is unique in that it supports multi-lane operation (two lanes of 5Gbps or two lanes of 10Gbps).

When these products do emerge, they will utilize commodity Type-C cables. Synopsys was very specific about the cables used in the demo. The company tells us that it used off-the-shelf Belkin USB 3.1 Type-C cables, which are the same as you can purchase at Target or other big box retails stores today.