Harmonix communications head John Drake has resigned from his position.

After seven years, yesterday (June 16) was Drake's last day working for the Rock Band developer.

"I started my career at Harmonix in 2007, working on the release of the first Rock Band," he said in a blog post on Tumblr. "It's been a truly transformative 7 years."

He added: "Thank you to the amazing fans of Harmonix, who have supported our games for the last decade.

"Most importantly, thank you to my closest friends at HMX."

Although he has nothing to announce regarding his next profession, Drake plans to stay within the gaming industry.

During his time with the studio, Harmonix shipped multiple titles including Phase, Rock Band, The Beatles: Rock Band and Dance Central.

The developer recently unveiled Dance Central: Spotlight.

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The European Union has entered a partnership with South Korea into the research and development of 5G broadband.

Both parties will share knowledge on the technology and work to ensure that radio spectrums are properly aligned when the time comes to launch the new networks.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission said that the partnership aims to "speed up and win [the] global race to create 5G".

The UK's 4G roll out was staggered compared to the US and other territories, but the European Union's agreement with South Korea could see member states at the forefront of new developments.

The two parties will also jointly conduct research into the 'Internet of Things', which concerns uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure.

South Korea is planning to get its 5G network up and running by 2020.

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YouView has been told by the High Court that its name infringes on a trademark held by telecoms firm Total Ltd.

Mr Justice Sales's ruling could force the connected television platform to change its name, as Total has confirmed that it is pressing forward with an injunction.

The company has issued a statement saying that it will "be seeking an injunction against YouView to prevent any further use of the name 'YouView', together with financial payment and legal costs, among other remedies".

Lorrin White, managing director of Total, said: "As a growing business, Total has always taken the protection of its intellectual property rights very seriously.

"I am delighted that our determination - and considerable investment - in doing so has resulted in the Courts finding in our favour once again. Whilst Total may not compare to YouView in terms of size, we both operate in the same industry space.

"We protect our rights to brand ownership and wholeheartedly defend those rights - as any business should - otherwise we would never have registered our marks in the first place."

The news comes as yet another setback for YouView, which was marred by delays and high-profile executive departures at launch.

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Domino's Pizza has been targeted by cyber criminals, who claim to have breached 600,000 customer records in France and Belgium.

Hacking group Rex Mundi are demanding €30,000 (£24,000) from the fast food company, and are threatening to publish the data online if they do not pay up.

Customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passwords, delivery instructions and order history are believed to be included in the records.

Domino's France is said to have been notified about the hackers' demands on June 10, but it took them four days to inform customers that their data is at risk.

Domino's Pizza chief executive Andre ten Wold has said that Rex Mundi's demands will not be met, adding that a legal complaint has been filed against them at a court in Paris.

"There are clear indications that something is broken on our server. The information contained in them is protected," he told Dutch newspaper De Standaart. "Financial data, such as credit cards, has not been stolen."

Rex Mundi has previously attempted to extort money from a number of other companies, including US payday loans operation AmeriCash Advance and Belgian hosting firm Alfa Hosting.

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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was apparently opposed to the launch of the iPad Mini, believing that there was no market for the downsized tablet.

His successor Tim Cook was the driving force behind the device, advising his colleges to proceed despite Jobs's reservations, the New York Times reports.

Apple board member and Disney chief Robert A Iger told the newspaper that Cook "thought the world would love a smaller and less expensive tablet", while his predecessor was against the project.

Meanwhile, Apple design chief Jony Ive claims that nothing has changed at the company since Cook succeeded Jobs as CEO.

"Honestly, I don't think anything's changed. People felt exactly the same way when we were working on the iPhone," he said.

Apple is expected to launch its next iteration of the iPhone this autumn alongside the much-rumoured iWatch.

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Angry Birds Transformers has been officially announced by Rovio.

The crossover between Hasbro and Rovio will incorporate toys, a product line and an Angry Birds: Transformers mobile game.

Platforms and launch dates are yet to be confirmed, although a post on the game's official website says that it is "coming soon to app stores".

"We're really excited to combine the iconic Transformers universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds," said Rovio's Blanca Juti.

"This mash-up is going to appeal to both those who grew up with the brand in the '80s, as well as fans of the brand today. People are going to love it!"

Having recently released Angry Birds Epic, Rovio is currently working on puzzle spinoff title Angry Birds Stella, which is due to be released later this year.

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GTA 5 is half price on Xbox 360 for a limited time only.

The game can be downloaded for the discounted price of £24.99 until midnight tonight (June 16).

The discounted price coincides with the announcement of an Xbox One version of the open-world action game.

PS4, Xbox One and PC versions were announced during last week's E3 gaming expo.

Releasing this autumn, the game will launch with a host of new features that take full advantage of each platform's hardware capabilities.

Sony's John Koller hinted at some sort of PlayStation-exclusive content of bundle during a recent interview.

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Sleeping Dogs HD has been listed for Xbox One, PS4 and PC by an online retailer.

A remastered version of the open-world action game was advertised on the ShopTo website, reports GamrReview.

The game is advertised for a November 21 launch, although Square Enix is yet to make an official announcement.

The listing has since been pulled by the retailer.

Out now on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Sleeping Dogs was supported with countless DLC packs in the months after its launch.

It will be followed by Triad Wars, which will be set in the same universe.

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Forza Horizon 2 will launch without microtransactions, developer Playground Games has revealed.

Creative director Ralph Fulton said it will launch without tokens, the franchise's in-game currency used to unlock cars by spending real world money.

"The approach we've taken is that we've designed our game at Playground Games from the ground up to be fair, to be fun, to be rewarding," he told Digital Spy at E3 2014.

"That's incredibly important to us. For that reason, we will launch in September without tokens."

Fulton explained the game's unlock system is designed so players can try out new cars quickly: "We've got an amazing list of 200 plus cars, and we want you to explore it.

"We want to enable you, at very regular intervals, to be able to change your car, pick a new one from the list. If that doesn't work out, you're able to buy a new one really quickly."

He also said that players can gain early access to premium vehicles through a "fruit machine, tombola-style" system as seen in the original's online multiplayer.

"When you do level up, we give you a shot at what we call 'The Horizon Wheel Spin'," he explained.

"We used it in the original in online, and you get to spin and it can be anything from some cash, a load of cash, to a car or to the best car in the game.

"Every time you level up we've got this game of chance, and for the lucky guys, they could be a getting a Bugatti Veyron after playing the game for 30 minutes."

Last year Microsoft's Phil Spencer said the company would monitor microtransactions on Xbox One and adjust models based on user feedback.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End plot details have been shared by developer Naughty Dog.

The studio revealed that the series's PlayStation 4 debut will find protagonist Nathan Drake searching for pirate treasure.

"Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter Nathan Drake is forced back into the world of thieves," reads a synopsis for the game.

"With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure.

"His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves."

Actor Nolan North, who provides the voice of Drake, recently said that he believes Uncharted 4 will be the saga's final instalment.

Scheduled for release in 2015, Uncharted 4 debuted its first trailer at E3 earlier this week.

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