Nintendo got an unexpected flurry of résumés recently from dozens of would-be bounty hunters. Looking for a bit of viral marketing...

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Nintendo got an unexpected flurry of résumés recently from dozens of would-be bounty hunters.

Looking for a bit of viral marketing for its new “Metroid Prime 2” video game, Nintendo posted a bogus ad on seeking a “Bounty Hunter,” a popular character from the game. It listed such qualifications as “comfortable with using high-tech (some would say alien) weaponry” and “experience operating in subterranean, low-oxygen, zero-gravity environments.”

The company received résumés from more than 90 serious applicants, apparently with less than stellar IQs.

We’ve heard of out-of-work software testers. But who knew there was such a large group of soldiers out there just waiting for their first intergalactic job opportunity from Redmond?

Sounds of silence

Speaking of dimwits, lawyers for the recording industry tried to bust a dead, computer-illiterate granny for P2P file sharing. According to the Charleston (S.C.) Gazette, Gertrude Walton of South Carolina was named as the sole defendant in a federal lawsuit aimed at stopping the illegal trade of music on the Internet.

The suit claimed Walton made more than 700 pop, rock and rap songs available for free on the Internet under the screen name “smittenedkitten.”

Declining calls

Revenue from wireline voice service is expected to drop 3.2 percent a year from 2003 to 2008.

Source: In-Stat/MDR

Last week, a spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of America admitted that Walton was probably not the smittenedkitten in question.

Walton, who died two months ago at age 83, hated computers, her daughter, Robin Chianumba, told the newspaper. Her mother would not be leaving the memorial park to attend the hearing, she added.

Search for placement

Google has become not only a household word but a common verb.‘s, on the other hand, is only now getting some buzz.

Last week, on the Fox TV show “The O.C.,” the search service got a mention when a teen character announced, “I’d him.”

Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? But for Amazon, it’s hard to beat the TV placement, especially the kind, as the company says, it didn’t even have to pay for. ranks 30th among search services.

Reality bites

Speaking of TV, looks like The Donald will no longer get to boss around Bill’s employee.

Microsoft employee Verna Felton last week became the first contestant to walk off Donald Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice.” That leaves 17 others to fight it out over the next four months to win a job with Trump.

Felton, a marketing specialist, said she was mentally and physically exhausted.

Who needs Trump for that? For ambitious workaholics, there’s plenty to offer right at home.

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No, no way apparently found it highly newsworthy that iPods have been spotted on Microsoft‘s campus.

Citing an unnamed source, no doubt following a lengthy investigation, Wired revealed that about 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have the one made by Apple Computer.

One can hardly wait for the next report: Perhaps the shocking tale of Microsoft employees who use Google.

Look who’s talking

Efforts by Philadelphia and other cities to develop public wireless networks got blasted this week by — surprise — telecom industry-sponsored studies.

A report by the New Millennium Research Council (NMRC) warned of “grave flaws” in such “dubious” government schemes that could leave taxpayers stuck with a heavy burden.

The report found that the proposed municipal wireless networks are likely to be more expensive than cities expect, deplete funds needed elsewhere and unfairly compete with the private sector. But the report didn’t mention the benefits of providing Internet access to residents who wouldn’t otherwise have it or couldn’t easily afford it.

The report was also less than transparent about the biases of its sponsor. Turns out that NMRC is part of Issue Dynamics, a telecom lobbying company, the magazine eWeek reported.

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