PCGamesN are reporting two pieces of information from Valve's Director of Business Development Jason Holtman. First up on Steam's long awaited Big Picture Mode: "It's coming. Soon."
The other piece of information is regarding a recent ruling by the EU Court of Justice that "The exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a computer program covered by such a licence isexhausted on its first sale". In other words EU citizens have the right to sell on software licences they purchase, even if the licence itself claims otherwise. What is unclear is whether or not this means companies will be forced to make it possible to trade licences. There is no current way to decouple a game you have played from your Steam account and according to Jason "we don’t have any plans to change." Another court case will likely have to be brought up to decide whether Valve are legally obliged to allow EU citizens to sell their games on.
Also, as we reported on our Facebook page, Planet Philip, a long-running site dedicated to Half-Life mods and maps and host of several mapping contests, unexpectedly shut its doors on Monday due to the stress it was causing its curator. It is now back online and Philip has made a blog post to explain the situation. Now that the site is back online we highly recommend trying some of the mods from his Hall of Fame.