Mir Vadim has released a Rayfire tutorial on column demolition in 3ds Max.
Cobwebs - Free Script for 3ds Max
John Martini has created a free tool, Cobwebs, for 3ds Max, that makes suspending cables, cobwebs, wire bundles, etc.
V-Ray 3.0 for Maya Beta
Chaos Group have announced the Beta of their acclaimed V-Ray 3.0 renderer for Maya.
Autodesk Discontinue Softimage
Autodesk have announced they are discontinuing their Softimage software line.