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Binding of Isaac creator: Nintendo rejection shows internal divisions over company's image

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When Binding of Isaac developer Edmund McMillen tweeted last week that Nintendo had rejected a planned Nintendo 3DS version of the game over "questionable religious content," many weren't surprised. After all, a game about a religiously fanatic mother who hears a voice from God telling her to kill her...
Binding of Isaac creator: Nintendo rejection shows internal divisions over company's image

Senator Wyden Lays Out Broad Internet Freedom Agenda, Warns Against 'Maximalist' Agenda That Harms Innovation

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This morning at CES, Senator Ron Wyden laid out a broad and detailed agenda for how Congress can and should promote internet freedom and increase innovation -- mainly by focusing on knocking down the barriers presented by legacy players who don't want to adapt or compete. Among other things, he...
Senator Wyden Lays Out Broad Internet Freedom Agenda, Warns Against 'Maximalist' Agenda That Harms Innovation
Ars at the Museum: The Art of Video Games at the Smithsonian

Now Last.fm looking into password hack. Who’s next?

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First LinkedIn, then eHarmony, and now possibly Last.fm. As the number of sites falling victim to password hackers continues to grow, the questions are flooding in: are these incidents all connected? And, perhaps more importantly, who’s next? On Thursday, the CBS-owned, London-headquartered music site told users that it was investigating...
Now Last.fm looking into password hack. Who’s next?

The iPad Is Airport and TSA Friendly

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Not only is it kid friendly, but the iPad is also apparently TSA friendly as well.Unlike your laptop, which the Transportation Security Administration requests you take out and place in a separate bin during airport security screening, Apple’s new tablet is apparently deemed small and thin enough to not...
The iPad Is Airport and TSA Friendly
Searching for meaning in distant solar systems

AT&T's forgotten plot to hijack the US airwaves

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This just in: Ars Technica has uncovered a campaign by AT&T to completely dominate the nation's system of broadcasting. The telco's plan would make it almost impossible for broadcast license holders not affiliated with the carrier to operate. The plot involves an elaborate system of patent lawsuits, corporate alliances,...
AT&T's forgotten plot to hijack the US airwaves
No, EA won't license guns in its 2013 games--but it never has
Power up! Mountain Lion update improves battery life on Macs

Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents

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In 2008 James Bessen and Michael Meurer came out with a truly excellent book, Patent Failure. It's chock full of excellent information and a pretty wide survey of the research showing just how much patents harm innovation. While I don't necessarily agree with the "solutions" proposed, the key thesis of...
Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents

Syria drops offline, again

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At about 2:45 Eastern time (18:45 UTC), Internet traffic in and out of Syria came to a sudden stop, as routers stopped propagating routes to the country's block of Internet Protocol addresses. The suddenness and completeness of the disconnection is indicative of another government-directed shutdown—the first since a two-day...
Syria drops offline, again
Windows 8 is 'a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space'

iTunes movies in 1080p: less than or equal to Blu-ray image quality?

www.engadget.com
Blu-ray's been atop the home entertainment mountain, with only fleeting competition from HD-DVDs, ever since its introduction. Since then, home internet connections have gotten faster and the quality of downloadable content has improved such that iTunes can offer 1080p versions of your favorite movies. But, does iTunes really provide the...
iTunes movies in 1080p: less than or equal to Blu-ray image quality?
On Facebook, deleting an app doesn't delete your data from their system
How one journalist cracked 8,000 passwords in 24 hours
Includification: Bringing video games to players with disabilities

Improved H.264 Compression Holds Down File Sizes on 1080p iTunes Store Content

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Ars Technica takes a look at the new 1080p content available on the iTunes Store, showing how a "High" compression profile for H.264-encoded content on the iPhone 4S and new iPad and Apple TV are minimizing the increase in file size needed to move from 720p to 1080p. Comparison of...
Improved H.264 Compression Holds Down File Sizes on 1080p iTunes Store Content
Rare-earth mining rises again in United States

Meet The Patent Troll Suing Hundreds Of Companies For Encrypting Web Traffic

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Ars Technica has the story on yet another patent troll -- though this one seems a bit special. TQP Development -- a typical patent troll in so many ways -- has apparently gone on something of a rampage over the last four years (and increased in the last year) suing...
Meet The Patent Troll Suing Hundreds Of Companies For Encrypting Web Traffic
Apple employees blame overseas manufacturing for product leaks

This Is How NASA Prepares Smartphones For Space Travel (GOOG)

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NASA has been using smartphones in space for a couple years at this point. But you can't just take any old smartphone aboard the space shuttle. As with any object that leaves Earth's atmosphere, you have to be selective and picky. NASA revealed the process it uses to get a...
This Is How NASA Prepares Smartphones For Space Travel (GOOG)
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Technical problems cause Bitcoin to plummet from record high, Mt. Gox suspends deposits
Going to Macworld/iWorld? Come see Jacqui talk--twice

Booting Up: Yup, We’re Still Fighting About the Facebook IPO Edition

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(elitedaily.com) NASDAQ cops to “arrogance” and “overconfidence” in the lead-up to the Facebook IPO. [Wall Street Journal] When will people learn that you can’t sue Google for linking to something embarrassing? Otherwise the search engine would be worthless. [TechDirt] Teens lie about what they do on the Internet. In other...
Booting Up: Yup, We’re Still Fighting About the Facebook IPO Edition
Republique reaches Kickstarter goal with hours to go
Facebook hawks the email address you never knew you had on your Timeline

OS X malware used to spy on pro-Tibetan charities, reminds us all to keep updated

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Pro-Tibetan organizations that use Macs have discovered that their data has been accessed thanks to malware-based siphoning more commonly associated with Windows machines. Security expert Jamie Blasco revealed that two separate backdoor trojans can breach OS X if infected Word documents (yes, we know) or emails are opened. However,...
OS X malware used to spy on pro-Tibetan charities, reminds us all to keep updated

Hands-on with five antivirus apps for the Mac

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So Mac invulnerability to malware is a myth, at least according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab. And although such a blunt statement may be a blow to the ego of some Mac users, it remains true. Security researchers from all walks have long argued that it was only a...
Hands-on with five antivirus apps for the Mac

OkCupid Asks Ad-Blocker Users To Go Ad-Free Forever For $5 With This Smart, Funny Banner

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“So normally there would be an ad in this spot. But you’re using an ad-blocker like a boss. Here’s a solution: You donate $5 to us once, & we remove all ads from the site forever.” That’s the text from a sidebar banner appearing on OkCupid to users with ad-blocking software installed....
OkCupid Asks Ad-Blocker Users To Go Ad-Free Forever For $5 With This Smart, Funny Banner
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