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Star Wars: The Old Republic, the gay planet and the problem of the straight male gaze

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The recent controversy surrounding Old Republic's 'gay planet' approach to same-sex relationships hints at a wider failure in game designMakeb, the gay planet, is the sort of problem that comes about when a series of perfectly reasonable decisions takes a development team to a very weird place. For Bioware, this...
Star Wars: The Old Republic, the gay planet and the problem of the straight male gaze
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Sergey Brin To All Elected Politicians: Withdraw From Your Parties And Go Independent

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As I've noted before, when I was first eligible to vote, the voter registration card required you to check off party affiliation. Along with the various parties, it had an option for "Independent." I actually found even that term to have certain connotations, and so I just left that section...
Sergey Brin To All Elected Politicians: Withdraw From Your Parties And Go Independent
Yes, we should be afraid of facial-recognition software
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SXSW STDs: Qpid Wants To Help You Have Safe, Geeky Sex

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Let's be honest -- does anyone really go to South by Southwest for the keynotes? Often hailed as "geek spring break," South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) turns the city of Austin, Texas, into a sprawling bacchanalian hot mess -- one with hook-ups aplenty, even for us geek types.  A Different Kind of...
SXSW STDs: Qpid Wants To Help You Have Safe, Geeky Sex

Do Your Beliefs Empower You or Limit You?

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What if it Just Ain’t True?A few years ago one of my friends accidentally discovered that his dad was in fact not his dad at all. Ouch. At twenty seven years of age, he discovered that something he absolutely knew (not thought, hoped, or wished) to be fact, was in...
Do Your Beliefs Empower You or Limit You?

Google Co-Founder, Brin, Calls On Politicians To Abandon Political Parties

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Google Co-Founder, Sergey Brin, made an extraordinary call to America’s politicians today: he pleaded for them to denounce political parties. “Please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit,” he wrote on Google+ (full statement below): I must confess, I am dreading today’s elections....
Google Co-Founder, Brin, Calls On Politicians To Abandon Political Parties

Newly Discovered Android Malware Was Downloaded Millions Of Times

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Security firm Lookout has detailed a clever new bit of Android Malware lurking in the Google Play store. The good news: unless you’re downloading questionable Russian clone apps, you’re probably not affected. The bad news: that hasn’t kept it from being downloaded a few million times. The new malware, fittingly...
Newly Discovered Android Malware Was Downloaded Millions Of Times
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin takes to Google+ to call for an end to party politics on election eve

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On the eve of the US presidential election, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has taken quite the political stand on his Google+ account by pleading for the winner to withdraw from his respective political party and govern as an independent. In the post, which went up shortly after midnight Pacific time...
Google co-founder Sergey Brin takes to Google+ to call for an end to party politics on election eve

The Kindle deal will help Bing, but Windows 8 is its real chariot to mobile market share

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There’s an interesting piece out today in Business Insider (BI), highlighting a new deal that Microsoft appears to have landed with Amazon, entitled “BIG WIN FOR MICROSOFT: Bing Is The Default Search Engine On The Kindle Fire HD.” As you know from our previous coverage, the Kindle Fire HD is a new device out...
The Kindle deal will help Bing, but Windows 8 is its real chariot to mobile market share
This is why I'm not backing you on Kickstarter
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Would you give the government remote control over your router?

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Researchers want to use your wireless router to improve wireless communication abilities of emergency responders. adam. Well-meaning proposals sometimes have a way of raising troubling questions. Case in point: A team of wireless researchers in Germany proposed a way to improve the communications abilities of first responders, the brave...
Would you give the government remote control over your router?

Even The Judge Wonders What Oracle Is Up To As It Asks For $0 In Copyright Damages From Google

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Having lost both its patent and copyright claims against Goolge in somewhat spectacular fashion (remember when it was claiming billions in damages?), Oracle recently agreed in court that it was fine with receiving $0 in statutory damages for the short snippets of code that were copied. This even took the...
Even The Judge Wonders What Oracle Is Up To As It Asks For $0 In Copyright Damages From Google
Zappos Hands Over Warehousing to Amazon; Focusing All Attention on the Great Downtown Vegas Experiment
Brad Feld takes on one of the biggest entrepreneur challenges: Relationships

Virtual Incubator to All, nReduce Adds Mentors and Demo Days -- Is It the Pre-AngelList?

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Originally when we wrote about “N Combinator,” it was an incubator in reaction to Y Combinator, founded by some well-meaning entrepreneurs who didn’t get in. Playing off the fact that the “Y” clearly didn’t stand for “yes,” they came up with “N Combinator” as the name of a virtual, open source, loosey-goosey...
Virtual Incubator to All, nReduce Adds Mentors and Demo Days -- Is It the Pre-AngelList?
Graphics editing app Pixelmator receives large update with new shape tools, effects, and more
Microsoft launches Outlook.com, begins phasing out Hotmail

UAE Clamps Down On The Internet

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As we recently discussed, the world is seeing what amounts to a global clamp down on internet freedom, spurred in part (but not entirely) by the various revolutions that have occurred in the Arab World over the past several years. Having said that, not all restrictive censoring governments are created...
UAE Clamps Down On The Internet

He gets it: United States Ambassador Terry Kramer on keeping the Internet pure

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It’s not often that we are afforded a clear and open chance to praise our civil servants here in the United States. Today, however, is such a day. I am pleased to introduce to you Terry Kramer, a United States Ambassador, who is our country’s chief leader on site at...
He gets it: United States Ambassador Terry Kramer on keeping the Internet pure
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What does professionalism mean in the voluntary sector?

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Coming across as professional can help charities to get funding and to attract the best employees and volunteersThe term "voluntary" conjures up visions of well-meaning amateurs attempting to do good in a very British, slightly dysfunctional way. However, those working for charities know the reality of the sector is far...
What does professionalism mean in the voluntary sector?

A charter for open justice | William Perrin

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The most basic information about court sittings and proceedings is currently lacking. What might a charter for court transparency look like?Courts are open to the public and the media, with only narrow exceptions. This is at the heart of delivery of justice in a modern democracy and a proud national...
A charter for open justice | William Perrin

Numerous Bostonians Are Opening Up Their Homes For People Affected By The Marathon Attack

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In addition to providing a person finder to people impacted by the attacks at the Boston Marathon, Google helped compile a public spreadsheet of magnanimous Bostonians making their homes and living rooms open to stranded people.  It's quite a document, and one of several moving  actions by well-meaning people in...
Numerous Bostonians Are Opening Up Their Homes For People Affected By The Marathon Attack

Google Maps Back On Apple Devices As An iOS6 App

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Cast out into the wilderness by the devilish Apple, Google Maps is back, back, back! As an iOS6 app, app app! Google Maps is now available as an iOS6 app. Which, broadly translated, means that all the miserable iPhone 5 gremlins who've been moaning about the good old days...
Google Maps Back On Apple Devices As An iOS6 App

How to bounce back from recession? Just ask Grant Shapps

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Minister tipped for promotion in reshuffle tells readers to keep cool and weave a shawl in ebook written under pseudonymWhat is "ree-dic-clu-ous"? Who are the hungry hippos of the business jungles and swamps? How can you emulate your nemesis? The answers to all these pertinent questions - and much more...
How to bounce back from recession? Just ask Grant Shapps

Print to Dropbox, Evernote, or an actual printer from your iPhone or iPad

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As iPhones and iPads increasingly take the place of laptops, there's one area that continues to be a challenge for business users: how to turn digital documents into printed ones. For example, what if you're a doctor who wants to print patient notes or prescriptions from your iPad? Or...
Print to Dropbox, Evernote, or an actual printer from your iPhone or iPad
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