As curious journalists, tabloid writers, and Hollywood watchers pore over the massive trove of hacked Sony data, the public is being given a rare glimpse into the complicated world of Hollywood and politics. Tucked between bitchy emails about Angelina Jolie and snarky comments on Will Smith’s family are details of a chummy relationship between Sony executives and the CIA, as well as rare insight into how Hollywood views potential movies about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Something we don’t hear enough about is how technology is helping the lives of those with disabilities. From robots that can help you remember things, to cars that can drive on their own, disability tech is on the rise.
As St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch stepped to the microphone on the evening of Nov. 24 to announce the grand jury’s decision about the fate of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, I found myself glued simultaneously to my laptop and the television set. I watched McCulloch’s statement on CNN while toggling between Twitter and Facebook to express my emotions in real time and gauge the reactions of friends, colleagues, and the rest of the world online. Physically, I was sitting on a couch in my parents’ home in a southern New Jersey suburb on an early Thanksgiving visit. I needed social media to feel connected to my own home in Los Angeles, to experience this with the city.
On December 9 The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm.
Diogo Mónica once wrote a short computer script that gave him a secret weapon in the war for San Francisco dinner reservations. This was early 2013. The script would periodically scan the popular online reservation service, OpenTable, and drop him an email anytime something interesting opened up—a choice Friday night spot at the House of […]
The Pirate Bay raid last week was a landmark incident which disrupted the BitTorrent ecosystem.
That’s it, it’s official: the US government has now formally accused North Korea of the crippling Sony Pictures hack, following earlier reports of an impending announcement. The FBI’s statement says, despite some earlier reservations, that there is finally “enough information to conclude that North Korean government is responsible for these actions.” It notes that while it can’t share all the information it has, there are at least three important clues it used to determine culpability. The malware used in the attack links to other tools the FBI had previously known North Korean hackers to develop. Specific lines of codes and compromised