The Brainstorm #1: The Higher-Ups

1 hour 47 mins - Published Sun, Sep 8, 2013 by Breki Tomasson and Teppo Tastic

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Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security | World news | Guardian Weekly
• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts

Twitter / Falkvinge: The news that the NSA has “broken …

Google racing to encrypt data transfers in response to NSA surveillance | The Verge

Google is stepping up efforts to encrypt information flowing between its own data centers as a response to surveillance programs waged by the NSA and other intelligence agencies around the world….

Documents: Sweden wiretapping Russia for the NSA – Falkvinge on Infopolicy
Putting a number of documents in context, the Swedish intelligence organization FRA is wiretapping Russian conversations for the U.S. NSA.

Toshiba has invented a quantum cryptography network that even the NSA can’t hack – Quartz
If you’ve got communications that absolutely cannot be intercepted—whether you’re a NSA whistleblower, the president of Mexico, or Coca-Cola—quantum cryptography is the way to go. It harnesses the bizarro-world properties of quantum physics to ensure that information sent from point A to point B isn’t intercepted. The laws of physics dictate that nobody—not even the…

The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back | Bruce Schneier | Comment is free | The Guardian
Bruce Schneier: The NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it

UK censorwall bans VPNs – Boing Boing

Stubbs, Alaska Town’s Cat Mayor, Attacked by Dog | TIME.com
Mayor Stubbs — a yellow tabby who’s served as mayor of the Alaskan town of Talkeetna for 16 years — was trotting around town late Saturday when he was mauled by an unknown local dog.

Talkeetna, Alaska – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wilderness Woman Contest – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ptarmigan – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ptarmigan

‘Game of Thrones’ Gets a New Mountain, Hafthor Julius Bjornsson | nerdbastards.com

Benedict Cumberbatch May Be Villain In Star Wars: Episode VII (VIDEO)
Benedict Cumberbatch may soon be working with J.J. Abrams again in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’.

Star Wars: Benedict Cumberbatch’s rep denies involvement | Den of Geek
Following the rumour comes the official denial of Benedict Cumberbatch’s casting in Star Wars…

Michael Biehn – IMDb
Michael Biehn, Actor: Terminator. Michael Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. He left prematurely two years later to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. His first…

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ swaps in Tom Hiddleston for Benedict Cumberbatch | The Verge
Pacific Rim may not have lived up to its box-office ambitions this summer, but director Guillermo del Toro is already hard at work on his next film — and the villain from Thor has just joined the…

Film clip from Locke with Tom Hardy – YouTube
A first film clip from Tom Hardy’s upcoming film Locke, directed by Steven Knight.

The Lost City of Z – IMDb
Directed by James Gray. With Benedict Cumberbatch. Explorers search for a British Colonel who disappeared trying to find a legendary City of Z during the 1920s.

Stargate (1994) – IMDb
Directed by Roland Emmerich. With Kurt Russell, James Spader, Alexis Cruz, Viveca Lindfors. An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

Meghan Ory – IMDb
Meghan Ory, Actress: Once Upon a Time.

Hayao Miyazaki Explains Why He’s Retiring
There have been many questions concerning why famed animator Hayao Miyazaki is retiring. Today in Tokyo, he answered them.

Microsoft buys Nokia Devices and Services for $7.2 billion | GamesIndustry International
Stephen Elop becomes exec VP of Devices and Services, company granted 10-year license on Nokia patents

Microsoft’s first act of business as Nokia owner? Cut the Lumia 1020 price | News | TechRadar
Microsoft’s first act of business as Nokia owner? Cut the Lumia 1020 price – Microsoft has only been in charge of Nokia five minutes and it’s already slashing prices. Buying advice from the leading technology site

The Nokia purchase: Microsoft starts turning in to Microhard | Ars Technica
Steve Ballmer wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted Microsoft to be a devices company.

Xbox One launching on November 22nd for $499 | The Verge
Microsoft is finally giving gamers a date for the Xbox One release: November 22nd. After announcing its $499 pricing back in June, the Xbox One will launch in just over two months time in 13…

Xbox One will support eight controllers concurrently | GamesIndustry International
Microsoft doubles number of potential players from 360

Xbox One gets a CPU speed boost to go with its faster GPU | Ars Technica
The pre-launch tweaks continue with a 150MHz clock speed bump.

Xbox One backward compatibility a theoretical proposal, Microsoft says | Joystiq

BBC News – Amazon Matchbook offer bundles print and ebooks
Amazon is to offer US shoppers the ability to obtain digital copies of previously purchased printed books for free or at a discount.

The Reality Dysfunction – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Amazon Media Room: Press Releases

Apple To Hold Separate iPhone Media Event In China
Chinese media outlets have received an invitation from Apple for a separate iPhone event to be held in Beijing on September 11.

Apple Tipped to Launch Updated Apple TV Product
Apple is being tipped to introduce a new version of its Apple TV product at next week’s press launch event.

Apple TV may get software update, but no new hardware, at next week’s iPhone event | The Verge
If you’re hoping for a brand new Apple TV to make its debut at the iPhone launch event next week, you’re reportedly in for a letdown. Despite rumors that Apple would unveil a new set-top streaming…

Apple’s OS X Mavericks release planned for end of October | 9to5Mac

Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Out November 15
One of the best role-playing games ever made is coming back on November 15. Like the enhanced edition of Baldur’s Gate before it, BG2 is getting a total overhaul: four new party members, a widescreen version, and so forth.

The Console Version Of Diablo III Could Very Well Be The Best One
There are two reasons the console port of Diablo III, announced by Blizzard last month and shown off at PAX East this weekend, could be the definitive version of the game.

Konami unveils LA studio, ‘instrumental’ to Metal Gear Solid games | Joystiq

Tickets for Eurogamer Expo 2013 have sold out • News • Eurogamer.net
70,000 gamers expected at UK’s biggest ever gaming show.

Xbox One and games playable at Eurogamer Expo 2013 • News • Xbox One • Eurogamer.net
Plus: Phil Harrison to present exclusive developer session.

Microsoft still hopes for Xbox One digital game trading • News • Xbox One • Eurogamer.net
The ability to trade and loan digital games on Xbox One will be implemented at some point, Microsoft hopes, despite the earlier furore surrounding the console.

Confirming the Collector’s Edition Ship Date… and more! – EVE Community
Eve Online is the world’s largest MMO RPG universe rich in adventure, as player corporations compete in a massively multiplayer online space game.

EVE Online lead designer summoned to join League of Legends | Joystiq

The Secret World | Funcom
The Secret World is a massively multiplayer online game of myths, legends and conspiracies.

Expansion Packs | The Lord of the Rings Online

The Elder Scrolls Online’s Paul Sage talks about dungeons and player experience | Massively

Monthly Development Update – 3rd September 2013 – Anarchy Online Bulletin Board
Monthly Development Update – 3rd September 2013 Community Corner

Square Enix extends Final Fantasy 14 free play time amid server woes • News • PC • Eurogamer.net
Square Enix has extended the Final Fantasy 14 free play time as its servers continue to buckle under the pressure of players. The fantasy MMO has been unp[…].


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