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Weekend tech reading: The NSA maps social connections, video highlights of Ballmer's farewell, various Steam-related write-ups

Weekend tech reading: The NSA maps social connections, video highlights of Ballmer's farewell, various Steam-related write-ups

Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information...

Weekend tech reading: AMD Eyefinity vs. Nvidia Surround framerate analysis, first Apple A7 die shot, looking ahead at 'post-post-PC' tech

Weekend tech reading: AMD Eyefinity vs. Nvidia Surround framerate analysis, first Apple A7 die shot, looking ahead at 'post-post-PC' tech

In January 2013 I revealed a new testing methodology for graphics cards that I dubbed Frame Rating. At the time I was only able to talk about the process, using capture hardware to record the output directly from the DVI connections on graphics cards, but over the course of a few months started...

Weekend tech reading: The rise and fall of Zynga

Weekend tech reading: The rise and fall of Zynga

In Zynga's July 2011 prospectus to future shareholders, company founder and CEO Mark Pincus outlined his firm's ambitious plan to take over the gaming world. "My kids decided a few months ago that peek-a-boo was their favorite game," he wrote...

Found: eSports, StarCraft II showcased on new YouTube show

Found: eSports, StarCraft II showcased on new YouTube show

With competitive gaming on the rise, Red Bull has picked up ex-pro gamer Walshy to host a new show that follows the eSports scene -- particularly StarCraft II. The crew plans to cover Blizzard's RTS over the next few months, including an upcoming chat with developers...

Weekend tech reading: The man behind Bitcoin

Weekend tech reading: The man behind Bitcoin

Satoshi Nakamoto doesn't exist. Or, at least, if he does, he's one of the rare modern individuals who is practically impossible to locate. Nakamoto is the creator of Bitcoin. Over the years since the virtual currency's inception, there have been several quixotic expeditions to find him...

Weekend tech reading: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Weekend tech reading: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Marissa Mayer is sitting in URLs, the Yahoo cafeteria, making the case for the future of a company that almost everyone in Silicon Valley views as doomed. Employees swarm around her, assembling rows of chairs for the afternoon's FYI, a new weekly ritual where employees...

Weekend tech reading: Who owns your data when you die?

Weekend tech reading: Who owns your data when you die?

After we die, our bodies are reduced to dust or ash, through burial or cremation. The fate of the digital corpuses we leave behind is rather more complicated. Before the advent of internet-hosted storage and services, your digital remains would have been accessible...

Weekend tech reading: Looking ahead at Microsoft's future

Weekend tech reading: Looking ahead at Microsoft's future

Microsoft has always been a giant castle with many fortresses. Internal battles and power struggles have led individual divisions to focus on their own success to the detriment of collaboration. Over the years, it's resulted in a number of false starts, delayed products, and departures...

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