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Weekend tech reading: Full-sized Lego X-Wing Fighter, Xbox used games won't have a fee, Intel tablets incoming

Weekend tech reading: Full-sized Lego X-Wing Fighter, Xbox used games won't have a fee, Intel tablets incoming

This is the world’s largest LEGO model at 11-feet tall, 43-feet long, and with a 44-foot wingspan. It's made of over five-million LEGO bricks (5,335,200 to be exact), weighs 45,979.61 pounds (including bricks and steel infrastructure), and took 32 builders 17,336 hours (about four months) to construct. And yes, it has an R2 unit it in it.

Weekend tech reading: Facebook's midlife crisis

Weekend tech reading: Facebook's midlife crisis

Does Facebook know how to get old? At a Facebook developer event in Austin on Sunday, the company's golden children weren't so sure. Many of the people there either ran or represented companies that make Facebook apps. A rep for King.com, whose Candy Crush Saga...

Weekend tech reading: Deciphering AMD's new GPU roadmap

Weekend tech reading: Deciphering AMD's new GPU roadmap

Reports surfaced last weekend that AMD's graphics roadmap for 2013 would keep the Radeon HD 7000 series "stable" throughout the year. The news came out in an unusual way, via an interview with a Japanese website and then several tweets from AMD employees and the...

Weekend tech reading: CISPA to be reintroduced Wednesday

Weekend tech reading: CISPA to be reintroduced Wednesday

The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee plan to re-introduce on Wednesday a controversial cybersecurity bill that has faced pushback from the White House. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.)...

Weekend tech reading: Hurried Java update plugs 50 holes

Weekend tech reading: Hurried Java update plugs 50 holes

Oracle has been under increasing pressure in recent months to finally fix the myriad of security flaws that have plagued Java. In an unexpected emergency out-of-band patch released Friday afternoon, Oracle has responded definitively to critics with a massive security patch...

Weekend tech reading: Jason Rubin on THQ's final days

Weekend tech reading: Jason Rubin on THQ's final days

When Jason Rubin joined THQ less than a year ago, he was brought in to help the company with his years of experience crafting excellent games with Naughty Dog. Unfortunately, THQ could not be saved, leaving Rubin and the company with the difficult task of assessing options...

Weekend tech reading: The Internet 2012 in numbers

Weekend tech reading: The Internet 2012 in numbers

There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it’s impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but we’re going to give it a shot anyway. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What’s the most popular web browser? How many Internet users...

Weekend in tech: Web innovator, activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Weekend in tech: Web innovator, activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Aaron Swartz, the brilliant young software programmer and Internet activist who inspired awe and reverence from leading figures in the technology world, died in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, his family said in a statement. New York City’s chief medical examiner ruled the death a suicide...

Weekend tech reading: The transistor turns 65

Weekend tech reading: The transistor turns 65

The transistor, the ubiquitous building block of all electronic circuits, will be 65 years old on Sunday. The device is jointly credited to William Shockley (1910-1989), John Bardeen (1908-1991) and Walter Brattain (1902-1987), and it was Bardeen and Brattain who operated the...

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