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Roundup of interesting news headlines and articles making their way around the Web.

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...

Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Last October, while hundreds of protesters were encamped in Zuccotti Park, a handful of people occupied a glass building in downtown Washington, D.C. Wearing sheepish grins and business-casual attire, the 99% they were not; one demonstrator said he worked for Grover Norquist...

Weekend tech reading: Is password security inadequate today?

Weekend tech reading: Is password security inadequate today?

You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters -- maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious -- that can reveal everything about you. Your email. Your bank account. Your address and credit card number...

Weekend tech reading: The computer keyboard's evolution

Weekend tech reading: The computer keyboard's evolution

When Bill Buxton worked at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center in the early 1990s, he examined the classic children's homemade telephones: two cups connected by a taut string. He wondered why that same concept couldn't improve computer keyboards. Think about it. The cup is both a...

Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

For about the last five years, Wikipedia has had trouble getting and keeping new volunteer editors. The foundation behind Wikipedia has made building up the editor base a major goal, and is attacking it from all angles, such as encouraging a culture that is friendlier to newbies...

Weekend tech reading: Why Microsoft's tablet can't fail

Weekend tech reading: Why Microsoft's tablet can't fail

After stripping us of our cellphones and anything else that can take pictures, a Microsoft employee who does not stop smiling directs us into a blank, white rectangle of a room, where Panos Panay, the general manager of Microsoft Surface, explains that we're the very first journalists...

Weekend tech reading: Origin of the "post PC" buzzword

Weekend tech reading: Origin of the "post PC" buzzword

I've been examining the whole "post PC" buzzword that everyone is using these days on the eve of the Windows 8 release. I first heard the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs use it in 2007. But then I found out that David Clark, a senior scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab...

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