News Around the Web

News Around the Web

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

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

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 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: 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: Is LinkedIn the creepiest social network? Fresh iPhone jailbreak news, and keeping up with Moore's Law

After digging for answers, I’ve concluded that LinkedIn is by far the creepiest social network. The primary reasons LinkedIn is the mustached, trench coat and wire frame glasses wearing mouth breather of the internet are the "People You May Know" and "People Also Viewed" features.

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