Debian 8: Linux's most reliable distro makes its biggest change since 1993 Debian 8 -- nicknamed "Jessie" after the cowgirl character in Toy Story 2 and 3 -- debuted last week, but it feels overdue. The release was in development within the Testing channel for quite a while, and, if you recall, Debian Linux consists of three major development branches: Stable, Testing, and Unstable. In order for a new iteration of Debian to officially go public, work must progress through each stage (starting in Unstable, ending in Stable). Ars Technica

It's BASIC: Arnold Spielberg and the birth of personal computing  From Thomas Edison to former President Ronald Reagan and novelist Kurt Vonnegut, GE has employed a number of luminaries over the course of its 123-year history. One famous last name that's been missing from this list is Spielberg. In the late 1950s, Arnold Spielberg, the father of Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, helped revolutionize computing when he designed the GE-225 mainframe computer. GE Reports

WikiLeaks finally brings back its submission system for your secrets It's taken close to half a decade. But WikiLeaks is back in the business of accepting truly anonymous leaks. On Friday, the secret-spilling group announced that it has finally relaunched a beta version of its leak submission system, a file-upload site that runs on the anonymity software Tor to allow uploaders to share documents and tips while protecting their identity from any network eavesdropper... Wired

Why Silent Hill mattered I have been trying all week to write about theSilent Hill series. But every day, the weather has been too nice. New Spring leaves unfurl a little more each day outside my window, the color of fresh life. There is clean sunshine and the sound of birds. You can't think about Silent Hill at a time like this. I dig deep into my memory: The soft-crunching rhythm of men's bodies jogging languidly through fog. BoingBoing

Microsoft (yes, Microsoft) has a far-out vision Last June, in the basement of the Microsoft visitor center in Redmond, Wash., Todd Holmdahl, a Microsoft hardware guru, and others nervously walked Satya Nadella, the new chief executive, through a demonstration of a secret project. More than a hundred people had toiled for several years on the ambitious effort, which would eventually be called HoloLens. The NY Times

Remembering Dave Goldberg Here are some of the descriptions you'll be hearing in coming days about Dave Goldberg, who died suddenly Friday at 47: friend, dad, husband, brother, Midwesterner, entrepreneur, poker player, mensch, investor, mentor. It is with no hyperbole to say Goldberg was one of the most beloved among the truly successful people in Silicon Valley. Fortune

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches private spaceship test flight The private spaceflight company Blue Origin launched a surprise test flight of its suborbital New Shepard spaceship on Wednesday (April 29), a mission that successfully demonstrated the space capsule but failed to recover its reusable rocket booster.

When AT&T promises broadband – but delivers only 300kbps Dave Mortimer went house shopping in 2013, and he made Internet speed a top priority. His standards weren't incredibly high -- he just wanted 20Mbps or so to make sure he could avoid some trips to the office. "I work in IT, so fast speeds are essential for me to work at home," Mortimer told Ars. "I called AT&T on three separate occasions to verify that this home had U-verse capabilities or, at the very least, 20Mbps..." Ars Technica

Silicon Valley then and now "You can't really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before." Steve Jobs is explaining why, as a young man, he spent so much time with the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a generation older, men like Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Regis McKenna. It's a beautiful Saturday morning in May, 2003, and I'm sitting next to Jobs on his living room sofa, interviewing him for a book I'm writing. Medium

An introduction to JavaScript-based DDoS CloudFlare protects millions of websites from online threats. One of the oldest and most pervasive attacks launched against websites is the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. In a typical DDoS attack, an attacker causes a large number of computers to send data to a server, overwhelming its capacity and preventing legitimate users from accessing it. CloudFare

All-time greatest album In August 2013, we reviewed the best services for storing your photos in the cloud. Nearly two years later, much has changed. Everpix, our pick for average users, went out of business. Picturelife, our choice for power users, sold itself to StreamNation. And Google+ remains a worthy free choice, even if Google's plans for photos are very much up in the air. The Verge