National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden will do a video interview with American Civil Liberties Union's principal technologist Christopher Soghoian, who is at South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Snowden will phone in by satellite today around noon ET.
Snowden, who is currently living in exile in Russia after famously leaking evidence of the NSA's expansive surveillance programs, is expected to speak on just that, festival organizers say. The conversation will be focused on the impact of the NSA's spying efforts on the technology community, and the ways in which technology can help to protect us from mass surveillance Read more...More about Sxsw, Tech, Politics, Us, and Edward Snowden
Keyboard envy might not be a typical emotion in your repertoire, but today, it will be. Behold, the fully-functioning computer keyboard built mostly out of Lego bricks.
The keyboard has all the features of a traditional one — shift keys, arrows and letters — and works just as well. It's made entirely from existing Lego pieces, too: the Caps Lock button even has a little baseball hat on it
Jason Allerman, the keyboard's creator and self-described Lego artist, demonstrates how it works in the video above. He first built a prototype of the keyboard in 2005, but put it aside when he was finding trouble with certain angles. His interest piqued again after finding an old keyboard on the side of the road. Read more...More about Lego, Accessories, Gaming, Tech, and Gadgets
AUSTIN, Texas — Put down your iPhone and iced coffee and pay attention, millennials. Kevin Bacon has a very important message for you.
Stop pretending you remember cassette tapes and Ronald Reagan. The 1980s were a magical time and you're too busy swiping for a hookup on Tinder to appreciate the greatest decade in recorded history. Before you try to make some silly argument that the '90s were all that and a bag of chips, first recall the days of VCRs, the Motley Crue and parachute pants.
Kevin Bacon knows the '80s — heck, he lived the '80s Read more...More about Viral Videos, Sxsw, Kevin Bacon, Video, and Watercooler
Even the man who started Wikipedia needs to find information on other websites once in a while.
Specifically, Wales wrote that he is considering whether or not the Wikimedia Foundation, which oversees Wikipedia, should begin to accept Bitcoin donations. Wikipedia is a non-profit venture maintained by and large on donations from individual users Read more...More about Reddit, Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, Us World, and Us
Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening around the world. Today, we're looking at five important stories
Over the weekend, 90% of North Koreans voted in elections that were essentially predetermined: Kim Jong Un was the the only choice on the ballot, and he unsurprisingly raked in 100% of the vote.
Google is planning an Android SDK for use with wearable technology, according to Sundar Pichai, the company’s SVP of Android, Chrome and Apps. Google is going to lay out a "vision for developers of how [they] see this market working," The Next Web reported.
A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern California early Monday. The initial quake was followed by about six aftershocks, one of which had a magnitude of 4.6. Read more...
The House Targaryen from HBO's Game of Thrones may be known for dragons and fire and blood, but in beverage form, it would be fruity, spicy and malty. At least, according to Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y., which is serving up a third round of Game of Thrones-inspired beer ahead of the season four premiere.
The new brew, Fire and Blood Red Ale, comes with three possible labels — Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion — that reference the dragons belonging to the character Daenerys. The brewery also made Iron Throne Blonde Ale last 2013 and Take the Black Stout last fallBeer, Entertainment, Tv, Game Of Thrones, and Conversations
A lot of young journalists have a passion for music but it’s not always easy to translate that passion into a career. This recent blog post from Haulix gives some helpful tips on how to start, while a Journalism.co.uk feature and podcast from last year goes into yet more detail.
It is a competitive industry at the best of times but bearing these thoughts in mind and putting them into practice should help to sweeten the pill.
We all have our guilty pleasures.
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It's not that people enjoy seeing others inflicted with pain, it's just that kids are hilarious mini-humans, and nothing makes children more entertaining than watching them exercise their underdeveloped motor skills as they trip and fall.
If you catch yourself hysterically and uncontrollably laughing at these minors as they take a plunge, just try and remind yourself that you didn't push them over Read more...More about Lists, Funny, Cute Kids, and Watercooler
To a new user, Reddit may seem like a confusing jumble of text, numbers, pictures and acronyms
The site has a bit of learning curve, and one of the most confusing aspects of the site is the lingo spoken by its users.
Consisting of made-up words, acronyms and shorthands, Reddit's jargon can seem overwhelming. Being home to such a large community that is constantly growing, changing, and evolving can feel pretty intimidating to an amateur redditor (Reddit users) to catch up and utilize the site to its fullest.Reddit, Lists, Features, Guide, and Gifs
Japan-based Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox has been dysfunctional, bankrupt and shrouded with a veil of mystery for weeks. The site's owners said in February 744,408 bitcoins were stolen due to a glitch in the Bitcoin protocol and took the site down, but updates were scarce since then
Now, unidentified hackers claim they have data, including database dumps, that proves Mt. Gox's owners actually kept the bitcoins for themselves.Business, Apps Software, World, Bitcoin, and Mt.Gox