A better version of Werewolf

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The original game of Werewolf, also known as Mafia, is a party game of bluffing, paranoia, and wild accusations invented (appropriately enough) in Soviet Russia in the 1980s. It pits a small number of Werewolves (who know each others’ identities) against a larger group of Villagers who have no information; the Werewolves select a Villager to kill each “night” (while everyone’s eyes are closed), and the entire group votes on a player to lynch as a werewolf each “day” until one team or the other prevails. Jon Seagull reviews a much-improved version. Read the rest

Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever

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internetsownboy Aaron Swartz was a young, bright genius who believed in the open Internet. A self-made millionaire by the age of 19, he co-founded Reddit, was part of the creation of RSS and became a political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was instrumental in the fight against SOPA. The Internet’s Own Boy, a film first released at Sundance and now opening to the public today, follows the story… Read More

NSA Transparency Report Offers More Questions Than Answers

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9054849140_e8527f3ac6_o The Director of National Intelligence on Friday followed through on calls for the government to be more open about its NSA surveillance programs, releasing its first transparency report. The problem is the transparency report wasn’t all that transparent. When reading the report, I was immediately struck by the revelation that under the bulk telephony metadata collection program, there… Read More

Parking spot startup vows to fight San Francisco’s plan to shut it down

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An Italian startup that lets people buy and sell city-owned parking spots to one another plans to ignore efforts to crack down on its business and those who use it. Monkey Parking today said will keep offering a way for people in public spots to “sell” their spot to another user of the service before vacating it, something that has typically been an open market for any nearby driver who happens upon it. Earlier this week, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent out cease-and-desist letters to Monkey Parking and two local startups, warning them that that handoff between drivers was illegal and could net up to a $300 ticket. Herrera also warned that the company could be subject to $2,500 fine for each of those violation as part of…

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Activist groups fly ‘illegal spying below’ sign over NSA data center

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Three activist groups opposed to the NSA’s mass surveillance programs flew a brightly colored airship over the agency’s Utah data center today, displaying the message “NSA illegal spying below” for all to see. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Greenpeace, and and the Tenth Amendment Center orchestrated the demonstration, using a 135-foot-long airship owned by Greenpeace. The airship also promoted the website Stand Against Spying — a collaborative effort between the three groups that allows visitors to look up whether or not their congressional representatives have opposed the recently unveiled government surveillance efforts.

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The new season of ‘Doctor Who’ premieres on August 23rd

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The eighth season of Doctor Who finally has a premiere date. The Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, will officially land on August 23rd. The feature-length premiere, titled Deep Breath, will be Capaldi’s first full appearance as the Doctor since last year’s Christmas special. Stakes will be especially high in this outing, since, after his last regeneration, the Doctor is either suffering from another bout of partial amnesia or something more serious. We’ll find out later this summer.

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‘The Jedi Doth Return’ in the final Shakespearean adaptation of ‘Star Wars’

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The scene is set for this, the final act.
I shall destroy the rebels, one and all,
And turn young Luke, my son, unto the dark.

—Darth Vader, Act I, Scene I, The Jedi Doth Return

Can’t wait for more Star Wars? Author Ian Doescher has been revisiting the original series trilogy the past year by reworking the them all into Shakespearean plays, and the final installment is coming out just days from now, on July 1st. Sure, it’s a ridiculous conceit, but as publisher Quirk Books has proven twice before now, it makes for a funny and compelling book trailer to watch actors in costume reading Doescher’s interpretation of classic Star Wars lines. The trailer for The Jedi Doth Return has just premiered, and you can watch it above.

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CrunchWeek: Aereo Slammed By Supreme Court, GoPro’s IPO Win, Google I/O

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Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 1.56.32 PM Tech news sure doesn’t slow down for summertime anymore.
Case in point is this past week, in which the Supreme Court ruled that Internet streaming startup Aereo is illegal, personal video camera company GoPro held a wildly successful initial public offering, and Google touted a bunch of new things at its annual I/O developer conference, including a ridiculous but apparently actually… Read More

New Website Captures World Cup History

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History of the World Cup If watching the 2014 World Cup just isn’t enough for you, a company based in Germany released a website Friday that allows users to experience the history of the game back to the 1930s.
The “visual journey” through the World Cup allows users to select any competition from the past 84 years. Users then can watch video from the games, view pictures and read interesting facts. Read More

SF Parking App Warned By SF City Attorney Open-Sources Its Code

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Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 12.25.46 PM Parking app Sweetch has open-sourced its code this morning in an effort to solve the parking crisis in San Francisco. The free, open-source project, called Freetch is open to any developer willing to work on solving parking problems for the city. City Attorney Dennis Herrera called out Sweetch and other parking apps earlier this week in a cease-and-desist letter it sent to MonkeyParking.… Read More

You can see 17 minutes of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in IMAX 3D on July 7th

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Guardians of the Galaxy promises to be a very different Marvel film, featuring a cadre of fresh heroes and a surprising number of funny moments, if the trailer is any sign. With an August 1st release date, Guardians set to be Marvel’s big film of the summer, and it wants to start getting fans excited already: on July 7th, fans will be able to see 17 minutes of the film, in 3D, at 150 IMAX theaters across North America. Tickets are free, and all in attendance will receive what Marvel’s calling a “limited-edition collectible” poster for the film, which you can see below. If you’re interested in tickets, you can request them at SeeItFirst.

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Verizon employee who stole and sold over 900 phones sentenced to 27 months in jail

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James Hopkins stole over 900 phones and other devices from Verizon Wireless and sold them for quick cash while he worked at the company as a business account executive. Now he’s going to jail for mail fraud. Hopkins, who earned $272,290 through the constant and prolonged thievery, was sentenced to 27 months in prison at a New Jersey US District Court this week. Hopkins worked under the telecom giant at an office in Pennsylvania.

“From February through November 2009, Hopkins placed numerous orders for Verizon Wireless cellular telephones, handheld devices and accessories in the names of existing Verizon Wireless customers without their knowledge,” US Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement Tuesday. After placing the false orders,…

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Widespread outages leave Verizon customers without upgrades and online payments

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Verizon Wireless is suffering widespread downtime across the country. The outages aren’t affecting calls or data service, but customers are reporting that the carrier’s online systems have been unavailable for well over 24 hours. Complaints about the disruption continue to flood Twitter; subscribers are currently unable to make online bill payments, and the carrier’s upgrade / activation system also appears to be inaccessible as a result — at least in some areas. (Trying to purchase an iPhone upgrade through Apple, for instance, returns an error message.)

Calls placed to Verizon Wireless retail stores confirm that the carrier is dealing with major problems at the moment. Customers can’t activate new phones or upgrade devices in-store at…

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The NSA just posted its first full transparency report

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The National Security Agency has posted its first full transparency report. Posted on the official agency Tumblr, the report breaks out the total number of orders for 2013, broken out into FISA orders, National Security Letters, and government requests for business records. The office of the Director of National Intelligence said the report was part of a larger push for transparency within the agency, and would continue in the future. “We are releasing information related to the use of these important tools,” the office said, “and will do so in the future on an annual basis.”

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