FBI is investigating #Gamergate

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Muckrock filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI for documents related to Gamergate. The request was refused.

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Usbdriveby: horrifying proof-of-concept USB attack

Samy Kamkar has a proof-of-concept attack through which he plugs a small USB stick into an unlocked Mac OS X machine and then quickly and thoroughly compromises the machine, giving him total, stealthy control over the system in seconds, even reprogramming the built-in firewall to blind it to its actions.

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Minecraft creator buys $70 million house in Beverly Hills

In September Markus "Notch" Persson, the 35-year-old creator of Minecraft, sold his game company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. This month, he spent 3% of it on a $70 million house in Beverly Hills.

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Obama on hack: "Sony made a mistake" in killing 'The Interview'

Citing increased cybersecurity threats, President suggests “more rules about how the internet should operate”

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Mystery over square-shaped fire that started on sofa inside closed shop

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No one can explain how this square-shaped fire started on a sofa in a closed shop in London. A passer by noticed it and called it on.

Clyde Johnson, from the shop, said: “We’re very thankful to Mrs Patel for phoning the fire brigade but we still have no idea how it started. It’s a fire resistant sofa luckily so it minimised the fire but we don’t know if it was caused by a laser pointer or maybe a magnifying glass or just the sun shining in oddly. The police can’t figure it out either.”

Story an video here. [via]

FCC seems to have lost hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The Sunlight Foundation released a study based on data that the FCC had released to the public about the most recent batch of net neutrality comments. We at Fight for the Future worked really hard to deliver more than 750,000 comments of our own to the FCC, but when we looked at the data, hundreds of thousands of them were missing. Our CTO Jeff Lyon just took to Reddit to try to get to the bottom of this. Maybe you can help?"

WATCH: Man allegedly faked heart attack so friend could allegedly steal toys

Two men in Florida were arrested after police examined a surveillance video that showed one of the men leaving a Walmart with a shopping cart loaded with toys while another man laid on the floor near the exit clutching his chest. After the man with the shopping cart left the store, the other got up from the floor and walked out.

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A ghostly view of Horsehead nebula in new image from Spitzer Space Telescope

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A beautiful space image from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Here's the super-grande size.

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Kenya's Parliament erupts into chaos as government rams through brutal "anti-terrorism" law

MPs shredded their papers and threw them, and got into fistfights with one another over the new law, which allows the government to imprison suspects for 360 days without charge, and to fine press outlets millions for publishing articles "likely to cause fear or alarm" (this term is not defined in the statute).

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Street Angel Comic: Meet CosMick!

When an Irish astronaut crashes in Wilkesborough, people are not happy!  Street Angel 009 is by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca.

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FBI: North Korea is responsible for Sony Pictures hacks. We have proof.

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film ''The Interview'' in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014. [REUTERS]


A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.[REUTERS]

A statement released by the FBI today blames the government of North Korea for the devastating Sony hack, which appears to have been motivated by offense taken at "The Interview," a film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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Kevin Kelly's gift guide of cool toys

At Cool Tools Kevin Kelly presents 7 or 8 cool toy gift ideas. I'm excited to learn that there are a few new Perplexuses: the Rookie, the Twist, and the Epic.

Gingerbread Enterprise


Blackmarket Bakery sends us, "a gingerbread recreation of the Starship Enterprise from 'Star Trek,' created by us and on display at our store in Costa Mesa, CA."

Otis and Dorothy Shepard: exemplars of mid-20th century design

Anyone with even a passing interest in mid-20th century design has heard of Charles and Ray Eames, but Otis and Dorothy Shepard were arguably the more influential designing couple. Until recently, little was known about the pair, each of whom was an accomplished artist in their own right, efficient with line, unerring with color. A gorgeous new book by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadal titled Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream corrects this gap in the design literature. Filled with never-before-published materials from the Shepard family’s archives, the book is packed with both personal photos and key examples of their work from the 1930s to 1960s.

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Advertising characters exhibit at the SFO International Terminal

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Warren Dotz is the author of several excellent books about graphic design and advertising art. The SFO International Terminal is holding an exhibit of his collection of advertising characters. The show is called A World Of Characters and it runs until January 4.