In this week’s episode, Adrian and James discuss the takedown of Megaupload and the raid of Kim Dotcom’s “lair”. Anonymous shows what they think of the Megaupload takedown. As if you hadn’t heard enough about SOPA, over 7000 sites participated in an Internet Blackout on Wednesday Jan 18th. The repercussions of Wikipedia’s blackout were felt all across Twitter.
In the back half of the show, the Russian space program discusses a joined moon base with NASA and the ESA. In the past we’ve seen manufacturiing jobs move from the US to Asia, now we’re seeing a trend of R&D jobs moving in the same direction. Google has some detractors in India: this week they vandalize the OpenStreetMap project and have also been linked to the Mocality scandal we discussed last week. New York City takes an innovative approach to college prep: Software Engineering High School. Adrian and James both agree that they would have tried to go there if they were still in high school.
This week, Japan is so crazy! A store selling women’s clothing and accessories has decided to use an interesting ploy to draw in customers… We’ll call it “colorful language.”
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A Taiwanese man sues two people after one of them clicks the Facebook “like” button for a post the other made. A pron video was accidentally played on an LED billboard in Wenzhou, China. Google Maps plans to start charging for usage. Amazon Prime members will be able to borrow Kindle books for free in the near future. Giant Lego man washes ashore in Sarasota. Plus, Science News and an Epic Fail!
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FEMA determines how bad a hurricane is by checking if the local Waffle House is open. Listen in to find out how to determine how old your globe is. Domino’s plans to open a pizza joint on the moon. A company has devised a “green” way to dispose of human remains by liquifying the corpse. Germany introduces “prostitute meters” to collect taxes. The German ban on Doom has finally been lifted. The Pirate Bay founders go legit with BayFiles. Plus, a Recent Study, an Epic Fail, and “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!”
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We explain how to use an RJ-45 keychain amd a wall dock to never misplace your keys again. A man uses Portal 2 as an engine to propose to his girlfriend. Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, nothing changes. IBM builds a data drive that can back up the entire Web 60 times. Donnie and Mark Wahlberg plan to open Wahlburger’s Burger Joint. Google Street View team takes on the Amazon River. Listen in to find out the 10 scariest hacks exposed at Black Hat and Defcon. Fox delays Hulu availability, piracy surges. CmdrTaco resigns from Slashdot. All this and an Epic Fail, some Science News, and an “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!”
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Malware could be hidden in your smart batteries. War texting lets hackers unlock car doors via SMS. A Manhattan man tests the limits of the Apple Store’s hospitality. Scientists discover that an ancient black hole contains 100,000 suns worth of water. A new moon is discovered orbiting Pluto. Plans are in the works to build a solar tower twice the size of the Empire State Building in Arizona. All this, plus the Study of the Week and “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!”
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PETA demands that there be an extra tax on meat. Police bust tweens for operating an unlicensed lemonade stand. Jammie Thomas judgement lowered from $1.5 million to $54,000. Plus, “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!” and the “Fail of the Week.”
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