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New York City Council Moves Against 3D-Printed Guns

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The thought of 3D-printed guns flooding the streets of New York is pretty damn alarming. Fortunately, it’s not really a near-future possibility–Defense Distributed has demonstrated it’s technically possible to fabricate a working firearm, but it’s far easier said than done.

Still, members of the city council have decided it’s time to get out in front of the issue, before it gets any more feasible.

Ars Technica reports: Read More

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At the Command of the State Department, Defense Distributed Pulls Its 3D Printed Gun Blueprints

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Defense Distributed, the Texas-based nonprofit that wants to empower people to 3D print their own guns, has hit a bit of a legal snag. According to founder Cody Wilson, DEFCAD, the open source weapon-printing project powered by Defense Distributed, received a letter (embedded below) from the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Compliance, telling him to remove the blueprints of the Liberator, his 3D printed gun, from the web so that they may be reviewed by the department. Read More

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MakerBot Boots 3D Printed Gun Parts from Thingiverse

(Photo: MakerBot)

After the events in Newtown, the gun control debate has taken on a new urgency. Suddenly 3D-printed firearms look a lot less like a thought-provoking experiment and more like a danger to the public–and Makerbot wants nothing to do with that.

CNET reports that just yesterday, it was possible to get the blueprints for the lower receiver of an AR15 semiautomatic rifle on Makerbot’s wiki Thingiverse. Today, there’s nothing but this listing where the downloads used to be. It’s part of a wider crackdown across the site on 3D-printed weapon parts. Read More

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Booting Up: 3D Printed Guns Are Coming Edition

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Thanksgiving beat out Hurricane Sandy as the most-Instagrammed event ever, solidifying the photo platform as more of a Path-type social network than the future of citizen journalism. [PandoDaily]

The Wiki Weapon Project could be testing its 3D printed guns by end of year. [The Guardian]

Courts continue to wrangle over the legality of collecting texts and data from cell phones to use as evidence. [The New York Times]

Facebook has finally admitted it will soon share the data it collects from your profile with external websites and ad networks. [GigaOm]

Can the Wii U save Nintendo? [The New York Times]