McAfee Speaks

John McAfee Pimped Out 29 ‘Pillow Talk Masters’ to Spy on Belize: Here’s What He Found

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The law of diminishing returns: it’s the bane of bath salts enthusiasts and fabulist storytellers the world over. Sure, that first hit was good; but it takes an increasingly potent dosage to deliver a thrill that approaches your very first time.

Fortunately, global media icon John McAfee appears to understand this phenomenon. (We’re not saying that Mr. McAfee is necessarily pioneering a new form of reality entertainment, but we’re not saying he isn’t, either.) In his latest missive, posted under the title “A Clear and Present Danger,” he claims to have hired 29 “pillow talk masters” to spy on Belize officials, and in so doing uncovered links between the Central American nation and the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Read More

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Booting Up: More Snapchat Scandals Edition

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Online privacy pundits might not want to venture over to China any time soon; the country just passed a law requiring citizens to identify themselves when signing up for internet and mobile access. [Bloomberg]

Another Snapchat scandal! Turns out both Snapchat and Facebook’s new Poke app store your videos sent over the services locally, meaning it’s possible to save videos sent to you without the sender ever knowing. [BuzzFeed]

It appears those ads at the top of Wikipedia are paying off: the Wikimedia Foundation has raised $25 million so far in its 2012 fundraiser. [The Next Web]

Someone wants to make a stage show in Las Vegas based on Portal. [The Daily Dot]

John McAfee is at it again. [Wired]

McAfee Speaks

Highlights from John McAfee’s Delightful CNBC Interview: ‘I Did a Hoax on Bath Salts Once’

Like Romeo and Juliet. (Photo: Robert King/Vice)

American treasure John McAfee has officially returned to U.S. soil following his dramatic escape from Belize, and has immediately begun doing what he does best: messin’ with tech reporters.

In an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning, Mr. McAfee appeared grizzled in a navy blue blazer, swirling a piece of candy–perhaps a Nicorette product?–haphazardly around in his mouth as he deigned to answer questions from Andrew Ross Sorkin.

His responses were as delightfully insane as they usually are. Come, journey with us through the mind of brainy paranoiac and ephebophilia enthusiast John McAfee. Read More

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Booting Up: @Pontifex Is in the House Edition

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Sure, the two-sided Yota phone is cool, but can it eclipse the Kalashnikov and the Lada as widespread Russian technology? [WSJ]

John McAfee isn’t the only fugitive talking to press from the run. Anonymous-affiliated activists Christopher “Commander X” Doyon, who jumped bail in 2011, talks about life on the lam. [Ars Technica]

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt speaks: He’s proud of the company’s tax structures, believes Google+ is a viable competitor to Facebook, and worries that the U.S. will run out of cellular bandwith in the next few years. [Bloomberg]

Let’s all do the social media year in review. Yesterday, Twitter patted itself on the back. Today, it’s Facebook’s turn. Find out the biggest moments in your life last year at the click of a button! [Facebook]

@Pontifex is in the house. [Twitter]

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Booting Up: RIP Facebook Democracy Edition

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Apple has redrawn a portion of Maps to keep Australians from being led astray into the middle of nowhere. [The Guardian]

Despite the fact that 88 percent of respondents voted to keep the voting structure, Facebook has decided to nix it anyway. Democracy on Facebook is dead, not that it ever really existed to begin with. [TechCrunch]

Here is a rock musical about the life and times of John McAfee. [PandoDaily]

Children’s apps are still fooling parents about what kind of data they collect, including phone number and precise location. [New York Times]

Here’s Twitter’s 2012 week in review. Sadly it doesn’t mention how annoying all those parody accounts got. [Twitter Blog]