Stock Up on Mountain Dew and Twizzlers Because the Creators of Myst Are Kickstarting a New Game

Mom I'll be in the computer room. (Photo: Cyan)

Not to get all BuzzFeed nostalgia vertical over here, but one very important landmark of a nerdy 90s childhood is Myst, the perplexing computer game that left you stranded on a dock on a weird island and forced you to figure it out from there.

This year the game turns 20 (ouch), but it’s been a long, long time since the game’s creators at Cyan have had a big hit. They’re still around, though, and now they’re turning to Kickstarter to raise $1.1 million for the development of Obduction, which they’re billing as a “spiritual successor to the experience that Myst provided, without necessarily tying ourselves to that same storyline.” Read More

Planet Google

Googler Wants to Kickstart a ‘Nonviolent’ Occupy Wall Street Militia

Ms. Tunney (Photo: Twitter)

Justine Tunney is a New York-based software engineer at Google, but she’s also a prolific activist who was and continues to be instrumental to the Occupy Wall Street movement. A “transgender anarchist,” she founded and continues to maintain the @OccupyWallSt Twitter handle; her Github account has an Occupy Wall Street specific repository that boasts the tagline, “Stomping out capitalism, one line of code at a time.” And she also has an interesting new approach to crowdfunding. Read More

Data Thieves

Signal-Blocking Phone Case Might Keep the Government From Finding You, You Special Snowflake

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A new phone case promises to protect your mobile device better than a refrigerator does, according to VentureBeat.

The OFF Pocket is “Untrackable. Unhackable. Undistractable,” its website insists. It blocks 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, keeping prying eyes away from your data and also pretttttty much turning your phone into a paper weight. Read More

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After Glowing Plant Project, Kickstarter Bans Offering Genetically Modified Organisms as Rewards

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Futurists on Reddit are up in arms about a recent update to Kickstarter’s project guidelines that states that creators can’t offer “genetically modified organisms” to backers as a reward for donating to the project.

The rule change, instituted on July 31st, comes on the heels of the uber-successful funding of the Glowing Plants project in June, which uses “synthetic biology and Genome Compiler’s software” to create “sustainable natural lighting.” Creator Anthony Evans and team are currently offering glowing plant seeds as a reward to backers who pony up $40 or more. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Spike Lee Joins Kickstarter to Fund New Project That’s Not A Veronica Mars Movie

Kickstarter user, Spike Lee. (Photo: Flickr/Thomas Rome)

Hoping to emulate the success of Veronica Mars, multipurpose man Spike Lee is also turning to Kickstarter to fund an upcoming project of his. According to the project’s most #blessed description, he’s seeking $1.25 million in funding to craft some new “joint” because he’s sick of Hollywood’s propensity to ignoring independent film makers, like him.

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Kickstart or Kill

Someone’s Trying to Raise $100K on Kickstarter for a Bitcoin Movie

This is what a Bitcoin user looks like.

Surely this is some sort of startup Singularity: Someone is trying to raise $100,000 via Kickstarter in order to make a documentary that would educate the world about Bitcoin and its global “socioeconomic impact.”

Says one interviewee featured in the sizzle reel, “There should be a lot more documentaries because of the complexity of how Bitcoin works.”

Sounds riveting. Read More


Booting Up: 63 Tech Companies are Publishing a Letter Calling for More NSA Transparency

More people prefer him. (Photo: Netflix)

Several dozen tech companies, including Google, Apple and Facebook, are jointly publishing a letter calling on the NSA to be more transparent. [AllThingsD]

Verizon’s raked in $30 billion in revenue and added 1 million in new subscribers in the second quarter if you were worried about them. [USA Today]

Ouya is embarking on a new $1 million Kickstarter campaign. The Android-powered gaming console will match donations between $50,000 and $250,000 but developers who accept the money must make their games exclusive to Ouya for six months. [The Verge]

Lonely Planet is laying off several employees across the world and shifting its digital offices from Melbourne, Australia to bucolic Nashville. [Skift]

More people are supposedly watching old television series, like Mad Men, than Netflix’s original programs such as House of Cards.  [Wall Street Journal]