15 Minutes Into the Future

Don’t Tech Nerds Read Ray Bradbury Any More?

This is how it starts, guys. (Photo: screencap)

Coming soon to a CES recap near you: Microsoft is twerking that Kinect technology just as fast as it can, creating all kinds of weird futuristic use cases to help separate you from your hard-earned dollars.

Fast Company reports that Microsoft Research has created something called the “Illumiroom,” which promises to splash the “Call of Duty” combat experience all over your living room walls. (Given that this idea is still in the “proof of concept” stage, it’s not too late to change the name, hint hint.)

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Booting Up: Biodegradable Servers Edition

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With 3.8 billion pageviews and 46 million unique visitors, Reddit CEO Yishan Wong published a post to the Reddit blog asking users to buy beefed-up premium memberships in order to support the growing site. [Reddit Blog]

A handful of geography professors took some of the racist tweets sent out after President Obama’s re-election and mapped them. It will surprise no one that the majority of these tweets were clustered in the Southeast U.S. [Floating Sheep]

Facebook’s hardware team wants to build biodegradable servers. [Wired]

A project out of Microsoft Research translates English into Mandarin in the same voice. [Technet]

Now you too can own your very own Goatse email address. [Gawker]

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Booting Up: Nigerian Scammers Edition

This is a Surface. (Photo: Microsoft)

Why do Nigerian scammers say they’re from Nigeria? A Microsoft researcher investigates. [Hacker News]

Now you can read through a user’s Twitter stream without all those annoying @ replies to randos clogging it up. [Twitter Blog]

Oops. Microsoft forgot to tell its PC partners about that little thing called the Surface tablet. [Reuters]

Facebook’s head of mobile told the audience at Le Web that the company is trying to copy Path. Cool story, bro. [TechCrunch]

The Daily Dot rounds up some of the more embarrassing moments in Reddit’s history. [Daily Dot]

LinkedIn is being sued for that unfortunate password hacking scandal. [VentureBeat]

Microsoft to Open New Research Lab in NYC

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Looks like Microsoft is the next tech behemoth to extend their empire to our fine city. According to All Things D, the company has a vast network of research institutions, and its newest campus will be located in New York. Though the team has yet to find a NYC office, the new branch will be the 13th addition to the research squad. Read More