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Booting Up: You’d Probably Bail on a Keynote to Watch Some Sailing, Too

This looks p. fun. (Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

Larry Ellison skipped a keynote to watch his team in an America’s Cup race. Because who’s gonna tell that guy no? [Business Insider]

Looks like there’s an MIT computer scientist on this year’s (leaked) list of MacArthur genius grant honorees. [Gawker]

Samsung plans to launch a smartphone with a curved display, progress towards bendy/foldy designs. [Reuters]

Might want to sit down: “Steve Jobs didn’t change the world every two years like clockwork, and he was incrementalism’s grand master.” [Time]

Bow down before the greatness of Myst. [Grantland]

Soul Searching

In Evaluating Its Actions in the Aaron Swartz Case, MIT Pleads ‘Neutrality’

Aaron Swartz.

Today MIT released the results of its investigation–led by MIT professor Hal Abelson–into the university’s actions in the controversial case of Aaron Swartz, evaluating the facts and ultimately denying wrong-doing. The report suggests that the school didn’t target Mr. Swartz, but it didn’t go out of its way to do a damn thing for him, either.

The report, which is almost 200 pages long, outlines what MIT did when and outlines alternate courses. For example, MIT could have gone to greater lengths to provide documents to the defense, weighed in on prosecution publicly as JSTOR did or taken into account what a shoddy law the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is. Perhaps most painfully, as Lawrence Lessig argues, MIT could’ve cast doubt that Mr. Swartz’s access Read More

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Scientists Figure Out How to Give Some Poor Lab Mouse the Opposite Of a Drunken Blackout

"Ugh, what???" -- not-drunk mice everywhere. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

Ever woken up with the sickening realization that you’re missing two hours from last night, forcing you to conclude that you were probably acting a complete fool? Well, a laboratory mouse somewhere in Cambridge, Mass. is experiencing the opposite, after MIT scientists managed to implant a false memory inside her wee brain.

The Boston Globe reports: Read More

Exit This Way

Superbowl Shuffle: Twitter Acquires Social TV Analytics Firm Bluefin Labs [UPDATED]

As a for-instance. (Photo: screencap)

We suppose there’s worse ways to end a blue winter Monday than by watching another startup cash out. Business Insider is reporting that Twitter has acquired social TV analytics firm Bluefin Labs. While headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (nestled in the warm bosom of its mother institution, MIT), CEO J.P. Maheu is based here in the New York City.

So far there’s no number, but Business Insider says it’s Twitter’s largest acquisition to date, north of the $40 million it paid for Tweetdeck, suggesting a price tag somewhere between $50 million and $100 million. Cha-ching!  Read More

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MIT.edu Hacked in Honor of Aaron Swartz, Allegedly by LulzSec

(Screencap: MIT.edu)

Hackers have defaced the MIT.edu website in response to the death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was being prosecuted with the cooperation of M.I.T for illegally downloading JSTOR files over the university’s network and uploading them for free use by the public. Mr. Swartz hung himself in his Brooklyn apartment 10 days ago, and a memorial was held for him at Cooper Union in New York on Saturday. Read More