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]
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
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.
Are you really curious about what your neighbors are doing at 2AM that makes it sound like a herd of buffalo are stampeding across your ceiling? Well, one day you may be able to find out, thanks to researchers at MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab, who’ve developed a way to look through Read More
For years, robots have been rendering humans’ jobs obsolete. Now, they’re about to do the same thing to cheetahs.
In the bowels of MIT’s engineering department, researchers have ushered a new creature into being: a 70-lb. robotic cheetah with comparable endurance to an actual cheetah. Though the robo-cheetah runs at around 13mph (less than a Read More
What does Genesis frontman and prog rock god Peter Gabriel see when he looks in your eyes? The light, the heat and also an interspecies Internet capable of allowing highly intelligent animals to communicate with humans. Naturally. Read More
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
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
In a press release published to Pastebin last night, the hacktivist collective Anonymous announced its plans for the second phase of #OpAngel, an operation executed in reaction to the suicide of famed hacker Aaron Swartz.
Mr. Swartz, a champion of the open Internet, was integral to the creation of RSS and defeating SOPA/PIPA. Over the Read More