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Booting Up: Fake Press Releases Edition

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Nintendo is releasing a Wii Mini on December 7th, just in time for the holidays. [The Verge]

Startup incubator Y Combinator has announced a VC program, allowing YC students access to guidance and an $80,000 investment from firms like Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst. The program will replace the Start Fund. [Y Combinator]

First we worried that tech sites were turning into press release regurgitation factories; now it turns out some of those press releases aren’t even true. Here’s how PRWeb helps distribute fake and sketchy press releases. [Search Engine Land]

Tumblr has broken into the top 10 sites in the U.S. with a worldwide audience of 170 million people. [Tumblr]

Don’t worry: the Pentagon says a human will always decide if a robot kills you. Feel better now? [Wired]

Kickstarter is being sued for patent infringement over a $3 million 3D printing project. [The Daily Dot]

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Booting Up: 3D Printed Guns Are Coming Edition

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Thanksgiving beat out Hurricane Sandy as the most-Instagrammed event ever, solidifying the photo platform as more of a Path-type social network than the future of citizen journalism. [PandoDaily]

The Wiki Weapon Project could be testing its 3D printed guns by end of year. [The Guardian]

Courts continue to wrangle over the legality of collecting texts and data from cell phones to use as evidence. [The New York Times]

Facebook has finally admitted it will soon share the data it collects from your profile with external websites and ad networks. [GigaOm]

Can the Wii U save Nintendo? [The New York Times]

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Booting Up: Everyone’s Mad at Twitter Edition

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Twitter announced stricter API restrictions yesterday, confirming that it wants a “consistent Twitter experience.” Bad news for anyone who uses a 3rd party Twitter client! [BuzzFeed]

Oof…Facebook stock fell below $20 yesterday, following the end of a lockout. [Wall Street Journal]

NYC is second to San Francisco in terms of tech job growth. Aww, silver’s nothing to be ashamed of. There, there. [Crain’s]

WikiLeaks denies that the UK government has the authority to storm the Ecuadorian embassy and take Julian Assange. Oh, this is gonna be GOOD. [WikiLeaks]

Nintendo is socially evil, basically. [CNN]

Play Your Video Games

Give His Regards to Broadway, But Andrew Lloyd Webber is Now Scoring Nintendo Games

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If getting the shit scared out of you at a Broadway showing of Cats was a rite of passage for you, then you’ll be pleased to know that the man responsible for that feline phenomenon is putting his immeasurable talents to good use by penning music for Nintendo Wii games. Oh, how the mighty have fallen…into the arms of Dance Dance Revolution.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has signed on for a game cleverly called “Sing & Dance,” coming to a Nintendo Wii near you in mid-September. As one Observer arts reporter remarked, “This is like the equivalent of Orson Welles doing commercials in the ’80s.” Read More