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Now there’s irony: Hacked FBI agent the posterboy for hacker collaboration

Now there’s irony: Hacked FBI agent the posterboy for hacker collaboration

The FBI agent whose hacked laptop gave up a 12m-strong database of Apple device user details was the star of a promo encouraging hackers to get involved with the agency, it's been revealed in an ironic twist to the tale. Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl was featured in a 2009 recruitment video titled "Wanted by the FBI: Cyber Security Experts," in which he called on those "with computer science backgrounds" to get involved with the federal agency.

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Bruce Willis reportedly livid over iTunes death rules

Bruce Willis reportedly livid over iTunes death rules

Bruce Willis may not be the most likely candidate for a war on Apple and digital media licensing, but the Die Hard star has apparently engaged the lawyers in order to preserve his iTunes library legacy. Willis was supposedly outraged to discover that, upon his death, the licenses to his music, video, ebook, and other media purchased through iTunes will not be passed on to his children, The Sun reports, and is exploring ways to work around the rules.

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will.i.am to give Curiosity a Mars premiere of latest track

will.i.am to give Curiosity a Mars premiere of latest track

Rapper will.i.am is no stranger to musical stunts, but premiering his latest track on Mars courtesy of the Curiosity rover is perhaps the oddest so far. The outlandish artist will reveal his newest record, "Reach for the Stars," on Tuesday, August 28, NASA has confirmed, as part of an educational event discussing interplanetary transmissions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

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Cat Immersion Project creates crowdsourced kitty cocoon

Cat Immersion Project creates crowdsourced kitty cocoon

Here's something Google's Glass can't do: create a virtual tent of cats for those times when you can't be around your favorite furball. The Cat Immersion Project is the bizarre and brilliant DIY handiwork of the staff at the Seattle Children's Hospital, projecting photos of more than 3,000 cats into a tented space - complete with purring sound effects - so that 16-year-old cancer patient Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem could get her dose of felines despite being in protective isolation.

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Curiosity rover tags Mars with Morse tire tracks

Curiosity rover tags Mars with Morse tire tracks

NASA's Curiosity rover may not look like an urban menace, but the robot explorer will in fact be steadily tagging the Martian surface as it trundles, leaving a name-check of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory back home. The clandestine graffiti is thanks to part of the rover's visual odometry system, John Graham-Cumming points out, which tracks the marks left by a series of asymmetrically arranged holes in the wheels. The position of those holes, however, isn't random: in fact, it's Morse Code.

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Higgs boson up for spoof sale as retailer opens subatomic shop

Higgs boson up for spoof sale as retailer opens subatomic shop

With the Higgs boson - or something that looks a whole lot like it - now identified, retailers have wasted no time in throwing the elusive subatomic particle up for sale. UK online retailer Ebuyer has led the charge, with a spoof listing for the banging boson promising delivery on May 29 20129.

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Google Glasses stunt demo dive video released

Google Glasses stunt demo dive video released

Google made keynote history at IO yesterday, skydiving Google Glasses into the venue with the help of a team of stunt bikers and rappellers, and now the company is sharing some behind-the-scenes details. Unsurprisingly, an extreme-sports demo like that requires some practice, and Google has released a video of some of the test jumps Project Glass accompanied, which you can see after the cut.

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Google Project Glass goes skydiving at IO in best demo stunt yet

Google Project Glass goes skydiving at IO in best demo stunt yet

Google has demonstrated a Google+ Hangout beamed from Project Glass, with company co-founder Sergey Brin interrupting Vic Gundotra's keynote presentation to share live footage from skydivers overhead IO. "This is one of the things we've been experimenting with Glass, the ability to really share" Brin said, "we've shown photos but this is something we haven't tried" as the two Glass-sporting skydivers leapt from a blimp flying above San Francisco.

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Squishy musical madness as your sofa becomes a speaker dock

Squishy musical madness as your sofa becomes a speaker dock

Convergence, you have reached your pinnacle. DFS has taken furniture and iPod audio docks to their logical, mashed-up conclusion with the Trophy Cuddler Audio Sofa, a two-person chair for those who daren't snuggle without musical accompaniment.

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Intel goes tiger dancing in bizarre Ultrabook promo

Intel goes tiger dancing in bizarre Ultrabook promo

Intel's ultrabook marketing strategy has taken a turn for the bizarre, with the chip company looking to a dancing moon tiger - and, at a recent Japanese press event, a group of 100 backup dancers - to push the MacBook Air rivals. While in North America and Europe, Intel has generally been focusing on how thin ultrabooks are, without necessarily sacrificing power, in Japan a somewhat more unusual campaign has rolled out. Check out the videos after the cut.

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Glove One: Talk to the hand, ‘cos the Nokia ain’t listening

Glove One: Talk to the hand, ‘cos the Nokia ain’t listening

If you've ever held your hand to your head, thumb and pinkie outstretched, and mouthed "call me" across a crowded room, then Glove One is the phone for you. The handiwork of Bryan Cera, and resembling a cross between a Michael Jackson stage costume and Iron Man's suit, Glove One builds a voice-only phone into a glove with buttons along the inside of the fingers.

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Samsung memory ads lampoon lag (but do they swipe at Apple too?)

Samsung memory ads lampoon lag (but do they swipe at Apple too?)

Samsung's advertising team is at it again, this time coming up with some would-be virals pushing the company's memory, but already the firm finds itself at the point end of Apple-bashing accusations. The trio of clips focus on the frustrations caused by memory bottlenecks: freezing, batteries draining in short order, and persistent loading balls. It's the latter, though, that has market watchers questioning who, exactly, Samsung's target is.

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