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Submission + - EA to buy out Chris Robert's Star Citizen. (

E-Sabbath writes: In the first major purchase by EA since Popcap in 2011, Chris Roberts announced his acquisition by the publishing giant on Monday, March 31st. EA CEO Andrew Wilson is quoted as saying,

CIG's proven track record and original IP add to EA’s momentum and accelerate our drive towards a multi-billion dollar digital business. With EA’s global reach and publishing network through Origin, Star Citizen is getting the bump it needs to compete with other FPS Space Sim Semi-Sandbox Role Playing Action Games out there in the market.

Submission + - MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet ( 3

strikethree writes: BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers.


Submission + - Russia's KGB invests in political propaganda spambots 2

An anonymous reader writes: The newspaper Kommersant [Google translation] reports that the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (formerly part of the KGB) has invested 30 million roubles (USD $940,000) on "blog and social network intelligence" programs. A small part of that money is used for surveillance and analytics, but 22 million roubles (USD $690,000) is invested in "mass distribution of messages in social networks with a view to the formation of public opinion". Which presumably can be rephrased as "launching massive pro-Kremlin astroturfing propaganda spambots in order to stifle and undermine political dissent". The brazen Russian government acknowledgement of this investment indicates that the Kremlin does not think of such activities to be in any way illegal or unethical. No words whether these spambots would respect any anti-spam laws or the Terms and Conditions of victim websites. But hey, now you can accuse anyone you disagree with online of being a "KGB bot"!

Submission + - Google introduces 'Gmail Tap' (

bobwrit writes: From the article:
" Today, Google announced that for gMail, they will be introducing a new keyboard for the app. This keyboard is called 'Google Tap'. The goal of this keyboard is to make it simpler and easier for the everyday user to use. How Google achieves this, is that it gives 3 buttons to input text: A dot, a slash, and a space. Their reasoning for this is, "What is easier to use than 3 buttons?". How you input text, is you input it using Morse Code. You can also use two separate keyboards, to double your typing speed and to be able to type two separate messages at once. "

Submission + - New Gmail feature, TAP! (

johnkzin writes: "The UI geniuses at Google have reinvented a way to input information into your cell phone, without having to try to wedge your fingers into tiny keys. 3 buttons is all you need!"

Submission + - Helping bring LaTeX to the masses (

Velimir writes: Few among us would argue that LaTeX is useless, but I'm sure we can agree that it is not the easiest way of creating a document. I would like to introduce a new resource for users of LaTeX or those that are interested but have been put off by the time required to master it: I have made this website to provide a free resource for LaTeX templates which look great and are easy to edit. The idea is that you download a template, fill in your content where instructed and hit compile to generate a completed document. I believe this makes LaTeX more accessible to everyone and is of use to the LaTeX community.

Submission + - The Register: Scientology Contacts Wikileaks (

msheekhah writes: "The Register covers Scientology's latest act of internet suppression: Wikileaks. Considering their main server is hosted by The Pirate Bay, how do you think this is going to turn out? From the article: "The Church of Scientology has acknowledged that Wikileaks is offering the world quick and easy access to the church's top-secret "bibles". Or should that be formerly top-secret? On March 24, the swashbuckling truth-seekers at published what they referred to as "the collected secret 'bibles' of Scientology," and three days later, church-friendly lawyers threatened the site with legal action if the documents weren't taken down. Calling them "Advanced Technology of the Scientology religion," the lawyers pointed out that the documents are copyrighted works registered to the Religious Technology Center (RIC), a church-related holding company. Wikileaks did not remove the documents. But it did tell the world their veracity has been verified." At the end of the article is a scathing indictment of the Church of Scientology and Western Media. Wow, it's like they (wikileaks and thepiratebay) were twins seperated at birth..."

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