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Monday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-February-2013  00:34:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mpot sent word that Twitter has been hacked. Twitter is coming forward as the latest site to be hacked. The social network said in a blog post Friday afternoon that approximately 250,000 user accounts were potentially compromised, with attackers gaining access to information including user names and email addresses. More here.

Gabe Newell gave a speech recently, reflecting on his career and Valve. Gabe Newell, founder of Valve Corp. On Productivity, Economics, Political Institutions & The Future of Corporations: Reflections of a Video Game Maker. It's an hour-long video but very interesting from a quick skim through.

Meanwhile EA have suffered a $45M loss last quarter. BMO Capital Markets analyst Edward Williams also noted that some of EA's troubles are beyond its control, as the entire industry is suffering from a downturn in demand as consumers await next-gen hardware from Sony and Microsoft. "The guidance pretty clearly represents a lot uncertainty in the market and that uncertainty stems from recent performances as consumers are pretty aware of new consoles coming," he said.

We haven't heard about bitcoins in a while, but they're still going it seems, with a new faster mining chip. Yifu Guo, a digital media student on hiatus from NYU-Poly, has released the first batch of ASICs, which are chips custom-built to do one thing: mine Bitcoins. These ASICs are capable of mining Bitcoins at a far higher rate than is possible with common computer equipment Guo's design, called the Avalon V1, can mine Bitcoins about 50 times faster than a high-end rig, and offers a much more attractive price-to-performance ratio.

Tabris pointed out this cool panoramic video of a helicopter flying over a volcano.

Today's timewaster is either this ninja game, or this fairly horrifying Surgeon Simulator which knowsfords pointed out via his explanatory video. Never before has the word "simulator" been so misused!

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