Today’s top stories in social media and technology for 3/28 include: BioShock Infinite creator doesn’t believe in Utopias, the inside story on the ‘biggest attack ever’ on the internet, Greta Van Susteren’s tale of her real life stalker, updates on the Spamhaus attack, divers try to hack through undersea cables, ‘Pant Snakes’ roadsign hackers, Prenda copyright trolls update, Google’s questionable Glass winners, Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads, Facebook’s “Home on Android” event, NJ wants to fine video game retailers (for no good reason), and new upcoming Xbox options.
Read below for these stories and more.
Best quote from the article at TechCrunch, which features an interview with Ken Levine: “What I was trying to do with BioShock
was to say, ‘Okay, well, [in Atlas Shrugged] that’s a utopia where Ayn
Rand, who made the philosophy, made all the rules, and all the
characters were under her control. What if things weren’t under
everybody’s control?’ And I think that’s the problem with utopias — we
bring ourselves to it, you know? We think we’re leaving our problems
behind but – I don’t mean this in a cynical way – we are the problem.
Like whatever social problems that occur come out of us. It’s not like
they fall out of the sky. I think people think they’re going to go to a
utopian society, and I think it’s not really possible.”
Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
‘Google makes questionable choices for Glass winners, starts rescinding invites.’
“Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike”
Amazon Acquires Publishing-Oriented Social Media Site Goodreads
Is the Facebook Phone coming?
Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
Greta Van Susteren tells the tale of her stalker, and how she felt bad upon discovering he had passed away.
Eli Lake talks to Sven Olaf Kamphuis, co-owner of Cyberbunker, which at one time hosted The Pirate Bay, about the attack on Spamhaus.
An excellent anatomy from Ars Technica of yesterday’s retaliatory attack on Spamhaus.
It is not yet known whether or not reports of other attempts in weeks prior to this incident are related.
Oh, this is way better than Zombies.
Law and Order.
For those of you following the Prenda copyright trolls case, here’s today’s update.
Given that the FTC just gave the gaming industry high marks for its excellent policing of sales of Rated “M” games to underage customers, this belongs in the “completely unnecessary solutions” department.
New options include Xbox SmartGlass for Game of Thrones Season 3, MLB.TV Refresh, IndieFlix, video game and tech channel Revision 3, free movie service PopcornFlix, and Toys “R” Us Movies.
Microsoft Deploys New Entertainment Options on Xbox Live This Week