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Matt’s Favorites: Twitter, Washington Post Hacked, Bank of America Crashes, Moon Base Made By 3D Printing

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So what’s new and exciting in the wonderful world of high technology? See it all here, culled from a bunch of sources…

* See, this is what I hate about assumptions about Detroit. CBS’ Web site is making a big deal out of a photo series that superimposes images of “Detroit’s ruins” on past images of those “ruins” when they were still in use.  Only one problem — the “ruins” in question are the old Cass Tech high school, and the only reason they’re “ruins” is because they built a spectacular new Cass Tech, not because Cass Tech was merely abandoned. It just feeds into the whole image of Detroit as this complete moonscape wasteland, and it makes me kind of sick, so I’m not linking to it.

* Twitter says 250,000 users’ data has been compromised in hacking attacks. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57567262/twitter-250000-users-data-compromised-in-hacking-attacks/

* But at least you’re in good company. The Washington Post was hacked too. http://news.yahoo.com/twitter-washington-post-targeted-hackers-173733599.html

* And Bank of America’s online banking system crashed Friday. Oh joy! That’s my bank!http://news.yahoo.com/bank-americas-online-banking-crashes-211558505.html

* Next up for 3D printing: Building a moon base by remote control? http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57567224-1/next-up-for-3d-printing-a-moonbase/

* Scientists will announce Monday whether the battle-scarred remains found under a London parking lot are indeed those of Britain’s lost king, 15th-century King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in combat. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57567345/has-britains-lost-king-been-found/

* Here’s a somber look at the demise of the shuttle Columbia 10 years ago, which some say was the end of the shuttle program. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57566701/it-broke-up-the-shuttle-broke-up-remembering-columbia/

* On a much, much happier note, Sony is likely to reveal a new version of the PlayStation later this month. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57567182/sony-likely-to-unveil-next-playstation-on-feb-20/

* And here’s the latest on direct brain control of electronic systems. Very cool. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21729025.600-mindmeld-brain-power-is-best-for-steering-spaceships.html

* And if you don’t have Internet at home? Increasingly, that means you study at McDonalds, using their free Wi-Fi and cheap menu. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324731304578189794161056954.html

* And my favorite comic strip, xkcd, takes a look at flying a Cessna on other planets. (Hint: It wouldn’t work so well.) http://what-if.xkcd.com/30/

* And how about a football helmet sensor that warns of concussion risk via a smartphone app? Sounds like it makes sense. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57567304-1/football-helmet-sensor-warns-of-concussion-risk-via-phone-app/

* Apple overtakes Samsung as the top U.S. mobile phone maker. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57567095-37/apple-overtakes-samsung-as-top-u.s-mobile-phone-maker/

* Google settles a French copyright complaint with 60 million Euros. Yeah, that’ll settle a lot of complaints. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57567187-93/google-settles-french-copyright-complaint-with-60m-euros/

* And Facebook is about to go after hard-core gamers. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57567236-93/facebook-going-after-hard-core-gamers/

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