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Rick Zeman writes "Hot on the heels of Verizon's massive data dump to NSA comes news of 'PRISM' where The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts over time. This program, established in 2007, includes major companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook...and more."

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Cyrus Farivar

The Washington Post

It’s worse than we thought.

Just one day after disclosing a secret court order between the National Security Agency (NSA) and Verizon, The Guardian and The Washington Post both published secret presentation slides revealing a previously undisclosed massive surveillance program called PRISM. The program has the capability to collect data “directly from the servers” of major American tech companies, including Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Yahoo. (Dropbox is said to be “coming soon.”)

The newspapers describe the system as giving the National Security Agency and the FBI direct access to a huge number of online commercial services, capable of “extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.”

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Anna Anthropy is a game developer that has one big gripe with video games. It has nothing to do with the usual litany of unsubstantiated claims about how they teach children to steal cars or gun down prostitutes. Rather, it has to do with the fact that, in the year 2012, there still really aren't many games that she (and many others) can truly relate to on a personal level.

The reason why should be obvious: Most of the people currently involved in the games industry are in the business of creating products, not art. They’re also, more often than not, middle-class white male nerds. This is precisely why Anthropy, who sometimes goes by Auntie Pixelante, has devoted herself to making games, and why in her new book, Rise of the Videogame...

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