Becca Magee

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Who owns a 'Luigi's Mansion' walkthrough video, the player or Nintendo?

Is recording a Let's Play series copying someone's content or creating a unique experience?<p>What is a game playthrough? Is it a recording of a developer's creation, like a bootleg concert video? Or is it a form of personal expression that creates something new? And regardless of which it is, who …

Metadata matters: how phone records and obsolete laws harm privacy and the free press

The AP scandal shows who you call can matter as much as what you say<p>Between the IRS admitting it targeted conservative political groups and the never-ending debacle over the US embassy raid in Benghazi, the Obama administration has had to deal with a full plate of scandals this week. It topped off …

Intel could have been inside the original iPhone, says outgoing CEO

Intel CEO Paul Otellini is stepping down today, and <i>The Atlantic</i> has published a lengthy profile of the outgoing CEO. While the article mostly argues that Intel thrived under Otellini's watch, it also reveals what could have been: Otellini told the publication that he personally shot down a chance …

Johnson & Johnson admits: Our baby products contain cancer-causing formaldehyde

Home <b>›</b> cancer prevention <b>›</b> <b>Johnson & Johnson admits: Our baby products contain cancer-causing formaldehyde</b><p><i>on</i> August 15, 2012 • ( 388 )<p><i>This original post</i> …

Electronic Arts is no longer developing games for Nintendo's Wii U

Video game publisher Electronic Arts had already suggested that its upcoming <i>Star Wars</i> and <i>Madden</i> games might not be coming to the Nintendo Wii U, but it looks like the situation is more dire than that. EA tells <i>Kotaku</i> that the company is not currently making any games for the Wii U, period.<p>"We have …

Oldest cache of water on Earth may give clues to early life forms

Deep below the surface of a small town in Ontario, Canada, scientists have discovered the oldest cache of water yet known on Earth. The water was first noticed by gold miners who saw it seeping out of boreholes, before researchers decided to find out just how old it was. Now, geochemist Greg …

Chinese abductee used Google Maps to find his family after 23 years

A man from Sichuan, China, has reportedly been reunited with his family after 23 years, finding his way home thanks partly to Google Maps. Fujian news service <i>Nhaidu</i> reports that Luo Gong, then five years old, was abducted on his way to kindergarten and brought to a city in southeastern Fujian …

Capture of alleged US spy reveals the difficulties of being a CIA officer on Facebook

The capture of alleged diplomat-turned-CIA spy Ryan Fogle in Russia this week has to stand as one of the more bizarre moments in recent memory. Reportedly attempting to hire a Russian intelligence agent as a US spy, Fogle was wearing an ill-fitting blonde wig when arrested in Moscow on Monday, in a …