Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

World Is 'Hellish Nightmare' In Player's 10-Year Long Strategy Game

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 11:20 am

If you're a fan of Waterworld, then the vision of the future in the Civilization II game played by "Lycerius" may be to your liking. (Kevin Costner in a scene from that 1995 movie.)
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"The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation." Ninety percent of the population has died from nuclear annihilation or famine. "Three superpowers have been locked in a 1,700-year war" that's "an eternal death struggle."

On Reddit earlier today, a gamer called Lycerius posted those apocalyptic notes about what the year 3991 is like in his decade-long game of Civilization II.

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Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Verizon Introduces 'Groundbreaking' Pricing Scheme, But Is It Really Different?

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 11:54 am

Verizon's new plan is the biggest revamp in wireless pricing in years, and one that's likely to be copied by other carriers.
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Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday what it is calling a "groundbreaking" pricing scheme that will "forever change the way customers purchase wireless services."

Essentially what the new plans — dubbed "Share Everything" by the company — are aiming for is to allow customers to use one bucket of data access to power up to 10 of their devices. The pricing starts at $90 a month, which allows for one smartphone with unlimited voice and text and access to 1 gigabyte of data.

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Mon June 11, 2012
All Tech Considered

Facebook's Growth: A Tale Of Two Headlines

Are its days of "wild user growth" over, or is Facebook "eating the world"?
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I love this. Here is a headline today at The Wall Street Journal's online edition: "Days of Wild User Growth Appear Over at Facebook."

And over at The Next Web: "Facebook is eating the world, except for China and Russia."

And the best part is the two sites really are telling the same story.

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Mon June 11, 2012
All Tech Considered

Hey Celebs, Are You Lonesome Tonight? Siri's Gotcha

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 11:44 am

Zooey Deschanel appears in an iPhone 4S Siri commercial.


Sun June 10, 2012
Digital Life

Internet Addresses Get More Space With New Protocol

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 1:50 pm



It's a little early in the program for a puzzle, but here's a trivia question for you: How much is an undecillion?

STEPHEN SHANKLAND: The number one followed by 36 zeroes. It's an awfully large number. It's also a trillion trillion trillion.

MARTIN: That's Stephen Shankland of the tech media website C-Net. He's been contemplating those kinds of numbers since the launch this past week of something called IPv6. It's the next generation Internet protocol. Shankland spoke to us via Skype.

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