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Felicia Day announces Dragon Age Web series

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Felicia Day, creator and star of Web series The Guild, will star in a new Web series, Dragon Age: Redemption, which she wrote and co-produced based on the role-playing game. She made the announcement today by tweeting the name of her “mystery project” and linking to USA Today’s article on the upcoming series. Day had […]

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Art Project brings masterpieces in for a close-up

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Art enthusiasts can now get geeky with Google’s new art experience. Or maybe Google wants computer types to get cultured from the comfort of their own wireless networks.

The latest Google offering, Art Project, takes viewers inside 17 museums in the U.S. and Europe. They can view art from an inside-the-museum perspective or in a slideshow.

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Crowdsourcing app tracks subway arrival

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An independent programmer has taken steps to use technology to improve services in a way city departments haven’t yet achieved. Alex Bell, a graduate student at Columbia University, has developed a free mobile app to track New York City’s subways in real-time.

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World of Warcraft addict fights back

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Ryan Van Cleave felt sweaty, antsy, and anxious after not playing World of Warcraft during their 2007 Christmas vacation in Chicago.

After returning home to Washington, D.C., Van Cleave, 38, and his wife returned to their usual argument about his addiction: “Stop playing that freakin’ game,” she pleaded.

“Shut up. I can spend my free time how I choose,” he countered as they began screaming at each other.

Pissed at his wife and suffering from World of Warcraft withdrawal, Van Cleave walked out New Year’s Eve night.

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Note From The Handshake Copy Desk: Phrase “tweet” Banned In Times Stories

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Waiting in a bus station in Plattsburgh, N.Y., last year, I listened to the CNN news anchors report about wildfires in California. They told viewers about Twitter updates from people fleeing their homes. They repeated tweets commenting on the matter. Every other sentence seemed to contain “Twitter” or “tweet.”

Where was CNN’s own reporting? Did the reporters not realize how silly they sounded reporting the news straight from Twitter.com?

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The Worldwide LARP Renaissance

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As the Internet brings the art of live action role-playing games onto mainstream America’s radar, should everyone get to play? When Aaron Vanek joined Enigma Live Game Lab in Los Angeles in 1989, live action role-playing groups were in their infancy. Vanek remembers games as strictly regional. The Internet changed all that. And the resulting […]

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Note From The Handshake Copy Desk: AP Adds Social Media To 2010 Stylebook. Better Late Than Never, IMHO.

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The verb/noun “tweet” ditched the uppercase “T” one year after appearing in the 2009 AP Stylebook. We can now write, “I Googled it.” Website lost its two-word status, as announced in April. Thanks for catching up, Associated Press. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Researcher Infects Himself with a Computer Virus

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A researcher in England had a radio-frequency identification chip implanted in his hand. Now, he’s infected it with a virus that he and his coworkers created, making him one of the first living, breathing carriers of a computer virus.

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