August 23, 2013, 6:00 AM —
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Can you tell that I’m a bit of a Breaking Bad addict (er, a BBaddict)? For anybody who’s been living, as they say, under a rock - or actually has a life and doesn’t obsess over TV shows, like some of us - the above cartoon is based on a scene in Breaking Bad. I don’t really think Mark Zuckerberg is evil like Walter White, but there were a few too many parallels that popped into my head this morning in the shower to pass it up.
If you’re like me and having trouble passing the time between BB episodes, let’s kill a few of those long minutes until the next one Sunday night by reviewing the big tech stories of the past few days.
Facebook has launched an initiative to get the rest of the world connected to the Internet. Amazingly, there are still 5 billion people who’ve never heard the phrase “Terms of Service.”
NASDAQ trading was halted on Thursday due to a computer glitch. If took about 3 hours for trading to resume - and even longer to revive Warren Buffett.
Yahoo surpassed Google in July to become the most visited site on the web. To win the title back, Google’s Eric Schmidt will be doing a fashion spread in Vogue.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says the IRS is mismanaging software licenses. The IRS has promised to look into it, as soon as they’re done auditing the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
In an effort to become more transparent, the US intelligence community has joined Tumblr and Twitter. They’ve also started introducing themselves when listening in on your calls.
The online fantasy game League of Legends revealed this week that it was hacked. The game’s maker has vowed to get revenge on the Fields of Justice.
German surgeons recently performed successful liver surgery using an iPad. Afterwards, the patient thanked the surgeons for not using a Surface.
Microsoft is now offering its Bing search engine to schools for free. So, finally, cafeteria food won’t be the most unpopular thing in school.
Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison this week for leaking classified documents. It could have been worse; he could’ve faced the death penalty if he had leaked Breaking Bad spoilers.
Pornography started to randomly appear to appear on some Tumblr blogs this week. Tumblr called it a bug; users called it an improvement.
Well, I’ve done all I can do to make Sunday come faster. The rest is up to you. To my fellow BBaddicts, enjoy the next episode!
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