I'm Drew Breunig and I obsess about technology, media, language, and culture. I live in New York, studied anthropology, and work at PlaceIQ.


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An email that came out during the Apple/Google/Pixar/etc anti-poaching class action lawsuit. (Via The Verge)

A US government-mandated backdoor allowed China to hack into Gmail 

Bruce Schneier writing for CNN:

Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering. The news here isn’t that Chinese hackers engage in these activities or that their attempts are technically sophisticated — we knew that already — it’s that the U.S. government inadvertently aided the hackers.

In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access.

"We had too many people that were working to save the world that had lost track of the fact that our primary purpose in life is to create value for our shareholders."

-BP CEO Tony Hayward, May 12th, 2009.

Funny thing is, when you fail at the first you fail at the second. And now BP’s market cap has been halved.

Counterfeit Duchamp Readymades are just as awesome/hilarious as the inauthentic Warhol polaroids.

The artist’s estate is not pleased. Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, the head of the Association for the Protection and Conservation of works by Marcel Duchamp, says that “neither my mother nor I ever sanctioned the sale of unauthorised ready-mades.” Mrs Monnier’s mother, “Teeny”, was married to Pierre Matisse, the dealer son of the Henri, before she married Duchamp, making her an heir to both the Henri Matisse and Duchamp estates. She sees Mr Schwarz’s activities as curious given that “Arturo was a great friend of Marcel.”
Some Duchamp connoisseurs are outraged. Francis M. Naumann, a scholar and dealer who has published widely on Duchamp, argues that these urinals cannot be considered Duchamps at all. “For Duchamp, the signature was everything,” he argues. “It is the single most important element in the process of transforming an ordinary everyday object into a work of art.”

(Via The Economist)