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Scorpion's origin: The real-world story behind CBS's new drama

While stories inspired by reality always take some liberties with the truth, the new prime-time drama "Scorpion" has its roots in a real person: genius hacker Walter O'Brien. We visited the set of the show to speak with him and get the inside story on the show's creation.

By September 19, 2014


To push its private social network, Banter focuses on privates

Banter jokingly claims to have invented a Genital Recognition Application Prototype to confine, well, Weiners.

By June 12, 2014


Twitter puts real humans into its search algorithm...and profits

In a dense engineering post, Twitter explains how it uses "crowdsourced" human evaluators to make sense of ephemeral hashtags and other search terms. And who benefits? Why, Twitter's advertisers, of course.

By January 8, 2013


The 404: Ep. 1089: Where we go the extra mile

It's time for another 404 history lesson to round out the week! This one's all about the genesis of AOL chatrooms and how they shaped the way we interact on the Web today. We'll also chat about soccer's new ball-tracking technologies, hillbilly Alabamians shooting guns into the air for Independence Day, and British Airways Googling passengers in preflight!

By July 6, 2012


LulzSec takes down Brazil government sites

The outage, which probably stemmed from a distributed denial-of-service attack, follows the arrest of a 19-year-old in the U.K. who's suspected of involvement with LulzSec.

By June 22, 2011


With Anonymous and LulzSec, is anyone believable?

LulzSec outs alleged "snitches" who the group claims are responsible for U.K. arrest in latest episode of "As the Hacker World Turns."

By June 21, 2011


CNET UK Podcast 226: Ian vs the iPad 2

On this week's show Ian tries to avoid one subject, while Luke and Flora do their best to mention Apple's new baby. We also talk about Net regulation and the week's most interesting news.

By March 4, 2011


Xserve's death not a deterrent for many IT admins

A few weeks since Apple announced it would no longer sell an enterprise-class server, a survey of IT admins shows that they're sticking with the Xserve for now, despite disappointment in Apple's perceived disinterest in enterprise customers.

By December 1, 2010


Where we let the chatroom pick the show name, and this was the best they did

The three guys today talk about "Street Fighter" being the best game ever...We wax reminiscent over old video games. Plus, Stanford drops tuition, XNA gets more open, "Gears of War 2," and three actors replace Heath Ledger.

By February 21, 2008


Tagged chatrooms with Lingr

Lingr lets you chat with others and tag chat rooms.

By March 5, 2007