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The 404 1,320: Where we're stuck in a hyperloop (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Elon Musk on the Hyperloop: "It's like getting a ride on Space Mountain."

- Hyperloop: Why can't we believe in the big ideas?

- SF-LA in a half hour via Hyperloop? Still at least 7 years away.

- Elon Musk pulled all-nighter to prep for Hyperloop unveiling.

- Peter Ha quit cable 2.5 years ago -- here's why he came back.

- iOS 7: Instead of flatness, we got depth.… Read more

The 404 1,319: Where we look through the other side of the glass (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- AOL still makes $600 million a year in Internet subscriptions.

- The creator of the iPhone's text message noise explains its origins.

- JewGlass: Google Glass app gives directions to Kosher restaurants and sets prayer-time reminders.

- Twitter messages can pinpoint restaurants with food safety issues.

- All You Can Arcade delivers arcade cabinets to your door.… Read more

iPhone 4 leaker tells all on Reddit AMA

Brian Hogan knew he had something valuable when he discovered that the cell phone he found in a California bar in 2010 was actually an unreleased iPhone prototype. However, it quickly led to some poor decisions, he now admits.

Three years down the line, Hogan feels ready to talk about the saga, which he did on Tuesday via a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session titled "I leaked the iPhone 4."

"I rarely talk about topic with people, but my conscience is clear, I'm over the embarrassment, and life's too short for some of the … Read more

The 404 1,258: Where we get a GIF from Peter Ha (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Nathan Fielder asks: What happens if you text your parents that you're a drug dealer?

- Some New York City subway stations just got free Wi-Fi and cell service.

- Crew team finds unexpected floating head in Hudson River.

- Michael Bay is why Transformers toys got so complicated over the years.

- Mars Rover penis graffiti goes viral.… Read more

The 404 1,189: Where we rubber band your chopsticks (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- What it's like to experience new technology after 25 years in jail.

- Ante up that $100 if you want to message Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

- Why the next big DJ will be an algorithm.

- Enough with the social-media "gurus," "ninjas," "masters," and "mavens."Read more

The 404 1,178: Where we engineer great thoughts (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- From Peter Ha: What it was like launching The Daily.

- The importance of album track order in the Digital Age.

- Psy estimated to receive only $61,000 from Korean digital sales revenue for "Gangnam Style."

- Pizza Hut gives back with pizza-scented perfume.

- Verizon patents DVR box with camera in it.

- PA High School's "Gangnam Style" parody dubbed "Worst Video on the Entire Internet."… Read more

Antivirus pioneer McAfee sought for questioning in murder case

John McAfee, who founded the antivirus software giant named after him, is wanted for questioning by police in Belize who are investigating the murder of a 52-year-old man, CBS reported today.

According to the report, police are searching for the killer of Gregory Viant Faull, an American expat. Gizmodo reported earlier today that McAfee was wanted for the crime, but CBS, quoting Rafael Martinez, spokesman for the Belize National Security Ministry, said it would be incorrect to call McAfee a suspect at this time.

Police in Belize say Faull, a general contractor and restaurant owner from Florida, was shot Saturday … Read more

New York Web sites remain offline following Sandy

Hurricane Sandy may have passed the Mid-Atlantic region, but its effects are still being felt online.

The storm knocked out power and caused severe flooding across the Northeastern United States. New York City power companies pulled the plug on parts of lower Manhattan yesterday, shutting down Web sites without redundant servers. Many of those data centers remained down today, and power provider Con Edison said power likely won't be restored to Manhattan for about four days.

Those in Bk and Manhattan should have power back w/in 4 days. All others in areas served by overhead lines will take … Read more

NYC data centers hit by Hurricane Sandy

Power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy show why it's good to have a duplicate Web server located somewhere far away from New York City right now.

The local power company, Consolidated Edison shut down power to portions of lower Manhattan this evening in an effort to prevent damage to underground equipment.

That coincided with when Gawker.com and Gizmodo.com went offline. In a Twitter update at 4:21 p.m. PT, Gizmodo said: "We'll be back soon! There was a data center battery failure after the power went down in Lower Manhattan. Generators powering up." … Read more

Apple responds to journalist's iCloud hack

After former Gizmodo reporter Mat Honan's entire digital presence was hacked via a loophole in AppleCare, Apple now says it is looking into how users can reset their account passwords to ensure that their data is protected.

It all began when Honan took to his Tumblr blog on Friday, detailing the events that led to his online life being sabotaged -- with his Google and Twitter accounts being deleted and his MacBook, iPad, and iPhone being wiped clean. He blamed an AppleCare technician for allowing his accounts to be hacked, as well as the tech blog's official feed.… Read more