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An unprecedented Nintendo leak turns into a moral dilemma for archivists

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For the past week, Nintendo fans have resembled digital archaeologists. Following a massive leak of source code and other internal documents — appropriately dubbed the gigaleak — previously unknown details from the company’s biggest games have steadily trickled out. Those poring over the code have uncovered a new Animal Crossing villager, early prototypes for games like Pokémon Diamond, cut characters from Star Fox, a very weird Yoshi, and strange titles like a hockey RPG. Perhaps the biggest discovery has been a Luigi character model from Super Mario 64. From a historical and preservationist perspective, the leak is an incredible find.
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Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack – TechCrunch

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Three arrests are made following this month’s celebrity Twitter hack, Microsoft may be working to acquire TikTok’s U.S. business and Facebook launches licensed music videos. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 31, 2020. The big story: Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack In a hack earlier this month, high-profile Twitter accounts like Apple, Elon Musk, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were compromised and posted messages promoting a cryptocurrency scheme. Now an investigation by the FBI and Department of Justice has resulted in three arrests: Mason Sheppard of the United Kingdom, Nima Fazeli of Orlando and a 17-year-old Tampa resident. The
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Twitch is helping build an esports league for HBCUs

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Twitch is partnering with Cxmmunity, a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing minority youth participation in esports and gaming, to create an esports league for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the company announced Thursday. Students at HBCUs will receive scholarship and educational support through its Twitch Student program, and Twitch will help the schools expand esports programs. Cxmmunity co-founder Chris Peay says, as a graduate of an HBCU, he knows firsthand about the gaming industry’s lack of representation. “Growing up we’re often taught you get good grades so that you can get into a good college, graduate from that college,
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Twitter survey reveals the subscription options it’s eyeing, including an ‘Undo Send’ button – TechCrunch

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Earlier this month, Twitter told investors it’s considering a subscription model as a means of generating additional revenue to support its business. Now we know what sort of value-add features Twitter may be eyeing. In a new survey, the company asks users to evaluate paid features like “undo send” (an alternative to an edit button), as well as other ideas like custom colors, the ability to publish longer and more high-def videos, support for profile badges, auto responses, additional “social listening” analytics and the ability to run brand surveys about ads. The survey asks users to select the options they
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5 tech gadgets In The Know readers loved (and bought) in July

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Our team is dedicated to finding and telling you more about the products and deals we love. If you love them too and decide to purchase through the links below, we may receive a commission. Pricing and availability are subject to change. When it comes to shopping for tech, some prefer to go the more cost-effective route while others tend to spare no expense while copping the latest and greatest. This month, our readers struck a healthy balance between these two extremes as they sought out reliable and exceptionally-rated items at affordable prices — we’re talking all under $60! From
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Here’s where you can buy a Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch, like everything else that can lighten the mood during this incredibly tough time, is in short supply. And as soon as retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart gets it in stock, it quickly sells out. It can be disheartening to miss out on the opportunity to buy a Switch — but fear not! The purpose of this article is to help you do just that without paying more than it would usually cost at retail. We’re keeping a lookout across the web to find where, when, and how you can buy a Nintendo Switch (the one
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This security camera on Amazon has over 7,000 five-star reviews — and it’s on sale

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Our team is dedicated to finding and telling you more about the products and deals we love. If you love them too and decide to purchase through the links below, we may receive a commission. Pricing and availability are subject to change.  When it comes to protecting your home, having a security camera is a no brainer. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best ways to keep track of all the activities happening in and around your humble abode. And for Amazon shoppers, there’s one device that appears to be particularly reliable. With over 7,000 five-star reviews, the Blink
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Battletoads will arrive on Xbox One and PC on August 20th

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Battletoads will make its way back to the Xbox One and PC. Rare is announcing today that Battletoads will be available on August 20th on Steam, the Microsoft Store, and as part of Xbox Game Pass. The original game, developed by Rare and released in 1991, was a cult classic, and Microsoft confirmed its return at E3 last year. Much like the original, there will be beat ‘em up, platforming, and even racing stages. The all-new Battletoads has been developed by Dlala Studios in partnership with Rare, and it pays homage to the original with the ‘90s cartoonish style. Rare
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Twitter finally bans former KKK leader, David Duke – TechCrunch

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Twitter has confirmed it has permanently banned the account of David Duke, former leader of white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan. Duke had operated freely on its platform for years — amassing a following of around 53k and recently tweeting his support for president Trump to be re-elected. Now his @DrDavidDuke account page leads to an ‘account suspension’ notification (screengrabbed below). A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the ban on Duke is permanent, emailing us this brief statement: The account you referenced has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct. This
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