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Lulzsec get busted and hacking Google Glass in this week's tech advice

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GIF OF THE WEEK: Stereo People

The latest project from Mr. GIF make triptych twitch GIF portraits. Definitely an interesting use of wiggle 3D stereoscopy.

SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY OF THE WEEK: Windpipe from stem cells

At a tender two years of age Hannah Warren has become the youngest person to receive a bioengineered organ transplant. She received a replacement trachea, fashioned from her own stem cells.

CYBERCRIME OF THE WEEK: LulzSec busted

The alleged leader of Lulzsec, the notoriously noisy hacker group of 2011, has been arrested in Australia. For those of us who value a gadfly it is sad news that the noose has tightened on Aush0k. On the plus side it meant more news agencies pausing to explain what 'the lulz' meant.

HARDWARE OF THE WEEK: 3D-Printed Headphones and melting guns

A tale of two 3D printed objects this week, and both come with the caveat of 'no-one really knows if they're useful, or just another crapject'. JC Karich has printed a set of headphones which require magnets and some loose wire to “work”. And notorious 3D printed gun enthusiasts Defense Distributed say that their first gun “capable of firing multiple rounds before melting” will be ready soon. The pushback against this project is fascinating, with IndieGoGo intervening to halt their crowdfunding campaign and Stratasys 3D printers cancelling their lease with the company once they learned of Defense distibuted plans.

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TUMBLR OF THE WEEK: hermippe

Extremely lo-res animated 8 bit GIFs populate this Tumblr.

GEEK OF THE WEEK: Robo Thief
One sure fire way to stave off the robot apocalypse is to pit the machines against one another.

ALGO ANXIETY OF THE WEEK: Opt Out of FB Ads Stealing Your Data

Facebook have teamed up with the leading big data consumer companies to merge loyalty card data with facebook profiles to create a monstrous data shadow hybrid. Of course, noone really cares because the very fact that Facebook is doing this is further anecdotal proof that there are sweet FA young users left on the platform.

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WETWARE OF THE WEEK: Trinity Buoy Wharf

“I sat in a dark room with a liquid culture of bioluminescent bacteria. As I watched them they formed these complex and dynamic glyphs as if they were trying to communicate with me.” Enter the world of Simon Park's bacterial bioart if you're around London docks this weekend.

TECHNONOMY OF THE WEEK: Pirates Gaming Experience Ruined by Piracy

Games Dev Tycoon is a simulation game in the fine tradition of Rollercoaster Tycoon (except with games in lieu of theme parks). The creators of the game are equal turns jaded and brilliant in their release strategy. They leaked a torrent version alongside the legit release with one crucial distinction: when players of a (real) pirated copy reached a certain stage it became impossible to avoid bankruptcy due to (simmulated) piracy

APP OF THE WEEK: SeeSaw HIT App

Crowdsource the resolution to your moral dilemmas with the SeeSaw HIT (human intelligence task) app.

HACK OF THE WEEK: Google Glass

In an accelerated replay of what happened with Kinect, hackers quickly jailbroke the werable computing headsets. Then Google Glass PR follows up with a “we always wanted you guys to hack it, go nuts!” statement.

INTERNET EXPLORER OF THE WEEK: Baked in WiFi

For a change I'm awarding this to an object instead of a person. This weeks Forbes magazine comes with built in WiFi Forbes print magazine comes with free Wifi inside.

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