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Yahoo secretly scanned its users' email for U.S. intelligence services

Yahoo email accounts were scanned by the company on behalf of U.S. intelligence services from last year. This represents the first example of a U.S. service provider providing complete access to “all arriving messages,” reports Reuters. It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase …

Short history of comic book lettering

Short history of comic book lettering / Boing Boing There was no one like Artie Simek (1916-1975), who lettered most of Marvel’s Silver Age titles. This terrific short documentary about comic book lettering makes me want to pull out my Ames Lettering Guide and nib pen. report this ad Here’s a fun fact about Cincy Comicon. It’s not in Cincinnati. It’s not even in …

10 Revolutions

A moody, beautiful vignette honoring the landscape around Sitka, Alaska. report this ad PETA and Morissey released This Beautiful Creature Must Die, an anti-meat game where the goal is to save animals from slaughter. Play it below. The soundtrack is a chiptune version of, you guessed it, The Smith’s “Meat is Murder.” “This game is the biggest social crusade of all, as we safeguard the …