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Julian Assange granted asylum by Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in London’s Ecuadorean Embassy since June, waiting for the South American nation to respond to his request for asylum. Today, Ecuador came through: It granted Assange asylum, guaranteeing him protection from arrest as long as he’s on Ecuadorean territory, writes the New York Times.

Of course, in order to get to Ecuador, Assange will have to leave the embassy — and Britain has no intention of letting him. Britain’s highest court ruled last year that Assange must be extradited back to Sweden, where he will be questioned about an alleged rape and an alleged molestation.

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Apple rumor mill: Is the iPhone 5 coming in September?

There have been rumors about an impending release date for the iPhone 5 for so long now — basically since Steve Jobs introdcued the iPhone 4 back in June 2010. Last year, everyone was sure that the iPhone 5 was thisclose to hitting stores…until Apple introduced the iPhone 4S instead. (In the tech business, this is referred to as “Pulling a Not Without My Anus.”) So take this with a grain of salt: The enthusiast muckrakers over at iMore claim that Apple is plotting an event on September 12 where it will introduce a next-generation iPhone. That device will, per the rumors, go on sale on September 21. READ FULL STORY

Don't worry, the Internet didn't die today

You’re reading this, so it’s safe to say the Internet did not, in fact, shut down today, like it had been predicted to on various news sites over the past week.

Just like back in high school, all salacious rumors, in this case, Internet Doomsday, have only a small grain of truth to them. The actual story, helpfully summarized by Time, is:

“In 2007, cyberthieves created malware, dubbed DNSChanger, that manipulated the way Internet ads appeared in infected computer browsers, allowing the cybercrooks to rack up millions in illicit fees.

The malware depended on a basic Internet principle called DNS (Domain Name System), which is how Internet routers know where to send your Internet requests — that is, how to translate a URL like http://www.time.com into a numeric IP address when you type it into your browser’s address bar.

Computers infected by DNSChanger had their local DNS information changed and were redirected to fraudulent servers that delivered Web-based ads that eventually channeled millions of dollars to the malware authors.” READ FULL STORY

'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee': Seinfeld taking Monk's Cafe on the road?

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There was a time, at the beginning of Seinfeld‘s run, that the show was dismissed for being about nothing. (To their credit, the show’s writers ran with that criticism, building an entire arc around the idea.) For Jerry Seinfeld’s next project, though, he’s flirting with similar existential nothingness. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a web series that will run on Crackle beginning on July 19. In it, Seinfeld drives his funny friends around in fancy cars. To get coffee.

Check out which of his famous friends are coming along for the ride: READ FULL STORY

Email on 'The Newsroom': What is your damage?

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What is your damage, EMAIL?

Why did you let yourself get corrupted by Aaron Sorkin’s bizarrely outdated concept of you on The Newsroom this week?

Have you no principles? (Look to the men of The Newsroom for guidance.) You’re embarrassing yourself. I know it’s been, like, 15 years since you could qualify as a compelling plot device — and I know you’re hurting in general because people dread you now and prefer texting, Facebook, Twitter, and that bitch Siri for all the fun stuff — but this was the wrong way to act out.

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Tom Hanks' 'Electric City' looks for light in the darkness

Tom Hanks is heading to Electric City. No, Dunderheads, he’s not guesting on The Office, which is, of course, set in Scranton, Pa., a.k.a. Electric City. The two-time Oscar winner has created a new animated web series about a seeming oasis of idealistic possibility set amongst a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. Hanks has been working on the idea for years, at one point contemplating bringing his characters to life with puppets. Instead, Yahoo will host a series of short five-to-seven-minute episodes, the first 10 of which will premiere on July 17. Additional episodes will follow on July 18-19, completing the 90-minute adventure.

Hanks himself will lend his voice to the cast, along with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Georg Stanford Brown. Hanks’ character is new to Electric City, and after the world nearly ended, safe housing is rare — and expensive. His only affordable option? Dressing in drag, and getting a job in a knitting factory… I kid. Watch a quick trailer here. READ FULL STORY

Meet Google's new tablet: The Nexus 7

Google unveiled a new tablet during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference today. The tablet is called the Nexus 7, which sounds like an alien spaceship discovered drifting through a spooky nebula by the Enterprise. Coming just one week after Microsoft announced their own tablet, you might be having visions of a three-way war between Microsoft and Apple and Google for supremacy in the tablet market. But the Nexus 7 is quite a bit smaller than the iPad, weighing about half as much. Combine that with starting price of $199, and the Nexus 7 looks more like a missile salvo fired directly at Amazon’s Kindle Fire. (“They’re firing Nexus 7 rockets!” screams Admiral Bezos. “Quick, launch the Kindle Firebomb!”) READ FULL STORY

Twitter outage sparks Facebook, Google+ attacks

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Twitter was down. I repeat, Twitter was down! Not even the dreaded Fail Whale was on hand to comfort tweeters when the social-networking site failed to load for somewhere between one and two hours this afternoon. Though Alec Baldwin was probably wringing his hands, other social media sites experienced a bump as a temporary anti-Twitter coalition rejoiced in the site’s folly. READ FULL STORY

Snap judgment: Samsung Galaxy S3 smart phone

Samsung held the North American launch for the latest iteration of its flagship Galaxy phone in New York today. Sizzle came courtesy of white pleather furniture, lots of blue light, 100-degree heat outside, and basketball-star guests Bill Walton, Steve Nash, and Kevin Love inside — not to mention the speculative buzz about whether the new device will be an “iPhone killer.”

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Snap Judgment: We touched Microsoft's Surface tablet!

The words “Apple” and “iPad” were never spoken during Microsoft’s unveiling yesterday of the company’s new tablet device, the Surface, but they haunted just about every facet of the presentation. First, there was the unusual, Apple-like secrecy surrounding the event — reporters were given just a few days notice that a “major announcement” would be taking place in Los Angeles, and only informed of the specific location just six hours before it was set to begin. (I overheard one reporter from San Francisco saying that he was only able to make a hotel reservation after he’d landed in L.A. that morning, because he wasn’t sure where in the sprawling city he’d have to be.)

When the Surface was finally revealed, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and a few other executives tripped over themselves fetishizing the tablet’s design, repeatedly emphasizing words like “seamless,” and “elegant,” and “perfect.” And much time was spent obsessing over the cutting-edge engineering that allowed for “vapor magnesium” casings that were both unfathomably thin and impressively rigid.

It was plainly obvious that Microsoft was gunning not only for Apple’s hefty market share, but also its zeitgeist-seizing mojo. The one question on all our minds, however, was whether any of us would get to actually use the Microsoft Surface.  READ FULL STORY

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