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Why did Atari bury its E.T. video game?

The discovery of a hidden cache of E.T., the worst game ever made, confirms a 30-year rumour that Atari dumped them in the desert – but the mystery of why remains.

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Face-recognition software: Is this the end of anonymity for all of us?

The software is already used for military surveillance, by police to identify suspects - and on Facebook. Now the US government is in the process of building the world's largest cache of face-recognition data, with the goal of identifying every person in the country

Ain't that a kick in the head: a still from Jared Frank's money-spinning video

Train Kick Selfie Guy is set to scoop up to $250,000 thanks to his viral video - so how can you cash in on your candid moments?

Canadian Jared Frank could receive anything between $30,000 (£17,800) to $250,000 (£149,000) for his misfortune - and that's just his cut of advertising revenue from being viewed on YouTube

Tall order: the 127m-high National Lift Tower in Northampton

The world's fastest elevators - 20 metres per second - are coming soon to China

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Rhodri Marsden's interesting objects: The presenter's telephone

Fifty years ago this weekend, embattled journalist Gerald Priestland put paid to the notion that the presenter's telephone was merely a prop

Michael Acton Smith founded Firebox straight out of university before creating Moshi Monsters

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Michael Acton Smith started out selling silliness with online retailer Firebox, before launching a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm

Rhodri Marsden: Neil Young's quest for purer listening is pure elitist garbage

Young's Pono music player has raised more than $6 million on Kickstarter

Play It Forward: the DC Record Fair in Washington, US

Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to celebrate the sellers of well-grooved wax, says Alex Lawson

Heartbleed, the latest internet security flaw, was only made possible because many big online businesses use OpenSSL

Heartbleed bug has revealed major flaw in online security - so much of the web is based on free software that anyone can access

The Heartbleed vulnerability arose from a section of code that helps maintain a piece of free software used by companies and government agencies almost everywhere

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