Liz Gannes

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Now You Can Play Old-School Pong Via Newfangled Web Video Tech

Google has made another one of its nifty “Chrome Experiment” demos to show off new Web technology. It’s called Cube Slam and, using WebRTC, you can play the arcade game Pong face to face with a friend without installing any plugins (on desktop Chrome or Chrome OS, not mobile yet). Since you control the Pong paddle via off-camera arrow buttons, the live video part is kind of odd — so make sure to psych yourself up to trash-talk and be extremely visually expressive before you send your friend an invite link.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik