Breaking the Internet and forking WebKit: 13 stories you may have missed

This week was all about the Web. Well, ok, it was about a lot of other things too. Things like the four-year-old supercomputer that is now totally obsolete, the strategies proposed for coping with climate change, and the complete meltdown of Prenda Law’s fifth-pleading coterie. Check out the headlines below to see if you missed anything!

  • Can a DDoS break the Internet? Sure… just not all of it
    Last week’s DDoS attack caused big problems for some, went unnoticed by others.
  • Google going its own way, forking WebKit rendering engine
    Claims that new “Blink” engine will allow faster innovation for all WebKit users.
  • World’s top supercomputer from ‘09 is now obsolete, will be dismantled
    IBM Roadrunner, the first petaflop machine, goes offline today.
  • Climate change may be irreversible, but we control the future trajectory
    A Perspective in Science says we have more control over our future than we think.
  • Zynga launches real-money online gambling, stock price surges
    While UK-only for now, poker and other casino games could come to US this year.
  • Unless Apple changes its rules, Facebook won’t have a Home on iOS
    Apple’s requirements for third-party apps will keep Facebook in its sandbox.
  • Judge smash: Prenda’s porn-trolling days are over
    Prenda lawyers take the Fifth. And a federal judge will assume the worst.
  • “I was an iPad skeptic”
    Ars staff reflects on three years of tablets post-iPad. “I could live without it, but I’d rather not.”
  • Ars Q&A: Prenda Law’s Paul Hansmeier speaks—just not about copyright
    Hansmeier happily talks class action objectors, declines comment at least five times.
  • From touch displays to the Surface: A brief history of touchscreen technology
    The beginnings of capacitive, resisitive, and multitouch screens.
  • Looking back at our favorite LucasArts gaming classics
    Ars fondly recalls some favorites—Star Wars to pipe—from the defunct studio.
  • New phones from Samsung, HTC to support “Facebook Home” app family
    A flagship Facebook phone will come with the apps preinstalled.
  • LG Optimus G Pro Review: the phone-tablets are here to stay
    It’s bigger and faster and, in a lot of ways, better.

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