Thanks to Wikileaks creating a searchable index of the leaked Sony emails, we now know Ben Affleck asked Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates to remove mention of his slave-holding ancestor from Gates’s PBS series, Finding Your Roots.
We also know Matt Damon wrote an email to Harvard president Drew Faust advocating for a prospective student’s admission to the college, which caused some confusion among Harvard staff because it came from Damon’s personal email, an oddly named Earthlink account.
And now we’ve solved the mystery behind Damon’s email address, an inside joke between him and Casey Affleck about an obscure R&B singer from the ’80s revealed in a 2002 interview with the Boston Phoenix. But first, some background. More
If you were in college in 2007, chances are the coolest place to hang out in your dorm was whoever’s room had Guitar Hero or Rock Band. From 2006 to 2009, the entire nation was in the throes of a rhythm game revolution. But as quickly as the games took over living rooms across America, they fell off the map in 2011, victims of over-saturation, a recession, and expensive peripherals. Now, Harmonix, the Cambridge-based company that started it all, is getting the band back together. More
Rumors have been flying for months about Sony and Marvel negotiating to let Spider-Man, a character owned by Sony, appear in Marvel movies. When emails leaked as a result of the Sony hack in December, though, it appeared the talks were dead. But a press release from Marvel last night announced that Spider-Man will be appearing in at least one movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as well as having his own standalone film in 2017. Complicated? Sorta. But here’s how it’s all going to work. More
This weekend at International Magnetics Conference, Sony gave a big middle finger to vinyl revivalists by unveiling a souped-up cassette that can hold 64,750,000 songs. That’s 185 TB (148 GB per square inch), AKA a good reason for your iPod to hang itself with its earbuds. More