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Big Brother

  1. overnights
    Big Brother Recap: The Zingbot Will Rule Us AllThe robot returns, and our recapper tries to match him zing for zing.
  2. overnights
    Big Brother Recap: Return of the Walking DeadBrendon returned this week. Sigh.
  3. tv
    The Summer TV Report Card: Which Shows Were Hot and Which Just Got Burned?From reality to scripted to all things pawn, we judge what’s likely to be back next June, and what we’ll (hopefully) never see again.
  4. overnights
    Big Brother Recap: The Myth of SisyphusThat is actually mentioned in this episode.
  5. overnights
    Big Brother Recap: Hitting the Debt CeilingAnd some fake skis.
  6. overnights
    Big Brother Recap: Alliances Split, and the Word Gameplay Is Liberally SpokenJulie Chen: “Wow, you guys are serious gamers.” Me: “This is the least fun game in the history of gaming.”
  7. tv
    How Have the Oldest Reality Shows Tried to Stay Fresh … and Has It Helped?’Project Runway’ season nine premieres tonight. Can it follow in the footsteps of ‘Survivor’ and keep going?
  8. overnights
    Big Brother Recap: A Week 3 Summary Composed Only of ListsLike, “Things contestants said that are probably true, which makes them sad.”
  9. overnights
    Big Brother Recap: Dress Up Like a Superhero or a Pastel CowRecapper David Rees barely survives week No. 2.
  10. tv
    One Big Brother Houseguest Has Left EarlyThat was fast.
  11. ratings
    Big Brother Debuts to Strong RatingsEight million people watched.
  12. overnights
    David Rees, Unwitting Big Brother Virgin, Recaps the Premiere“Evil Dick looks like a partially deflated Motley Crüe Macy’s parade balloon.”
  13. vulture lists
    The 12 Fighting Techniques of Big Brother ContestantsClaim that God is on your side! Proudly brag of your storage-room sexual trysts! And more!
  14. tv
    The Silly Names of the Big Brother Newbies Are AnnouncedPorsche, Cassi, Kalia, and Lawon.
  15. spy games
    After 9/11, FBI Abused Anti-Terrorism Cover to Investigate Leftist GroupsAnd possibly Pamela Anderson.
  16. the future is coming
    Warning: This Subway Car May Be Equipped With a Video Recording DeviceThree hundred and forty “see trains” on the tracks by 2015.
  17. whoops
    How Not to Sell Your New Domestic Surveillance Program to the American PublicNothing to be afraid of, except for … DYSTOPIA!
  18. Big Brother
    Paterson Still Fighting FizzIf a new soda tax passes, you may have to cough up one cent per ounce.
  19. Big Brother
    Bloomberg Makes Flavors IllegalIn cigars and chewing tobacco, that is.
  20. Big Brother
    Buzzkill: SLA Nips Emporio’s BYOB in the BudEven after a bribery raid, the SLA still has time to crack down on DIYers.
  21. Big Brother
    Muffin Bluffin’ at StarbucksDunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are making adjustments after a news report found calorie counts to be inaccurate in some of their items.
  22. Big Brother
    No Surprise: Restaurant Group Opposes Health Department GradesAmong other things, it would be an invitation to bribery. Plus, some surprising health-inspection stats.
  23. Big Brother
    Carbonation TaxationNot surprisingly, a recent poll shows that even diet soda drinkers don’t support the ‘obesity tax.’
  24. the industry
    Gus Van Sant Drinks the ‘Kool-Aid’
  25. the morning line
    Senators Like Mike • When Bloomberg speaks, Washington listens? The mayor is praising senators for killing an amendment — it would have forbidden the feds to share gun data with local police — he recently ripped to shreds. [NYDN] • It looks like we have a mob war on our hands, with a second Mafia-related hit in three days. First a Gambino capo’s son was attacked; now an alleged Genovese mobster is found executed. Or is it all just an HBO promo? [NYP] • Remember Wall Street West, a Pennsylvania developer’s plan to sell NYC financial firms a kind of giant, high-tech office park as a backup facility? There’s one snag: Nobody’s biting. [NYT] • The city’s slowly getting used to those spindly, War Of the Worlds–like “Sky Watch” surveillance towers. The next question is whether they actually reduce crime. [amNY] • And a Long Island gym teacher was arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor after he duct taped the legs of a student, presumably to teach him some sort of lesson. If we’d known this kind of stuff was actionable, our gym teacher would probably still be in jail. [Newsday]
  26. intel
    With Street View, Google Has Won Victory Over Ourselves. We Love Big Google. As you may have heard, Google this week rolled out another beta feature that will soon, depending on how things play out, either prove an innocuous time-waster or some sort of privacy-ending, terror-enabling, total-surveillance nightmare. It’s Street View, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a ground-level Google Earth that plants you smack in the middle of a street rather than floating above it. New York is one of the few cities to get the early treatment, with most of the Manhattan grid and good chunks of the outer boroughs already covered. Once plopped down at an intersection of your choosing, you can take in a 360-degree view or “walk” up and down the block; storefronts distend woozily around you, and parked vehicles dissolve into nothing where the photos are stitched together. As trippy as the experience is, we’re a little intrigued about Street View’s next step. What happens when the company photogs have traversed all the places with, you know, streets? Volunteers roaming every hill and dale taking pictures? Flying unmanned Googledrones scouring the countryside? Of course. Street View demo [Google]