'Another black person?!' NY nanny sues couple over firing after ‘racist’ text

A New York nanny is suing a couple for discriminatory firing after receiving a misdirected text from the mother complaining that she was “another black person.” The couple deny they are racist, likening the suit to “extortion.” Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman, a mother of two, expressed dismay when finding out that the new child care provider, Giselle […]

Honoring the ’80s, Def Con’s badge is also a text adventure

Enlarge / My DEF CON badge, complete with Wall of Sheep add-on from the DC801 crew, built by @kL34N and @SirGed. My puzzle quest is far from complete—it may require reprogramming and flipping a component. (credit: Sean Gallagher) Nearly 30,000 people came to Las Vegas last week for the 26th edition of DEF CON, the […]

Jeff Minter interview: Tempest 4000 VR plans, tricky levels, and curry text explained

Jeff Minter has made great games for decades, but his reboot of Atari’s 1980 arcade game Tempest made him an international icon — and gave Atari a killer app for the “64-bit” Jaguar console. Now that Atari itself is rebooting, Minter has returned to give the company a crown jewel in the form of Tempest […]

Phone maker settles charges it let partner collect customers’ text messages

Enlarge (credit: BLU) Phone maker BLU is settling charges that it allowed a China-based partner to collect a mountain of customers’ personal data—including full content of text messages, real-time locations, telephone numbers, contacts, and installed apps—despite promises it would keep such details private. Under a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission announced Monday, BLU […]

Text messages between 2 FBI employees show how they reacted to Comey’s firing and Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in the Russia investigation

The once-missing text messages between two former FBI employees were released to Congress on Thursday. The text messages — which span December 2016 through May 2017 — are between FBI special agent Peter Strzok and FBI counsel Lisa Page, who were in an ongoing, intimate relationship. Many of the text messages in the 49-page release are shorthand and are […]

An Isolated Desert Town Is Home To Horrors In Text Adventure Desert Of Vice

A mystery grips an town lying within the vast desert, with the player at its surreal apex in horrifying text adventure Desert of Vice. Inspired by the works of Kafka and Lovecraft, Desert of Vice takes players to a realm of supernatural monstrosities as they work to unravel the surreal events that grip the town. […]

The Pilgrimage Is A Humorous Text Adventure Across A Fiery Far-Future Earth

The text adventure has been quietly thriving for years, most notably through IFComp and Twine but also in fascinating titles like Counterfeit Monkey, Hadean Lands, or the recent illustrated re-release of Anchorhead. The Pilgrimage, currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, looks to be another promising addition to the genre, promising a sarcastically-toned journey through the places […]

Facebook Messenger users sue company over its logging of phone calls and text messages

(Reuters) — Three users of the Facebook Messenger app sued Facebook on Tuesday, saying the social network violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages, in the latest legal challenge facing the company. The U.S. lawsuit filed in federal court in the Northern District of California seeks status as a […]