1. I’ll Have Another 50 Years Without a Triple Crown Winner. After pulling up lame with a swollen tendon a day before the Belmont Stakes were set to begin, I’ll Have Another ended this generation’s best hopes for a triple crown winner (which we haven’t had since 1978) and he became the first horse to win two legs but not even compete for the third since 1936. No word on whether or not trainer Doug O’Neill is doping himself right now. Instead, some horse named Union Rags won, to the delight of the two people who still cared about the Belmont.
2. 6.5 Million LinkedIn Passwords Stolen, You Now Spent 30 Years as a Fart Doctor at Pee Inc. For some reason hackers thought it would be a great idea to swipe passwords from the mobile version of social resume site LinkedIn this week. No word on what they’re planning to do with those passwords, but hopefully they can find me a job better than I can.
3. E3 Was This Week.
Basically nothing new was announced at E3 2012. The WiiU was playable but Nintendo’s conference was boring and no price was announced. Halo 4 got a trailer and Smartglass (which is terrible) was announced. Tomb Raider is just Uncharted now. Speaking of Uncharted, Star Wars 1313 is essentially just Space Uncharted. Sony just announced that Last of Us was coming and then threw Vita away. The only really cool thing that got announced? Watchdogs, an open world (multiplayer?) terrorist/spy simulation game with all kinds of really awesome looking functionality to be cut before release by Ubisoft to make room for more racism in Assassin’s Creed 3. Oh, and Beyond the new game from David Cage (Heavy Rain) starring Ellen Page as the protagonist, in a game that is sure to overpromise so much that under-delivering will seem ok?
4. Speaking of Video Games, Community Gets a Video Game (Unofficially)
The awesome NBC comedy “Community” featured an episode where the characters play through a video game to explore the character’s relationship with their old out of touch compatriot Pierce (Chevy Chase). The game was awesome in its 8-bit glory with some really stupid, but hilarious set-ups. But it wasn’t real. So Reddit users got together, talked it over, and made the frigging game. You can download it now for PC, Mac, and Linux and while it’s not completely finished, more rooms and features are being added weekly.
5. Apple Getting Rid of Google Maps from iOS
After years of profitable partnership, Apple is ridding itself of the Google maps functionality on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in favor of an in-house app. The writing has been on the wall since Google launched its own series of Android phones in 2007, but still, I’m going to miss the comforting Google Maps screen staring at me when I’m trying to go somewhere, and always getting my home address wrong.