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The Drill Down 413: PAX South Roundup 2016
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This week, Tosin recaps the best from PAX South 2016, Who won the Super Bowl…online?, Are self-driving car systems legally the driver?, Twitter turns things upside-down, Why does Amazon need brick-and-mortar stores?, What happens when you get squashed between two portals? …All this and more on The Drill Down.

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Valve Accidentally Leaks Dates For Steam Summer Sale 2015
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Gabe Newell and the team at Valve have accidentally leaked the date for the start of Steam’s summer sale, according to PC World, which reports that it will be June 11, 2015.

Now this news comes with a couple of grains of salt. The information was apparently caught by IGN’s Russian contingent as the news was posted on Valve’s official social media presence on Russia’s equivalent of Facebook called VKontakte. Now that seems shady, but it was the “official” page for Valve, so there is some credibility there BUT (and this is a potential game changer) the date in question is also earlier than normal for the event. Typically, this sale comes around late June and early July and here it would be a couple of weeks early.

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The Drill Down 294: Don’t Be Evil, Do Be Immortal
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This week, the head of the NSA channels Captain Kirk, Is Linux the future of gaming?, Twitter goes public, and now that it’s conquered search, Google’s next challenge is…mortality itself.

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‘Portal’ Creator Valve Approved Guillermo Del Toro’s Use Of GlaDOS In ‘Pacific Rim’
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Guillermo del Toro is one of the most talented and visionary directors and storytellers working today. He also happens to be a massive geek, just like you or I. This is exactly why most geeks have “hug Guillermo del Toro” somewhere on their bucket lists.

One of the forms of entertainment that del Toro is a big fan of, as many of us are, is video games. And one of his favorite games is the ultra-popular Valve Software puzzler Portal.

This became blatantly obvious when we finally got our eyes on the first trailer for del Toro’s overwhelmingly massive giant robots vs. giant monsters movie, Pacific Rim, in which the voice of the equally popular Portal villain GlaDOS can be heard.

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