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DZone Weekly Link Roundup (Feb. 19)

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The (Un)Official Sochi Olympics RESTful API

The Sochi Winter Olympics are the most expensive olympics in history, costing $50 billion. 151 million U.S. viewers have already tuned in. Despite the expense and interest, there is no API (except a paid one from a 3rd party). Kinomo is providing an amazing alternative for those who value unique data gathering opportunities.

New Bing Apps for Windows Phone Point to Increasing Platform Unity 

This discussion is in response to a announcement made on the Windows Phone Blog  over at Microsoft. New apps for food, drink, and entertainment after finally making the crossover from Windows 8.1 Metro to Windows Phone. This kind of platform compatibility should help Windows customer experience travel between different products, and made give strength to the rumor that Microsoft is merging Windows RT and Windows Phone.

The World's First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer is Now Available to Order
MarkForged recently released the first carbon fiber desktop 3D printer to the tune of over $5000. First debuted at SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego, the carbon fiber printer can also print nylon and fiberglass. There's been a lot of buzz about their developer kit, so don't sit on your wallet too long.


EU Has Secret Plan For Police to Remote Stop Cars
With continued coverage worldwide of joint U.S. and U.K. data collection programs coming out every day, new documents reveal a secret project in the EU to regulate remote stop devices for future car production. These devices would theoretically allow pursuing police to access and shut down a suspect's car. Many people are disturbed at the idea of pervasive backdoor device regulations gaining any further ground.

Why We Love Scala at Coursera
The folks over at Coursera are giving their love to Scala today. Coursera, known worldwide for their alternative education format in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), says they love Scala's type safety, powerful concurrency, and mature ecosystem.

Oracle Updates the Java SE 8 Date and Time Libraries
There's a blog announcement over on Oracle's site today talking about a history of inadequate data and time use cases, and how it's been a thorn in the side for many Java developers. This discussion precedes an announcement of a new date and time API designed for Java SE 8.


Learning a New Programming Language @ Willa's World
Bizarre Shadowy Paper-Based Payment System Being Rolled Out Worldwide
Come on everyone, Bitcoin is still new and cool and hip, right? Totally. This is the 19th installment in a series explaining and pitching everything that is Bitcoin, except after 18 articles they got bored and instead wrote an extremely sarcastic and highly amusing parody of the print currency system.

What the Hell Have You Built.  - @codinghorror
Because nothing will ever be funnier than hating on MongoDB.


Valve DNS Privacy Flap Exposes the Murky World of Cheat Prevention
If you were paying attention on Monday, the internet about exploded when allegations were set loose that Valve's famous anti-cheat VAC system was collecting user browsing data up to 24 prior to access. Gabe Newell was quick to respond... right on the front page of Reddit... but the discussion is an important one, and the reveal brings to light some important topics about the nature of privacy in the gaming world.

Ken Levine Announces Shutdown of Irrational Games (Bioshock)

Ken Levine announced that Irrational Games will be shutting down. Irrational Games, perhaps best known for the highly successful Bioshock series most recently culminating in Bioshock Infinite, will be reborn as a 15-man developer team focusing on narrative-driven games with high replayability. Expect some hardcore mourning in the gaming world.