Booting Up: When Computer Geeks Create the Future

Levchin. (Loic Le Meur.)

Levchin. (Loic Le Meur.)

New Yahoo director Max Levchin, blogging about joining the company’s board: “Yahoo! showed me that computer geeks can start companies that create that future. I’d love to do my part in helping the company that inspired me.” [Max Levchin]

Twelve Seattle neighborhoods are getting faster Internet connections from Gigabit Squared and the University of Washington. Us too, please? [Ars Technica]

General Catalyst is launching Roughdraft.VC to fund student-entrepreneurs at Boston colleges and universities. First Round Capital and NEA have launched similar programs. [TechCrunch]

Stephen Hawking and other British scientists are calling for a posthumous pardon for Alan Turing, the noted codebreaker convicted in 1952 after acknowledging an affair with another man at a time when homosexuality was illegal. [BBC]

British police identified Anonymous members behind Operation Payback by mining IRC logs and piecing together digital identities from Xbox handles. [The Register]

Forget to look skyward on your way home from the holiday party circuit last night? There’s still another night to catch the Geminid meteor shower. [Washington Post]