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Let the games begin! Olympic athletes embrace social media. Fans perfect the art of ignoring Twitter spoilers in advance of evening rebroadcasts. Meanwhile, the video game industry confronts an ongoing problem in competitive gaming: sexist language and harassment. The Computer Guys and Gal are back to explore the latest news from the technology world.

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Some people are calling the 2012 London games the "social media Olympics." The Computer Guys And Gal share suggestions for celebrating the Olympics from the office cubicle or living room couch. Plus, what the online gaming industry can and should do about sexist behavior.

Allison Druin

  1. Has social media ruined the Olympics, or is it NBC and its time delay?

  2. Why did Twitter suspend a journalist covering the games?

  3. Thank the wrong person or group and your Olympic dreams are over! An update on Rule 40, which severely limits athletes' rights to market themselves during the Olympic Games.

  4. Free is not so free when it comes to Olympics live-streaming.

  5. Olympics sponsor BMW develops technology to help U.S. athletes improve their training and performance.

  6. Olympic technology: The winners and losers.

  7. A crackdown on WiFi access points in the Olympics.

  8. Ever wonder how the score boards know when someone has won a race within 1 100th of a second? Pressure sensors in the pool! Technology that's hiding in plain sight at the Olympics.

  9. Simulated Olympic training, such as Australian cyclists who watch a screen that looks like a video game but actually is a "mile for mile, hill for hill recreation of the London Olympic road cycling course."

  10. Want Olympic Tickets? Let Twitter help you.

Bill Harlow

  1. In virtual play, sex harassment is all too real.

  2. The ugly side of fighting games: Sexual harassment in competitive gaming.

  3. The fighting game community rallied to include a gamer with cerebral palsy.

  4. Power Pwn, the world's most sinister power strip.

  5. As security researcher Cody Brocious put it, "My Arduino can beat up your hotel room lock."

  6. The perils of a hacked iCloud account.

  7. What happens when David Pogue loses his iPhone? The world watches (and helps).

  8. Forum trolling against terrorism. Internet "flame wars" may have higher stakes here.

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