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01.06.12 WINTER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The brand new Winter issue of 2600 is now officially out in all sorts of different places and versions. Hopefully you won't have much trouble finding us in bookstores. You may have more of a challenge finding bookstores in the first place. While we're still getting over the loss of Borders, you should be able to easily find us in every Barnes and Noble and other chains, along with a whole bunch of independent bookstores and newsstands. If you're a subscriber, an issue may have already arrived at your home, office, or school. If you're more of the electronic bent, you will have already received the Winter issue if you have a Kindle subscription. You can also get a Kindle subscription in the U.K. The Kindle Publications subscription is available for Kindles, Android, and iOS devices. Issues are also available individually in the subscription section. For those of you using Mac and PC devices, individual issues are available in the standalone Kindle Book format. You can also get this version in U.K., France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. We also have an epub version available for the Nook or almost every other ereader. And we intend to keep adding more, as long as there is a demand.

01.12.12 HOPE NUMBER NINE PREREGISTRATION ONLINE
We have officially opened up preregistration for the latest Hackers On Planet Earth conference: HOPE Number Nine, which will be taking place at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City from July 13th to July 15th, 2012. Just click here to begin the process. These tickets are still priced well below what's charged at the door, a savings of nearly 20 percent. But we believe that the full price is still an incredible bargain, considering all of the talks and fun that are found at a typical HOPE conference.

01.17.12 2600 WEBSITES TO GO BLACK ON WEDNESDAY
We have decided to show our solidarity with the opponents of the SOPA and PIPA bills and black out our websites on Wednesday, January 18th.

01.19.12 HOPE NUMBER NINE SPEAKER SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
We've opened up the submission process for speaker entries at HOPE Number Nine, to be held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City from July 13th to 15th, 2012.

01.30.12 DISCOUNTED RATES FOR HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOPE DATES
We have the special HOPE rates for Hotel Pennsylvania this July and we're happy to say that the rates are just about the same as they were last time we did this in 2010. Here's the breakdown for the nights of July 10th through July 14th:

$139 - 1 bed (single or double)
$149 - 1 twin bed room
$169 - 2 beds (twins or 2 double beds)

For those staying beyond Sunday, the prices go down even more for July 15th and July 16th:

$99 - 1 bed (single or double)
$119 - 2 beds (twins or 2 double beds)

HOPE Number Nine will be taking place from Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 15th, 2012 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

To take advantage of this discounted rate (which sold out along with the entire hotel last time), call +1 212 736 5000 or ask your operator to connect you to Pennsylvania 6-5000 in New York City. (Go ahead, try it.) When you get to the reception desk, be sure to mention that you want the HOPE rate.

For those of you who'd rather not use a telephone, simply go to http://tinyurl.com/hopehotel and adjust the dates of your stay accordingly within the green squares. (Make sure the Group Code says HOPE.)

01.31.12 THE YES MEN TO KEYNOTE AT HOPE NUMBER NINE
We're happy to announce that one of our keynote addresses at HOPE Number Nine this summer will be given by The Yes Men, in what will surely be a lively, enlightening, and inspirational presentation.

02.11.12 RADIO ARCHIVE NOTES
The first of two Voice of Long Island reunion shows is now online. This was a spur of the moment reunion program with no advance warning to listeners that aired on Friday night/Saturday morning, January 3rd, 1987 from midnight to 3:00 am (the show's original timeslot during its 1981-1983 run. You can stream or download the show in high or low fidelity at this link.

02.29.12 THE YES MEN ON 'OFF THE HOOK' TONIGHT
As part of the grand finale of the WBAI Winter fundraiser, "Off The Hook" will have a special two-hour program tonight featuring none other than The Yes Men, who will join us live to discuss their latest antics, as well as the many amazing accomplishments of their past.

03.28.12 RICHARD O'DWYER STORY TO BE FEATURED ON 'OFF THE HOOK'
We will have a live interview with Richard O'Dwyer's mother on tonight's edition of "Off The Hook," to be aired at 7 pm ET over WBAI-FM and online.

04.02.12 HOPE TICKET SALES TO BENEFIT ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
For the entire month of April, we will be donating ten percent of the amount brought in from HOPE ticket sales to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

04.03.12 VOLUME 1 OF 2600 NOW ONLINE - DRM FREE - IN KINDLE, NOOK, AND PDF FORMATS
So we've taken the next step in our digital publishing project. We've gone all the way back to 1984, our first year publishing, and put together "The Hacker Digest - Volume 1" for Kindles, Nooks, tablets, computers, the works. It's all DRM-free as well.

04.04.12 SPRING ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Spring issue of 2600 has been officially released in digital and paper versions worldwide. If you're a subscriber, you likely already have gotten the Spring issue delivered to you. If not, it should be in your hands really soon. For those of you who get 2600 at bookstores or newsstands, you can start planning your trip to those places now, as we believe the issues are already on the stands. For those of you in the electronic world, your issues will be ready in a matter of seconds, or even less if you've got a Kindle subscription, as your copy will have already been magically beamed to your Kindle device. We're still trying to get on the Barnes and Noble subscription list, but until that happens, you can pick up individual issues on their site.

05.09.12 HELP US COMPILE THE 2013 HACKER CALENDAR
We've begun work on the 2013 Hacker Calendar after a really good response to the 2012 edition. This time the theme is surveillance, something near and dear to all of us.

05.22.12 REMINDER: SPEAKER SUBMISSION DEADLINE LOOMING FOR HOPE NUMBER NINE
To anyone who may have been procrastinating about submitting a kickass talk or panel proposal to the HOPE Number Nine speaker committee at speakers@hope.net, please be advised that our final deadline is Thursday, May 31.

05.31.12 REMINDER: HOPE SPEAKER SUBMISSION DEADLINE TODAY
It's currently the last day of May, which means that it's the last day for potential speakers at this year's HOPE conference to send in their submissions. Because of the huge number of entries this year, we cannot extend this deadline. After midnight (Eastern Daylight Time), we will no longer be accepting speaker submissions. So if you plan on giving a talk or throwing together a panel discussion, we suggest you drop whatever you're doing and put together an email that outlines your proposal, and send that on in to speakers@hope.net. You can find a list of guidelines here.

05.31.12 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST 2600 MEETING FRIDAY
It was Friday, June 5, 1987 when we held the very first 2600 meeting at what was then known as the Citicorp Center in New York City. The meeting was modeled after the weekly "TAP" meetings which had been taking place in New York for many years, organized by the phone phreak newsletter which published from the early 1970s to 1983. We had a number of people turn up and it was decided that the meetings should continue. They eventually would expand into cities all over the world and the first Friday of the month became known as "2600 Meeting Day" amongst hackers, law enforcement agencies, and corporate boards everywhere.

06.13.12 NSA WHISTLEBLOWER WILLIAM BINNEY TO KEYNOTE AT HOPE
Our second keynote address at this year's HOPE Number Nine conference will be delivered by former National Security Agency analyst turned whistleblower William Binney.

06.25.12 HOPE SCHEDULE NOW ONLINE
With over 100 talks scheduled and more than 150 speakers, the HOPE Number Nine schedule is packing more into three days than we've ever attempted before. That, and the incredible diversity of the talks this year, is going to make this HOPE conference the most interesting and enlightening one yet.

06.25.12 HOW TO GET A VENDOR TABLE AT HOPE
If you have something to sell, exhibit, or otherwise share with attendees at the upcoming HOPE Number Nine conference, we still have tables available for those of you who want to be able to display or sell your wares. But the early price will be going up after Wednesday.

07.09.12 SUMMER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Summer issue of 2600 is now out throughout the planet in both paper and digital formats. If you subscribe to us, you should already have an issue in your hands. If you don't, you undoubtedly will soon. If you prefer to get your copies at various retail outlets, we suggest making your way there soon before they disappear off the shelves. For digital readers (the people, not the devices), you either already have had your issue beamed to your device or you can make that happen in a matter of seconds, with help from the links below.

07.19.12 HOPE NUMBER NINE DVDS AVAILABLE
The recently concluded HOPE Number Nine conference was a smashing success by all accounts. We want to thank everyone who helped to make it possible and all of those who attended. HOPE just keeps getting better.

07.27.12 HOPE NUMBER NINE AUDIO NOW ONLINE
Audio from all of the scheduled talks at HOPE Number Nine is now up on the HOPE website. It's available for free download in MP3 format at both 16kbps and 64kbps. Feel free to spread them around, convert them to other formats, and add this audio to your own archives. We want to thank everyone involved in the conference who helped make it all possible.

08.02.12 VOLUME 28 OF 2600 NOW ONLINE - DRM FREE - IN KINDLE, NOOK, AND PDF FORMATS
The newest volume of "The Hacker Digest" has been released in a number of ebook formats, as well as in PDF format - and all DRM-free.

08.07.12 HOPE NUMBER NINE CLEARANCE
If you're still kicking yourself for missing HOPE Number Nine, we have something that might make you feel better. We've finally gone through the boxes of leftovers and are offering HOPE Number Nine t-shirts and passports through our online store.

08.21.12 NEW PHONE PHREAK SWEATSHIRTS RELEASED TO THE WORLD
You may have seen some of these on display at HOPE last month. Those were the lucky people who got the first ever batch of the new 2600 hooded sweatshirt. Now, they've been made available to the entire world.

08.27.12 2013 HACKER CALENDARS ARE OUT
It may still be 2012, but that's no reason not to get the new Hacker Calendars for 2013. Unless you truly believe the world will end on December 20th.

09.06.12 H2K2 VIDEO ARCHIVE NOW ONLINE
Ten years ago, we hosted our fourth conference, H2K2, in New York City. Why would a decade old hacker conference be of interest today? For one thing, it's a great time capsule that has never been online before and never available on DVD before now. But mostly, the insights, debates, predictions, and dialogue are pretty amazing and inspirational.

09.25.12 HELP US ELIMINATE ON-AIR FUNDRAISING IN OCTOBER
Two things are certain for October. One is that our weekly radio show, "Off The Hook," will, as part of WBAI, be participating in the fall fundraising drive. Two is that we'll get all sorts of emails from people who listen to the program online after it airs and want to show their support to the station and have it added to the total for our show. Until now, this was always a bit difficult.

10.09.12 AUTUMN ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Autumn issue of 2600 has been released to newsstands, schoolyards, corporate boardrooms, and intelligence communities worldwide. If you're a subscriber, you could be grasping one in your hands right now. If not, an issue is available at retail outlets all over the place.

10.12.12 THE FIFTH HOPE VIDEO ARCHIVE NOW ONLINE
As we continue to restore and preserve hacker history, our latest project involves the videos from The Fifth HOPE, our conference from 2004. Here you'll find no less than three keynote addresses, by Kevin Mitnick, Steve Wozniak, and Jello Biafra, along with around 70 other talks on everything from the emerging hacktivism scene to the development of the hackerspace movement to security concerns and legal issues, along with pirate radio and social engineering.

11.13.12 AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR LISTENERS FROM THE STAFF OF "OFF THE HOOK"
When the hurricane hit us, apart from our own immediate survival, our thoughts went out to our listeners and how we could play a part in the recovery process. In times of crisis, radio is incredibly important - a veritable lifeline for those who have lost all other contact with the outside world. On Wednesday, October 31st, there were millions of people in that unfortunate position. All of downtown Manhattan was blacked out, as were massive parts of the surrounding areas. But, luckily, WBAI was still transmitting, albeit from a backup site.

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