As we finally come face to face with Tolkien's Smaug on the big screen, Philip Hoare sets off in search of the greatest of all mythical creatures – from the satanic lizards of the Bible to the Jungian monster within us all
NSA and GCHQ agents have collected gamer chats and deployed real-life agents into World of Warcraft and Second Life. Have questions about these agencies are doing with your gaming data?
John Patterson: Twenty-five years ago, a nostalgic Italian film that flopped on release in its own country went on to become a worldwide hit. What was the secret of its success?
We have reached the moment after which the number of people who give a damn about their privacy will only increase. By Cory Doctorow
Spike TV's annual award ceremony saw some fascinating announcements this weekend including a Game of Thrones adventure from Telltale and No Man's Sky from Hello Games
How the biggest heist in bitcoin history turned farcical. By Alex Hern
• Tech companies demand changes to US laws• Spy agencies push to infiltrate online games• Snowden voted Guardian person of the year
AOL, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple and LinkedIn to call for reforms to restore the public's trust in the internet
From a 3D printer that you can build from stuff laying around the house to 3D printing steel, food or plastic in the home. By Samuel Gibbs
Hopster, Heyday, Band Stars, Space Hulk, Ember, The Wolf Among Us, Portable North Pole and more. By Stuart Dredge
NSA and GCHQ collect gamers' chats and deploy real-life agents into World of Warcraft and Second LifeRead the NSA document: Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments
The second instalment of Peter Jackson's Tolkien trilogy is picking up much stronger early reviews than his first Hobbit film
Jeremy Kay: Can Disney's winter-wonderland offering fend off the impending arrival of The Desolation of Smaug?
The Last Mile captures a reflective Nelson Mandela following his release from prison and depicts a hopeful president-in-waiting
Sky Go Tablet, Quip, Heroes of Dragon Age, Cal, Assassin's Creed Pirates, Stevie, Dr. Newton and more