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U.S. Claims Successful Hit on Faulty Satellite

The official reason the U.S. military offered for its show of fireworks Wednesday night high above the Pacific was to shoot down, using an anti-satellite missile, a failed spy satellite before it might do damage upon reentry. However, not everyone read the skywriting that way.

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AT&T, Microsoft Discuss Internet Filtering

During a panel discussion at the annual consumer electronics show, representatives from NBC, Microsoft and AT&T made the case for filtering Internet content at the service provider level. The idea is to stop the movement of copyrighted material, but there is a large, scary implication: allowing the pipe owner to control what passes through.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Gore Puts Venture Money Where His Mouth Is

Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management has teamed up with venture capital heavyweight Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to try to close the “significant gap between the capital needed and the capital currently deployed to create enduring solutions to the climate crisis.” The alliance will have a global focus and will seek to multiply by “many times” the $200 million already invested by KPCB in green projects.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Denies Sharing Nukes

The North Korean government has denied allegations that it shared nuclear technology with Syria. A senior U.S. nuclear official earlier insisted that North Koreans were in Syria, possibly to supply the latter with illicit equipment.

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The Fastest Man on No Legs

As technology becomes exponentially more sophisticated and pervasive, the sports world finds itself awash in ethical dilemmas. So where does a lightning fast amputee fit in the spectrum of Barry Bonds with his alleged doping and Tiger Woods with his better-than-perfect Lasik eyes?

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


Yahoo Sued for Collaborating With China

A human rights organization is suing Yahoo for assisting the Chinese government in arresting dissidents by providing information on its users. Like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo has defended the practice of handing over data to China as a necessary evil mitigated by the benefits of the Internet, crippled and corrupt though it may be.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Microsoft Wants a Billion New Customers

Microsoft has given itself less than eight years to find another billion PC users. To help meet that goal, the company has pledged to sell $3 bundles of Windows XP and Office software to governments that provide schools with free computers. That’s about 2 percent of the cost of Office alone.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Last-Minute Tax Woes

A deluge of tax procrastinators attempting to file electronically before the midnight deadline on Tuesday slowed the TurboTax servers to a crawl, causing wait times in the hours. A spokesman for the company that makes the popular tax preparation software said it was “absolutely amazing” how many people had waited until the last possible moment.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


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White House Plays Hide-and-Seek With RNC E-Mails

Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, balked at the White House’s suggestion that several e-mails related to the U.S. attorneys scandal have been deleted. As many as 50 White House employees have used Republican National Committee e-mail accounts, possibly to conceal communications.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data With U.S. Center

Internet social network MySpace has developed a sophisticated national database of sex offenders it uses to police memberships and protect users, many of them minors. On Monday, the company announced it would share the information with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in an effort to aid law enforcement.
(h/t: Sex Drive Daily)

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Format War Heats Up

If you’ve been struggling to decide whether HD DVD or Blu-ray is right for your next-generation video needs, consider this: The porn industry has apparently chosen HD DVD as its preferred high-definition format. Sony, beware: The same people who probably gave VHS a win over Betamax in the last major format war have taken sides.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Thanks, but No Thanks

Etiquette experts still don’t approve of sending thank-you notes via e-mail, despite the growing popularity of the practice. Because it’s not the sentiment that counts, but the former tree it’s written on.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Worst Timing Ever for Bush & Co.

While the British plane-bombing suspects allegedly were planning their attacks, the Bush administration was seeking to quietly divert funds for developing new technologies that could have scanned for liquid explosives.

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Cell Phones Set to Dial For Dollars

PayPal will now allow users to buy goods and exchange money using their cell phones.
Sweet! It’s been getting far too hard to blow money on impulse items in recent years.

Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: Most Don’t Trust Bush on Iran

Forty-eight percent support striking Iran if it continues down its nuclear course, but a majority do not trust the president to make the “right decision,” according to an L.A. Times-Bloomberg poll.

Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


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Harvard Telescope To Seek Out Alien Beams

The apparatus will search for light emissions from distant galaxies. Scientists say light beams would be a logical way for alien civilizations to attempt communication.

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Google’s Wi-Fi Plan Stirs Big Brother Concerns

The company’s free wireless service in San Francisco would allow Google to monitor all its users’ whereabouts—ostensibly to serve up location-specific advertising.
The feeling you just got? That would be the hairs on the back on your neck rising.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


Scott Ritter Argues That Iran Poses No Real Threat

Former intelligence officer and United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter cuts through a recent L.A. Times story which claimed that “Iran could manufacture enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb within three years.” He provides a rather technical, but extremely convincing, argument for why it is unlikely that Iran could pose a nuclear threat anytime soon. (video: h/t Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Apr 8, 2006 READ MORE


Amazon Changes ‘Abortion’ Queries

Until recently, a user who typed in “abortion” received a prompt asking, “Did you mean adoption?” The online retailer has since erased the prompt.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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