The U.S. is sending arms to the Nouri al-Maliki regime as assistance for recent crises, an act that critics say will perpetuate the violence; the American Studies Association's Israel boycott is dividing academia; meanwhile, politicians are worried about American students' poor performance in the sciences. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere. No longer the wide-eyed fantasies of conspiracy theorists, these technologies are routinely installed in all of our data devices by companies that sell them to Washington for a profit.
A group of hackers who support President Bashar al-Assad are targeting new sources such as the New York Times website; a Russian artist's painting of Vladimir Putin in a negligee has been confiscated by authorities; meanwhile, words such as "twerk" and "unlike" have made it into the Oxford English Dictionary. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Because royalties for webcasters have been dramatically increased, many Internet radio sites have proclaimed Tuesday, June 26, a day of silence. A recent ruling held that starting July 15, Web-based broadcasters must pay triple for royalties.
The Internet radio business changed suddenly on April 16, when the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board decided in favor of drastic hikes in the royalty fees that webcasters pay record labels to play their music. Pandora founder Tim Westergren (above) says this ruling could put an end to American internet radio as we know it.