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Son of Kaspersky CEO Kidnapped

Son of Kaspersky CEO Kidnapped

The son of Russian software entrepreneur Yevgeny Kaspersky has gone missing in Moscow and may have been kidnapped, Russian media report. Secret service and regular police have been searching for Ivan Kaspersky, 20, for at least two days, a police source told Interfax news agency. His father's firm, Kaspersky Lab, told a newspaper it could not [...]

.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers

.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers

Yesterday IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers. While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating. While a number of registrars have already been taking pre-registrations, the actual timeline for the launch has not yet been published. The Sunrise launch [...]

The Flip is dead

The Flip is dead

As has been widely reported, in a cost-cutting move Cisco has determined to set its Flip pocket-camcorder division adrift. No, correct that, much as it pains me to say so, “set adrift” implies that there’s some possibility that—despite low rations, little water, and floating some 2,000 miles from the nearest land mass—a Divine [...]

AT&T buys T-Mobile

AT&T buys T-Mobile

AT&T is to buy T-Mobile USA. Both GSM networks, the hoped-for result will be better coverage, though yeah, right, whatever. But it'll take a while. And that's assuming regulators don't nix the deal.

Why Aren’t You Watching Al Jazeera?

Why Aren’t You Watching Al Jazeera?

Al Jazeera news people are getting killed to bring us the story, and then their company is getting censored in America -- a double tragedy. If you care about anything more on the news than celebrity trivia join me in saying: Thank God For Al Jazeera! (more…)

Wikileaks among nominees for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Wikileaks among nominees for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

I say give it to the protesters and people of the Arabic countries under democratic revolution. Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Internet and a Russian human rights activist are among a record 241 nominations for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Tuesday that the 2011 field includes 53 organizations and tops [...]

What Watson might do after crushing humankind on Jeopardy

What Watson might do after crushing humankind on Jeopardy

Now that Watson has predictably used his inhuman buzzer skills to romp on non-inhumankind, what does the big lug do for a follow-up? Stephen Baker, who has written a whole book and this blog about Watson, explains: Consider Watson as a research assistant on a medical diagnostic team. A patient comes in with a puzzling set of symptoms. Watson [...]

Egypt change

Egypt change

This pic is actually quite brilliant. It expressed perfectly my fear of what will become of Egypt; will it advance to the future or fall into medieval past?

Phone-to-Twitter bridge for use in an Internet-less Egypt

Phone-to-Twitter bridge for use in an Internet-less Egypt

Over the weekend, engineers from Google, Twitter and SayNow (a recent Google acquisition) built a phone-to-Twitter bridge to allow Egyptians to transmit and receive #jan25-related tweets without accessing the Internet: We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company we acquired last week, to make this idea [...]

Would-Be Suicide Bomber Killed by Unexpected SMS Spam From Mobile Carrier

Would-Be Suicide Bomber Killed by Unexpected SMS Spam From Mobile Carrier

Most useful spam sms of all time, amirite? A "Black Widow" suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year's Eve but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early, according to Russian security sources. The unnamed woman, who is thought to be part of the same group that struck Moscow's Domodedovo [...]

Amazon Pulls Plug on Wikileaks

Amazon Pulls Plug on Wikileaks

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, (I-Conn.), doesn't think companies should be doing business with Wikileaks, and one company agrees. Amazon.com has stopped hosting the Wikileaks website after staffers from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee asked about the company's [...]

BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures

BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures

i see this system being ripe for DNS poisoning. I wish good luck with this project, as this is the problem with any alternative DNS system out there... which all seem to be going for a cloud, crowd-sourced solution. The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers [...]

Police called to suspicious package. (It was an Amazon order)

Police called to suspicious package. (It was an Amazon order)

A man in Hudson, Ohio called the police to report a suspicious package on his doorstep. When the officer arrived, he noticed the "AMAZON.COM" printing on the box and asked if the man had recently ordered anything from Amazon: The man reportedly said "Why yes, I did."The officer told the resident his order had arrived. The resident then said [...]

4Loko to Remove Caffeine, Guarana, and Taurine from Products

4Loko to Remove Caffeine, Guarana, and Taurine from Products

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, Chicago, Ill. – Phusion Projects today announced the company’s intent to reformulate its products to remove caffeine, guarana and taurine nationwide, saying it has taken the necessary steps to do so and is informing its employees and distributors of the plans. Going forward, Phusion will produce only non-caffeinated [...]

Senators Don’t Expect Cyber Security Bill to Pass this Year

Senators Don’t Expect Cyber Security Bill to Pass this Year

Much of the critical infrastructures of developed nations like the U.S. depend on computer and network systems to operate and communicate. Hackers from nefarious nations and those who hack for fun can get into some of these critical systems potentially causing a security threat to the country. In an effort to give the president the power to [...]

Feds forced to admit that it’s legal to take pictures of federal buildings

Feds forced to admit that it’s legal to take pictures of federal buildings

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Libertarian activist Antonio Musumeci just won a court case that affirms the right of photographers to take pictures and record video out front of federal courthouses. The US federal government settled the case by apologizing to Musumeci for his arrest, acknowledging that it is legal to record at [...]

FBI makes arrest in bank robbery; suspect had posted claim of responsibility on Facebook

FBI makes arrest in bank robbery; suspect had posted claim of responsibility on Facebook

The FBI says it has made an arrest in an Oregon bank robbery after the suspect posted a claim of responsibility on Facebook. Spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says Ryan Homsley was arrested Friday. She says investigators filed a complaint Wednesday in federal court, charging Homsley with Tuesday's robbery at a Key Bank branch in suburban [...]

PA school board pays $33K settlement for searching kid’s phone and referring seminude self-portraits to DA for criminal prosecution

PA school board pays $33K settlement for searching kid’s phone and referring seminude self-portraits to DA for criminal prosecution

Pennsylvania's Tunkhannock Area School District has settled a lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf of NN, a student whose mobile phone was searched by her principal. The principal dug through several screens' worth of menus to discover some partial nude photos of NN, as well as a blurry full nude that NN had intended for her long-term [...]

Big Corn wants to change “High Fructose Corn Syrup” to “Corn Sugar”

Big Corn wants to change “High Fructose Corn Syrup” to “Corn Sugar”

The US Corn Refiners Association has petitioned the FDA for permission to change the name "High Fructose Corn Syrup" to the much more innocuous-sounding "Corn Sugars." This comes as 58% of Americans say they are concerned about HFCS's impact on their health. HFCS is a heavily subsidized industrial byproduct of the corn industry, and is [...]

AMEX, Visa, & MasterCard All Give Thumbs Up To $10 Credit Card Minimums

AMEX, Visa, & MasterCard All Give Thumbs Up To $10 Credit Card Minimums

For years, educated credit card holders have been safe in the knowledge that a merchant could not require them to purchase a minimum amount in order to charge something to their cards. But with the recent passing of the finance bill, the door has been opened to allow such minimums -- and the card companies are just fine with that. Visa is [...]

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