Cyberwar: It’s Not Just Fiction Anymore

After surviving numerous devastating wars throughout history, humanity is well acquainted with war in the physical realm. But we’re still unfamiliar with the concept of cyberwar, except perhaps in movie thrillers. That’s all about to change.


A New Role for Honeywell's T-Hawk

Crews trying to control Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are using a tool seen by only a few people outside the military: an 18-inch flying machine that can zip around at 50 miles an hour, stop quickly, and hover while taking videos and radioactivity readings.

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Google Domains for Iraq and Tunisia

Google announced two new localized search domains today, for Iraq and Tunisia. The search giant’s regional domains provide people within a given area with locally relevant results and in their preferred languages. Google now has a total of 184 local search domains worldwide.


China's Blood-Stained Property Map

China’s property sector, with its forced evictions and sometimes bloody confrontations, has long been described as something akin to a war zone. Now a team of online volunteers, led by an anonymous Chinese blogger, has launched a map-based project that brings that simile into stark relief.


Website for Leaked Data Shines Spotlight on WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks publishes top-secret documents about government and corporate intrigue. Then there is John Young, who publishes documents about WikiLeaks. From his apartment on New York City’s Upper West Side, the 70-something architect, computer buff and self-described “cypherpunk” runs a website,, that seeks to hold accountable the site that boasts of holding others to account.

Is the State Department's Tweeter-in-Chief Headed to Google?

Jared Cohen, who has gained fame as the State Department’s social networking phenom and the youngest member of its policy planning staff, is considering taking a job at Google in a strategic policy role, said several sources close to the situation. Cohen has been in discussions with Google recently about going there, those sources said, although it is not a done deal. In other words, the revolving door between D.C. and Silicon Valley keeps on turning, especially Googlers.

BoomTown Decodes Google CEO Schmidt's Shut-Up-You-Whiny-News-Folk Op-Ed (So You Don't Have To)!

Google CEO Eric Schmidt did one of his patented throat-clearers in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal today and it pretty much begs for translation. Well, BoomTown shall not tarry from the task of decoding the extra-long rumination from the head of Google, who was responding to the recent spate of aggressive attacks by traditional media publishers. They have blamed the search giant for everything from their current business woes to the destruction of journalism to Tiger Woods’s dicey marital troubles. Okay, not that! But the rest for sure.


Google CEO: A New Iraq Means Business Opportunities

Google’s chief executive Eric Schmidt said during a trip to Baghdad this week that Iraq’s stabilization could lead to business opportunities in the country. Mr. Schmidt was part of a delegation, led by Peter Pace, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to encourage business development in Iraq.


“After this tremendous investment in Iraq, we see business recovery finally happening. The creation of a new Iraqi state ultimately means business opportunities for global firms. Google’s interested in making sure that Iraq ends up being an open and transparent democracy–after all, information makes a big difference in everybody’s lives.”

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Another Media Reporter Packs His Bags: Timesman Arango Headed to Iraq

Doesn’t anyone want to cover the media beat anymore? First, BusinessWeek’s super-sourced Jon Fine departs for a six-month globe-hopping sabbatical. Now the New York Times’s Tim Arango is leaving town as well: Instead of writing about moguls and mergers, he’ll be reporting from Iraq.

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