August 10, 2013
Anyone who remembers the Cold War knows the current frosty relations between the United States and Russia are far from teetering on the verge of mutually assured destruction. Neither nation wants to return to a time when the possibility of instant annihilation had American schoolchildren cowering under their desks during bombing drills - as if that would have protected them from the fallout if an actual nuclear attack had occurred. Today's friction isn't as bad. After ignoring U.S. pleas to help persuade despotic Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and end that country's civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to host Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who stole state secrets.
July 5, 2013 |
It has been an enduring challenge for the media - the old and the new - to produce ad-supported content without occasionally blurring the lines between that content and the advertising that supports it. But it has proved particularly vexing for the Web as it enters its third decade - a problem highlighted by a set of letters recently sent by the Federal Trade Commission to two dozen companies that perform Internet searches. More than a decade after first raising the issue, the FTC has retrained its spotlight on something that Internet companies would rather keep in the dark: growing evidence that search firms, including some of the industry's biggest names, are blurring the distinction between advertising and the information Web users expect them to deliver.
June 18, 2013 |
SLIGO, Ireland - President Obama this week will visit a European continent deeply worried about its economy, the worsening conflict in Syria, and the uncertain direction of American leadership abroad in the fifth year of his administration. As he arrives Monday in Northern Ireland for his first trip to Europe in two years, Obama will be confronting the diplomatic fallout from his actions and inaction on some of the most urgent concerns of his European counterparts. His long delay in more aggressively supporting Syria's beleaguered opposition forces - a move his administration announced in the form of expanded military aid on the eve of his visit here - has frustrated the leaders of France and Germany.
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by the Washington Post. The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers.
February 20, 2013 |
ESCALATING one of tech's biggest rivalries, Microsoft Corp. is accusing Google Inc. of compromising the privacy of Gmail users - leveling the charge in an unusual, in-your-face ad campaign that it hopes will resonate with consumers even if some analysts call it alarmist and irresponsible. The public attacks - in print, television and billboard messages that warn consumers about the supposed dangers of being "Scroogled," or mistreated by Google - marks a strategic shift in a clash of Internet titans, under the guidance of a bare-knuckle political-campaign strategist.
August 1, 2012 |
A Russian-born billionaire who dropped out of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School has just made the Nobel Prize for Physics look like chump change. Yuri Milner, 50, has made big splashes before, investing hundreds of millions in the likes of Facebook and Groupon, gracing the cover of Forbes last year, and, this spring, spending $100 million for a single-family Silicon Valley home. Now, Milner, who was educated as a physicist before seeking his Wharton M.B.A. in the early '90s, has awarded $3 million each to nine physicists, including four at Princeton's Center for Advanced Study.
February 3, 2012
By Ted Silary email@example.com In a crowded corner of St. Joseph's Prep's basketball locker room, long after much of the excitement had ebbed, coach William "Speedy" Morris finally got the chance to address his players. First things first: There'd be practice today. No one booed or even groaned. Then he noted, "Too much of this is on me. " Well, sir, the spotlight tends to resemble the sun when a guy garners his nine hundredth career coaching victory.
January 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama is trying to rebuild the American economy, one job at a time - literally. The president asked an online town hall questioner Monday to send him her husband's resume, insisting he wanted to look into why the man remained out of work despite his background as a semiconductor engineer. "I meant what I said, if you send me your husband's resume, I'd be interested in finding out exactly what's happening right there," Obama told the questioner, Jennifer Wedel of Fort Worth, Texas.
June 18, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It's starting to feel like a 1999 flashback. Internet companies - some of them profitable, some not - sense a golden opportunity and are lining up to go public this year. But we're nowhere close to the giddy days of the late '90s dot-com boom, when investors bought newly issued stocks as impulsively as lottery tickets. Technology stocks today are the cheapest in more than nine years, judging by one benchmark for appraising companies. In addition, venture capitalists who bankroll high-tech start-ups aren't pouring money into the Internet like they once did. Moreover, rapidly growing Internet companies LinkedIn Corp.
October 29, 2010 |
The U-Haul truck that pulled away from a nondescript Center City office building Wednesday night was packed with at least 81 boxes of evidence collected from one of the country's most successful providers of online adult videos. But on Thursday, the question remained: Evidence of what? Paul Fishbein, founder of AVN Media Network, the leading trade publication for the adult industry, assumed that authorities had launched an obscenity investigation. He described Richard Cohen, owner of the raided companies, as "a really good customer and a friend.