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The $3.7 Billion Obama is Seeking Won’t Stop the Surge of Desperate Child Migrants

July 10, 2014 Barack Obama has asked US lawmakers to allocate $3.7 billion to improve border security and address a humanitarian crisis that has spurred angry protests: the tens of thousands of child migrants that are being detained trying to cross into the United States from Mexico. But Obama’s plan, which would provide ...

Who’s Behind the Supply of Russian Rocket Engines to the US Is Still a Murky Question

June 27, 2014 The US is issuing ultimatums and threatening to jack up sanctions on Russia, but it appears the limited restrictions deployed so far aren’t always stopping Russians they’re aimed at from doing business in the US. Take the man known as the “Russian Rupert Murdoch,” the oligarch Yuri Kovalchuk. The media ...

The FCC Thinks Netflix and Cogent Have a Point in Their Dispute With the Big Internet Providers

June 20, 2014 Though it doesn’t say it in so many words, the US telecom regulator confirmed some of Netflix’s complaints about the big internet service providers Late last week the Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler announced that its staff would be looking deeper into the world of the internet. In the ...

Today’s a Tough Day for Technology Patent Trolls

June 20, 2014 The US Supreme Court just issued a rare unanimous ruling that will make it harder for technology companies to patent ideas and processes—and harder for patent trolls to force companies to choose between paying up for violating broad patents or facing time-consuming, expensive litigation. The case, between two financial companies, ...

Running Guns from Ukraine to Syria Is Getting Complicated

May 23, 2014 All the ingredients are there for a proper arms deal: A former government official with connections to the military-industrial complex. A stockpile of Soviet arms in Ukraine. Soldiers in Syria with a yen for ammo and cash to burn. The biggest problem? Getting the arms from eastern Europe to the ...

Are US Broadband Providers Already Violating New Open Internet Rules?

May 16, 2014 US telecommunications regulators just approved preliminary rules intended to protect an open internet and ensure investment in its improvement. The proposed rules attempt to prevent discrimination while allowing some content to travel over paid “fast lanes.” Broadband companies say the rules interfere too much in their business; advocates for a ...

The FCC Thought Its New Rules Violated Net Neutrality Back in 2011

April 24, 2014 It’s the end of net neutrality—at least, as we know it today. The US Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules on internet access today, after its last effort was thrown out in January in a court challenge from US telecom Verizon. The mooted new rules, which will be opened ...

Space Isn’t Just the Final Frontier -- It’s a Dangerous Venue for Geopolitical Brinksmanship

April 22, 2014 Whether it’s Russia’s military adventures in the Crimea or China’s less-than-neighborly attempt to exert influence in the South China Sea, international tensions are on the rise—and if those tensions lead to accidents in space, neither the community of nations nor the US has the tools to prevent such a conflict ...

SpaceX Is Set to Live-Test the Reusable Rocket That Could Change Spaceflight

April 14, 2014 There’s some drama in space: A malfunctioning computer on the International Space Station (ISS) has jangled nerves around a routine re-supply mission already complicated by US-Russian tensions. But there’s also important news in a surprise announcement from SpaceX, the private company headed by Elon Musk, which designed and built the ...

The Heartbleed Bug Shows How Fragile the Volunteer-Run Internet Can Be

April 10, 2014 Matthew Prince, CEO of the online security company CloudFlare, watched his company’s top cryptographer turn “white as a ghost” after learning about a bug in the essential infrastructure of the internet last week. That flaw, he says now, is the worst thing to happen to the internet since it became ...