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The Government's Throwing the Book at Lance Armstrong

April 24, 2013 After much speculation, the Justice Department pulled back the curtain on its plan to recoup some of the dozens of millions of dollars that the government spent sponsoring confessed cheater Lance Armstrong. The filing contends that Armstrong was "unjustly enriched" during his time on the United States Postal Service Team. ...

An Internet Sales Tax Suddenly Seems Imminent

April 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An overwhelming majority of Senators just voted to cut the debate short and get a final vote on a controversial bill that will impose sales tax on purchases made on the Internet. Though support to move the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act forward jumped from less than 60 senators to 74 ...

Feds Arrest Paul Kevin Curtis Over Ricin-Laced Letters

April 18, 2013 Federal agents took a man from Corinth, Mississippi into custody on Wednesday evening under suspicion of sending letters covered in ricin to the president and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker. Citing an FBI bulletin, NBC News reports that the suspect's name is Paul Kevin Curtis, and anyone who's been following the ...

The Question of Whether We Can Patent Genes Heads to the Supreme Court

April 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While tech types have been crowing over how broken the software patent system has become, the medical community is dealing with a much more serious question: Should we be able to patent genes? That is, does the centuries' old method for protecting intellectual property and rewarding research still apply when ...

No, That German Hacker Probably Can't Hijack an Airplane with Software

April 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An alarming dispatch from the Hack In The Box security conference in Amsterdam arrived on Wednesday: a hacker says he's found a way to take over airplane controls. That's probably not true. At least according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Administration and Honeywell, the maker of ...

PC Sales Drop by Greatest Margin Ever

April 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Microsoft released Windows 8 last fall, a lot of people thought it could be the PC's savior, a hip-looking new thing that made those clunky IBM-compatibles cool again. In fact, it's quite the opposite. New research from IDC shows that PC sales just dropped by the greatest margin ever ...

Anonymous Hits Israel with a Massive Cyber Attack, Israel Attacks Back

April 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To ring in this year's Holocaust Memorial Day, the hackers at Anonymous took down a bunch of Israeli government websites on Sunday and say they caused over $3 billion in damage. But they didn't totally get away with it. Within a few hours of the attack which Anonymous says affected ...

North Korea Reportedly Just Moved Its Missiles a Little Closer to the U.S.

April 4, 2013 A number of sources have told South Korea's Yonhap news agency that North Korea just moved its mid-range Musudan missile to the east coast of the country. That's towards the United States. But don't worry. It's towards a lot of other stuff, too, notably the Pacific Ocean where many of ...

As Kim Jong-Un Likens Nukes to 'Treasure,' U.S. Sends More Fighter Jets

April 1, 2013 North Korea's smoldering conflict with the United States, South Korea and other Western nations took another twist on Sunday, when Kim Jong-Un called a rare party meeting. The plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party included high-ranking government officials, including Kim Jong-Un himself, and set out ...

Bitcoin Is Now a Billion Dollar Industry

March 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A tremendous thing happened in the weird world of bitcoin on Thursday. For the first time in the currency's history, the total value of all bitcoins in circulation topped $1 billion. That's right: A billion bucks, right out of thin air. That's oversimplifying things a bit, but we'll get back ...