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New York governor sacks emergency chief for using relief workers to clean his house

November 8, 2012 Just a week after the one of the most destructive storms to hit the Northeast in years, the New York State Office of Emergency Management finds itself without a director. That's because Governor Andrew Cuomo abruptly fired Steven Kuhr, the guy who used to have the job, who dispatched government ...

Everybody loves the iPad Mini

October 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The reviews for the latest hyped-about Apple device are in and, surprise surprise, everybody thinks it's amazing. The iPad Mini was announced last week after a seemingly never-ending torrent of rumors about its existence, and with just two days left before the device hits store, the embargo on the reviews ...

Martian soil is a lot like Hawaiian soil

October 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You know how smug tourists like to talk about how climbing volcanoes in Hawaii is out of this world? Turns out they're sort of right. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is finally starting to get some conclusive analysis from its very slow soil scooping mission, and the mineralogy looks strikingly similar ...

What happens when suspected terrorists refuse to go to their trials?

October 24, 2012 Lawyers at Guantanamo aren't exactly sure what to do after a number of suspected terrorists have decided not to show up for their own trials. The latest is Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspected organizer of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole who decided to boycott his pretrial hearings in ...

Twitter censors users for the first time

October 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the first time ever, Twitter censored a controversial account at the request of local government earlier this week. It was run by neo-Nazis. The ban, which is the first of its kind under a relatively new Twitter policy that gives the company "the ability to reactively withhold content from ...

If the FBI both planned and thwarted a terrorist attack, who's the hero?

October 18, 2012 A 21-year-old Bangladeshi man tried and failed to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday, largely thanks to the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That "thanks" ought to be attached both to the "tried" and the "failed" parts of that sentence, since it was ...

Mars Curiosity discovers evidence of alien life (Spoiler: It's us)

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow America's favorite $2.5 billion interplanetary science project stopped in its tracks recently when it discovered a strange, bright, shiny object nestled in the Martian soil. That science project, of course, is the Mars Curiosity rover which is now a few days into its survey of Martian soil. The plan was ...

NASA turns to private sector for supply missions

October 8, 2012 Despite some clouds and a slight chance of rain, SpaceX's first ever official mission went off without a hitch in Cape Canaveral on Sunday evening. The launch ushers in a new era for NASA, now space shuttle-less, as it turns to the private sector to keep its astronauts fed and ...

Facebook wants to make every user an advertiser

October 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook announced Wednesday that it was rolling a new service in 20 countries that would enable users to promote their status updates -- for a price. Starting soon, there will be a new button on each of your status updates that allows you to push that specific update out to ...

Google is the latest victim of Iran's war on the Internet

September 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Iran began the process of shutting down citizens' access to the Internet on Sunday by suspending access to Google and Gmail nationwide. By March 2013, the country's officials also announced, Iran will unveil its own domestic Internet network aimed to serve as a substitute for the World Wide Web. Sound ...