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Adam was formerly managing editor of nymag.com. Before that spent 10 years with Reuters in New York, London, and—in a career move that will haunt him for all eternity—the virtual world of Second Life. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Softbank’s Humanoid Robot Will Be Great for Tending to Japan’s Elderly

June 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Japanese telecoms firm Softbank has unveiled a humanoid robot named “Pepper,” promising that it will be able to read and express emotions, and eventually serve as a medical worker, party companion, or even a babysitter. Softbank is pricing Pepper as a consumer electronics must-have at 198,000 yen ($1,900) when ...

The U.S. Tried to Use Social Media to Overthrow the Cuban Regime

April 3, 2014 The Associated Press has a bombshell: The US Agency for International Development (USAID), which is responsible for administering American foreign aid and development funds, spent years covertly establishing an SMS-only social network in Cuba, in the hopes that it might develop into a “Cuban Twitter” that would undermine the island’s ...

China’s Ambassador to the US Thinks “House of Cards” Is a Reality Show

March 13, 2014 The second season of House of Cards has plenty to offer its fans in China’s leadership—including, according to the country’s ambassador to Washington, some prime lessons about the graft and fraud that pervades the US political system. “I have seen both seasons of House of Cards, which I think embodies ...

The Complete Guide to Listening to Music at Work

March 10, 2014 If you’re reading this article at work, there’s a decent chance you’re wearing headphones. It has never been easier to tune in to your own customized soundtrack—or more necessary to tune out your open-office coworkers, cubicle mates, and fellow coffee-shop denizens. But not all music is created equal, especially when ...

Facebook’s Drones Could Bring Internet to the Developing World—and Stick it to Mobile Carriers

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook is in talks to buy a drone company called Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. The New Mexico-based start-up is is developing autonomous solar-powered aircraft that can stay aloft for up to five years at near-orbital heights, which could make them ideal for beaming internet access to ...

Singapore Figured Out How to Tax Bitcoin—Treat it Like a Product, Not Money

January 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’ve made a fortune in bitcoins over the past year and think you can shield the gain from the tax man, you may be in for a rude shock: Tax authorities around the world have been closely studying the virtual currency, which in some cases is much less anonymous ...

As Bitcoin Booms, So Does Bitcoin Bank Robbery

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robbing a bank is such a hassle in the real world, with all the complicated logistics of weapons, vaults, dye packs, and getaway cars. It’s a lot more straightforward to rob digital currency exchanges and payment processors. To paraphrase bank robber Willie Sutton, that’s where the bitcoins are. The huge ...

Google Engineers Blast NSA With F-bombs, Righteous Outrage and Lord of the Rings Analogies

November 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google chairman Eric Schmidt had some stern words for the National Security Agency this week, saying the NSA’s reported hacking of Google’s data centers was “outrageous” and “perhaps illegal” (paywall). But some Google employees are venting their rage in a much less constrained fashion. Brandon Downey, a Google network security ...

Indian IT Outsourcing Giant Infosys Stung by U.S. Immigration Morass

October 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bangalore-based Infosys posted a scanty 1.2 percent increase in net profit for the three months to Sept. 30, falling short of analysts’ already-lowered estimates. The earnings miss was largely due to a 2.19 billion rupee provision for “visa related matters,” stemming from a US investigation into whether Infosys broke immigration ...

This Is How Fear of Government Snooping Takes Its Toll on Tech Companies

September 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two very different technology offerings were dropped on Thursday because of fears that the US and China might be trying to spy on the customers using them. In Baltimore, Maryland—just down the road from the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade—a US company called CyberPoint International lost ...