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Leo Mirani

Leo Mirani is a reporter for Quartz in London. He has previously worked at The Economist, Time Out Mumbai and Tehelka.
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Build-It-Yourself Computer Kits Backed by Hackers, Apple Cofounder

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The creators of Kano, a kit to assemble your own mini-computer, asked for $100,000 on Kickstarter. One day short of the end of the company’s campaign, they’ve raised $1.35 million from nearly 12,000 backers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. Alex Klein, one of the three ...

Japan Now Spends More on Mobile Apps Than Any Other Country

December 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, Americans spent about a third more on apps from Google Play and Apple’s App Store than the Japanese. By October this year, Japan’s 127 million people were outspending America’s population of 310 million by about 10%, according to a new report from App Annie, a research firm. Per ...

How to Buy Cyber Weapons From Cyber Arms Dealers

November 20, 2013 When the US Air Force designated six “cyber tools” as “weapons” in April this year, Quartz asked, “What the heck is a cyber-weapon, anyway?” The answer, we found, was vague: Any computer program meant to inflict damage could qualify. These could be developed by military, government, commercial entities or lone ...

Where Do Cyber-Weapons Come From? Try a Cyber Arms Dealer

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the US Air Force designated six “cyber tools” as “weapons” in April this year, Quartz asked, “What the heck is a cyber-weapon, anyway?” The answer, we found, was vague: Any computer program meant to inflict damage could qualify. These could be developed by military, government, commercial entities or lone ...

Get Ready for a New Digital Land Grab

October 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "Today marks an historic moment, not only for the New gTLD Program, but for the Internet as a whole," wrote Akram Atallah of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in a blog post last night. ICANN is a body that oversees the domain naming system that enables ...

Forget Big Data: The Future Is Small Data, and Facebook Just Bought It

October 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Onavo, an Israeli start-up, just announced it was being acquired by Facebook. Onavo’s flagship product is a data compressor. When you browse a Web page or use an app on your phone, Onavo routes the traffic through its servers, where it compresses and optimizes the data before sending it on ...

Shutdown Freezes Antarctica Research

October 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three American research stations in Antarctica will be put in “caretaker status” and all research suspended as a consequence of the continuing US government shutdown, the United States Antarctic Program has announced. The timing couldn’t be worse. The period from October to February is when Antarctica is at its least ...

Pakistan's Solution to Terrorism: Ban Skype

October 4, 2013 The southern province of Sindh, home to Pakistan’s largest city and commercial center Karachi, will ban voice-messaging services for three months “because terrorists are using them,” the Tribune newspaper reports. The list of services to be banned includes Microsoft’s Skype and Viber. Messaging app WhatsApp may also have to go. ...

How LinkedIn and Google+ Helped Nab an Alleged Internet Drug Dealer

October 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This is how your social media activity gives you away. Ross William Ulbricht wasarrested this afternoon in San Francisco for, among other things, conspiracy to “violate the narcotics law of the United States.” Ulbricht is allegedly the Dread Pirate Roberts, the owner and administrator of Silk Road, a hidden website ...

Why Britain's New Cyberwar Capabilities May Just Be Political Posturing

September 30, 2013 Britain’s defense minister Philip Hammond made a startling statement yesterday: “We are developing a full-spectrum military cyber capability, including a strike capability, to enhance the UK’s range of military capabilities.” This is not the first time a government has admitted to developing such capabilities. But it is the first time ...