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What Google's X Lab Is Cooking Up Next

May 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the latest goings-ons inside Google's not-so-secret "secret" X lab, Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone spent some time there, giving us a peak at the futuristic "moon shot" ideas the Google geeks are working on these days. While the X lab houses a lot of cooky ideas that never see the ...

Senators Turn Tim Cook's Hearing into an Apple Genius Bar Visit

May 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations had some tough questions for Tim Cook, CEO of computer giant Apple which stands accused of tax avoidance to the tune of billions of dollars. Questions like: "Why the hell do I have to keep updating my apps on my iPhone all the ...

Will Next-Gen Social Media Wiretapping Catch the Next Boston Bombers?

April 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI's "top legislative priority" this year is a push to make tech companies comply with agency wiretapping standards in order to keep up with the changing way persons of interest — including, perhaps, the Boston bombing suspects and their family — communicate. The latest legislative proposals coming out of ...

The Internet Is Not Freaking Out About the SOPA Sequel

April 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Over 200 sites are participating in today's Internet shutdown to protest the cyber-security bill Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which the House of Representatives passed last week. But, the big names that showed up to last year's nearly Internet-wide protest of SOPA—like Wikipedia and Wired—haven't shut down their ...

Yahoo's New Weather App Will Change Every Day of Your Life

April 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yahoo already helps power the Apple weather app that comes built in to every iPhone, but the newly mobile first company has just launched its own proprietary meteorological wonder — indeed, this photo-first new app is so wondrous that you should go download Yahoo! Weather from the App Store right ...

How Reddit Fueled the Scanner-Happy Media to Out Innocent Boston 'Suspects'

April 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you thought the New York Post's "Bag Men" outing was bad, the most crowdsourced terror investigation in American history transformed from Internet sleuthing of FBI photos on Thursday night into a lynch mob — from Reddit to a police scanner to social media and beyond — that led to ...

Why Hasn't the FBI's Facial Recognition Technology Found the Boston Bombers?

April 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to multiple reports, the FBI's investigation into potential perpetrators in the Boston Marathon bombings now centers on "clear video images" that may be released today — possibly without names to faces or answers to America's questions. And while the case is a "fast moving" one with real progress on ...

New Boston Bomb Parts and Crime Scene Photos Provide Early Marathon Answers

April 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing entered its third day, forensic specialists with the FBI, ATF, and local law enforcement continued to review countless photos and videos. And while officials asked citizens to help find the suspect and Internet gurus helped make sense of the "bag or backpack" ...

Medical Advances From Iraq and Afghanistan Might Help Save Bombing Victims' Limbs

April 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The doctors fighting to save the lives — and limbs — of those wounded in the Monday's bombing will have the benefit of recent major advances, many of them results of medical experience during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, in what is called limb salvaging. The latest casualty figure has ...

Dish's $25.5 Billion Offer for Sprint Is All About Cord-Cutting

April 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dish is willing to pay $25.5 billion for Sprint because it thinks the wireless high-speed Internet Sprint can offer is the future of streaming TV. If the deal goes through, the satellite provider would offer Internet delivered wirelessly from Sprint cellphone towers to a rooftop antenna, Dish Chairman Charles Ergan ...