Online privacy has become a key civil liberty battleground. Companies such as Facebook and Google are amassing data about users' choices and activities, which businesses – and governments – would like access to. Across Europe, a backlash against the storage of online users data is growing. In Germany almost 35,000 people, including Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, sued their own government over the issue. Here are five countries where Google faces privacy, censorship, or other fights.
The website Wired.com recently published an obituary for the letter 'e,' citing its absence from words such as Flickr and Tumblr, but linguist David Crystal says the letter isn't going anywhere.
Letters to the Editor for the October 8, 2012 weekly print issue: When we create artificial intelligence, will we create artificial 'ethicators,' too? The potential for 'cognitive decision-making skills' in computers is both challenging and exciting.
This week's good reads include deciphering what our forefathers meant by protection for free speech, one man's quest to find a feline Internet sensation, and the 'invention' of political consulting.
Figure out what that long string of numbers on your credit card is for, a fan's credit sequence for the 'Tintin' movie gets him a job with Steven Spielberg, Sevara Nazarkhan's new CD evokes an ancient sound with spellbinding results, and more.
To hijack the lost US drone, Iran would have to have overcome major technical hurdles. None are impossible, but US experts question Iran's capabilities in such high-end cyberwarfare.
Hard-core nerds impart teachings of 'Star Wars' and Tolkien.
Today's Good Reads look into whether Islamists are taking over Libya, as Qaddafi warned, if Bush's war on terror instigated the Arab Spring, and how the FBI is training agents to see mainstream Muslims as radicals.
Julian Assange's WikiLeaks group continues to make headlines. But would-be leakers will have a tough time sending information.