Saturday, December 31, 2011

Saudi prince drops $300 million for Twitter

     Don’t you find it rather interesting that the Arab Spring this year kicked off in such a great force across different countries throughout the Middle East, thanks to the power of social networks like Facebook and Twitter? The House of Saud have been rather wise in introducing more reforms to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia gradually to keep their people happy, instead of suppressing them like those living in Libya, Egypt and Syria, which could prove vital in hindsight to prevent any uprising there. Here is another bit of news that makes one wonder – why would Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s investment firm, Kingdom Holdings, invest $300 million in Twitter? After all, this microblogging service helped spread the Arab Spring protests in early 2011. Perhaps this is to have a say in how Twitter runs, so that something like the Arab Spring would not happen in Saudi Arabia down the road? Either way, I would say that those who have cashed out on their Twitter shares would be happy at the kind of money they received in return.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

BP says Halliburton 'intentionally destroyed evidence' after Gulf oil spill

(CNN) -- BP is accusing Halliburton of having "intentionally destroyed evidence" related to the explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.


Did the U.S. Create the Conficker Virus to Wipe Out Iran’s Nukes?

The Conficker worm was one of the more intriguing and potentially destructive pieces of malware in the past decade. Earlier reports have suggested that Stuxnet was created by the U.S. and Israeli governments, and now Reuters has a source telling them Conficker was also used to negate Irans Nuclear arsenal.  LINK

Sunday, October 30, 2011

China rare earths supplier suspends production

We've spoke about this before.  China does ALL the rare earth processing.

China's biggest producer of rare earths is suspending production for one month in hopes of boosting slumping prices of the exotic minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products.


Senator Wyden Asks President Obama: Isn't Congress Required To Approve ACTA?

As the US Trade Rep (USTR) under the Obama administration has made it clear that it has no intention of allowing Congress to ratify ACTA, but instead believes it can sign it unilaterally, we've finally seen someone in Congress notice that this appears to be unconstitutional. Senator Wyden has sent President Obama a letter asking some basic questions.


US Department of Homeland Security developing system to predict criminal intent

An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily.     


Sunday, September 18, 2011

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