The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations

“Show us that it’s being adopted in the industry, and we’ll put it in.” Yet FireWire’s principal creator, Apple, nearly killed it before it could appear in a single device. And eventually the Cupertino company effectively did kill FireWire, just as it seemed poised to dominate the industry. The story of how FireWire came to […]

Profile: Former Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef

In a surprise reshuffle of the royal hierarchy, the former crown prince was relieved of all his roles. A 57-year-old nephew of Saudi’s King Salman, Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was crown prince until he was replaced by his cousin, Mohammed bin Salman, as heir to the throne. In a major Saudi hierarchy […]

Weird orbits hint ‘Planet Ten’ might lurk at solar system edge

Astronomers studying icy objects in a distant region called the Kuiper belt say an unconfirmed planet with similar mass to Mars could be responsible for tugging them out of alignment THE dark outer reaches of our solar system could be hiding a new planet – the ninth or tenth, depending on who’s counting. The as-yet-unconfirmed […]

Boris Becker: Der Boris in uns

Gnihi, jetzt ist er auch noch pleite. Kein deutscher Ex-Sportler muss so viel Häme ertragen wie Boris Becker. Warum eigentlich? Einige sehen ihn schon vor einem Flipchart mit Peter Zwegat, andere im Dschungelcamp. Nun würden ja auch 493 Mütter um ihre Unterhaltszahlungen bangen, schrieb ein anderer, oder dass den härtesten Aufschlag immer noch der Boden […]

Boys at Exeter academy wear skirts in uniform protest

They wanted to wear shorts, but were told that breached their school’s uniform policy. Some 30 boys have worn skirts to school in protest at being told they were not allowed to wear shorts. The pupils from ISCA Academy in Exeter asked permission to modify their uniform because of the hot weather. One of the […]

So will Google gegen Terror-Videos bei YouTube vorgehen

Die Videoplattform will terroristische Inhalte schneller und effektiver bekämpfen. Dabei sollen sowohl KIs als auch Menschen zum Einsatz kommen. Es dauerte keine Woche. Kaum hat Facebook seinen Kampf gegen Terror-Propaganda in aller Öffentlichkeit verschärft, hat auch Google am Sonntag nachgelegt. Mit einem Vier-Punkte-Plan will der Internet-Konzern gegen die Verbreitung von Terror-Propaganda unter anderem auf YouTube vorgehen. […]

North Korean treatment of Western prisoners is bizarre, not always physically brutal

North Korea’s deplorable record of human rights offenses speaks for itself. Otto Warmbier was imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year. He died less than a week after his release back to the U.S. Wochit U.S. student Otto Warmbier is pictured speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. North Korea.(Photo: AFP/Getty Images) North […]

White House says it retains right to self-defense in Syria; Moscow warns Washington

The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria retained the right to self-defense as Russia warned it viewed any planes flying in its area of operations as potential targets. WASHINGTON/MOSCOW The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria retained the right […]

Supreme Court turns down EFF’s “Dancing Baby” fair use case

The law against bogus DMCA takedowns will remain tough to enforce. Today’s order leaves standing an earlier ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. EFF called that ruling a “strong precedent,” while at the same time acknowledging it did not go far enough. Further Reading 9th Circuit revisits Dancing Baby copyright case: […]