Monthly Archives: August 2014

Time Warner Cable tests internet kill switch in US

Time Warner Cable’s network left millions of people cut off from the internet in the US. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28955562 The firm said a problem affected customers in all 29 of the states in which it offered broadband connections. The problem started in the early hours of Wednesday morning, which will have limited its effect. The company said […]

UK police gear up for Anonymous rally outside GCHQ

A low-key protest by online activists has started outside the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28979524 A larger demonstration by the We Are Anonymous group is expected over the weekend although there is a large police presence at the Cheltenham site. Protesters are supporting a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use […]

Google to build fleets of autonomous delivery drones

Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which it believes could be used for goods deliveries. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28964260 The project is being developed at Google X, the company’s clandestine tech research arm, which is also responsible for its self-driving car. Project Wing has been running for two years, but was a secret until now. The […]

Denver SWAT team takes down video gamer in “hoax”

A video gamer’s office near Denver, US, was dramatically raided by armed police – and the incident was broadcast live online. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28970473 Jordan Mathewson, known as Kootra online, was playing popular title Counter-Strike when several officers entered the room and arrested him. According to ABC News, he was later released without charge. Officers said they […]

Ukraine to sign war pact with West empowering conflict

Ukraine’s prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28978699 Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine’s non-bloc status be cancelled. The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The […]

US arming Lebanon against US armed Islamists

The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria’s civil war. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/08/29/world/middleeast/ap-ml-lebanon-us.html?ref=world The weapons were displayed at the Beirut military air base on Friday after arriving earlier this week. The shipment included […]

The homegrown terrorist narrative begins in US

American intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified nearly a dozen Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant group that the Obama administration says poses the greatest threat to the United States since Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/world/middleeast/us-identifies-citizens-joining-rebels-in-syria.html?ref=world&_r=0 As ISIS […]