August 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's ambitious plan to provide Internet access to billions of people around the globe will face challenges that extend far beyond solving technical and financial issues. In announcing a partnership dubbed Internet.org, Zuckerberg outlined several technology-based strategies for reducing costs in order to extend affordable Internet service to 5 billion people around the globe who are not currently online. But nonprofit groups that have been focused on bridging the global digital divide have reported that such efforts inevitably run into problems including economics, culture, education and corruption.
August 9, 2013 |
Google's latest unconventional project, balloon-borne Wi-Fi service, is being tested in the skies above California's Central Valley. The Web giant said on Google+ that it has been conducting research flights over parts of its home state to fine tune what it called Project Loon. That project is an effort by Google to bring Internet access to parts of the world where the necessary infrastructure, such as cell towers, is lacking. Project Loon comes from the Google X lab, which is also responsible for self-driving cars and Google Glass eyewear.
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July 29, 2013 |
Attorneys for a Saudi Arabian princess accused of human trafficking on Monday offered a starkly different take on the life of a Kenyan domestic servant who prosecutors said was forced to work long hours for little pay. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested at her home in Irvine this month for allegedly forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month. The servant, who has a young daughter in Kenya, could not leave because her passport was kept in a safe deposit box at a local bank, prosecutors said.
June 11, 2013 |
Sony Corp. is pricing its new PlayStation 4 console at $399, $100 lower than the new Xbox One by rival Microsoft Corp. Microsoft recently announced a $499 price tag for its first new Xbox in eight years, which is going on sale in the United States in November. Sony also drew cheers from the audience at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles Monday when it said the PS4 would run second-hand games and did not require an always-on Internet connection. Microsoft had earlier elicited groans from gamers when it announced restrictions on used games for the Xbox One and said players had to log onto the Internet for authentication.
June 5, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- A military judge postponed her ruling Wednesday on whether to delay the Ft. Hood shooting suspect's trial after hearing more about his new defense strategy , saying she plans to consider the matter next week, officials said. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, 42, has requested a three-month delay to prepare a new defense after he succeeded in firing his military attorneys and proceeded to represent himself this week. His new strategy, "defense of others," is based on his contention that the 2009 shootings were necessary to protect others from imminent harm.
June 3, 2013 |
No escaping the conundrum of Syria's war Monday-Tuesday, June 3-4 - Russian and European leaders face an agenda packed with economic and political issues at their two-day summit in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg. But as with most diplomatic gatherings these days, the debate and discussion are expected to be dominated by the protracted tragedy of Syria. Russia, a longtime ally and key weapons supplier to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has on one hand been working with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to bring the embattled Syrian leadership and rebels to peace talks expected to be held in Geneva.