Frank Masuelli

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Disgruntled scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

A disgruntled scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for 'money and power'<p>A naturalized US citizen was jailed Wednesday for five years for attempting to help Venezuela build a nuclear weapon by passing on …

FCC voting on new net neutrality rules in February

FCC chair Tom Wheeler hopes to vote on a new net neutrality proposal in February. <i>The Washington Post</i> reports that Wheeler is planning to internally distribute an updated version of the Open Internet rules he's been working on for almost a year, with the goal of getting them passed in a February …

Google to FCC: if the internet is a Title II utility, let us expand Fiber

Verizon famously said that if the FCC heeds President Obama's urging and declares the internet a Title II utility, it would cause "great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." But exactly the opposite of that may happen, according to a letter from Google to the FCC. Mountain View …

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Microsoft Is Rumored To Be Building A New Browser That Is Not Internet Explorer

Remember when Chrome was fast? Microsoft might, if ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley’s recent report that the software company is building a lightweight browser, codenamed “Spartan,” bears out.<p>According to Foley, Spartan is “new” and “isn’t [Internet Explorer].” Her post notes that it could be set free inside …

Russian Airlines Are Taking A Major Hit From The Ruble Collapse

The ruble has slumped by 40 percent this year against the dollar and euro, mostly due to crude oil prices falling by half in the past six months as Russia's economy is heavily dependent upon oil exports.<p>As jet fuel accounts for upwards of a quarter of the cost for flights, most airlines are set to …

Russia must influence separatists to end Ukraine crisis, says Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government on Sunday to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire plan agreed in Minsk in September aimed at ending the conflict.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with German …

U.S., NATO hold ceremony to mark end of mission to fight Afghan insurgency

The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country's own security forces.<p>In front of a small, hand-picked audience at the …