Zachary Watson

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Military tech in 2014: Lasers, drones, and cyberops

The Pentagon has plenty of high-tech advances on tap for the coming year. Think drones, of course, but also laser weapons, cyberwarfare, and the ageless B-52.<p>Sometime in 2014, the US Navy expects to have a laser weapon aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf.<p>It won't at all, however, tip the balance of …

Our internet connections depend on vulnerable undersea cables

US traffic deaths rise for first time since 2005 -- motorcycle rate a big contributor

For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of traffic deaths went up and a shift away from motorcycle helmet laws may be to blame, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and helmet advocacy groups.<p>An improving economy, which leads to more discretionary …

CHART OF THE DAY: The Rise Of Netflix And The Fall Of AOL

Here's a chart from Dan Frommer that he calls "the entire Internet in one chart." It shows AOL's declining dial-up business compared to Netflix's rising streaming business, which Frommer uses a proxy for the broadband market. Frommer has more analysis which is well worth checking out, but one great …

Big test for immigration bill brings hope to backers

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the amendments over the course of several hearings.<p>WASHINGTON — Senators who back a sweeping immigration law said Thursday they were heartened by the first big test of the proposal in which members of both parties were allowed to make changes to the …

Hackers stole $45 million in ATM card breach

NEW YORK — They didn't use guns, masks or even threatening notes passed to bank tellers.<p>But an alleged international gang of cyberthieves managed to steal $45 million from thousands of ATMs in carefully coordinated attacks conducted in a matter of hours, federal authorities charged Thursday.<p>A …