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Google Maps Blamed for Nicaraguan Invasion of Costa Rica

We've seen Google Maps misplace cities and mislead pedestrians, but we never thought the navigational service's occasional inaccuracies could spark an international conflict -- until now. It all began when Nicaraguan military commander Eden Pastora sent a group of troops into a region around San Juan Lake, near the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Upon arriving, the soldiers promptly...

U.S. Predator Drones to Patrol Mexican Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials patrolling the Mexican border will soon have an extra set of eyes to keep watch over our frontiers with the launch of a new fleet of Predator drones. As Reuters reports, the first wave of unmanned aircraft will take off from Corpus Christi tomorrow, and will allow border protection agents to remotely conduct surveillance over the entire U.S.-Mexican...

Official BlackBerry Twitter App Finally Leaves Beta, E-Reader Prices Keep Dropping

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The absence of a legitimate RIM Twitter app has allowed services like Uber Twitter, Tweetcaster and Open Beak to enjoy great success among BlackBerry owners. After three months of waiting, RIM's official BlackBerry Twitter offering finally seems ready to exit the Beta stage, as an official version just appeared in BlackBerry's...

Drones to Patrol U.S.-Mexico Border in Homeland Security Plan

How seriously does the Department of Homeland Security take illegal immigration? So seriously, apparently, that it's ready to turn the Texas border into Tora Bora. According to the AP, the government will begin deploying unmanned surveillance drones to the U.S.-Mexico border in a revamped attempt to stem the flow of illegal aliens entering the country. So far, Homeland Security has obtained...

U.S. May Shutter Virtual Border Fence

Plans to construct a "virtual fence" of cameras and sensors along the U.S. border with Mexico may be reaching the end of their days. Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that work on the two pilot sections would be frozen, and that $50 million in funding would be diverted from the program to other projects. The official word is that the program has been temporarily...

Borders to Quit Selling CDs and DVDs?

The book and music retailer Borders may soon be removing CDs and DVDs from its stores' shelves, according to a report in the Consumerist. Apparently, this past Monday, a Borders employee wrote the Consumerist, claiming that "most Borders [stores]" will remove 75-percent of their CD and DVD inventory over the next couple of months. According to this tipster, whose veracity has not been...