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Video Footage Holds Sway Over Public Opinion in Israel-Flotilla Crisis

During 2009's Iranian protests, viral technology suddenly found itself center stage of the global political theater, thanks to both Twitter, and, perhaps more importantly, some powerful video footage that resonated with international audiences. Now, nearly a year after the world was exposed to the gruesome clip of Neda Agha-Soltan's brutal murder in Iran, the moving image is at the forefront of ye...

Hawking's Aliens-With-Candy Lesson, McAfee Reimbursing Customers for Update Disaster

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... In a new Discovery Channel documentary, world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking reportedly affirms his belief that extraterrestrial life exists, but he also offers a stern warning. Hawking likens the earthly arrival of alien ships to Columbus landing in the Americas -- only replace the influenza and smallpox with lasers and ince...

Disgruntled Children Protest for Pluto, Animals Can Haz iPads

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Remember when Science decided, willy-nilly, that Pluto wasn't a planet anymore? People went bat-guano crazy! According to Wikipedia, "The U.S. state of New Mexico's Ho...

Joe Biden to Use Justin.tv to Stream to the White House From Abroad

When Barack Obama speaks, he gets the attention of every media outlet known to man. When Joe Biden speaks, he gets Justin.tv. Biden, who's currently touring the Middle East, is scheduled to give a speech later in the week at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Because he's not with Obama, though, the official White House camera crew didn't make the trip with him. Without the crew, live-streaming Bid...

Israeli Soldier Posts Military Details on Facebook, Cancels West Bank Raid

Sensitive military information ranks pretty high on the list of things that should never be posted on Facebook. In fact, military operations pretty much define 'classified.' But, according to an AP report posted on Fox News, an Israeli soldier caused military officials to abort a raid on a West Bank village when he posted details about the operation on his Facebook Wall. The unnamed soldier wrote...

Facebook Leaves the Contested Golan Heights Region Up for Grabs

In response to the latest in a series of recent geopolitical controversies, Facebook has announced that members living in the Golan Heights, a politically contested region nestled between Israel and Syria, will now have a choice of defining their geographical network as either Syria or Israel. Until now, users belonging to the Katzrin (Qasrin) network were defined, per Facebook cartography, as liv...

Israeli Scientists Create Sonic Black Hole

If you find yourself constantly inundated with background noise, be it office chatter, cars driving by, or obnoxious birds in your yard, you may have looked for solutions to escape. Sure, you could buy noise-canceling headphones, but thanks to some new research by a team of Israeli scientists, you might someday be able to buy yourself a black hole -- of sound. According to Discovery News, scien...

Cell Phones Used For Psychological Warfare In Gaza

The situation in Gaza, as you probably know, is an utter disaster. The conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas has left thousands dead, homeless, or clinging to life. What you may not know is that cell phones -- the ubiquitous, seemingly harmless devices -- are being utilized by both sides to inflict psychological damage on the opposition. Threatening text messages (e.g. announcing im...

Israeli Consulate Gives Press Conference Via Twitter

Welcome to the big time, Twitter, you've been embraced by the Israeli Consulate as a way to allow the general public to ask questions about the situation in Gaza. As we discovered with an experiment earlier this year that brought presidential debates to the microblogging service, Twitter exchanges can be spirited, but answers limited to 140 characters make sharing any real depth of information d...

Dead Sea Scrolls Set for Posting Online

The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most important finds of the twentieth century. Discovered in the 1940s, the badly deteriorated pieces of parchment that make up this 2,000-year-old edition of the Hebrew Bible have been carefully preserved, but continue to fade and fall apart with each handling. This has led to reluctance in granting scholars access for viewing and studying, but that's changing...

iPod Is the Devil, Says Israeli Orthodox Court

Very, very Orthodox Israelis are all in a tizzy over iPods. Israel's Orthodox Righteous Court of Law, often averse to "chastity-threatening" gadgets, recently put the iPod and its cousin MP4 devices (next-generation portable media players) on trial and found them guilty! of driving the chosen people to unspeakable sins. The court declared a ban on the offending devices, and is giving merchants...

Facebook's Own Israeli-Palestinian Dispute

Can there be virtual border disputes and rival claims to a country even online? Apparently so, as Facebook found itself being criticized by both Palestinian and Israeli members who live in the West Bank. The popular online social networking site was, for a time, identifying Israeli settlers whose homes are in the West Bank as being residents of Palestine. The settlers disagreed and threatened to ...

Cell Phones May Cause Salivary Gland Tumors

The negative impact of cell phone use is debated and studied almost as much as mobile pricing plans -- and the issues range from cell phone etiquette to the suspicion that placing the ubiquitous digital devices next to your head for hours on end may cause cancer. Most studies have not been able to find a link between cell phone use and cancer, but the BBC is reporting that a new study out of Israe...

Israel Developing Robotic Missile Defense System

The Israeli government is moving us one step closer to the nightmare future envisioned in 'Terminator' in which completely autonomous weaponry turn against us and put humans on the endangered species list. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel's arms development firm, in conjunction with U.S. defense contractor Raytheon, are developing new interceptor missiles and a targeting system that is aime...

Palestinians to Get Cell Phone Network

The Palestinians may be struggling for many things, but one thing they definitely have are cell phone networks. Or at least they will. Currently, Palestinians have one cell phone network, but the Associated Press is reporting that the Israeli government plans to announce its plans to allow the Palestinians to build a second cell phone network to meet increasing demand. The Palestinian Authority ...