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App Store Amid extra scrutiny from Congress around privacy issues, Apple this week has started rejecting apps that access UDIDs, or identification numbers that are unique to every iPhone and iPad. Read the full story at TechCrunch Read more Top Stories   ... (more)

The Pope To Join Twitter

Pope Benedict XVI The Pope is coming to Twitter. The 85-year-old Pontiff, who doesn’t use a computer and who writes everything in longhand–so, no LOL-speak for him, then–is expected to sign off on his first tweet by the end of the year. The head of the Catholic faith is, however, playing catch-up to his Anglican counterpart, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has been tweeting for some time and, in his first press conference today, said he would continue to send his 140-character missives, “if I am not stopped forcibly.” Read the full story at Fast Company. ... (more)

Does Anybody Really Care About Egypt?

It’s far from a scientific sample, but I noticed a lot of people in my Twitter feed over the past few weeks lamenting a lack of thorough media coverage surrounding the political crisis in Egypt. Certainly, when the George Zimmerman trial reached its apex, one might have assumed thing in Egypt had reached a peaceful resolution, given how little news could be found in the mainstream US media. It turns out that media companies are pretty astute at knowing what their audiences want to see, even if it doesn’t jibe with the smaller but more vocal Twitterati. Turn on your local networ... (more)

FCC Chariman Now Says He’s Against In-Flight Calls

A day after setting off an uproar among travelers opposed to in-flight phone calls, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman backtracked, saying he personally isn’t in favor of calls on planes. “We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes. I feel that way myself,” chairman Tom Wheeler said in a Friday statement. The role of the FCC, he added, is to advise if there is a safety issue with using phones on planes. He said there is “no technical reason to prohibit” the use of mobile devices on planes. The decision to ... (more)

Israel’s Iron Dome

The politics of the conflict between Hamas and the State of Israel are well documented, and I’m sure you have already formed an opinion about who is at fault and what must be done. This article is not about any of that. It’s not about right or wrong, good or bad, politics or religion … it’s about a remarkable technology that is serving both a strategic and tactical purpose in an untenable, unsustainable situation. In Arthur C. Clarke’s famous essay, “Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination” he offers a “law” of prediction that posits, “Any sufficiently advanced technolo... (more)