It was the ’50s, and the Air Force had a problem.The brass was responsible for building a new fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles, but state-of-the-art electronics just didn’t cut it. Even the most advanced circuits were too heavy, too big and not nearly dependable enough.The brass needed something that didn’t exist — an integrated chip. So they did what they usually did in such circumstances: They turned to scientists to work out a solution. Read More
Twitter is on its way to becoming a forum for political banter.
The social media tool has been known for information updates by celebrities, news organizations and sports teams. Now, Twitter will be hitting the District with its latest hire, Adam Sharp.
Sharp, who was the deputy chief of staff for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), will now advise politicians on Capital Hill on how to use maximize their usage of Twitter. Read More
Some Silicon Valley executives are learning what should have already known — getting in politics can be dangerous. Read More
As part of a nationwide effort to boost the use of broadband services, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday announced a $7.9 million stimulus grant to improve San Franciscans' access to technology.
The local project, known as the San Francisco Community Broadband Opportunity Program, will help pay for training, computers and broadband connections throughout the city, according the mayor's office. Read More
As it continues its exponential expansion to cellphones, mobile advertising, television sets and book publishing internet giant Google has been simultaneously expanding its presence in the U.S. political scene, adding lobbyists, DC-based employees, and ramping up its campaign donations. Read More
The web is abuzz with a report from the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder about how an affiliate of the Islamic terrorist group is purportedly launching an online English magazine called Inspire. He’s got some screenshots of the issue with headlines on such topics as “the way to save the earth” and “open source jihad.” Read More
Crime fighting is about to go high- tech in The City, with the Police Department poised to acquire a system that would allow officers to collect fingerprints and DNA data at crime scenes instead of waiting for processing at a later date.
Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed city and county budget includes $3 million for the plan. Read More
You have to wonder why some supervisors want to wrest control over The City’s transit agency since it’s proving it can crash by itself. Showing just how far off-track they are from their fare-laden public, officials from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency broached the idea of increasing operating hours of parking meters, even though its own staff didn’t include that among the many recommendations to close its budget deficit. Read More
‘The worst idea is to go out there, pick winners and losers, and say, ‘Here’s what we’re gonna do: Go through a three- or four-year procurement process, spend tens of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money,’ only to find out that once you go that system, 150 other competitors are out there and all of a sudden, it’s obsolete. And that’s what’s happened in government in the past.” Read More
Proponents call it 21st-century technology. Opponents call it 19th-century packaging.
Whatever you call it, it won’t be showing up on your street corner in the form of a refrigerator-size metal box — not yet, at least. Read More