Back again for more of the latest and greatest from the wonderful world of high tech, are you? And I’m sure glad of it… here we go!
* Well, of course I’m going to remind you once again about a terrific upcoming event in our Last Thursdays Unwired Coffee Series at Lawrence Technological University. On Thursday, March 28 it’ll be “How To Get A Tech Job In Detroit.” Yours truly will moderate a panel of experts on the topic. Scheduled to appear are Allen Coleman, Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Staffing Solutions; Nathan Hughes, Co-Founder of Detroit Labs; Matt Mosher, Co-Founder and CEO, hiredMyway.com; Margaret Pierce, Director of the Department of Career Services, Lawrence Technological University; and Molly Rose, Senior Technical Recruiter, Secure-24. The meeting will be held at the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery at LTU, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. Registration and networking begin at 7:30 a.m., and the discussion and question-and-answer session will be held from 8 to 9 a.m.
* A Reuters editor accused of conspiring with hackers to deface a Los Angeles Times story issued a comment to refute the charges. On his Facebook page Tuesday, Matthew Keys wrote: “I did not give a username and a password to anyone. I did not ‘conspire’ to ’cause damage to a protected computer.’ I did not cause ‘transmission of malicious code,’ and I did not ‘attempt’ to cause ‘transmission of malicious code.'” Okay then.
* Here’s one of the cool things you can do if you’re a billionaire: Raise Apollo moon rocket engines from the Atlantic sea floor.
* Speaking of space, NASA’s Voyager 1 probe is awfully close to officially leaving the solar system, the first man-made object to do so.
* And here’s a cool gallery of some of Voyager’s best pictures.
* Very cool: Every rocky planet likely develops a liquid-water ocean shortly after forming, suggesting that potentially habitable alien worlds may be common throughout the universe, a prominent scientist says. “Habitability is going to be much more common than we had previously thought,” Lindy Elkins-Tanton of the Carnegie Institution for Science said this week during a talk at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas.
* Computer networks at major South Korean banks and top TV broadcasters crashed simultaneously Wednesday, paralyzing bank machines across the country and prompting speculation of a cyberattack by North Korea. Screens went blank at 2 p.m. (0500 GMT), the state-run Korea Information Security Agency said, and more than seven hours later some systems were still down.
* As Google’s superfast fiber spreads to the roaring metropolis of Olathe, Kansas, one question: How about the rest of us?
* U.S. nuclear power plants must upgrade ventilation systems at 31 reactors with designs similar to those that melted down two years ago in Japan, under a Nuclear Regulatory Commission order that stops short of requiring filtered vents, as some safety advocates and NRC’s staff had urged.
* Sheryl Sandberg has the ear, and the eyes, of the country’s book buyers. Her “Lean In” has been at No. 1 on Amazon.com’s best seller list since coming out March 11 and has also placed high on lists for Barnes & Noble and independent sellers. Facebook’s chief operating officer is hoping to create a national movement to help women advance in the workforce and her book became the focus of intense debate well before publication.
* A new study reveals that the genetic diversity of giant squid (Architeuthis) is remarkably low far lower than that of other marine species examined, said study researcher Tom Gilbert of the University of Copenhagen. The findings suggest that the squid intermingle and mate across the globe.
* Hewlett-Packard Co Chairman Ray Lane and several other directors narrowly kept their seats on the board as shareholders conveyed their displeasure over the botched $11 billion acquisition of British software firm Autonomy Plc.
* The CIA may be ready to turn its drone program over to the military. Makes sense to me.
* The cooling at the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan was knocked offline this week — apparently, by a rat in the wiring.
* Federal authorities are examining Microsoft’s involvement with companies and individuals that are accused of paying bribes to overseas government officials in exchange for business, a person briefed on the inquiry told the New York Times.
* Oracle’s third quarter financials miss expectations on many levels.
* BP is caught red-handed greenwashing its environmental record on Wikipedia.