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Friday, November 3, 2006

US Gov’t Accidentally Posts Bomb Building Plans

The NYT today writes (my emphasis):

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

The site in question has been taken down now, but at least Yahoo still has bits and pieces in their cache. Wikipedia knows more.

[Via Spiegel.]


Imagine our civilization will be destroyed, and archaeologists in 5,000 years only dig up this single remaining item:

Google vs YouTube Copyright Problem

The Financial Times put up a report that Barry Schwartz poignantly wraps up with “[Eric Schmidt] is running from media company to media company trying to offer upfront cash, in sums of ’tens of millions of dollars,’ to slow and ’halt’ the threat they pose to YouTube.”

In other copyright news, Google donated $30,000 to the Creative Commons initiative.

Google Maps Sights Book

From the creators of, Alex and James Turnbull, comes the book “Off the Map,” claiming to bring you “the most amazing sights on planet earth that no guidebook takes you near”... all found via Google Earth/ Maps. I’ll sponsor a free copy to the first one who emails me their address. [Via Google Earth Blog.]

Update: Congrats Giovanni S., you won the book!

Google Food...

Just a day after Yahoo Food went live, Google Food went live too. (*Cough* OK, so it’s totally unofficial.) [Thanks Grimmthething!]


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