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Friday, July 15, 2011

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  • Pentagon Strategy Prepares For War In Cyberspace
    The Defense Department said it is preparing to treat cyberspace "as an operational domain," with forces specially organized, trained and equipped to deal with cyberthreats and opportunities. The plan says the U.S. must be prepared to retaliate against cyberattacks, possibly with military force.
  • Outspoken Panetta Returns From Iraq, Afghanistan
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is just back from trips to Afghanistan and Iraq. They are his first visits to the war zones since taking over the top job at the Pentagon. His trip was punctuated with rough and tumble rhetoric.
  • Vermont Town's Food Focus Still A Growing Concept
    The book The Town That Food Saved put Hardwick and its local food community on the map. But small farms can translate to prices too high for many customers. So farmers are focusing on efficiency and new ways to broaden the appeal of local fare.
  • A Guide To Potter-isms: Wizardspeak In Translation
    Ben Zimmer of the interactive dictionary Visual Thesaurus explains some of the vocabulary that you might have missed if you're not a Harry Potter reader, and gives a refresher as we head into the final film's first full weekend.
  • A Facade Of Normal Life In Syria's Capital
    Even though Damascus is far from the protest battle zones, tourists are staying away from the Syrian capital. At public events, there is a facade of normalcy. But people are afraid to be asked whether they support the regime or the revolution.
  • In Gadhafi's Tripoli, Libyans Cautiously Voice Dissent
    Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has many die-hard supporters in the capital, but opposition sentiment exists. One man who works for the Libyan intelligence agency says he hates Gadhafi and wants to see him go. Another has a message for the rebels: "When they come here, all the people in Tripoli — they will rise up."
  • A Top Murdoch Lieutenant Resigns Amid Scandal
    Rebekah Brooks has resigned as chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's embattled British newspapers. She is the biggest casualty so far in the phone-hacking scandal at a Sunday British tabloid.
  • Italy's Lawmakers Rush $99 Billion Austerity Plan
    After days of market turmoil, the Italian Parliament is rushing approval of an emergency budget to try to reassure international investors that Italy — the world's seventh-largest economy — will not be overwhelmed by the sovereign debt crisis.
  • Harry Potter: The Brand That Will Live Forever?
    The release of the last Harry Potter film marks the end of an era not just for fans but also for a major movie studio and other players in a multibillion-dollar business empire. How will they fill the gap left by the loss of such a long-running franchise?
  • Does 'Potter' Foreshadow News Corp. Scandal?
    A Harry Potter book written years ago includes a nasty tabloid reporter. She does anything for a story including turning herself into a bug to eavesdrop. In the end, she's caught. NewsCorp executive Rebekah Brooks was famous for doing anything for a story. She's lost her job now, after her critics said she took that impulse too far.

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