If you lose your laptop or smartphone, you're losing an awful lot of deeply personal data with it. That point's underscored by the current case of David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who is responsible for breaking the lion's share of news from the Edward Snowden NSA revelations. British authorities detained Miranda and took several of his devices. The British government says what they did was allowed under anti-terror laws. But the search has been heavily criticized as overreaching. Security consultant Ashkan Soltani says the Miranda case is a reminder of just how much of our lives our devices can hold.
In two critical minutes, Nasdaq's technology failed the world. One hundred and twenty seconds are under scrutiny in the investigation to find out what caused Nasdaq's giant freeze-up on Thursday after computer problems forced the exchange to halt trading for hours. Scott Patterson is a Wall Street Journal reporter trying to unravel what went wrong. He's also author of "Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders and the Rigging of the U.S. Stock Market."
This final note today, which come to us from the pages of this morning's Columbus Dispatch out of Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State University has sold the naming rights to the new emergency department at its medical school. The OSU board of trustees will vote Friday to create the Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department.
The emergency department will join the Abercrombie & Fitch Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which was established last year.
The retailer, should you be curious, is based in New Albany, Ohio, just outside Columbus.
California Air National Guard crews battling the huge blaze have taken some amazing videos as they pass over the flames and smoke.
Citing evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in an attack against civilians outside of Damascus last week, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration would hold the Syria responsible for "indiscriminate slaughter of civilians" on Monday.
Kerry's words seemed to indicate that the United States and its allies are moving closer to military intervention in the three year old conflict between Bashar al-Assad's government and rebels calling for his ouster.
The uncertainty over future conflicts has already impacted the markets, driving oil prices in the U.S. and Europe to a five-month high Tuesday morning. And, investors have been buying U.S. dollars as a kind of safe haven.
"The worsening situation in Syria and the growing concern over allegations of chemical weapons attacks are having an impact on the price at the moment, but I don't think that's the only story," says Julian Lee, who watches the oil market at the Centre for Global Energy Studies in London. "Syria is not a big oil producer. In fact, right at this very moment, it's producing virtually nothing."
"But I think what is of concern is that anytime we get news headlines about rising tension anywhere in the Middle East, the market tends to fear that other countries with much more significant production will get sucked in," Lee says.
Administration sources tell the wire service that the U.S. expects to formally declare Tuesday that President Bashar Assad's regime has used chemical weapons to kill hundreds of Syrians. Then, word about the U.S. response likely to quickly follow, the wire service says.