If you're listening to this broadcast via a solar-powered radio on a dusty desert expanse, you're probably at Burning Man. The festival celebrating arts and alternative culture in the Nevada Desert is in full swing this week. It's long been a venue for massive fire-breathing sculptures, strange desert vehicles, and a no-cash bartering economy. But it's also become a big meeting spot for big wigs from the tech industry. And, while thinking outside of the box is a common goal for both techies and so-called "burners," the tech presence at Burning Man is ruffling some feathers. Russell Brandom, reporter for website The Verge, explains why.
The Syrian Electronic Army is fast becoming the most infamous hacking group of 2013. Websites belonging to The New York Times and Twitter are still recovering today after an attack yesterday by the group, which has also compromised media companies like CNN, The Washington Post and the Associated Press this year. The latest attack involved a web hosting company based in Australia. Michael Sutton of security research firm Z Scaler explains what happened.
The football video game "Madden NFL 25" is out this week. That's 25 as in the quarter century the game franchise has been around. It's arguably the biggest sports game of all time, and unquestionably one of history's most successful game franchises. Ben Kuchera, senior editor for the Penny Arcade Report, says offering a football experience fans can believe is a key reason it thrives.
Nissan just announced it will offer self-driving cars by the year 2020. Google is also working hard on autonomous cars. Bryant Walker Smith, fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, discusses the new legal issues presented by having cars with no drivers.
The huge "Rim Fire" in and around Yosemite National Park is close to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that serves San Francisco. While falling ash hasn't seriously polluted the waters yet, there's concern that erosion from scorched hillsides will cause problems for the water supply in coming months.
The Times appears to be the target of another hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad group. But the news organization has created an alternate site where its stories can be seen.
Tensions over a possible U.S.-led military strike against Syria are driving up the U.S. dollar, often seen as a safe-haven for investors. Meanwhile, other currencies around the globe are suffering -- especially India's rupee. A perfect storm of economic factors, including rising U.S. interest rates that make the dollar more attractive to investors and an underlying weakness in India's economy, are leading to India's worst economic crisis in two decades.
The rupee fell below 68 to the dollar on Wednesday, a drop of 3.4 percent. Some analysts predict the rupee could go as low as 75 to the dollar.
"Every morning, Indian businessmen get up and try to predict how much lower the rupee is going to fall," says Rahul Tandon of the BBC, on the street in Calcutta. "Hour after hour, foreign investors are moving their money out of the world's largest democracy."