The Secret History of a Cold War Mastermind

The Secret History of a Cold War Mastermind

I. ObituaryThe legend of Gus Weiss, hero of the Cold War, ends 11 stories below the balcony of his condo at the Watergate complex in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2003. A broken corpse on the sidewalk.In life, Weiss had liquidy blue eyes and an aristocratic air. He stood 5’7″ and in later years developed…

The US-China Feud Makes It Harder to Fight Coronavirus

The US-China Feud Makes It Harder to Fight Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus does not respect borders, but they loom large for heads of state and CEOs responding to the global health crisis. Geopolitics as much as public health will determine how the pandemic proceeds and its lasting effects on people and business. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, says…

Netgear Arlo Q Camera Review: Old but Dependable

Netgear Arlo Q Camera Review: Old but Dependable

When my phone alerted me that my Arlo Q camera had detected a person, I was concerned. I had positioned the camera in my bedroom window facing a bird feeder—not a place you’d expect, or want, to see people passing by.Thankfully, the “person” was just a little bird enjoying its lunch. Security camera-maker Arlo offers…

‘Hi Dad, It’s Me. Please Buy Lots of Soup’

‘Hi Dad, It’s Me. Please Buy Lots of Soup’

I’m writing this dispatch from Portland, Oregon, one of the first cities in the US to be hit by community spread of the coronavirus. This morning, my daughter sneezed and I froze. Should I send her to school? She didn’t appear otherwise sick. No snot. No fever. My partner, Don, spent the morning scouring Portland…

Giant Report Lays Anvil on US Cyber Policy

Giant Report Lays Anvil on US Cyber Policy

Today, the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission published its final report. The 182-page document is the culmination of a year-long, bipartisan process to develop a new cyber strategy for the United States. Established by the 2019 Defense Authorization Act, the commission draws its inspiration from one set up by President Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, as…

E3 2020 canceled: Microsoft, Ubisoft announce digital events

E3 2020 canceled: Microsoft, Ubisoft announce digital events

On Wednesday, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) canceled the Electronic Entertainment Expo — better known as E3 — over concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic on Wednesday. The ESA said it’s “exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase…