WikiLeaks, Russian gangsters and Web bullies: The weekend roundup
Some morning links to savor:
If Twitter and Facebook seem eerily quiet Wednesday, you're following too many celebrities. Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys, among others, are calling a halt to their social media madness until $1 million is raised for the Keep a Child Alive campaign. The celebrities are declaring themselves "digitally dead."
"CableGate" hit yesterday, with WikiLeaks releasing more than 250,000 confidential documents that exposed the candid thoughts of American diplomats. The cables have caused international concern as many of them refer to the thoughts of other countries, especially Arab nations and their thoughts on Iran.
Bulging bellies, tattooed skin, broken teeth: The Guardian has one of the most visceral photo galleries of small-time Russian gangsters trapped "in a cycle of vodka, violence and crime."
Speaking of Russians, the New York Times has an incredible look at a small-time Web gangster -- a bully who uses Google maps, e-mail harassment and eBay to sell glasses on his terms to unknowing customers.
A chilling tale from Oregon this weekend reported that a Somali-born teenager was thwarted in plot to detonate a bomb at a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony. Days later, the mosque where suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud worshiped was set on fire.
The case brings to mind other well-known terrorist plot cases in which federal agents assisted the suspect in planning out a terror plot to obtain evidence to charge the suspect. For an in-depth look at another case, a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/387/arms-trader-2009">listen to the "Arms Trader" episode of "This American Life," which follows one of the first cases of a sting operation on a suspected "future" terrorist and questions whether this tactic is the best use of our law enforcement.
Omar Jamal, first secretary for the Somali mission to the United Nations in New York City, told the Associated Press after this latest arrest that there is concern in the Somali community that Mohamud was "lured into an illegal act."
And, last but not least, this video comes via State of Search. It's a 2009 tour of one of Google's Datacenters, the main hubs that fuel all the information streaming through Google servers. It's massive, to say the least:
| November 29, 2010; 9:43 AM ET
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