Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

Man, Machine and a Trivial Pursuit
Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times | Man, Machine and a Trivial Pursuit | February 15, 2011

It’s not the match of the century, it’s more like the letdown of a lifetime. The first round on Monday in this week’s “Jeopardy!” competition between two former champions and Watson, the I.B.M. computer, was supposed to be a man vs. machine, guys against gadget, brain vs. Braun showdown. It was closer to “Bambi vs Godzilla.”...

Up Telescope! Search Begins For Giant New Planet
Paul Rodgers | Search Begins For Giant New Planet | February 14, 2011

If you grew up thinking there were nine planets and were shocked when Pluto was demoted five years ago, get ready for another surprise. There may be nine after all, and Jupiter may not be the largest...

No Argument: Thomas Keep 5-Year Silence
Adam Liptak, The New York Times | No Argument: Thomas Keeps 5-Year Silence | February 13, 2011

The anniversay will probably be observed in silence. A week from Tuesday, when the Supreme Court returns from its midwinter break and hears arguments in two criminal cases, it will have been five years since Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken during a court argument...

Arrest Warrant Issued For Former Pakistani President Musharraf

A court in Pakistan issued an arrest warrant Saturday for former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a public prosecutor told CNN...

The Hunt For Mubarak's Billions
Philip Shenon, The Daily Beast | The Hunt For Mubarak's Billions | February 13, 2011

With the old pharaoh gone, the hunt for his gold begins. A senior Western intelligence official tells The Daily Beast that European spy agencies have detected efforts in recent weeks by former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his family to shift their assets, believed to total in the billions and perhaps tens of billions of dollars, to bank accounts and investments where they cannot be easily traced in a post-Mubarak Egypt...

As Mubarak Resigns, Yemenis Call For A Revolution Of Their Own
Laura Kasinoff, Christian Science Monitor | Yemenis Call For A Revolution Of Their Own | February 12, 2011

Thousands of secessionists protested in Yemen today in an example of how disparate movements across the Middle East are tapping the anti-regimne fervor for their own disparate aims...

Algerian Police Put Down Protest
Timothy Williams, The New York Times | Algerian Police Put Down Protest | February 12, 2011

Demonstrations in Algeria inspired by popular protests in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East appeared to have been largely quelled Saturday by Algerian security forces, which prevented demonstrators from embarking on a planned march through the capital...

Egypt the Day After Mubarak Quits - Live
David Batty, The Guardian | Egypt the Day After Mubarak Quits - Live | February 12, 2011

Egypt is beginning a new political era after mass protests forced President Hosni Mubarak to stand down following 30 years in power. Follow live updates...

Mubarak Refuses To Step Down
Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times | Mubarak Refuses To Step Down | February 10, 2011

President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people Thursday that he would delegate more authority to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but that he would not resign his post, contradicting earlier reports that he would step aside and surprising hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered to hail his departure from the political scene...

Egypt Remembers
1000 Memories | Egypt Remembers | February 10, 2011