week in review After public criticism of a proposal that would let government agencies warrantlessly access Americans' e-mail, a prominent senator says he will "not support" such an idea.
Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power -- including warrantless access to Americans' e-mail accounts -- than they possess under current law. The Vermont Democrat said on Twitter that he would "not support such an exception" for warrantless access, a few hours after a CNET article disclosed the existence of the measure.
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Did you foresake all else to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 this week? Just in case Crave got shot down in all that first-personal shooting, here's a look back at some of the stories you missed.
- Carry on with those Mars vacation plans, travelers. Red Planet radiation has been deemed safe for humans.
- iGangsters lift $1.5 million worth of iPad Minis from N.Y. airport.
- Awww. R2-D2 engagement ring charms geeky girl's heart.
Microsoft experienced an executive shakeup this week that surprised many.
Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft executive who turned the company's Windows franchise around and just led the effort to release Windows 8, left the company, effective immediately. Sinofsky, a controversial figure at the company, was reportedly warring with Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.
The company said the decision behind Sinofsky's departure was mutual, though the abruptness of the announcement might suggest otherwise. Some Microsoft watchers had pegged Sinofsky as a CEO-in-waiting, but he developed a reputation for being divisive and not working well with executives in other divisions.
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Too busy booking vacation tickets to the latest super-Earth to keep tabs on Crave this week? Well, plenty happened here on this planet while you were packing for HD 40307g, my friends.
- Ancient Egyptian d20 die emerges; did they play Dungeons & Dragons in the Ptolemaic Period?
- Brahms meets the touch screen at Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Hold tight to your tush. Butt-shaking theater seats have arrived.
- Start honing those Velociraptor impressions. "Jurassic Park 3D" is near.
- Pee power to the people!
Besides President Obama, the big winner on Election Day was big data.
Big data's patron saint -- FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver -- won the battle to predict the outcome of the contest between Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Where breathless pundits brandishing equivocating polls shouted from the rooftops over the last few weeks that the race for the White House was a "toss-up," or "too close to call," Silver and other poll aggregators sat back and calmly told anyone who would listen that the math told another story: Obama's re-election was never … Read more
Too busy lamenting the demise of Buckyballs this week to keep up with Crave? Don't despair; these stories should renew your hope:
- "Sandy CrisisCamp": Helpful "hurricane hackers" are on the case.
- Amputee set for epic climb with thought-controlled bionic leg.
- Samsung's solar-powered school lights up African village.
Just before Hurricane Sandy started to pummel the East Coast this week, Microsoft managed to grab the tech headlines with the official debut of Windows Phone 8.
The launch of the next-generation mobile operating system, which came on the heels of last week's splashy Windows 8 debut, got people talking with its support for multicore processors and mobile payments, and its tighter relationship with the Windows platform. And as with Windows 8, Window Phone 8 uses live tiles instead of icons. (Though Microsoft is already being sued for those tiles, over patent-infringement claims.)
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Too busy being peeved about the fourth-generation iPad this week to keep up with Crave? These stories will catch you up -- and lower your blood pressure.
- The blood brain barrier has never looked so beautiful.
- Best home decor ever: Iron Man stained glass windows!
- Ever seen a bipedal robot walk a tightrope? Now you have.
- Robot Hall of Fame: Wall-E, BigDog, Nao, PackBot, come on down!
- A hoodie jacket with built-in goggles: Nope, that's not creepy at all.
- Full bladder? App pinpoints the best time to go mid-movie.