WikiLeaks' last stand? (week in review)
The leader of the document-releasing group is arrested, faces possible extradition, and sees his funding cut off. Also: Facebook and Chrome unveil new offerings.
It's been a rough week for Julian Assange, simultaneously one of the most hated and revered people in the world.
Assange, leader of the WikiLeaks project that's released thousands of classified files detailing U.S. military and diplomatic activity,on a Swedish accusation of sexual assault. Assange, who denies the charges, was by the local magistrate.
The U.S. government has indicated thatfor disclosing classified information because he is "not a journalist." The federal government may seek his extradition to the United States, which has reportedly already been the topic of discussions between U.S. and Swedish officials.
The arrest is a further serious setback for WikiLeaks, whose actions have incurred the wrath of politicians and pundits but also attracted allies drawn to its cause and disturbed by the response to WikiLeaks.
Over the weekend,to the embattled documents-sharing site, a move that was and Visa, limiting its revenue sources.
That lead a hacker group calling itself "Anonymous" to retaliate against the companies for the suspensions, launching distributed denial-of-service attack on their sites. Visa.com and MasterCard.com were both taken offline briefly, and Web site for the Swedish prosecution agency, which is trying to extradite Assange on the sexual assault allegations, has been targeted too. Amazon.com was attacked too, its massive server infrastructure fended off the attack.
Dutch authorities said that they have
At a press event, Google demonstrates a prototype Chrome OS notebook as well as the Chrome Web Store, which launched this week.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives sneak peek of profile pages' new look during an interview on "60 Minutes," but Facebook started rolling out the new layout before the appearance.
Barry McCarthy will be replaced by David Wells, a former vice president of financial planning. The move comes as many in Hollywood debate whether Netflix is a threat to more lucrative business models.
It's getting to be a crowded market for e-books, but Google's long-awaited entry into this space with the Google eBookstore could make room for another.
In NASA-sponsored test flight, SpaceX launches a commercial cargo carrier needed to resupply the space station after the shuttle retires next year. SpaceX founder calls flight "mind-blowingly awesome."
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