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Daily Briefing

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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.

50 Years After Trial, Eichmann Secrets Live On
Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times | 50 Years After Trial, Eichmann Secrets Live On | May 9, 2011

Germany is famous for confronting its Nazi past. But confronting the years after the war is another matter. The latest proof comes as the country’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, refuses to declassify several thousand secret files detailing what Adolf Eichmann, the high-ranking Nazi who helped orchestrate the Holocaust, was doing between 1945 and his capture by Mossad agents in Buenos Aires in 1960. More than a few Germans have been speculating that the refusal has as much to do with tarnishing a cherished era as with betraying potential sources...       

Inked for Mom: A Brief History of the "I Love Mom" Tattoo for Mother's Day
Noreen Malone, Slate | Inked for Mom | May 7, 2011

When it comes to honoring one's mother, there are the things you do—the flowers you might have ordered for this Sunday—and, just as important, the things you don't do: I'd like to remind my own sainted mother of the bail she never had to post, the terrible men I haven't dated, the tattoos I decided against. But while the materfamilias Malone might weep at the sight of even the most delicate design peeking out from beneath her daughter's shirt, a tattoo dedicated to Mom is in fact one of the most iconic American maternal tributes...

FBI set to kill secret-stealing Russian 'botnet.' Is your computer infected?
Mark Clayton, The Christian Science Monitor | FBI set to kill secret-stealing Russian 'botnet." Is your computer infected? | May 7, 2011

The FBI might be asking your permission soon to reach into your computer and rip something out. And you don’t know it’s there. In a first for US law enforcement efforts to make the Internet more secure, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized control of a Russian cybercrime enterprise that has enslaved millions of personal computers and may have gained access to US diplomatic, military, and law enforcement computer systems...

The SEAL Sensibility: An Inside Look
Eric Greitens, The Wall Street Journal | The Seal Sensibility: An Inside Look | May 7, 2011

At Camp Pendleton in California, where I did my initial weapons training, we must have fired thousands of rounds at practice-range targets printed with the likeness of Osama bin Laden. To take the real shot, the one that brought down bin Laden, was the dream of every Navy SEAL...

Hawk Cam: Live From The Nest
Andy Newman and Emily S. Rueb, The New York Times | Hawk Cam: Live From The Nest | May 6, 2011

Live footage from the top of Bobst Library at N.Y.U. ...

When Thomas Pynchon is just Tom: A remarkable collection debuts
Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times | When Thomas Pynchon is just Tom: A remarkable collection debuts | May 6, 2011

Thomas Pynchon has surfaced in a remarkable book collection and the memories of his lifelong friend Phyllis Gebauer, who shared stories of one of America's most reclusive writers Wednesday night in Los Angeles...

Secretary Clinton Brokers a Deal to Fund the Libyan Opposition
Barbie LAtza Nadeau, The Daily Beast | Secretary Clinton Brokers a Deal to Fund the Libyan Opposition | May 5, 2011

The questions on everybody's mind for the U.S. Secretary of State in Italy focused on the killing of Osama bin Laden. But behind the scenes, Clinton struck and international deal to fund the opposition in Libya...

The Jazz Fan Who Invented A Machine To Make His Own Mashups
Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR | The Jazz Fan Who Invented A Machine To Make His Own Mashups | May 5, 2011

The dude with that knobby box has programmed a whole bunch of samples into his computer, which he triggers with said knobby box. His sharp ear identifies little bits of songs which would work well...

The Hut Next Door
Matt Gallagher, the New York Times, Home Fires | The Hut Next Door | May 4, 2011

When I was on patrols in Iraq, I liked to pretend Osama bin Laden was in the hut next door. It seems ridiculous now, and it was just as ridiculous then. Bin Laden found in a backwater village north of Baghdad, circa 2008? Not ever a possibility, even for the most obtuse soldier. But sometimes, when the sun was getting to me and the mission seemed most nebulous and futile and I needed a reason to care, I’d mentally place Bin Laden within our area of operations, all likelihood of such be damned...

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