Google’s services unable to reach much of China
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
Google says its search engine and other Internet services have been cut off from much of China just as the country’s ruling party picks new leaders.
Data posted on Google’s website shows its services in China became largely inaccessible beginning around 4 a.m. Friday. That would be about 5 p.m. Friday in Beijing.
A Google Inc. spokeswoman says the company found no problems in its own computer or network that would disrupt its services in China.
That raised the possibility that China’s Communist Party decided to block Google’s services at a politically sensitive time.
Google’s search engines, email and other services have been periodically unavailable in China since 2010. That’s when Google decided to stop censoring its search results to remove websites that China’s government found objectionable.
Pentagon cracks down on SEALs who spill secrets
The military is cracking down on special operations troops who share knowledge of their secret missions for profit, punishing seven Navy SEALs, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, who moonlighted as advisers on a combat video game.
Current and former SEALs, including the author of a tell-all book on the bin Laden raid, complain they’re getting mixed messages from the military, which likes to see itself on big and small screens on its own terms.
The seven SEALs are being reprimanded and having their pay docked for sharing information with the designers of “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” by video game company EA, according to military officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigations publicly.
The men will remain in the SEAL teams, but were punished for working on the video without their command’s permission, revealing classified information by sharing the tactics they use and showing designers some of their specially designed combat equipment unique to their unit, the officials said..
Coming to Texas ballots: Another Bush in 2014?
George P. Bush’s campaign paperwork in Texas is being cheered by Republicans eager for new Hispanic faces in the party. It’s also fuelling speculation about what office the former president’s nephew might seek.
The 36-year-old consultant is the son of one-time Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. He became the family’s latest to move toward public office this week by submitting a filing in Texas that’s required of potential statewide candidates.
The document doesn’t specify what office Bush might seek. Republican Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Friday he thinks the younger Bush will likely seek his job in 2014 or run for attorney general.
Patterson says Bush would give the GOP “something besides old white guys like me on the ballot.” Bush’s mother was born in Mexico.
Statue of Liberty lit; 1st time since Sandy
The Statue of Liberty was illuminated Friday for the first time since it was damaged by superstorm Sandy.
The statue, one of the city’s top tourist attractions, has been closed because of damage resulting from the storm that hit New York Oct. 29, with no estimate on when it will reopen.
The monument was re-lit through temporary measures made possible by a donation of equipment and services.