Michael Cooney

Online News Editor

Cooney is an Online News Editor. He is also the author of the Layer 8 blog, Network World's daily home for the not-just-networking news. He has a Journalism degree from The Pennsylvania State University and has been working with Network World since 1992. Direct: 508.766.5421 NETWORK WORLD 492 Old Connecticut Path| Framingham, MA 01701

Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution

Dumping an open source Honeypot on Rachel: FTC reloads on liquidating robocallers

The Zapping Rachel contest will take place at DEF CON 22 in Las Vegas Aug. 7-10, and offers partakers $17,000 in cash prizes for developing open-source packages that could be used to build an advance robocall honeypot, circumvent or...

Cisco counterfeiter gets 37 months in prison, forfeits $700,000

ConnectZone.com and owner, Daniel Oberholtzer conspired with a Chinese company to produce counterfeit Cisco, US says

The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014 (so far!)

2014 has featured crop circles, advanced toilet tech, flying saucers, wild software development

DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

DARPA said Boeing (working with Blue Origin) Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic) would begin phase 1 work on the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)...

Delaware whacks $1B data center/power supply project

Citing the size of the project, the potential effects of subsequent greenhouse gases, public opposition and other issues the university pulled the plug on the $1 billion project that was being developed for its 272 acre Science,...

On Twitter, FaceBook and Lady Gaga – DARPA social media research stirs a murky pot

On Twitter, FaceBook and Lady Gaga – DARPA social media research stirs a murky pot

The agency says it has funded myriad social media/Twitter research (including a study that looked at Lady Gaga’s Twitter following—a model of social media popularity, DARPA stated) as well as a look into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,...

Scammers want to wreck your business, vacation travel

FTC, FBI warn of unwanted travel companions: scammers, fraudsters.

Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

The ESA said its dropship, known as the StarTiger’s Dropter is indeed a customized quadcopter drone that uses a GPS, camera and inertial systems to fly into position, where it then switches to vision-based navigation supplemented by...

Federal/state wiretap use grows, encryption makes impact

Authorized communications intercept applications have increased 100% from 1,789 in 2003 to 3,576 in 2013.

DARPA demos lightweight, 94GHz silicon system on a chip

DARPA demos lightweight, 94GHz silicon system on a chip

The all-silicon system on a chip transmitter was built by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and uses a digitally assisted power amplifier that adapts amplifier performance characteristics to changing signal requirements. This...

Quick look: NASA tests supersonic Mars flying saucer

NASA system looks to safely land larger spacecraft on Mars

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