Sergey’s got the futuristic glasses and Larry has the Lex Luther CEO swag, but it seems Google chairman Eric Schmidt wants to be the last of the gentleman adventurers. Returned from his North Korean jaunt for just a couple of months, reports suggest he’ll soon be off again, this time to the nation formerly known as Burma.
Dennis Rodman might want to be a bit more discriminating in his choice of friends. The former NBA star has only just returned from his visit to North Korea, where he forged a bond with tinpot dictator Kim Jong-Un that’s already gotten him kicked out of a fancy hotel bar for refusing to shut the hell up about the Supreme Leader’s awesomeness.
Now, in advance of a U.N. vote over whether to impose sanctions on the country for its recent nuclear test, North Korea is threatening to unleash a nuclear attack on the United States if the U.N. dares to impose new sanctions on the country.
One unexpected result of Eric Schmidt’s bizarre mission to North Korea? The Google chairman has apparently paved the way for “basketball diplomacy” between our two nations. The AP reports that former Chicago Bulls player and Carmen Electra ex Dennis Rodman is visiting Pyongyang with a Vice documentary crew. Let’s hope Vice remembers to scrub the metadata from any sensitive photos this time.
Now that foreign visitors in North Korea have access to mobile Internet, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that someone is already using the service to post to Twitter and Instagram. The Next Web points out that Jean Lee, the AP bureau chief for North and South Korea, began the morning Read More
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Hard on the heels of Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s jaunt to North Korea, the World’s Most Isolated Country™ is letting a bit of Internet breeze in. The AP reports that foreigners in the country will soon have access to 3G connections, meaning they’ll now be able to fact-check anything their government-assigned tour guides tell them. Be warned, however, that your surroundings are probably bugged six ways to Sunday.
What do you do when you lack the technology to create your own simulation of New York City under missile attack? You use footage from video games, of course!
Kotaku reports that a new space race propaganda video put online by North Korea’s propaganda arm Uriminzokkiri depicts a city that looks an awful lot like New York being struck by missiles. Buildings begin to burn as an American flag waves overtop the footage. The video is couched as a dream sequence, showing the dreaming man aboard the rocket the country successfully tested in December.
Shortly after Google Chairman Eric Schmidt returned from his much-ballyhooed trip to North Korea, his daughter and traveling companion Sophie published an extended diary of the adventure, revealing, among other things, that her father’s response to staying in a bugged hotel room was simply to leave his door opened wide.
At the time, that Read More
Don’t get us wrong, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. Your trip to North Korea has been a blast–the highlight of our year, really. Remember that time those Kim Il-sung University students pretended they were allowed to google things just to impress you?! Or what about former Governor Bill Richardson’s superfluous but omnipresent cravat?
But now that you’re free from the Supreme Leader’s distortion field, we have to say your tight-lipped travelogue pales in comparison to the candid, snark-laced account offered up by your daughter Sophie Schmidt.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt urged North Korean leaders to open Internet access to its citizens, or doom them to a state of virtual isolation. Which, if we understand Mr. Schmidt correctly, he thinks will be far more insidious than the actual isolation North Koreans are currently experiencing. [AP]
North Korea’s official Twitter account only follows three, and only three, other accounts. One belongs to Jimmy Dushku, a 25-year-old investor who’s been to almost 60 Coldplay concerts and counts The Fast and the Furious as his favorite movie. What? [Mother Jones]
They’re not saying how they know, exactly, but U.S. officials are convinced that the cyberattacks on the consumer-facing websites of American banks are the work of the Iranian government. [NYT]
Soon you will buy prepaid iPhones at Walmart. Sounds like another season of The Wire is in order. [PRNewswire]
Not to put a timetable on anything, but Digg figures its content discovery app is about one percent done. Which is as fine a time as any to talk about monetization. [Digg]
Google chairman Eric Schmidt continued his romp around North Korea today, escorted by the polka-dot-loving Bill Richardson. CBS News reports that the duo visited Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, which is outfitted with a computer lab connected to the country’s intranet, a closed system where users can receive only state-sponsored news. Some students, however, have applied for and won the privilege to connect to the web for research purposes.