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IT Editor — Ars Technica
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Covers:  open source, arduino, web development, social networks, car technology, software, defense industry, internet, technology, technology of business, cyberwarfare, cybersecurity, biotech, internet culture, big data, business of technology, hardware hacking, internet of things, networks, information technology, enterprise technology, google, open government
Doesn't Cover: funding rounds

IT editor at Ars Technica. Ex-sysadmin, ex-editorial CTO, ex-Navy, current smartass. Planning Arduino robot uprising. Posts are my own, not my employer's.

Sean Gallagher's Biography

Ars Technica's IT Editor, overseeing enterprise and general information technology coverage. Over 20 years of tech journalism experience, from test lab to news beats. Winner of two American Society of Business Publication Editors awards and one Neal award. Past positions include Managing Editor, InformationWeek Labs; Technology Editor, Baseline Magazine; Editor-in-Chief of Defense Systems.

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American Association of Business Publication Editors National Gold Award

2003 - Case History
With Larry Barrett, for McBusted—a case study of the failure of McDonalds' attempt to computerize the entire business process of its franchisees right down to how often the fryer oil was changed.

Jesse H. Neal Award

2003 - Best recurring feature

What was your first job as a journalist?

As a freelancer, I wrote about trade finance. My first full-time gig was as assistant editor for a DC computer newspaper.

How is social media changing news?

It's an ongoing open conversation with sources and readers. It creates transparency.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

We don't take pitched stories very often. I prefer PR people understand Ars before wildly pitching, or I may never have time to respond.

DARPA laser research boosts airborne death rays, tiny laser scanners — This week has been laser week at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, with two very different laser-based programs hitting major milestones: an inexpensive array of lasers on a single chip that can be used as sensors on drones and robots and a killer laser system that could blow up missiles, shells, and possibly vehicles and people.

Chinese Army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war — An article published today in the People's Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China's military-and reprinted in part by Qiushi, the official magazine of the Chinese Communist Party -calls the Internet "the ideological 'main front' and 'the main battlefield'" upon which China must fight an ideological war upon the West to defend itself from the creeping evils of Western thought.

There’s an app for that: How NSA, allies exploit mobile app stores — In 2011 and 2012, the NSA and the communications intelligence agencies of its "Five Eyes" allies developed and tested a set of add-ons to their shared Internet surveillance capability that could identify and target communications between mobile devices and popular mobile app stores-including those of Google and Samsung.

Pre-thoughtcrime: Russian think tank app catches protestors before they protest — Issac Asimov's Harry Seldon used "psycho-history" to predict the future. Tom Cruise used "precogs" in Minority Report. And now a pro-Putin think tank is trying to divine dissident activity by mining social media.

Airbus investigates engine software as cause of troop transport crash — In the wake of the unexplained crash of an A400M troop and cargo transport plane in Spain May 9, Airbus has ordered a review of the software that controls the turboprop engines of that aircraft model. The crash killed a Spanish flight test crew, and has led to the grounding of British, German and Turkish A400Ms already in service.

Navy Research Lab develops cheap “swarm” glider mini-drones — At the Department of Defense's "Lab Day" last week at the Pentagon, scientists from the Naval Research Laboratory unveiled the world's smallest spy drone yet: a tiny, intelligent glider called the "Cicada." More formally known as the Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft, the Cicada is intended (like its namesake) to be deployed in large swarms-and to expire when its mission is complete.

Cortana for all: Microsoft’s plan to put voice recognition behind anything — When Microsoft introduced the Cortana digital personal assistant last year at the company's Build developer conference, the company already left hints of its future ambitions for the technology. Cortana was built largely on Microsoft's Bing service, and the Cortana team indicated those services would eventually be accessible to Web and application developers.

Gallery: Ars tours the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) — A few months ago, as I was planning to head out to California for Microsoft's Build developer conference in San Francisco, I decided I needed to stretch the trip a bit further to the south-down to the Port of Los Angeles to visit the Pacific Battleship Center, the home of the battleship USS Iowa.

The battleship, the drone, and the chocolate chip cookies — Two weeks ago, I made a pilgrimage to the Port of Los Angeles to visit the ship that played a central part in setting me on the path that put me where I am today-the battleship USS Iowa.

North Korea test-launches “Polaris-1” ballistic missile from submarine — On May 9, a Korean People's Army Naval Force submarine test-launched a ballistic missile off the eastern coast of North Korea. The test launch, reported by North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, only traveled about 150 meters according to South Korean defense officials.
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RT @SwiftOnSecurity: Europe just won a contest without America in it.

May 23, 2015

You know it's a three day weekend because @DrPizza is live tweeting Eurovision.

May 23, 2015

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