The U.S. Navy has reportedly freed captured U.S. sea Capt. Richard Phillips during what can only be described as a daring, technology aided raid on the high seas.Three of the four pirates are dead. [SFGate]

More info at CNN. And as if there was any doubt, when we said Navy before, we meant the SEALs.

Update: More from Reuters as additional details emerge throughout the day:

President Barack Obama gave authority to kill the Somali pirates holding U.S. cargo ship captain Richard Phillips, and a commander acted when he concluded the pirates were about to kill the hostage, a U.S. Navy official said on Sunday.

"They were pointing the AK-47s at the captain," Vice Adm. William Gortney, head of the U.S. Naval Central Command, said in a Pentagon briefing from Bahrain.

[CNN]