Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer. » 9/19/14 1:02pm Friday 1:02pm

C-SPAN Finally Put Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth​ on the Air

The callers to C-SPAN's long-running morning show Washington Journal are as beautiful, and diverse, and perfect as America itself. In a long overdue bit of fan service, the Journal put on Richard Gage the leader of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The callers loved it—loved it. You will too. » 8/02/14 11:41pm 8/02/14 11:41pm

The Algorithms at the Heart of the New September 11 Memorial Museum

The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens to the public tomorrow here in New York City after more than a decade of complications, and amidst not always civil disagreements over what the museum should be in the first place—what its narrative intentions might be and whether or not it could ever be possible to… » 5/14/14 11:00am 5/14/14 11:00am

Why Locating 911 Calls Is So Hard—And How To Make It Better

You've heard the cautionary tales about dialing 911 on your cell phone. A call about missing children in Illinois gets routed to Canada. A stroke victim in New York is only located after a grueling eight-hour search. Locating 911 calls in 2014 is a byzantine process that involves generating a fake phone number—but a… » 4/02/14 10:00am 4/02/14 10:00am

Photos of Tourists Staring at the WTC Are Weirdly Riveting

If you've ever taken a lunchtime stroll in Lower Manhattan, you've seen them: Sightseers (and locals, too) with their eyes raised skyward, watching the construction of One World Trade Center. Annoying to some, but revealing to photographer Keith Goldstein—whose photo essay Looking On captures the craning. » 1/23/14 10:40am 1/23/14 10:40am

A 9/11 Plane Part Has Been Found in New York City

The NYPD is saying that a 5-foot long airplane part of a 9/11 plane has been found in an alley near the World Trade Center. The landing gear part, which came from one of the airplanes that crashed into the Twin Towers, was found three blocks from Ground Zero. It's incredible given that it's been more than 11 years… » 4/26/13 7:20pm 4/26/13 7:20pm

Splitsecnd Adds OnStar-Like Emergency Response Calling To Any Vehicle

You can technically already get General Motor's popular OnStar service for any vehicle with its third-party FMV mirror. But you'll be paying $100 more, plus a larger monthly fee, than what Splitsecnd's asking for its new service. And instead of having to tear out your rear-view mirror, all you need is access to your… » 2/27/13 10:20am 2/27/13 10:20am