- Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination for re-election and set a Twitter record doing it.
- The government of Great Britain’s latest surveillance plan proposes tracking every web page accessed by British internet users. ISPs are understandably miffed. Wikipedia, meanwhile, says it can thwart Britain’s attempt to track internet use through encryption.
- An American-style ban on indoor smoking went into effect in Lebanon this week. It’s opposed by many business owners and residents. 39 percent of Lebanese adults smoke.
- The new regulations on medical marijuana in New Jersey are too vague and the fees too high according to critics of the initiative. Only 130 people have registered.
- A military judge has ordered that Nidal Hassan, the suspected Ft. Hood shooter, cut off his beard. Hassan grew a beard for religious reasons while the government considers the shooting an incident of workplace violence.
- Puerto Ricans will be voting for the fourth time in half a century on the status of their territory when they go to the polls this November.