President Obama’s address to the nation last night on the plan for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is the big news this morning. Last night we put the question to you regarding what this means for the United States’ innovation future. There are some great comments both here on the Post’s Web site and on Twitter.
In other innovations news this morning:
1) Exit the troops, enter the drones
President Obama’s war strategy is going to change, and it will not entail sending more troops into Afghanistan’s eastern region, which Wired’s Spencer Ackerman describes, aptly, as “buck-wild.” Ackerman writes:
Here’s what the war’s going to look like instead from July 2011 to 2014, when the Afghans are supposed to take over combat: drones, drones, training Afghans, commando raids, and drones. The military build on its momentum in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, Obama aides say. But outside of that, this is going to be a counterterrorism strategy — with a lot of troops.
2) The economic recovery is slowing
If you haven’t heard, the news is not good for the economic recovery. The Post’s Neil Irwin reports that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is backing away from his earlier assessment that the slowdown was temporary. The Fed released a report projecting weaker growth in both 2011 and 2012. (The Washington Post)
3) Bad news for Google in Russia
Russian search giant Rambler and online media behemoth Yandex are joining forces to offer search and advertising services. Why is this bad for Google, you ask? For a search giant that dominates in the U.S., Google’s search market share is well below 50 percent in Russia. Now, the stakes just got much higher. (TechCrunch)
4) Inside Higher Ed: We won’t predict the next education revolution
Higher Ed’s Joshua Kim says he knows two things. One: The revolution in Higher Ed is coming. And two: He’s not going to predict how it will unfold. Kim goes on to cite three important trends that the education industry failed to predict as proof that crystal-ball reading is not easily done on this score. (Inside Higher Ed)
5) Microsoft: The Sony hack did us no favors
Sometimes it’s not a good thing when your competition is dealt a serious blow. Take the case of Xbox maker Microsoft and rival PlayStation manufacturer Sony. Sony was left reeling from the breach of 1 million users’ personal records. Denis Durkin, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business told IndustryGamers:
“It’s bad for the industry that this has happened to Sony. It’s very, very bad. It’s very damaging. So we don’t wish that upon anybody and you’ve seen we’ve been actually pretty quiet on the subject because we don’t want to appear to even be looking to be taking advantage of somebody else’s situation like that. That’s just not in our DNA,” he said.