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International News Archive - January 16, 2012

Chinese Embrace Microblogging, Internet Population Exceeds 500 Million

More than a third of China’s 1.4 billion residents are now Internet friendly with nearly half of those microblogging on weibo -- China’s version of Twitter -- voicing their opinions on everything from major events to corruption and scandals.

Pro-Palestinian Hackers Disrupt Israeli Stock Exchange

On Monday Israeli officials reported that online hackers had targeted a number of the nation’s critical industries, launching a small-scale but coordinated cyber attack against the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), Israel’s El Al Airlines and three national banks.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.