Tensions continued to build in the Asia Pacific as North Korea announced official approval from government officials for the country to launch nuclear attacks against the United States. In response, the U.S. announced that they would be transferring missile defense systems to Guam to protect against any threat. The latest move by each country comes at a time of falling diplomatic support between China and North Korea as well as a new threat from a third party. Online hacktivist group Anonymous threatened a full-blown cyber war with the Korean regime, announcing that they had already successfully hacked several thousand passwords as well as an official government social media account.
China saw more illnesses from a mutated version of a deadly bird flu that has been rumored to have adapted so the virus can infect pigs and other mammals. As conflicts continue to rise in the Middle East, the rising manufacturing country has begun promoting new cheap Chinese built drones that could potentially be used by anti-US interests. Afghanistan saw one of its deadliest attacks in recent years when a group of terrorists stormed an Afghani court house, killing almost 50 people in an attempt to free prisoners. Palestine saw further civilian casualties as protests in the West Bank continued for the third day over the recent death of a Palestinian inmate in an Israeli prison. The U.S.embassy in Egypt shut down their official Twitter feed temporarily after a controversial tweet was sent out about comedian Steven Colbert’s comments toward the current Egyptian president. Uganda postponed their search for the wanted war-criminal Kony, Argentina suffered a large number of deaths in unexpected flooding, and the UN aimed to continue talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear program.
President Obama continued to push his gun control agenda in a visit to Colorado on Wednesday, while concurrently announcing he would be taking a 5% cut in pay for his annual salary to show solidarity for furloughed federal workers.
Media giant, Disney announced the closure of game producer Lucas Arts, just a few months after their initial buyout of the parent company Lucasfilm. Online currency Bitcoin saw a massive fall in value as a major bitcoin online-trading site went down. On the mobile side, photographs leaked of Facebook’s rumored Android-specific UI. Tech reviewers commented positively toward the potential design and rumors spread about the potential profitability of the move. Meanwhile, Twitter rolled out a new android mobile User Interface, Google owned delivery company BufferBox announced that they would begin rolling out delivery lockers to various parts of San Francisco, and NBC officially sent notice to Jay Leno that Jimmy Kimmel would be taking over the Tonight Show spot by 2014.