FROM Meredith Haggerty
The Glitter Hoax and Other Web News A young Australian man had an idea for a business like no other: He’d mail your enemies a “glitter bomb,” an envelope full of annoying glitter that would get everywhere and ruin the recipient’s day. The business was an immediate success, thanks to the coverage in media outlets like Time, Huffington Post and Fast Company. He became so overwhelmed with orders that he couldn’t keep up, and he put his website up for sale for $85,000 after just one day in business. Now he says the whole thing was a hoax he played on the media. Was it really? That and more in our weekly web roundup.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.