Interplanetary Britpop

Do you have any idea how fast you were going, sir?

Virtually all police cars now have computer terminals connected to the police info-network. Apparently, Verizon left open a connection to the Internet in Philadelphia, and the cops began getting bombarded with Viagra-style pop-up ads:

“It was, to say the least, an inappropriate pop-up for a police department to see,” said Deputy Commissioner Charles Brennan. “Most of the officers took it as fake and I think they actually got kind of a chuckle out of it.”

(Thanks to Techdirt Wireless News for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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