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Image 1 of 10 It's almost 25 years since the first PC computer virus left users looking at corrupted floppies, lost work and perplexing messages. In that time, the state of the art in automated malfeasance has progressed to the point that it's part of the armory of international geopolitics. Stuxnet , while still mysterious, left nobody in any doubt that viruses and worms can be used in the highest-stake game there is.
High Point: Sputnik Launched - Gagarin's Great Feat: 50 Space-Race Highs and Lows - TIME (Build 20110318052756)Oct. 4, 1957 — The Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite, and the U.S. reacted the way any mature, technologically savvy nation would — which is to say by losing its marbles. The Soviets had seized the high ground of space and would soon be gliding over North America lobbing bombs on the U.S. as easily as if they were dropping overripe fruit from a highway overpass. No one had quite worked through how a 183-lb. aluminum ball that did little more than beep was going to accomplish all that, but no matter, the danger seemed real. The good news: the space race was on. Next High Point: Sputnik 2 Launched <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Last fall, the blog Journalistics published a list ranking the top 25 newspapers on Twitter, based on their follower counts. (TheWrap followed up with a similar list for magazines .) I figured it's time we update the newspaper list, to see how the troubled print industry has fared -- and at what pace the audience for their tweets is growing. At 3,062,437, the New York Times remains the only American newspaper with more than a million followers. The Chicago Tribune, at 829,742, is number two, followed by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.