With all this information technology at our disposal, it's striking how getting to the truth of a matter can still be so tough. Two tech stories from opposite sides of the world today remind us how even in 2012 the flow of information is still tightly controlled.
Over the weekend, Iran's government announced it was turning off Google. Officials also said plans are moving ahead to place the country's web users on a walled off intranet -- as opposed to the global Internet the rest of us use.
Shares of the British bank Standard Chartered are tanking in London this morning -- down some 25 percent.
New York financial regulators say the bank concealed billions of dollars of illegal transactions for Iranian customers.
Standard Chartered could soon have its banking license revoked in the nation's financial center, because of allegations that the bank has been hiding tens of thousands of secret transactions with Iran.
If you've been to a gas station recently, you know that prices are down -- on average, about 20 cents lower per gallon than a month ago. That's in part because the price of oil is at an eight-month low.