Not Quite 99 Red Balloons, But…

DARPARedBalloon.jpgKeep your eyes open for red balloons—specifically, moored red weather balloons. It could be worth $40,000.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Internet predecessor the Arpanet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) with the DARPA Network Challenge, in which 10 moored red weather balloons will be launched from 10 fixed locations in the continental United States, with the first person to send in the GPS coordinates of all 10 balloons taking home $40,000, ReadWriteWeb reported.

The balloons will be on display from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. local time, and entries will be accepted until noon ET Dec. 14, according to ReadWriteWeb, which added that teams that have already entered are using technology including iPhone apps and Twitter.