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NASA's New Horizons May Shift Toward Kuiper Belt
News  |  8/29/2015  | 
NASA's New Horizons team is plotting to swing the spacecraft past the exotically named 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt.
Electronic Warrantless Surveillance: What IT Should Know
Commentary  |  8/26/2015  | 
Today, in the name of public safety, federal and local government agencies are piling up advanced technologies to monitor people, with little regard for the basic principles of privacy. Here's what businesses and individuals need to know.
NASA Tells Us Not To Panic Over Asteroids
Commentary  |  8/21/2015  | 
NASA continues its public service of reminding us all not to panic over misleading reports of our impending doom.
Why AT&T's 'Willingness' To Help NSA Is Alarming
News  |  8/17/2015  | 
Snowden documents show AT&T was all too happy to aid the NSA spy on Americans. Are we really that surprised?
Google Fighting New Right To Be Forgotten Proposal
News  |  8/6/2015  | 
A French commission believes delisting from Google search engines should be carried out across all versions of the search engine. Unsurprisingly, Google disagrees.
ICANN Proposal: Internet With Less US Oversight
News  |  8/5/2015  | 
An Internet governance committee is seeking comment on a proposal for managing aspects of the Domain Name System with reduced US government oversight.
IBM Locks Up Cloud Processes With Patents
Commentary  |  8/4/2015  | 
IBM has received 1,200 patents on cloud computing over the last 18 months. Here's a sample of what Big Blue is patenting and why it's a concern.
Drones: 10 Novel Uses For Your City
Slideshows  |  7/23/2015  | 
Drones are becoming more than mere law enforcement adjuncts, as cities find new ways to save money and even raise revenue with the unmanned aerial vehicles.
California Firefighters Might Shoot Down Drones
Commentary  |  7/22/2015  | 
To help firefighters, the California State Assembly is considering giving them permission to take out drones in their way.
FCC Chairman Recommends AT&T, DirecTV Merger
News  |  7/22/2015  | 
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler finds some good things to recommend about the proposed merger between AT&T and DirecTV.
Google Fights Export Controls For 'Intrusion Software'
News  |  7/21/2015  | 
Proposed export rules could hobble cybersecurity research, Google claims.
Google Fiber Is Coming To Public Housing For Free
News  |  7/16/2015  | 
Google is working with the federal government to bring its high-speed Internet service -- Fiber -- to affordable housing properties at no cost.
State CIOs Need To 'Do The Right Thing,' NASCIO Finds
News  |  7/16/2015  | 
A report commissioned by NASCIO is urging state CIOs to "do the right thing," but what does that really mean?
IBM Aims To Ease Data Sharing For Police, Emergency Services
News  |  6/22/2015  | 
IBM's Safer Planet, a sub-unit of the company's Smarter Planet effort, is expanding its cloud-based offerings with the goal of making data sharing and analysis affordable and accessible to IT professionals in a wide range of public safety and emergency management agencies.
FCC: Subsidize Rural Broadband, Block Robocalls
News  |  6/19/2015  | 
The FCC voted 3-2 to extend and reform a program that would help low-income Americans gain access to the Web through subsidies. The commission is also allowing customers to block spam and robocalls.
What $100 Million AT&T Fine Says About The FCC
Commentary  |  6/18/2015  | 
The FCC's bruising attacks on broadband companies show its strong focus on consumers. The $100 million fine against AT&T is just the latest in this fight.
EFF Data Privacy Report Praises Apple, Slams AT&T
News  |  6/18/2015  | 
In the Electronic Frontier Foundation's fifth annual report, Apple gets high marks for protecting privacy, while WhatsApp and AT&T land at the bottom.
Net Neutrality Takes Effect As Court Denies Stay
News  |  6/12/2015  | 
Score one for supporters of net neutrality as a US appeals court denies USTelecom's request to stay implementation of the Open Internet Order.
Cloud Market Finds A Home In Michigan County
Commentary  |  6/2/2015  | 
Oakland County, Mich., has been providing services to towns for years. Now it's expanding its services through a new government cloud marketplace.
Google, Apple Urge Obama To Protect Phone Data Privacy
News  |  5/19/2015  | 
The letter, signed by Google, Apple, and a number of tech companies and security organizations, is urging Obama to halt legislation that would allow government to access personal data stored on mobile devices.
Google Faces More Scrutiny Over Right To Be Forgotten
News  |  5/14/2015  | 
A group of 80 Web academics have penned an open letter to Google insisting on more transparency for right to be forgotten requests in Europe.
NASA MESSENGER Prepares For Impact On Mercury
Slideshows  |  4/29/2015  | 
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is beaming back some final, incredible photos as it prepares to smash into the planet's surface -- a hard landing for the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.
Hubble Telescope: 25 Years Of Stunning Images
Slideshows  |  4/22/2015  | 
In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th year in low-Earth orbit, InformationWeek has taken a selection of some of the craft's most stunning and awe-inspiring photos, which explore the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond -- pictures that truly define the phrase "out of this world."
Plan X: DARPA's Revolutionary Cyber Security Platform
Slideshows  |  4/21/2015  | 
DARPA's Plan X aims to make active cyber defense more accessible to the masses through agility, training, and intuitive interfaces.
Space X, Hubble, Coffee: The Cost Of Doing Business In Space
Commentary  |  4/17/2015  | 
Space is expensive, dangerous, and easy to get wrong. This week, news about Space X, the upcoming Hubble anniversary, and the price of astronaut coffee shows why we should think hard about future projects.
H-1B Visa Applications Exceeded 230,000 This Year
News  |  4/14/2015  | 
Overall, the USCIS received 233,000 H-1B visa applications this year. The agency will grant 65,000 of them. However, several groups noted that the lack of H-1B visas is limiting the potential for greater global competitiveness in the US.
Will H-1B Visas Kill Jobs Or Ensure Survival Of The Fittest?
Commentary  |  4/6/2015  | 
As the debate over H-1Bs looks like it's starting again, it's worth thinking about what the pros and cons of the system are, and what the influx of workers from overseas really means for the US tech economy.
SETI: Letís Stop Listening For Aliens And Start Talking Instead
Commentary  |  4/3/2015  | 
SETI, which leads the search for alien life, wants to stop looking and start telling aliens to come find us.
Net Neutrality Rules Will Survive, FCC Chairman Says
News  |  3/30/2015  | 
In a speech at the Moritz College of Law, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that new net neutrality laws would hold up to court challenges brought by telecoms, carriers, and their representatives.
FTC: Google Received No Favors During Investigation
News  |  3/26/2015  | 
The FTC is pushing back against reports that it gave Google favorable treatment due to the search engine giant's lobbying prowess. Google is also facing more scrutiny in Europe.
Net Neutrality Rules Facing First Lawsuits
News  |  3/24/2015  | 
The FCC's new net neutrality rules are facing their first challenge from a number of industry trade groups, which have backing from companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
FCC Chief At MWC: 'No One Blocks Internet'
News  |  3/4/2015  | 
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler defended the FCC's order that upholds net neutrality.
Warrant Canaries: Watching US Agencies So IT Doesn't Have To
Commentary  |  3/4/2015  | 
ISPs and others are unofficially sounding the alarm in the event that a US government agency is seeking access to user records. Here's why this matters to IT.
Net Neutrality Vote Won't End Debate
Commentary  |  2/26/2015  | 
The FCC is slated to approve a controversial plan for net neutrality -- but that won't be the end of the matter.
FCC Net Neutrality Push Rattles AT&T, Verizon
Commentary  |  2/5/2015  | 
AT&T, Verizon and other wireless network operators aren't happy with the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules, and they were quick to threaten legal action.
Privacy By Design: Protect User Data From 'Get-Go'
News  |  1/5/2015  | 
International effort seeks to bake in consumer privacy options.
Phoning Home From Mars On Christmas Eve
News  |  12/30/2014  | 
For six simulated space explorers, practicing for a Mars mission means never having a real-time conversation with anyone "back on Earth."
5 Education Tech Trends For 2015
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
Education is being flipped on its head by technology. Teachers see the promise -- and the pitfalls.
8 Quiet Firsts In Tech In 2014
Slideshows  |  12/23/2014  | 
Maybe you didn't hear about these science and technology breakthroughs, from robots to space exploration. But they will be remembered 20 years from now.
Government IT In 2014: GAO's Critique
News  |  12/15/2014  | 
From cloud computing to data center consolidation, software licensing to data transparency, the GAO was watching.
Most Wasteful Government Tech Projects Of 2014
Slideshows  |  12/12/2014  | 
The federal government continues to pour millions into redundant and bloated projects, critics say. Check out some of the worst offenders according to GAO.
2014 In Space: 11 Major Achievements
Slideshows  |  12/8/2014  | 
Comets and capsules grabbed top headlines, but robots racked up some firsts, the commercialization of space saw advances and setbacks, and the US prepared to resume manned space launches.
Net Neutrality: Too Much Spin, Not Enough Facts
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
Let's move past 1990s regulations and preconceived notions about net neutrality and focus on modern ways to prevent anti-competitive behavior.
HHS Embraces Innovation
News  |  11/20/2014  | 
Health department's IDEA Lab uses tech startup techniques to develop new services and features.
7 Important Tech Regulatory Issues In 2015
Slideshows  |  11/19/2014  | 
From net neutrality to patent reform and drones, these regulations will be in the spotlight. See what's at stake.
Tech Heavyweights Push For Surveillance Reform
News  |  11/18/2014  | 
AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo ask the US Senate to limit mass surveillance.
9 Healthcare Innovations Driven By Open Data
Slideshows  |  11/18/2014  | 
Startups are using big, open data to power apps and tools designed to keep people healthier -- and we're not just talking about Watson.
8 Lessons From Rosetta Comet Mission
Slideshows  |  11/13/2014  | 
What does the European Space Agency's amazing Philae probe landing tell us about where we are as a spacefaring civilization, where we're going, and how to get there?
Microsoft .NET Takes On Java
News  |  11/13/2014  | 
Now that Microsoft's .NET is open sourced and set to expand to Linux and OS X, can it challenge Oracle's Java?
Rosetta Mission: Debugging A Comet Landing
News  |  11/12/2014  | 
European Space Agency made history with a robotic comet landing. Now can it debug a critical glitch before the lander floats away?
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