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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in December 2009
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Monty Widenius continues his campaign to save MySQL from falling into Oracle's possession with a script that would have been suitable, perhaps, for the Perils of Pauline. The whole problem with "saving" MySQL at this point is that its most outspoken defenders chose to sell it to Sun, a firm on the brink of collapse.
Google Nexus One Said To Cost $530 Unlocked
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The HTC handset, expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, may represent a unified platform for the Google Android smartphone.
Google AdMob Buy Opposed
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Consumer groups said the acquisition would diminish competition in mobile advertising and raise privacy concerns.
Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.
Court: Microsoft Must Pay Law Firm $5.6 Million
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
An appeals court orders the software giant to pay a law firm that had opposed it in antitrust litigation.
FTC Asks Google For More Info On AdMob Buy
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The FTC request means there will be a delay in Google's acquisition of the mobile ad company, Google says.
Verizon Defends Cancellation Fees
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The largest U.S. carrier said doubling its early termination fee was necessary to reduce consumers' costs for sophisticated devices like the Storm 2 or Motorola Droid.
5 Predictions For Government IT In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Government agencies will continue to struggle with cybersecurity, while making strides in transparency and cloud computing. There will also be new pushes for accountability and IT procurement reform.
Biden Kicks Off Broadband Stimulus
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
Vice President Joseph Biden announced Thursday the first wave of government stimulus spending on broadband networks.
FCC Preparing Broadband Plan
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
A tight supply of broadband spectrum and the use of set-top boxes for Internet connections are just two of the matters the commission is working to address.
Government Technologist: Holding The Fed CIO's Feet To The Fire
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra needs to rein in the government's ever-growing IT operations. He could learn a few things about cost management from private sector CIOs.
MySQL Campaign Heats Up
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The open source database's author urges users to object to deal that would give Oracle ownership of MySQL.
FTC Won't Seek Intel Breakup
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Commission says it will not attempt to force chipmaker to divest business units.
Work Visas Back On Congressional Agenda
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 would make it easier for foreigners with advanced degrees from U.S. universities to get green cards.
Software Tools Help Manage Clinical Trials
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Web-based, analytic software tools help pharmaceutical firms keep patient recruitment on track for clinical trials.
SMS Privacy Case Heads To Supreme Court
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
At issue is whether text messages sent on an employee's government-owned device can remain private.
Oracle Mobilizing MySQL Users
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
The European Commission investigation into Oracle's acquisition of Sun is turning into a political dogfight as MySQL users are writing letters supporting and opposing the deal.
Microsoft Offers Climate Change Tools
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
Software maker rolls out interactive services at COP15 conference in Copenhagen.
GAO Pressures FCC To Help Wireless Consumers
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
The Government Accountability Office wants the Federal Communications Commission to enforce consumer protection rules.
Chinese Trade Policy Discriminatory, Groups Claim
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
A new Chinese government procurement policy gives preference to products based on Chinese-owned intellectual property.
AOL Completes Spin-Off From Time Warner
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
The standalone company's stock value dropped on its first day of trading on its new AOL symbol.
LCD Maker Pleads Guilty In Price Fixing Scheme
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
Chi Mei Optoelectronics will pay $220 million in fines for conspiring with other TFT-LCD companies to set prices for the displays.
Chopra, Kundra Urge Efficiency Role For Government IT
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
The Federal CIO and CTO tell Congress that transparency, efficiency efforts are beginning to pay dividends, but federal IT still needs to be more involved in business decisions.
Feds Launch Internet Healthcare Initiatives
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
Department of Health and Human Services programs promote research data sharing, employee collaboration, and flu safety.
AT&T To Curb Smartphone Data Use
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
The company said 3% of its smartphone users are consuming 40% of its data traffic and compromising its networks.
Open Government Directive Tackles Data Quality
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
The Obama administration will require federal agencies to take steps to improve the quality of their financial data. Heads For Overhaul
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
The government is looking to make significant improvements to its open data repository, adding features for developers and consumers and prodding agencies to participate.
White House Issues Open Government Directive
News  |  12/8/2009  | 
The Obama administration outlines steps that federal agencies must take to become more open, participatory, and collaborative, including release of "high value" data.
Craigslist, eBay Face Off In Court
News  |  12/7/2009  | 
The lawsuit, in which eBay accuses Craigslist of diluting its investments and diminishing its voting power, went on trial Monday.
FCC Probes Verizon Early Termination Fees
News  |  12/7/2009  | 
The government agency wants to know why Verizon Wireless doubled its cell phone cancellation fees.
VA Eyes Sweeping Tech Initiative
News  |  12/4/2009  | 
Veterans Affairs is seeking input on a proposed IT contract that would cover the "entire spectrum" of systems and applications.
Online Gambling Under Renewed Scrutiny
News  |  12/4/2009  | 
Technologies exist that can be used and improved to regulate Internet gambling, proponents tell a House Financial Services Committee.
U.S. Health IT Office Reorganizes
News  |  12/3/2009  | 
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has reorganized into groups including a Chief Privacy Officer.
Bill Requires Treasury To Create TARP Database
News  |  12/3/2009  | 
The House of Representatives is calling for the Treasury Department to build a standard, Web-accessible database of bank bailout information.
Government Surveillance Of Social Networks Challenged
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
Policies governing the usage of social network data remain unclear at many government agencies.
Feds Offer $235 Million For Health IT Leadership
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
A new grant program will help leading communities advance and track their use of health IT to improve quality of care and become role models to other communities.
Cisco Again Extends Tandberg Acquisition Deadline
News  |  12/1/2009  | 
The company is giving Tandberg shareholders until Thursday to approve its $3.4 billion offer to acquire the Norwegian videoconferencing company.
FCC To Catalog White Space Spectrum
News  |  12/1/2009  | 
The federal agency is requiring white-space devices to be able to check an online database that identifies which spectrum is available in a given market.
Microsoft, Google Face Off On Healthcare
News  |  12/1/2009  | 
Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health want to be the repository of choice for millions of personal health records. Are they up to the task?

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