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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in March 2009
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
Microsoft, TomTom Settle Patent Dispute
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum and remove features from its car navigation devices.
HTC's Magic Smartphone Passes FCC Muster
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The touch-screen Android smartphone has T-Mobile's branding, and it will be compatible with the carrier's growing 3G network.
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 27, 2009
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small businesses want less stimulus, more tax cuts, free small businesses resources, Amazon, Google, IBM layoffs, Facebook needs $, Google Checkout fees rise, SMBs virtualize blades, Sun VDI 3, Microsoft attacks Mac, Apple WWDC, Windows 7 Release Candidate, Verizon netbooks, Accolade Systems sues Apple, Skype for iPhone, Opera Mobile 9.7, BlackBerry SlingPlayer, U4EA/Vidtel video communication services, TNCI integrated communications, Conf
Apple iPhone Sued Over Multiple Patents
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
The company faces multiple lawsuits regarding the iPhone's camera, the manner by which it accesses iTunes, and its e-book capabilities.
NIST Gets Funding Increase
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Obama gives national standards body an 8% increase in operating cash.
Global CIO: The Ugly And Dangerous Prejudice Against Outsourcing
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
If American businesses yield to the anti-outsourcing caterwaulers, then don't be surprised to see them go after other equally legitimate business tools next.
Few Companies Preparing For Looming Carbon Restrictions
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Only about 18% of U.S. companies with between 1,000 and 10,000 employees expect to implement carbon management tools during the next 18 months, a new report shows.
Tech Pros Show Flickers Of Optimism
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Of those software developers surveyed, 62% think the U.S. government's economic stimulus programs will have a positive impact.
YouTube Blocked In China, Again
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Last year, during the March riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, China blocked access to YouTube.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 24, 2009
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: software developers expectations for stimulus package, Power Pack 2 for Windows Home Server, Sage SalesLogix Today CRM software-hardware appliance, Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 and NAS 420 servers, HP dc5850 Business Desktop with Linux, AOL coupon service goes mobile, Concur comes to BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, RIM updates BlackBerry Internet service, Elfiq WAN load-balancing product suite, iPhone captures 50% of smartphone W
Harvard Professor To Lead Health IT Push
News  |  3/23/2009  | 
David Blumenthal's mission is to lead the transition to an interoperable health IT infrastructure, as outlined in the stimulus package.
Senators Seek Wireless Spectrum Review
News  |  3/20/2009  | 
John Kerry and Olympia Snowe say they want a comprehensive assessment of how best to use the public spectrum.
IT Gives Smart Grid Initiatives A Jolt
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Stimulus bill will provide around $11 billion for utilities to shift energy supply networks to digital technology, increasing efficiency and cutting costs.
Acer Gaming PCs Overheat, Recall Issued
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
The problem stems from insulation on the computers' internal wiring, which can become bent and stripped, safety officials said.
Down To Business: Health Care IT Gets Dragged Into The 21st Century
Commentary  |  3/19/2009  | 
Do I like that the government is creating yet another program to teach an industry how to behave? No. But given the lack of a dominant health care industry player to dictate supply chain standards, it needs to get involved.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday March 18, 2009
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Senate extends SBA programs, IBM buying Sun Microsystems, Criticism and praise for Obama's small business plan, Via Technologies design for mini-laptops, IBM, HP take swipes at Cisco's unified computing, Google Chrome Beta slow on Windows 7, iPhone 3.0 delivers cut, paste, and more, Cybersquatting reaches record levels, Panda Security offers cheaper Security-as-a-Service to SMBs, Google updates Unread in Gmail, Electronic Privacy Informatio
bMighty News Flash
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
A daily dose of the day's top tech news for small and midsize businesses.
Cybersquatting Hits All-Time Record
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
Concerns have even slowed a plan that ICANN announced last year to introduce new top-level domains.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 17, 2009
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SBA loan scans, Treasury buys SBA securities, Dell Adamo, iPhone 3.0, HP laptop batteries, HTC Android phones, Comcast WiMax, Mobile Web usage, mobile phone spending, HP ProCurve switches, EMC free upgrade, Facebook privacy, Windows patch, Comcast password breach, Google Earth crimes, OS X and Safari security, Twitter ads, Windows Azure outage, Verizon FiOS, BatchBlue small business Web...
Kaiser Permanente Outsources, Cuts 860 IT Jobs
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
IBM will manage the health care network's data centers under seven-year deal.
FCC Rules Aim To Preserve Public Safety In Final DTV Switch
News  |  3/16/2009  | 
TV stations will have to implement additional educational services to help viewers understand what they need to do to maintain TV reception after June 12.
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 13, 2009
News  |  3/13/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: FBI probe of Vivek Kundra, Firefox beta release, Yahoo's FireEagle on Facebook, Palm Pre vs. iPhone and BlackBerry, Symbian platform release schedule, rumors of Android Cupcake, GlobalScape file sharing update, Dell all-in-one tackes iMac, PC makers target SMBs, stimulus for veteran-owned SMBs, Twitter drives traffic, Facebook outpaces Yahoo traffic, CDW seeks SMB partners, Zer01 unlimited mobile plan, Google Voice threatens Android, Linux
Stimulus Package Aims To Spur Adoption Of E-Health Records
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act makes $2 billion available immediately to help health care providers implement e-health records and to fund research into the use of health systems.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday March 12, 2009
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SMBs profitable, Google Voice, SMBs recover first, HP-USA.NET collaboration, telecommunting, eBay retrenches, Amazon price cut, retail sales numbers, new FB homepage, Hulu social network, word of mouth ad impressions, Google search share, Plaxo features, FB referall leader...
Feds Add Servers To Handle Stimulus Funds
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
Government leaders predict a 60% increase in grant applications between April and August.
CIA, NSA Adopting Web 2.0 Strategies
News  |  3/10/2009  | 
In addition to Intellipedia, social and Web-inspired software is becoming the next great tool for the intelligence community.
Consumers Overspending On Telecom Bills
News  |  3/9/2009  | 
According to a new survey, long-distance charges have increased on average to 55 cents a minute, and just 8% of landline customers pay less than 10 cents a minute.
Critics Slam Pay-Per-View Research Bill
News  |  3/9/2009  | 
Proposed law would reverse NIH rule requiring free, online availability of taxpayer-funded science.
Global CIO: The $200-Million-A-Day Man: Our New Federal CIO
Commentary  |  3/9/2009  | 
With his staggering federal IT budget, Vivek Kundra needs to address these six crucial questions.
Congressman Moves To Lift Ban On Online Gambling
News  |  3/8/2009  | 
Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank, is determined to repeal a controversial three-year ban on online gambling.
Craigslist Sued For Promoting Prostitution
News  |  3/6/2009  | 
An Illinois sheriff says the classified ads Web site should stop allowing erotic services ads and reimburse law enforcement agencies for the costs of policing prostitution-related crime.
Windows 7 Will Have IE 8 On-Off Switch
News  |  3/6/2009  | 
Microsoft's bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows has been the target of antitrust charges by the European Commission.
Clearwire Chooses Cities For Mobile WiMax In 2009
News  |  3/6/2009  | 
Atlanta, Chicago, and Las Vegas are among eight cities slated to get the 4G broadband service this year.
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Outlines Priorities
News  |  3/5/2009  | 
Fresh from his appointment by President Obama, Kundra stressed the need to lower costs and increase accountability as he wrestles to streamline the $71-billion in annual federal IT spending.
Job Seekers Targeted By Identity Thieves
News  |  3/4/2009  | 
Fake job ads are up 345% over the past three years, according to one U.K. financial security association.
Pirate Bay Awaiting Court Verdict In Copyright Case
News  |  3/4/2009  | 
Lawyers for the BitTorrent site argued in a Swedish court that the business is legitimate.
Court Asked To Disallow Warrantless GPS Tracking
News  |  3/4/2009  | 
The filing argues that GPS devices are growing more powerful.
Broadcasters Sue FCC Over White Spaces
News  |  3/4/2009  | 
Two broadcast associations say the FCC's decision to allow unlicensed use of television spectrum for Internet access is illegal.
Obama Officially Picks Genachowski To Chair FCC
News  |  3/3/2009  | 
Julius Genachowski has held key posts in government and business, and he's known President Obama since their college days.
Who Got H-1B Visa Petitions Approved In 2008? Look At The List
News  |  3/3/2009  | 
There's been a shift in the top 10 companies that submitted applications last year as companies scramble to fill the U.S. government's 85,000 randomly selected petitions.
YouTube Denies Being 'Ditched' By White House
News  |  3/3/2009  | 
The Obama administration's Web site came under fire from privacy advocates as soon as it launched for using YouTube videos.
Stimulus Plan To Drive $5.7 Billion In State, Local IT Spending
News  |  3/3/2009  | 
Broadband, health care, education, and transportation are among the biggest recipients.
Government Keeping Its .Gov Domain Names Secret
News  |  3/2/2009  | 
Despite a presidential promise of openness in government, GSA officials decline to release the full list for fear of cyberattack.

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