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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in April 2008
SAS Institute Unveils Software To Help Companies Go Green
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
SAS pitches the software as providing a proactive approach to assessing green efforts, before businesses are forced to by new laws or environmentally conscious customers.
FCC: Issues Kept Bidders From 700 MHz Safety Spectrum
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
An agency report says fears of payments defaulting if negotiations failed as well as the costs of building out and operating the D block kept companies away.
Verizon's Earnings Jump Thanks To Wireless Growth
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless unit recorded 1.5 million net customer additions, and Verizon's FiOS TV service signed up 263,000 net new customers.
CIOs Uncensored: A Painful Data Integration Experience
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
Dear Cleveland Clinic CIO: Help a broken man out.
House Members Try To Stop Efforts To Police Internet Gambling
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
A bipartisan delegation is drumming up support to overturn portions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
FCC Chief Says Comcast Blocked Traffic Even During Slow Times
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told Congress it appears that Comcast used technology that completely blocks certain traffic, like peer-to-peer file sharing.
Down To Business: U.S. A Broadband Leader? Or Just A Poseur?
Commentary  |  4/17/2008  | 
As new World Economic Forum ranking suggests, racing to extend the fattest pipes to the most people doesn't necessarily make you a world-class networked economy.
Online Retail Group Urges Caution On Behavioral Advertising Guidelines
News  |  4/16/2008  | says consumers aren't hurt by tracking technology and the Federal Trade Commission's report on the subject was too broad.
Congress Studies 700 MHz Auction's Failure To Deliver Public Safety Network
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Some lawmakers suggest that the nationwide public-safety block be reauctioned and the proceeds be used to build out a public-safety network.
Google Helps Group Find Child Predators On The Web
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The software tools help the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sift through millions of pornographic images and videos from the Web to find child sex predators.
USPTO Launches Pilot To Expedite Patents
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The First Action Interview pilot program will allow certain patent applicants a chance to resolve issues one-on-one early in the process.
Changes In Cuba Lead To Cell Phone Distribution
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Raul Castro has is loosened the reins in the Caribbean country giving citizens the right to purchase and use DVDs and cell phones, but at what price?
U.S. Will Soon Notify H-1B Visa Lottery Winners
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Employers who paid USCIS an additional $1,000 "premium processing" fee to speed things up will be notified within 15 days, or by April 29, if their petitions were selected.
Wireless Providers Agree To Hold Down LTE Patent Royalty Costs
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The agreement, signed by seven of the industry's powerhouses, calls for keeping patent royalties under 10% of handset and laptop sales prices.
Patent Office Curriculum Teaches Kids Respect For Intellectual Property
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office designed the program to inspire K-12 students' creativity and teach the value of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Psystar Offers $399 Mac Clone
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The OpenMac vendor believes Apple's EULA, which forbids installation of the Leopard OS on third-party hardware, violates monopoly laws.
Senate Considers Striking Down 'Common Carrier' Exception
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The wireless industry is expected to fight hard against repealing a rule that exempts telecommunications providers from the requirements of the FTC Act.
U.S. Overwhelmed By H-1B Visa Requests
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
In a seven-day period, Citizenship and Immigration Services said it received nearly double the 85,000 visas that can be issued for fiscal 2009.
Yahoo Shareholder Doubles Up As AOL, Newscorp Enter Fray
News  |  4/10/2008  | 
Possibly betting that Microsoft is ready to increase its offer for Yahoo, Capital World Investors disclosed that it now owns 10.1% of outstanding stock in the Internet portal.
Tech Firms, Broadcasters Court Congress Over White Spaces
News  |  4/10/2008  | 
Google, for instance, has proposed the use of geolocation measures that it believes will protect broadcast TV signals from interference.
U.S. Hits Cap On H-1B Visa Petitions For Fiscal 2009
News  |  4/8/2008  | 
The cap includes 65,000 general H-1B visas and 20,000 H-1B visa exemptions for foreign-born students who received advanced degrees from U.S. schools.
Companies Look To Contain Risk With GRC Software
News  |  4/3/2008  | 
It may not be sexy but it sells: governance, risk management, and compliance software.

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