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Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
Verizon Seeks Extension For Alltel Spinoff
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company says it needs more time to divest in wireless assets it obtained from Alltel because of difficulties related to the economic climate.
IT Helps Seal Our Borders
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The economic stimulus package includes about $980 million aimed at beefing up surveillance of our borders. Much of that fuels a huge bet that technology projects can help secure them.
IBM Helps Arkansas With Real-Time Monitoring Of Stimulus Funds
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The state's Department of Education is on track to receive nearly $570 million in stimulus funds over the next six months.
Suit Accuses Apple Of Stifling
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The Web site is fighting Apple's contention that just talking about making the iPhone and iPod work on software other than iTunes is a copyright violation.
U.K. Imposes Deadline To Fix Sick E-Health Program
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The CIO of Britain's Department of Health says outsourcers working on the long-delayed project have seven months to get it right -- or they may have to get out.
Obama Promises Massive Commitment To Scientific Research
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Microsoft strategy officer Craig Mundie among those named to help the administration shape its science policy.
Foreign IT Pros Working In U.S. Earning More Than Americans
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Researchers analyzed skills and pay data on more than 50,000 IT professionals who participated in InformationWeek salary surveys from 2000 to 2005.
Apple Corrects Shareholder Vote To Grant Voice On Pay
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company says it expects to see regulations requiring some form of shareholder input on compensation at public companies in the near future.
Department Of Defense Pursues Private Cloud
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The agency is launching development and testing tools that should make it easier for military developers to test and deploy software themselves without the red tape.
E-Prescription Adoption Picking Up
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Over the past two years, tens of thousands of U.S. clinicians have traded in their paper prescription pads for electronic prescribing software.
Europe Moving To Reduce Wireless Roaming Charges
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
The biggest cuts will be for text messages, with mobile handset users paying a maximum price of 11 euro cents.
Homeland Security Saving $47 Million With Volume Software Licensing
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
The agency is also busy getting rid of as many printed reports as possible in favor of sending them out electronically or posting them online.
Pirate Bay Verdict: Founders Sentenced To Jail, Fined
News  |  4/17/2009  | 
The verdict in the file-sharing site's copyright infringement trial brings a one-year jail sentence, but a message on the peer-to-peer site vows "the losing party will appeal."
Time Warner Shelves Bandwidth Caps For Now
News  |  4/16/2009  | 
As part of its education strategy, Time Warner Cable says it will work on making measurement tools to help customers track bandwidth usage.
Verizon Breach Report Challenges Conventional Wisdom
Commentary  |  4/16/2009  | 
Verizon Business' most recent 2009 Data Breach Investigations Report is a must-read report if you're involved in IT. The authors are quick to point out that the report is not a "state of security" report, but an analysis of breaches from Verizon Business' Risk Team and therefore based on in-the-field findings. The report winds up with recommendations. How many is your company following?
Computer Expertise Cited As Probable Cause For Equipment Seizure
News  |  4/15/2009  | 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says student Riccardo Calixte's Fourth Amendment rights were threatened by the university police, who seized his cell phone, iPod, and computer.
U.S. Telecom In Cuba Spurs Wide Interest
News  |  4/15/2009  | 
Western Union and others are enticed by the Obama administration's loosening of restrictions and plans to expand links between the two countries.
Former CFO Said Motorola Lied About Financials
News  |  4/13/2009  | 
Paul Liska says he was unlawfully fired for trying to bring up concerns about Motorola's financial forecasts.
Broadband Players Vie For Stimulus Funds
News  |  4/10/2009  | 
With more than $7 billion up for grabs, there's no shortage of parties looking to cash in.
Mobile Can-Spam Act Sought In Senate
News  |  4/8/2009  | 
A recently introduced bill would expand the law to include SMS messages, but it's unclear if it could really reduce mobile spam.
FCC Launches Effort To Craft National Broadband Plan
News  |  4/8/2009  | 
The commission is looking at ways high-speed Internet can improve the economy and individual lives.
Obama Boosts Tech Spending And Enthusiasm, Report Says
News  |  4/8/2009  | 
Federal stimulus plan puts information technology back in the spotlight.
Weak Economy Dampens Demand For H-1B Visas
News  |  4/8/2009  | 
One week into the new H-1B visa season, petitions are still being accepted.
Google News Isn't Target Of AP Wrath, Google Says
News  |  4/7/2009  | 
A day after The Associated Press lashed out at online news aggregation sites for stealing its content, Google let it be known that it isn't the problem.
Dell, Perot Partner On Health Care IT, Services
News  |  4/6/2009  | 
The combined effort will deliver desktop, storage, and server hardware and medical information systems.
Feds Tap Sun For Healthcare IT Despite Uncertain Future
News  |  4/6/2009  | 
Health and Human Services will use Sun software to help fulfill Obama's e-health promise.
bMighty News Flash: Monday April 6, 2009
News  |  4/6/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Sun doomed without IBM? YouTube losing big, Federal Stimulus for IT, online ad rates decline, AdWords trademark ruling, Ubuntu for Amazon cloud, Mac clones, XP incentive for Win7, Android tablet, Panasonic reorg, Microsemi PoE, Netgear ReadyNAS, Koobface fighters, fraud v. personal safety, Facebook's Haystack, Chrome EULA kerfuffle, RatePoint SMB reviews. . .
Obama Hails U.S. Stimulus Effort Overseas
News  |  4/3/2009  | 
High-tech interests continue to push for aid back home, with energy, broadband, and IT health care programs expected to benefit.
bMighty News Flash: Friday April 3, 2009
News  |  4/3/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Karen Gordon Mills confirmed to for SBA, Google buying Twitter? No-contract 3G modem, rural 4G broadband, Office for iPhone, WiMax as Betamax, free WiMax in Silicon Valley, Verizon app store, Conficker Symantec scam, PowerPoint security hole, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce. . .
Unused 700MHz Spectrum Should Go To Public Safety
News  |  4/3/2009  | 
Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg suggests state and local public-safety agencies could work with local network providers to create the robust interoperable system.
Intel, GE Launch $250 Million Health Care Partnership
News  |  4/2/2009  | 
The pact comes at a time when the Obama administration has made lowering the cost of health care a priority.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday April 2, 2009
News  |  4/2/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SBA appointee talks SMB credit, small business tax burden, Dell Vostro update, $50 netbooks, Netsuite connects to, SMS spam, Palm Pre, Conficker, Twitter search, e-signatures, cloud services, adds Twitter. . .
EMC Reboots Archiving Software
Commentary  |  4/2/2009  | 
New SourceOne platform takes a modular approach to archiving content and focuses strongly on electronic discovery.
Major Cybersecurity Bill Introduced In Senate
News  |  4/2/2009  | 
The call for a new adviser comes at a time when controversy has arisen over the current cybersecurity structure in government.
Rackable To Acquire Silicon Graphics For $25M
News  |  4/1/2009  | 
In the deal, Rackable will acquire Silicon Graphics' servers and software for building x86 clusters for high-performance computing, cloud computing, and large-scale data storage.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday April 1, 2009
News  |  4/1/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: April Fools' day pranks, SBA confirmation hearings, small business employment, broadband usage metering, Facebook CFO bails, IT spending predictions, SGI bought for cheap, Twitter book, Microsoft SMB server, Android netbooks, BlackBerry app store, WiMax Wi-Fi access points, Yahoo mobile, Conficker, Zoho chat, DynaSis SaaS, WebVisibile ad services, Wikia search dies, Twitter auto follow no more, LotusLive Engage. . .

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