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Pirate Bay Tossed Out Of Netherlands
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The organizers of the Pirate Bay have 10 days to block traffic to and from the Netherlands, or face stiff fines.
Carriers Respond To Bans On Texting While Driving
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The four major wireless operators agree that the practice is dangerous, but not all believe national legislation is the best way to solve the problem.
Senate To Review Microsoft, Yahoo Deal
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Subcommittee on antitrust will closely examine search alliance, chairman vows.
Lawmakers Aim At Texting While Driving
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The proposed legislation would reduce federal highway funding for states that don't ban texting or sending e-mails while driving.
Pirate Bay Founder Stonewalls Hollywood Firms
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The file sharing firm is claiming harassment from entertainment companies suing to stop it from facilitating sharing of copyrighted material online.
Q&A: Veterans Affairs CIO Explains IT Overhaul
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The recently appointed Chief Information Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs discusses why 45 IT projects were put on hold and his plan for avoiding the mistakes of the past.
Google Sells 5% AOL Stake To Time Warner
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
The search giant is taking a $717 million loss on the $1 billion it paid in 2005 for the share.
IBM To Acquire SPSS For $1.2 Billion
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Big Blue also revealed a separate deal to buy out security and compliance vendor Ounce Labs for an undisclosed sum.
Microsoft Offers Browser Choice
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
The software maker proposes letting buyers in Europe select Web browser from a "ballot screen."
Feds Seek Input On Web Site Cookie Policy
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The government wants to use cookies to offer more personalized Web sites to citizens, better analytics to Webmasters.
Google Increases Federal Lobbying Efforts
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The company spent almost $1 million in the second quarter to influence the government on advertising, intellectual property, and other issues.
Verizon Proposes Roaming Rule Change
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The wireless carrier said it would support a law requiring it to provide competitors with roaming agreements under certain circumstances.
Homeland Security Gets Web 2.0 Overhaul
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The agency's redesigned Web site features a new YouTube channel and links to Twitter and other media, in a push towards greater transparency.
The Encryption Gap
Commentary  |  7/23/2009  | 
Things that make us say "hmmm" include these stats: The percentage of respondents to our 2009 Strategic Security Survey rating encrytion as effective in reducing risk dropped from 57% in 2008 to 48% in 2009. Use of disk, file and backup media encryption ALL fell year over year by at least five percentage points. Backup encryption usage is down 10 points.
Federal CIO Wants Unfiltered Data On IT Projects
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
Vivek Kundra is looking to increase the amount of unfiltered data available on federal IT projects and greater visibility into positive outcomes.
Federal CTO Says U.S. Lagging In Innovation
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Aneesh Chopra said the United States can regain its lead by capitalizing on opportunities in healthcare IT and the smart grid.
Poker Players Seek Online Gambling Reform
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
A gambling trade group is pushing Congress to once again legalize online poker.
Mark Cuban Insider Trading Lawsuit Dismissed
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
The judge said the SEC failed to prove deception, and therefore fraud. The SEC can appeal or file an amended lawsuit.
Veterans Affairs Places 45 IT Projects Under Review
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
The VA made use of the federal government's new IT Dashboard, which is aimed at providing increased visibility into government IT spending.
FCC Puts Focus On Wireless Broadband
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Objective is to expand access to more Americans and aid in job creation by promoting wireless and broadband technologies.
GAO: Federal Grants Web Site Shows 'Weaknesses'
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Poor usability and mismanagement plague, which gives access to $500 billion in annual grants, Government Accountability Office survey finds.
Senate Seeks FCC Approval To Jam Prison Cell Phones
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Legislation aims to stop organized-crime members from using smuggled cell phones to conduct criminal activities from prison.
Groups Seek Cloud Computing Standards
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
A number of bodies jointly seek standardization in areas including security, management frameworks, data exchange formats, and cloud taxonomies and reference models.
Senate Mulls Jamming Cell Phone Signals In Prisons
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
Proposed legislation seeks to halt the use of illegal cell phones in prisons but is countered by public interest agency officials.
Text Messaging Bans Tough To Enforce
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
California has not ticketed many offenders because it is relatively easy to conceal sending a text message while driving. Development Contract Details Coming
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
Contractor Smartronix will be responsible for Web develpment, storage, security, disaster recovery, hosting, maintenance, and operation of the Web site.
Peer-to-Patent Program Stops Accepting Applications
News  |  7/10/2009  | 
Under the joint pilot program by the Center for Patent Innovation and the USPTO, patent applicants volunteered their submissions to undergo peer review.
Texting Trolley Operator Indicted
News  |  7/9/2009  | 
The Boston motorman was sending text messages when his trolley crashed, injuring 49 people and causing $9 million in damage.
AT&T Defends Exclusive Wireless Deals
News  |  7/9/2009  | 
Facing increased government scrutiny, the second-largest wireless carrier and Apple partner says exclusive handset agreements benefit consumers. Web Developer Tapped
News  |  7/9/2009  | 
Smartronix has been awarded a $9.5 million contract to redesign the Web site.
Government Accountability Office Joins Social Media Revolution
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
The federal agency is using Twitter and YouTube to inform the public about its reports and mission.
Nokia Siemens Gets FTC OK For Nortel Deal
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
The firm moved a step closer to acquiring Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets as the Federal Trade Commission approved the deal.
Apple Disclosures On Steve Jobs’ Health May Still Face SEC Scrutiny
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
The question for the SEC is what Apple’s board of directors knew about Jobs’ health when he left Apple and how much of what they knew was disclosed.
HTC Posts $197 Million Profit
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
While the company is an early adopter of the Android platform, Windows Mobile smartphones account for the bulk of its sales.
Broadband To Reach 640 Million Households By 2013
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
While the Asia-Pacific region will account for nearly half the global broadband market share, the U.S. will also see a boost from the Obama Administration's stimulus package.
Samsung Predicts Strong Second Quarter
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
The company had a fivefold increase in operating profits from the previous quarter thanks to increased market share in the handset and flat-panel television markets.
Senator Urges DOJ, FCC To Probe Wireless Deals
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee seeks opportunities for smaller carriers and software firms to compete in the wireless market.
Down To Business: Should The Government Protect Innovation?
Commentary  |  7/2/2009  | 
Should ''innovation'' get the regulatory protection of product safety or the environment? It’s time for a debate on what we believe about innovation.
California, Hawaii Governors Veto Online Sales Tax
News  |  7/2/2009  | 
Online retailers, led by Amazon and Overstock, are resisting state legislators' efforts to raise revenue with online sales taxes.
Q&A: Obama's Health IT Czar On Strategy, Incentives
News  |  7/2/2009  | 
Dr. David Blumenthal explains how work is progressing on a stimulus program that would give doctors and hospitals incentives to use "qualified" electronic health systems.

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