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Microsoft Greenlights Gag Order Lawsuit
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Citing free speech, Microsoft and Google proceed with lawsuits against government to allow the companies to publicly divulge more information about FISA requests for user data.
U.S., Canada Spectrum Agreements Expand Wireless Capacity
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
New international accords open new spectrum bands along Canadian border for business and government communications applications.
Social Media May Influence Your Credit Worthiness
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Some lenders look at how you interact with friends and customers on Facebook and Twitter to decide whether you're a good loan candidate.
Grading Higher Education: Beware Pitfalls
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
Obama administration's plan to tie financial aid to colleges' outcome data may be a system that's built to fail.
Cloud Security: Why Auditors Are Part Of The Problem
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
IT must face the hard reality that compliance rules are stuck in the past -- and forge ahead anyway. Here's how.
Stop Cyberbullying: 5 Tips
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
Cyberbullying victims face harassment long after the school day ends. Here's how to protect students from online tormentors.
Army, Marines Can Improve Training Simulation
News  |  8/26/2013  | 
GAO says two services lack an overall strategy for simulator training.
6 Ways To Develop Internal IT Talent
News  |  8/23/2013  | 
You may have no one to blame but yourself for that supposed IT skills shortage. Even SMBs can find low-cost training options.
Taxing The Cloud Brings Practical Challenges
Commentary  |  8/22/2013  | 
You buy a server, you pay tax once. You buy AWS capacity, you may pay over and over. Should taxes be the latest decision point in the in-house vs. cloud conversation?
Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
Proponents say it could close gaps in LGBT healthcare, but it raises the question of how much data is too much.
Bing For Schools Adds Daily Lesson Plans
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
Microsoft offers ad-free search, Surface RT rewards along with Common Core-aligned lessons.
6 Mobile App Considerations For People With Disabilities
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
Make sure your mobile apps can be used by the 60 million Americans with disabilities. Consider this expert advice for developers.
Microsoft Courts Schools With Bing, Surface RT Promotions
News  |  8/21/2013  | 
Microsoft intros ad-free Bing for the classroom and a rewards program that offers free Surface RT tablets to schools.
Google Glass: Security Risk For Governments?
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
Google Glass lacks basic security measures such as passwords, which could make the device more of a risk than smartphones. Educational Apps, Rated By Educators
News  |  8/21/2013  | 
New directory from Common Sense Media, backed by Bill Gates, helps teachers find best educational apps.
HIMSS: Extend MU Stage 2 Deadline
News  |  8/20/2013  | 
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society joins growing chorus urging the government to give healthcare providers more time to comply with Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations.
SugarCRM Goal: Better Sales Tools
News  |  8/20/2013  | 
SugarCRM says competitors have fallen short in helping salespeople sell, but new Sugar 7 features will fill that gap.
Why Physicians Don't Like Big Data
Commentary  |  8/20/2013  | 
It limits their options. That's not always bad.
Are PCs Dead? Not For SMBs
News  |  8/19/2013  | 
Tablets can't and won't replace personal computers inside most small and midsize businesses.
Google Glass To Arm Police, Firefighters
News  |  8/19/2013  | 
Mutualink says teaming Google's Internet-connected eyewear with its network will help emergency personnel improve public safety.
Software Tells Teacher When Kids Space Out
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
ExitTicket, software born in a classroom, can tell a teacher if the kids in the back of the class haven't been paying attention.
Apple iOS Security Defeated By Sneaky App
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
After slipping a malicious app past Apple's App Store reviewers, security researchers say Apple should strengthen its defenses.
FDA Issues Guidelines On Wireless Medical Devices
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
FDA outlines risks such as lost signals and recommends stringent security measures -- but document is not the last regulatory word.
Apple Tightens App Store Rules On Kids' Data
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Faced with broader federal rules to protect children's privacy online, Apple requires developers to treat kids' data more carefully.
Too Old For Tablets? Not 135-Year-Old Construction Firm
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Mobile devices and cloud apps helped Dunn Building modernize and recover from 2008 economic downturn. And 2013 may be its best year ever.
NSA's Prism Could Cost U.S. Cloud Companies $45 Billion
News  |  8/14/2013  | 
Losses may total between $35 billion and $45 billion in next three years due to lost business stemming from disclosure of NSA monitoring, new research predicts.
Death By A Million Regulations
Commentary  |  8/14/2013  | 
It is long past time to assess the consequences of the endless laws, codes, rules, licenses and guidelines governing just about every human activity.
Enterprise Cloud Apps: Next Stop, ERP
News  |  8/14/2013  | 
Cloud isn't just for edge apps or small businesses, our enterprise software survey shows. Core apps are going off premises or hybrid.
Facebook Stalking Fears: 6 Geotagging Facts
News  |  8/14/2013  | 
A meme gained steam this week about child stalkers' ability to use GPS-tagged smartphones images posted on social networks. We break down the privacy facts.
10 Apps Blocked By Enterprises
News  |  8/13/2013  | 
Commonly blacklisted and whitelisted iOS and Android apps include DropBox, Netflix and Angry Birds. Why aren't more companies blacklisting mobile device apps?
The Trouble With Smartphone Kill Switches
Commentary  |  8/13/2013  | 
To fight smartphone theft, public officials tell smartphone makers to add remote-deactivation, tracking and recovery features. But manufacturers may not do the job right.
FCC Updates Rules For Unlicensed 60-GHz Band
News  |  8/12/2013  | 
Commission's rule change allows increase in power levels, promotes competition and lower costs in the broadband market.
Most Hospitals Exchange Data, But Scope Too Limited
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
ONC study suggests ways that providers could increase data interchange.
Google Play: Beware Android Adware Infestation
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
Watch what you download: Study finds that 22% of the top Android apps in Google's official app store are adware.
Federal Government IT Priorities: Vision Vs. Reality
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
Bold plans for cybersecurity, disaster recovery planning, virtualization and data center consolidation are hindered by 2014 budget realities.
State Governments Target Smartphone Thefts
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
Growing coalition ramps up pressure on industry to help stop smartphone theft epidemic.
Mozilla Persona Now Accepts Gmail Credentials
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
Persona provides single sign-on authentication without the social network baggage.
Navy Launches Aggressive Virtualization Plan
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
Hosted virtual desktop initiative is part of Navy's broader move to virtualize all its current server-based systems and applications by the end of 2017.
What IG Overlooked In State Dept. Facebook Flare-up
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
Inspector General's slap at State Department bureau for spending $630,000 on Facebook Likes misses important lessons of social media's role.
Will Health Information Exchange Become Medicare Payment Criterion?
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
Government could tie Medicare reimbursement to information sharing by providers, suggests CMS/ONC report.
InBloom Educational Data Warehouse Wilts Under Scrutiny
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
Cloud repository for student records promises big data results and economies of scale, but has stirred privacy fears.
RoboSub Competition Winners: Full Speed Ahead
News  |  8/7/2013  | 
Office of Naval Research program encourages STEM students to build underwater autonomous vehicles.
Texas Doubles Down On Tough Breach Law
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Everything is bigger in the Lone Star State -- even the state's breach notice requirements, which, constitutional or not, may impact companies nationwide. Here's what IT teams need to know.
DOD Launches Wire Service For Employees
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
News aggregator milWire scours Internet for info relevant to Department of Defense employees, joins other tools including a YouTube-like service on DOD-only website.
ONC Chief Farzad Mostashari To Step Down
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
Health and Human Service's national coordinator for health IT who drove widespread EHR adoption will leave the position this fall.
EHR Roulette: Gambling On Medicine's Future
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
As medical practices look to replace clunky ambulatory electronic health records systems, picking a winner can seem like risky business.
IT Vs. Marketing? Not At TheLadders
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
While tech industry execs debate rising tension between IT and marketing pros, careers website TheLadders has avoided that struggle and rapidly evolved.
Windows Phone 8 Crypto Weakness Equals Wi-Fi Risk
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
Microsoft warns information security managers to validate access points or risk attackers exploiting weak crypto to steal network credentials, gain access.
What Lawmakers Missed In Federal Data Center Hearings
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Congressional effort to address duplicative IT spending seemed to ignore what the experts have to say.
LRMI Project Categorizes Educational Resources Online
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) specs aim to help students, teachers more easily cull relevant educational content.
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