Content tagged with Government
posted in January 2009
Congress Renewing Efforts To Delay DTV Switch Till June
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
More than 3 million Americans are still awaiting $40 coupons for boxes that will convert the new digital broadcasts to analog.
NASA To Offer Free Zero-Gravity Flights
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The space agency plans to work with private industry to test technologies in weightless conditions.
Federal CTO To Have Broad Influence
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Two key jobs await the CTO: Giving the tech sector what it needs to thrive, and making sure agencies use IT well.
Hawaii Pushes To Improve Broadband Technology
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The state has an ambitious goal of dragging Hawaii out of the country's cellar -- it was recently ranked 49th in broadband speeds among the country's 50 states.
DTV Delay Bill Torpedoed By Congress
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
House Republicans marshaled sufficient opposition to legislation to postpone the switch to digital TV to June.
Apple Gets iPhone Patent
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company gains legal muscle against Palm and other rivals launching similar multitouch technology devices.
DTV Switch Delay Approved By Senate
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The move pushes the deadline to June 12, giving federal agencies more time to prepare the public for the move from analog to digital television broadcasting.
Feds' Internet Site Goes Web 2.0
News  |  1/26/2009  |'s new features are designed to improve access and transparency.
The Pope Comes To YouTube
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The Vatican's YouTube channel offers videos of the pope's speeches, news, and other religious information.
Obama Names Acting FCC Chair
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Michael J. Copps will likely step aside when a permanent chairman is named to head the Federal Communications Commission.
Even If Obama Builds More Broadband, U.S. May Not Use It
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
One in five Americans doesn't have broadband "for reasons that won't be addressed by price cuts or a fiber node in a neighborhood," according to a Pew Internet survey.
Autonomy Acquires Interwoven For $775 Million
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The combined company will become the largest in the legal information management industry.
New York City Unveils Online Travel Tools
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The city has partnered with Google, Travelocity, and others to provide personalized trip plans, maps, and Google Earth views.
Tech Companies Lift Stocks After Record Inauguration Day Loss
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
IBM helped lead the rally with a 7% increase on earnings reports and optimistic forecasts for 2009.
Obama Urges Open Government
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
The president said the burden should be on the administration to prove why documents must be secret.
Google Reports Inauguration Day Searches
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
The importance of the Internet as an information source is underscored by the growth in inauguration-related Google searches from 2001 to 2008.
Consumers Move Easily To DTV In Early Tests
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
Officials and volunteers in North Carolina manned help phone lines to talk consumers through installation processes and, in some cases, made house calls to assist consumers.
Obama's Is First Web 2.0 Inauguration
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
Swearing-in of America's new president was followed closely on social networks and the mobile Internet.
Tech Remains In Obama's Sights During Historic Inauguration
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
Obama's plans are expected to include digitizing health care records and increasing broadband to rural and underserved parts of America.
Can Obama Keep His BlackBerry?
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
Joe Hagin, former deputy White House chief of staff, says keeping the BlackBerry may wind up being more of a political issue than a technical one.
DTV Switch Debuts In Hawaii To Mixed Reviews
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
Hawaii has an estimated 20,000 consumers with old analog TV sets.
Tech Exec Charged With Illegal Export To China
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The suspect allegedly shipped at least 200 integrated circuits, which also could be used for military applications, the Justice Department said.
Senators Call For DTV Deadline Delay Till June 12
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
Originally planned for Feb. 17, the switch to a digital television signal broadcast has been plagued by a series of problems.
Methane Could Signal Life On Mars
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
Evidence of the gas on the Red Planet raises possibility of biological activity.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Resigns
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The new chairman is expected to be Julius Genachowski, who's slated to take over the reins of the agency after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn on Tuesday.
Innovators & Influencers
Features  |  1/16/2009  | 
A SaaS trailblazer, a REST activist, a firewall revisionist, even a president will all shape technology in the coming year.
N.Y. Terminates $2 Billion Statewide Public Safety Network
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
The wireless network was planned to link public-safety agencies across the state from the tip of Long Island to Niagara Falls.
US Airways Web Site Fails Following Flight 1549 Crash
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
The airline has since posted a statement about the landing on a page dedicated to the incident in the Hudson River in New York City.
Shuttle Discovery Awaits Tests At Launch Pad
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
The orbiter is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station in February.
Obama Team Eyes New NASA Chief
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
The space agency's current top executive has reportedly clashed with the president-elect.
Obama Picks Julius Genachowski To Head FCC
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
Genachowski mirrors Obama's support for providing more robust broadband access to Americans and for net neutrality.
Ohio Turns To Tech For Land Management
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
State workers use laptops to communicate from the field, literally.
N.Y. State Public-Safety Network May Be Canceled
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
The contract with vendor M/A-COM took a sharp turn for the worse last August, when the state encountered three rounds of failed testing.
Obama Wants E-Health Records In Five Years
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
President-elect says medical information on all Americans should be digitized by 2014.
Complete Ban On Cell Phone Use While Driving Sought
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
National Safety Council cites a study that found that drivers' use of cell phones contributes to 6% of vehicle crashes -- or 636,000 crashes -- leading to 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 annual deaths.
IT Customers Closely Monitor Satyam Scandal
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
Many companies rely on the outsourcer based in India for vital technology operations like supply chain management and business intelligence.
NYC Loses Wireless Hotspots In Some Parks
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
The hotspots included seven locations in New York's Central Park.
Ex-eBay Head Whitman Aims To Claim Domain Names
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
Several of the domain names are related to her potential run for California governor, including and
Obama Asks Congress To Delay Feb. 17 DTV Switchover
News  |  1/8/2009  | 
The supply of converter boxes, which typically cost between $50 and $80, hasn't kept up with the demand for $40 coupons the government has been sending to consumers.
Ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman Considering Run As Calif. Governor
News  |  1/6/2009  | 
The move could pre-empt another prominent Republican woman -- Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard -- from seeking the position.
Consumers Must Wait As DTV Coupon Funding Dwindles
News  |  1/5/2009  | 
FCC commissioners are scrambling to help more than 8 million households still unprepared for the changeover from analog to digital TV.
Israel-Gaza Conflict Spills Over Into Twitter
News  |  1/5/2009  | 
Tweets labeled with the #Gaza hash tag are flowing in at a blistering pace with viewpoints and news updates from all sides in the conflict.
China Crackdown Puts Google, Baidu, Others On Notice
News  |  1/5/2009  | 
Critics speculate that the country's efforts to scrub pornography and vulgarity off its citizens' computers may end up being used to squash political dialogue.
NASA's Mars Rovers Mark Fifth Anniversary
News  |  1/5/2009  | 
The interplanetary dune buggies have lasted years longer than planned.
Military Hoping Chat Bots Will Replace Deployed Parents
News  |  1/2/2009  | 
While Skype or similar teleconferencing technologies might seem like a more cost-effective and immediately available solution, the Defense Department rejects that possibility.
NASA Releases Final Report On Columbia Disaster
News  |  1/2/2009  | 
The space agency publishes a list of recommendations designed to improve safety.

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