Content tagged with Government
posted in October 2008
Deutsche Telekom May Own Too Much Of T-Mobile
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
While reviewing the Verizon acquisition of Alltel, the FCC revealed that Deutsch Telekom may violate the 20% voting stock threshold.
Phoenix Mars Lander Losing Power, Communications
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Dust storms on the red planet are limiting the craft's supply of solar energy.
100,000 Sony Batteries Recalled
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The batteries found in Dell, HP, and Toshiba PCs were sold in the same time frame as Sony notebook batteries involved in a massive recall in 2006.
Hubble Working But Service Mission Postponed
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The space telescope is back online, but follow-up maintenance is on hold.
DOJ Approves Verizon-Alltel Merger
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
However, the Justice Department is stipulating that the new combined company divested itself of 100 markets in 22 states.
Intel's $11.5 Million Taiwanese Investment Puts Moblin OS In Netbooks
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker's partnership with VMax could help set the stage for a wide rollout of WiMax-capable machines running on Linux in the country with PC makers Asustek and Acer to benefit.
Motorola Reportedly Trimming Operating Systems In Favor Of Android
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
The cell phone maker is hoping that next week's FCC white spaces vote will bolster its efforts to bring an Android phone to market.
Texas Halts Work On IBM Outsourcing Contract
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Gov. Rick Perry tells state IT officials that the vendor has failed to maintain adequate backups.
Gabriel Tech Hits Qualcomm With Patent Litigation
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Gabriel said there are public safety overtones to the mobile GPS patents cited in its lawsuit against Qualcomm.
Bill Gates, Dolly Parton Tussle Over White Spaces
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
With a crucial vote scheduled in a week, the FCC is being deluged by supporters and opponents of the unlicensed wireless services between the current TV spectrum.
Microsoft's $250 Million Check To Calif. Remains Mostly Untouched
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The grants stem from a class action lawsuit filed in 1999, claiming that Microsoft overcharged for software bought between February 1995 and December 2001.
Google Reaches $125 Million Settlement In Book Copyright Lawsuits
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The deal with book publishers and authors would clear the way for Google Book Search to show digitized images of millions of in-copyright books and other library materials.
European Union Turns Down Plan For 'Super' Regulator
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding noted that giving individual countries and their respective telecom companies too much power over policy would be a mistake.
Terrorists Could Use Twitter For Mayhem, Army Report Muses
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
An intelligence paper outlines technologies that terrorist organizations could use to inflict harm, including cell phone GPS data, voice-changing technology, and Twitter updates.
NFL, MLB, NBA Join Battle Over 'White Spaces' Spectrum
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
With a Nov. 4 vote approaching, the Sports Technology Alliance argues that the FCC's spectrum-sensing technology is clearly not ready for prime time.
Chinese Hackers Angered By Microsoft's Epic Fail
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The outcry over the so-called "black screen of death" may also be helping lesser hackers who are feeding on users furiously searching the Internet for a solution, analysts said.
Wireless Carriers Increase Opposition To Free Wi-Fi Plan
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
Major mobile companies said the FCC's test results for nationwide wireless broadband are flawed and don't show how much nearby spectrum would be harmed.
Financial Upheaval Shakes Verizon's Acquisition Of Alltel
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The volatile stock market, combined with critical consumer groups, may hinder Verizon's planned $28.1 billion purchase of Alltel.
India Launches Its First Rocket To The Moon
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The subcontinental nation's launch of a lunar probe puts it in an exclusive club that includes only four other countries.
Linux Creator Linus Torvalds, Others Honored In Silicon Valley
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The Computer History Museum also recognized Jean Bartik, one of the first programmers of ENIAC, and Bob Metcalfe, the father of Ethernet networking, at its annual Fellow Awards ceremony.
Congress Cuts BASIC Satellite Imaging Program
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
Critics of the program observe that private companies GeoEye and DigitalGlobe are already on the way to providing advanced satellite imaging commercially.
Image Gallery: Inside GeoEye's $500 Million Imaging Satellite
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
See photos of the GeoEye-1 satellite, which will capture ultra-high-resolution images for Google and U.S. government agencies from 432 miles above Earth.
Government Study Finds 21% Of H-1B Applications Violate Rules
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
The government estimates that fraud, including below-market wages and filings by fake businesses, is present in 13,000 of the yearly H-1B petitions filed.
NASA Still Stymied By Hubble Trouble
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
A range of technical issues continues to plague the finicky space telescope.
Telecom Immunity Law Challenged In Court
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the FISA Amendments Act denies telecom customers their rights without due process, since they're subjected to warrantless surveillance.
Warren Buffett's Assurances Fail Wall Street, Tech Stock Uptick
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
There is no doubt, with a stream of disappointing economic reports released during the week, that the U.S. economy is struggling, but what is unclear is how deep and long the pain will be.
FBI Undercover Operation Busts 'Carding' Ring
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The agency said its operation against an online forum called Dark Market resulted in 56 arrests around the world and saved some $70 million in potential losses.
FCC Chairman Backs Use Of White Spaces
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
Advocates like Google say this spectrum can be used for innovative wireless service, but broadcasters and telecoms say it could interfere with nearby spectrum bands.
Carriers Respond To Text Messaging Inquiry
News  |  10/15/2008  | 
The mobile operators deny claims they colluded on pricing, and AT&T blames a senator's inquiry for a spate of class-action lawsuits.
Groups Weigh In On Intellectual Property Protection Act
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
The PRO-IP Act, signed this week by President Bush, increases enforcement and raises penalties for copyright infringement.
IBM Expands R&D In China
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
The new facility will focus primarily on information analytics, Web-delivered service computing, cloud computing, and stream computing.
Game Developer On His Way To International Space Station
News  |  10/13/2008  | 
Richard Garriott has the distinction of being the son of NASA astronaut Owen Garriott.
U.S. Navy Intranet Realizes Big Savings Through Virtualization
News  |  10/10/2008  | 
EDS has helped the military in consolidating 1,200 x86 servers down to 200, each hosting multiple VMware ESX virtual machines.
Entellium CEO, CFO Charged With Fraud
News  |  10/9/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court complaint alleges that the pair lied about the financial state of their company to attract more than $50 million in investment between March 2004 and September 2008.
Symantec Offers $695 Million For MessageLabs' SaaS Business
News  |  10/8/2008  | 
Such a combination would bring together MessageLabs' online e-mail and e-mail storage, IM, and Web filtering services with Symantec's online backup, storage, and remote access products.
NASA 'Messenger' Captures Space Views Of Mercury's Surface
News  |  10/7/2008  | 
NASA hopes the probe will become the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury beginning in March 2011.
Physicists Share Nobel Prize For Work On Subatomic Particles
News  |  10/7/2008  | 
The discovery of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics could be developed even further by research done at the Large Hadron Collider.
Database Project To Track Health Of 100,000 U.S. Children
News  |  10/7/2008  | 
The NIH-backed study will examine the effects of genes and environmental factors on the health of volunteer participants in 105 locations from before birth to age 21.
Google, Yahoo Postpone Ad Deal, For Now
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
The companies said they would hold off while the U.S. Department of Justice investigates complaints that the deal would concentrate too much power in one place.
'Ultima' Game Creator To Conduct Experiments On Space Station
News  |  10/3/2008  | 
Video game designer and programmer Richard Garriott will cooperate with NASA on experiments, including studying how astronauts' eyes react to low and high pressure.
CERN Unveils Global Grid For Particle Physics Research
News  |  10/3/2008  | 
The network can pull in the IT power of more than 140 computer centers in 33 countries to crunch an expected 15 million GB of data every year.
Google-Yahoo Deal Needs Oversight, Senator Says
News  |  10/3/2008  | 
The companies announced in June their nonexclusive advertising deal, which would allow Google to run ads alongside Yahoo search results.
Obama Drafts iPhone Users To Help With Campaign
News  |  10/2/2008  | 
A new iPhone application, freely available at the Apple App Store, makes use of the iPhone's social networking and viral communications attributes.
Chip Industry Calls On Congress To Act On Financial Crisis
News  |  10/2/2008  | 
Sales of PCs and portable gadgets could be hurt dramatically if people pulled back on spending out of fear of a weakening economy, Semiconductor Industry Association leaders said.
ITAA Says R&D Tax Credit Critical In Turbulent Economy
News  |  10/2/2008  | 
Congress' failure to reauthorize the incentive plan puts $13 billion and more than 10,000 jobs at risk, the IT trade group warns.
Metrolink Engineer Was Texting 22 Seconds Before Crash
News  |  10/1/2008  | 
While the precise timing of the events is still under investigation, the NTSB said "preliminary information is being released regarding the approximate cell phone activity."

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