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IBM Aims To Ease Data Sharing For Police, Emergency Services
William Terdoslavich, Freelance Writer
News
IBM's Safer Planet, a sub-unit of the company's Smarter Planet effort, is expanding its cloud-based offerings with the goal of making data sharing and analysis affordable and accessible to IT professionals in a wide range of public safety and emergency management agencies.
By William Terdoslavich Freelance Writer, 6/22/2015
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FCC: Subsidize Rural Broadband, Block Robocalls
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
The FCC voted 3-2 to extend and reform a program that would help low-income Americans gain access to the Web through subsidies. The commission is also allowing customers to block spam and robocalls.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 6/19/2015
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What $100 Million AT&T Fine Says About The FCC
Eric Zeman,
Commentary
The FCC's bruising attacks on broadband companies show its strong focus on consumers. The $100 million fine against AT&T is just the latest in this fight.
By Eric Zeman , 6/18/2015
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EFF Data Privacy Report Praises Apple, Slams AT&T
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
In the Electronic Frontier Foundation's fifth annual report, Apple gets high marks for protecting privacy, while WhatsApp and AT&T land at the bottom.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 6/18/2015
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Net Neutrality Takes Effect As Court Denies Stay
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
Score one for supporters of net neutrality as a US appeals court denies USTelecom's request to stay implementation of the Open Internet Order.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 6/12/2015
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Cloud Market Finds A Home In Michigan County
Curtis Franklin Jr., Executive Editor, Technical Content
Commentary
Oakland County, Mich., has been providing services to towns for years. Now it's expanding its services through a new government cloud marketplace.
By Curtis Franklin Jr. Executive Editor, Technical Content, 6/2/2015
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Google, Apple Urge Obama To Protect Phone Data Privacy
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
The letter, signed by Google, Apple, and a number of tech companies and security organizations, is urging Obama to halt legislation that would allow government to access personal data stored on mobile devices.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 5/19/2015
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Google Faces More Scrutiny Over Right To Be Forgotten
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
A group of 80 Web academics have penned an open letter to Google insisting on more transparency for right to be forgotten requests in Europe.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 5/14/2015
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NASA MESSENGER Prepares For Impact On Mercury
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is beaming back some final, incredible photos as it prepares to smash into the planet's surface -- a hard landing for the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 4/29/2015
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Hubble Telescope: 25 Years Of Stunning Images
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th year in low-Earth orbit, InformationWeek has taken a selection of some of the craft's most stunning and awe-inspiring photos, which explore the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond -- pictures that truly define the phrase "out of this world."
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 4/22/2015
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Plan X: DARPA's Revolutionary Cyber Security Platform
Joe Stanganelli, Attorney, Beacon Hill Law
News
DARPA's Plan X aims to make active cyber defense more accessible to the masses through agility, training, and intuitive interfaces.
By Joe Stanganelli Attorney, Beacon Hill Law, 4/21/2015
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Space X, Hubble, Coffee: The Cost Of Doing Business In Space
David Wagner, Executive Editor, Community & IT Life
Commentary
Space is expensive, dangerous, and easy to get wrong. This week, news about Space X, the upcoming Hubble anniversary, and the price of astronaut coffee shows why we should think hard about future projects.
By David Wagner Executive Editor, Community & IT Life, 4/17/2015
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H-1B Visa Applications Exceeded 230,000 This Year
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
Overall, the USCIS received 233,000 H-1B visa applications this year. The agency will grant 65,000 of them. However, several groups noted that the lack of H-1B visas is limiting the potential for greater global competitiveness in the US.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 4/14/2015
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Will H-1B Visas Kill Jobs Or Ensure Survival Of The Fittest?
Charles Murray,
Commentary
As the debate over H-1Bs looks like it's starting again, it's worth thinking about what the pros and cons of the system are, and what the influx of workers from overseas really means for the US tech economy.
By Charles Murray , 4/6/2015
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SETI: Letís Stop Listening For Aliens And Start Talking Instead
David Wagner, Executive Editor, Community & IT Life
Commentary
SETI, which leads the search for alien life, wants to stop looking and start telling aliens to come find us.
By David Wagner Executive Editor, Community & IT Life, 4/3/2015
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Net Neutrality Rules Will Survive, FCC Chairman Says
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
In a speech at the Moritz College of Law, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that new net neutrality laws would hold up to court challenges brought by telecoms, carriers, and their representatives.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 3/30/2015
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FTC: Google Received No Favors During Investigation
Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer
News
The FTC is pushing back against reports that it gave Google favorable treatment due to the search engine giant's lobbying prowess. Google is also facing more scrutiny in Europe.
By Nathan Eddy Freelance Writer, 3/26/2015
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Net Neutrality Rules Facing First Lawsuits
Eric Zeman,
News
The FCC's new net neutrality rules are facing their first challenge from a number of industry trade groups, which have backing from companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
By Eric Zeman , 3/24/2015
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FCC Chief At MWC: 'No One Blocks Internet'
David Benjamin,
News
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler defended the FCC's order that upholds net neutrality.
By David Benjamin , 3/4/2015
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Warrant Canaries: Watching US Agencies So IT Doesn't Have To
Joe Stanganelli, Attorney, Beacon Hill Law
Commentary
ISPs and others are unofficially sounding the alarm in the event that a US government agency is seeking access to user records. Here's why this matters to IT.
By Joe Stanganelli Attorney, Beacon Hill Law, 3/4/2015
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