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Email Privacy Act Wins Sweeping Approval In House
News  |  4/28/2016  | 
The US House of Representatives has approved the Email Privacy Act by a unanimous vote. That sets the stage for requiring search warrants to review electronic communications older than 180 days.
FBI Won't Share iPhone Hack With Apple, Report Says
News  |  4/27/2016  | 
The FBI paid approximately $1 million for a hack into an encrypted iPhone, and now plans to keep the details to itself, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government also dropped case against Apple in Brooklyn -- and that has law enforcement fuming.
Agile Analytics: 11 Ways To Get There
Slideshows  |  4/26/2016  | 
The accelerating pace of global business means that enterprises need more agile data-related systems and practices. Becoming more agile - and succeeding at it -- isn't always easy given existing technology investments, constant technological evolution, and lingering cultural obstacles. No matter how agile your company is or isn't now, consider these important points.
FBI Paid iPhone Hackers $1.3 Million, Report Claims
News  |  4/22/2016  | 
James Comey suggested the FBI paid the iPhone hackers upward of $1.3 million -- more than Comey will earn for the remaining seven years of his term as FBI director.
Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Rankles Tech Community
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.
Apple, FBI Encryption Debate Continues At Congressional Hearing
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
The US House Energy & Commerce Committee hosted two panel discussions April 19, in the hope of advancing an open debate about government access to encrypted technologies. Representatives heard from Apple's top lawyers, as well as law enforcement.
Drones Banned At Boston Marathon, Blamed For British Airways Hit
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
A day after a drone struck a British Airways flight, the Boston Marathon is using drone-detection technology to keep UAS away from its event.
Microsoft Sues Justice Department, AG Over Cloud Privacy
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.
Facebook Poaches Google's Regina Dugan For Hardware Push
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
The former head of DARPA, who was running Google's Advanced Technology and Products group, will now lead Facebook's new hardware group, Building 8.
Email Privacy Act Clears House Judiciary Committee Vote
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
An update to the Email Privacy Act requiring a warrant for the search of data older than 180 days was unanimously supported by the House Judiciary Committee. It now heads for a vote by the full chamber.
FBI Paid Hackers To Crack iPhone Encryption, Report Claims
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
Gray hat hackers, not Israel-based Cellebrite, ultimately provided a way into Syed Farook's encrypted iPhone, according to the Washington Post.
Apple Vs. FBI: 5 Key Quotes From James Comey's Speech
Commentary  |  4/9/2016  | 
FBI Director James Comey gave a speech April 6 discussing the case against Apple and calling for not litigation but conversation that's fair, measured, and thoughtful -- and where participants are open to being wrong.
Senators Push For Tech Firms To Decrypt Smartphones
Commentary  |  4/8/2016  | 
A new bill, sponsored by US Senators Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, would allow law enforcement to demand smartphone makers and other companies decrypt or otherwise unlock mobile devices.
FCC Creates Broadband 'Nutrition Labels' For Consumers
News  |  4/5/2016  | 
The FCC has released Broadband Facts, which mimic the design of nutrition labels and serve much the same function: To help consumers know what they're buying and if it's good for them. The FCC receives 2,000 complaints a year from people unpleasantly surprised by their broadband bills.
Tesla Model 3, BMW i3: 10 Electric Vehicles To Own
Slideshows  |  4/4/2016  | 
On March 31, Tesla Motors unveiled its Model 3, one of the most hotly anticipated electric cars in what is becoming a burgeoning market. Tesla is not alone. BMW, Chevy, Ford, and others are looking to change how the world moves. Here's a look at the best electric vehicles on the market.
AI, Public Data Sets, Real-Time: Strata + Hadoop Keynote Sampling
News  |  4/1/2016  | 
Strata + Hadoop keynotes included updates on the state of AI, new public data sets and programs from the US Department of Commerce, a closer look at what real-time data means for big data, and more. Here's a sampling of some of our favorite keynotes from this week's event.
FBI's Ability To Crack iPhones Raises More Questions
News  |  3/31/2016  | 
The FBI, with its newfound hack, has agreed to unlock other iPhones. While the dispute with Apple is off the front burner for now, the company is still facing other legal challenges, including one case in Brooklyn. Serious legal and technical questions linger.
NASA Software Audit Reveals Budgetary Black Hole
News  |  3/29/2016  | 
The complex software designed to help launch NASA's SLS system is more than a year behind schedule and wildly over budget. The agency is currently on track to spend over $200 million developing its own code for the project.
FBI Cracks iPhone Encryption Without Apple, Drops Court Case
News  |  3/29/2016  | 
The FBI vacated its court order against Apple March 28, saying it had successfully accessed an encrypted iPhone without Apple's help.
FCC Spectrum Auction Finally Nears Despite Infighting
News  |  3/25/2016  | 
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
iPhone Cracking: Why FBI Needed Outside Help And What It Means
Commentary  |  3/24/2016  | 
This week, the FBI said it now doesn't need Apple to crack into an iPhone. However, what does this tell us about encryption and the overall state of hardware security?
Mars Missions In Focus: NASA , ESA, MRO Aim For Red Planet
Slideshows  |  3/23/2016  | 
In 2015 Mars underwent a bit of renaissance with space geeks thanks to news about manned missions, evidence of water, and an Academy Award-nominated movie. Here's a look at why NASA and the ESA are so focused on the red planet this year.
FBI Aims To Crack iPhone Without Apple, Cancels Court Date
News  |  3/22/2016  | 
The FBI may have just found a way to access an encrypted iPhone, it said in a March 21 legal filing to cancel its court date with Apple, stating that the agency will report back April 5.
Apple, FBI Head Into Court March 22
News  |  3/21/2016  | 
The FBI's Feb. 16 court order citing the All Writs Act and demanding Apple's cooperation in unlocking an iPhone will go before a judge March 22, after more than a month of global attention and a day after a press event at Apple Headquarters.
FTC Raps Android Developers For Using SilverPush Software
News  |  3/20/2016  | 
The FTC has issued a warning to several Android developers for using SilverPush. This software, found on 12 Android apps, could violate consumer privacy rights by picking up background noise to feed to advertisers.
Apple Engineers Could Quit Over iPhone Encryption Case
News  |  3/18/2016  | 
Several Apple engineers have told the New York Times that they'd consider leaving one of the industry's most prized companies and positions rather than be made to create a so-called GovtOS to crack the iPhone's encryption technology.
Google Asks DoT To Fast-Track Self-Driving Cars
News  |  3/18/2016  | 
Google wants to fast-track self-driving cars to market. The company sent a letter to the US Transportation Secretary on March 18 that outlines how that can be accomplished.
Supreme Court Nominee Could Tip Scales In iPhone Encryption Case
Commentary  |  3/18/2016  | 
How might Obama's Supreme Court candidate approach the case between Apple and the Justice Department? Merrick Garland has said the role of the court is not to legislate but to "apply the law to the facts of the case."
Robotics Expert: Self-Driving Cars Not Roadworthy
News  |  3/16/2016  | 
Missy Cummings, a Duke University robotics expert, told a US Senate committee that self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles are not ready for use on American roads. Cummings also expressed concerns about how these vehicles collect and protect data.
Apple Legal Filing: 'The Founders Would Be Appalled'
News  |  3/16/2016  | 
Apple filed another legal brief March 15 in its fight with the FBI and DOJ. The iPhone maker is fighting efforts to give up its source code, and several tech and security experts agree, calling the government's request "potentially cataclysmic."
Obama At SXSW Highlights Encryption, Government-Tech Divide
News  |  3/14/2016  | 
At the heart of the FBI's struggle with Apple is an us-versus-them sentiment that President Obama may be softening -- by reframing "government problems" as problems for the nation's greatest problem solvers.
ESA's ExoMars Launches On Mission To Red Planet
News  |  3/14/2016  | 
The joint European-Russian mission to Mars launched successfully, with arrival to the red planet expected in the fall.
FCC Proposal To ISPs: Protect Consumer Privacy
News  |  3/11/2016  | 
The plan would protect the privacy rights of consumers by making broadband providers disclose privacy policies and notify consumers of breaches.
NASA Returning To Mars 2018, JPL Celebrates Mission Milestone
News  |  3/10/2016  | 
While the InSight mission to the Red Planet hits a delay, the space agency celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Google X Inspired: 8 Moonshots To Watch
Slideshows  |  3/8/2016  | 
Think big or go home. Google's pursuit of moonshots -- radical solutions to huge problems using breakthrough tech -- has encouraged others to launch their own projects. Here are eight worth watching.
Federal IT Survey Reveals Concerns, Progress
News  |  3/3/2016  | 
A survey conducted by Lockheed Martin and the Government Business Council finds reasons to be hopeful about federal IT and challenges that need to be addressed.
Healthcare.gov: Hard-Earned Lessons For CIOs
News  |  3/2/2016  | 
It's been just over two years since the controversial and troubled launch of Healthcare.gov, a marquee project for a new age of digital government, implementing a politically controversial policy of affordable healthcare insurance for everyone. As of today more than 6 million people have been enrolled through this system. InformationWeek caught up with Healthcare.gov's technology lead to talk about lessons learned.
MWC 2016 Paves Path For Connected Cars
Commentary  |  2/28/2016  | 
Autonomous and connected cars were spotlighted at this year's Mobile World Congress. With 44 million of these vehicles expected to hit the road by 2030, tech companies such as Nokia Networks and Qualcomm are joining car manufacturers to roll out state-of-the-art features.
Microsoft, Facebook And Google Take Apple's Side In FBI Showdown
News  |  2/26/2016  | 
Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, and Google parent company Alphabet will file a joint brief to support Apple in its battle with the FBI.
Apple Preparing Enhanced iPhone Security, NYT Reports
News  |  2/25/2016  | 
The struggle between Apple, the FBI and the US Justice Department speaks to a need for critical discussions about the ramifications and rules in a changing world. The New York Times reports Apple is looking to make it even harder to crack the iPhone's security, while CEO Tim Cook continues to defend his company.
8 Secret Habits Of Successful CIOs
Slideshows  |  2/24/2016  | 
CIOs today must keep the lights on, but also transform the business to meet the demands of real-time customer requirements. How do they stay productive? How do they find the right people to hire? What traits do they nurture? What secrets keep them ahead of the game? We've collected the top secret habits of successful CIOs here.
Intel, AT&T Agree To Test LTE-Connected Drones
News  |  2/23/2016  | 
Drones connected to LTE will be able to fly farther and more securely, opening new business use-cases. Intel and AT&T are working together to make this happen.
NFL CIO: Super Bowl 50 Tech Was A Game-Changer
News  |  2/19/2016  | 
NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle said Super Bowl 50 was as good as the game has ever been from an operations standpoint.
Google, UK Face Scrutiny Over 'Sweet' Tax Deal
Commentary  |  2/18/2016  | 
Some members of British Parliament are complaining that Google owes far more than the $189 million tax bill paid to the UK government.
Google Closes Play For Education, Admits Collecting Student Data
News  |  2/17/2016  | 
Google is shuttering its Play for Education division. At the same time, the company responded to requests for information from US Senator Al Franken, who has been asking questions about how much student data Google collects and how the company uses the data.
Secrets To Successfully Leading A Diverse, Distributed Workforce
News  |  2/17/2016  | 
The workplace has become more diverse and dispersed. Managers need to adapt by listening, embracing curiosity, and finding way to encourage engagement.
Where 2016 US Presidential Contenders Stand On Tech Issues
Slideshows  |  2/14/2016  | 
From fighting terror with tech to backing net neutrality to worrying about AI, here's a look at what some of the 2016 US Presidential hopefuls have on their tech agendas.
Google Expands 'Right To Be Forgotten' To More Websites
News  |  2/11/2016  | 
In a bid to assuage European objections over "right to be forgotten" issues, Google will scrub search results from more of its websites in Europe.
NHTSA: Google's AI 'Driver' Can Qualify For US Roads
News  |  2/10/2016  | 
In a letter to the search giant, the NHTSA indicates its support for Google's self-driving vehicles by stating the computer that pilots the car can be considered a driver.
Facebook Faces Trouble In France For Tracking Non-Users
News  |  2/9/2016  | 
The CNIL, France's data regulation authority, has issued a formal notice to Facebook, warning the social network that it needs to fairly collect data concerning the browsing activity of Internet users who do not have an account.
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