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  • Cyberattacks on U.S. military jump sharply in 2009

    Posted November 20, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Cyberattacks on the U.S. Department of Defense -- many of them coming from China -- have jumped sharply in 2009, a U.S. congressional committee reported Thursday.
  • Global video news recap, World Tech Update Nov. 19

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Click here to watch this week’s World Tech Update.
  • FAA glitch shines spotlight on troubled telco project

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    The outage of a computer system used by airline pilots to file flights plans in the U.S will likely prompt a closer look at a $2.4 billion telecommunications system that has run into numerous problems in the past.
  • Cyberattacks on U.S. military jump sharply in 2009

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    Cyberattacks on the U.S. Department of Defense -- many of them coming from China -- have jumped sharply in 2009, a U.S. congressional committee reported Thursday.
  • Microsoft denies it built 'backdoor' in Windows 7

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Microsoft today denied that it has built a backdoor into Windows 7, a concern that surfaced on Wednesday after a senior National Security Agency (NSA) official testified before Congress that the agency had worked on the operating system.
  • Company selling 'free' Web auction kits settles with FTC

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 6:09 pm

    An online marketer offering supposedly free Internet auction kits has settled a complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for charging consumers US$59.95 a month for enrollment in an "online-supplier" program, the FTC said Thursday.
  • California Bans Power-Hungry TVs: Critics Blast Regulation

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    California TV shoppers are going green - whether they like it or not. On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously to apply a new standard requiring TVs up to 58-inches in screen size sold in the state to eat up 33 percent less electricity than they do currently by 2011 and 49 percent less by 2013.
  • Former DHS cybersecurity chief points finger at Congress

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Part of the blame for continued cybersecurity problems in the U.S. government and beyond lies with Congress and its "scattershot" approach to dealing with the issue, a former assistant secretary for cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.
  • Reports: Computer gllitch causes flight delays in U.S.

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 11:09 am

    A computer system used by airline pilots to file flight plans in the U.S. was not working properly this morning, according to news reports.
  • China wants fewer monsters, more 'culture' in online games

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 7:10 am

    Online games in China should move away from "lowbrow" content such as monster hunting, Chinese regulators said late Wednesday, highlighting the uncertain regulatory conditions faced by game operators in the country.
  • Federal government using PS3 to crack pedophile passwords

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Federal officials have put the PS3 to work breaking passwords on computer equipment confiscated from suspected child pornographers. according to a story released on the Scripps Howard Foundation wire.
  • Judge denies AT&T's request to stop Verizon 3G map ads

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    A federal judge today denied AT&T's request for a court order to temporarily stop ads from Verizon Wireless that AT&T had called "misleading" because of how consumers would interpret 3G wireless nationwide maps shown in the ad
  • Pentagon expands exclusive deal with McAfee

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    The U.S. Defense Department is expanding its exclusive arrangement with McAfee, whose security software is at the heart of the military's cybersecurity efforts.
  • NSA helped with Windows 7 development

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 7:09 pm

    The National Security Agency (NSA) worked with Microsoft on the development of Windows 7, an agency official acknowledged yesterday during testimony before Congress.
  • Verizon launches electric grid reliability consulting

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Verizon Business today launched a set of consulting services specifically designed for electric utilities working to safeguard the reliability of the electric grid in North America.
  • FTC: Online check-writing service not authenticating users

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has filed a civil contempt complaint against an online check-writing service, saying the company continues to allow customers to create and e-mail checks without verification of their identities.
  • Tech workers take H-1B case to Supreme Court

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    The Programmers Guild and other groups, along with a number of individual tech workers, are taking their challenge of a Bush era decision to extend foreign student visas to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Bill would restrict P2P use on government networks

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    House lawmakers introduced a bill that would restrict the use of peer-to-peer technology on government networks in response to several embarrassing data leaks.
  • FCC puts time limit on review of cell sites

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday set limits on how long state and local governments can take to review proposals for cellular base stations.
  • FCC identifies roadblocks to broadband adoption

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Several factors, including a lack of a broadband subsidy program at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, have contributed to gaps in broadband adoption in the U.S., a new report from an FCC task force said.
  • NASA: With Atlantis docked, work begins today

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis today began work at the International Space Station after successfully docking there this morning.
  • EU closes 54 Web sites for consumer law violations

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 11:09 am

    The European Union published findings of an 18-month investigation Tuesday finding that 301 Web sites that sold mobile phone ringtones, wallpapers and other services had "serious breaches of EU consumer law," according to a statement.
  • China defense ministry site fends off hackers

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 6:40 am

    The Web site of China's defense ministry was attacked 2.3 million times in its first month online, Chinese state media said Wednesday.
  • EU Ombudsman faults EC's Intel antitrust ruling

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 6:10 am

    The European Ombudsman accused the European Commission on Thursday of "maladministration" during its antitrust investigation of Intel, which resulted in a hefty fine earlier this year, as well as an order to desist from its anti-competitive practices.
  • IPhone cleared for sale by South Korean regulator

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 6:10 am

    South Korean regulators gave Apple a business license on Wednesday that would allow it to launch the iPhone in the country at any time.
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