Government IT news analysis, including legislation and regulation affecting the IT industry
  • EU drops Qualcomm antitrust investigation

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 8:09 am

    The European Commission has closed its antitrust probe of Qualcomm's patent licensing practices after Ericsson and others withdrew their complaints, the regulator said Tuesday.
  • Video Games to help STEM learning in the United States

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    In support of President Obama's call for a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) have teamed up with Sony Computer Entertainment America, Microsoft, and the MacArthur Foundation and announced a number of efforts to motivate students. The organizations are aiming to leverage the interest that kids have in video games and inspire them through a series of STEM-related design competitions. This is part of the administration's extensive "Educate to Innovate" program, outlined today.
  • Obama backs U.S. return to math, science, tech

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    President Barack Obama said today that more has to be done to encourage students to take up in math, science and technology disciplines, while indirectly warning of the global competition for highly skilled jobs.
  • Is federal stimulus money being used for IT hardware, not hiring?

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Congress allocated $787 billion earlier this year in a stimulus package President Obama signed in an effort to jump-start the economy. So where are the IT jobs?
  • Mobile groups protest proposed net neutrality rules

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    A month ago, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission began a proceeding to create formal net neutrality rules for broadband providers, and the proposals have generated serious debate in the telecom community.
  • Broadband stimulus grants delayed

    Posted November 20, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    The two government agencies in charge of doling out broadband stimulus cash have pushed back the dates for when they'll start handing out grants.
  • Chrome shines, Gore opines, staffs decline

    Posted November 20, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Google's Chrome OS captured a lot of headlines and hype this week after the company invited the media in to have a look-see, setting off a whole lot of opinions about whether it will be any good. Microsoft, predictably, doesn't think so. Otherwise, Al Gore offered his opinion on the role supercomputers can play to quell climate change, and for the first time we can recollect there were not one, but two, cat-related IT stories that caught our attention.
  • Teen gets prison term for attack on Scientology Web site

    Posted November 20, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    A New Jersey teenager was sentenced to a year in jail and was fined $37,500 after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a DDOS attack on the Church of Scientology Web site.
  • iPhone owners demand to see Apple source code

    Posted November 20, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    iPhone owners charging Apple and AT&T with breaking antitrust laws asked a federal judge this week to force Apple to hand over the iPhone source code, court documents show.
  • EU gives Oracle extra time to respond to Sun inquiry

    Posted November 20, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Oracle and Sun Microsystems have been granted an extra week to defend their planned US$7 billion merger in front of European regulators, the European Commission said Friday.
  • New H-1B hiring bill takes aim at tech firms

    Posted November 20, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Two U.S. Senators have proposed legislation that would bar any firm which lays off 50 or more workers from hiring guest workers holding H-1B visas.
  • 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

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  • 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.
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