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  • China takes questions for Obama from Internet users

    Posted November 13, 2009 - 2:39 am

    China's state-run news agency Friday started collecting questions from local Internet users for U.S. President Barack Obama, who is slated to speak to Chinese youth next week during his first visit to the country.
  • Telecom experts worry about net neutrality rules

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 7:09 pm

    Net neutrality rules proposed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could slow down improvements to the nation's broadband networks, some telecom experts said Thursday.
  • AMD settlement won't blunt Intel R&D, exec says

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Intel CTO Justin Rattner today said the company's agreement to pay $1.25 billion to settle an antitrust lawsuit filed by AMD shouldn't affect the company's R&D operation
  • FTC files contempt complaint against computer financing firm

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked a federal court to issue a contempt order against electronics financing firm BlueHippo after it allegedly violated a 2008 court order requiring the company to make good on promises to deliver computers to customers.
  • How to DOS a federal wiretap

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 12:10 am

    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say they've discovered a way to circumvent the networking technology used by law enforcement to tap phone lines in the U.S.
  • Life after military service: Disabled vets chase federal IT contracts

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Start-ups run by disabled vets are winning millions in federal IT contracts.
  • An IT Governance Process That's Weighted for Growth

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Count Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) among those companies that believe IT governance done right frees up time and money. When education publishers Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt merged in 2007, IT leaders on each side knew the stakes. Sixteen million dollars of the merger's $300 million savings was to come from IT spending, says CIO Paul Wilcox. "We had to flush a significant amount of expense out of both IT groups," Wilcox says, "and still had to bring the company forward."
  • Businessman sentenced for telecom contract bribery

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    A South Korean businessman was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to bribe government officials in an effort to keep a US$206 million telecommunications contract with a U.S. military support organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
  • Taiwan lawmakers reject funds for memory chip makers

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    A committee of Taiwanese lawmakers rejected requests for funding by Taiwanese memory chip companies on Wednesday and asked the executive branch to stop promoting the DRAM revitalization plan.
  • China lauds iPhone app that spreads state views

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 2:40 am

    China's film and TV regulator late Tuesday praised the growth of an iPhone application from state broadcaster CCTV as the country looks for new ways to project its political views abroad.
  • US agencies streamline broadband funding process

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    Two U.S. agencies responsible for distributing US$7.2 billion in broadband deployment grants by the end of 2010 have streamlined the process by cutting one of three rounds of funding.
  • Lack of e-prescriptions means hospital infections spreading

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Hospital bugs, including surgery infections, E. Coli and pneumonia, are not being contained effectively because of the NHS' lack of electronic systems to issue and track antibiotic prescriptions.
  • Deloitte: Councils' mega-outsourcing days are numbered

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    The days of "monolithic" outsourcing deals by local councils are coming to an end, according to consultancy Deloitte.
  • EU rebuffs Oracle's criticism of Sun merger investigation

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 9:40 am

    In an unusually blunt rebuff, the European Commission has dismissed as "facile and superficial" criticism of its decision to issue formal objections to Oracle's planned acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
  • No rush to adopt domain names written in Chinese in China

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 8:09 am

    A global Internet governing body last month approved new languages for use in domain names, but at least in China some Web sites have hesitated to rebrand into Chinese from their well-known names written in Latin characters.
  • Veterans agency looks beyond EMC for multi-million storage deal

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    With a 75-year retention requirement and 5 petabytes of data, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs faces major challenges when it comes to storing data in its primary data center in Austin, Texas.
  • The Smithsonian's quest for IT's Ruby Slippers

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    The National Museum of American History continues its effort to determine what IT devices have played or will play an important role in the flow of history even as the facility still lacks a separate large IT exhibit.
  • Internet battlefield program marshals NATO forces

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Getting military forces from different nations to work together in Afghanistan is no easy task, but before multinational troops with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization arrive there, officers and others are often trained through an online Battle Labs computer simulation via the Internet.
  • Eighth person charged with passport snooping

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    An eighth person who has worked for the U.S. Department of State has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing numerous electronic passport files that are supposed to be confidential, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
  • UK to push for law to retain all communications data

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    The U.K. government said Monday it plans to push for a law requiring service providers such as ISPs to retain data about instant messages, e-mail and other electronic communications.
  • Yahoo follows Google onto China's porn offense list

    Posted November 9, 2009 - 4:10 am

    A Chinese government watchdog has ordered Yahoo China to clean pornographic content from a photo-sharing site it hosted, a reminder of the regulatory challenges often faced by foreign Internet companies in China.
  • Stimulus for tech and telecom $3B, but jobs still guesswork

    Posted November 6, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    The U.S. government has spent about $700 million on IT and telecommunications products and services under its economic stimulus program, part of a total of $3 billion that's in the spending pipeline, according to a private analysis of this data. But how many jobs have been created is not as clear.
  • US lawmakers propose changes in telecom subsidies

    Posted November 6, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Two U.S. lawmakers have proposed legislation that would allow money from a huge fund that subsidizes telephone and mobile service to parts of the U.S. to also go for broadband deployment.
  • China to tighten grip on Twitter-style sites

    Posted November 6, 2009 - 7:40 am

    A Chinese government watchdog plans to push Twitter-style Web sites to censor their content, the country's latest move to block Internet users from posting certain politically sensitive information online.
  • FTC expected to take antitrust action against Intel

    Posted November 5, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    With New York's Attorney General filing antitrust charges against Intel Corp. this week, industry watchers say the Federal Trade Commission will join the fray against the chip maker, maybe even before the end of the year.

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