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  • ICANN freed from US gov't oversight

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has reached a new agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce allowing the nonprofit greater independence, while giving more countries oversight of the organization.
  • Bharti Airtel and MTN call off alliance talks

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile services company, said Wednesday that it had called off talks for an alliance with MTN Group of South Africa.
  • Grassley seeks proof of jobs from H-1B applicants

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 11:01 am

    One of the U.S. Senate's leading critics of the H-1B visa program, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), is asking immigration officials to toughen their demands for evidence from companies hiring visa workers.
  • Report highlights Smart Grid security vulnerabilities

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 10:38 am

    A cybersecurity coordination task force released a report this week that assesses various security and privacy requirements for the U.S. Smart Grid, as well as strategies needed to address them.
  • Panasonic, Sanyo will sell battery units to win EU merger OK

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 7:10 am

    Sanyo and Panasonic have agreed to divest some of their battery production facilities in order to secure regulatory approval for their merger, the European Commission said Tuesday.
  • Texas governor blames Web campaign flop on hackers

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 4:10 am

    The kick-off for Texas Governor Rick Perry's 2010 re-election campaign was marred Tuesday by a Web site outage that staffers are now calling a denial-of-service attack.
  • Singapore to form national cyber-security agency

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 3:10 am

    Singapore will set up a government agency, the Singapore Infocomm Technology Security Authority (SITSA), to handle technology-related threats to the city-state's national security, a government minister said Wednesday.
  • Lawmakers eye bill to make P2P file-sharing safer

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    The House Committee on Commerce and Energy will hold a markup hearing Wednesday on a bill designed to make it safer for consumers to use peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software.
  • US relationship with ICANN may not end

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    A longtime agreement in which the U.S. Department of Commerce has oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is due to expire Wednesday, but that may not be the end of the relationship.
  • As driving summit opens, AT&T launches anti-texting campaign

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    AT&T Inc. announced a campaign to warn cell-phone users, especially teens, about the dangers of texting while driving in advance of a Distracted Driving Summit that kicks off in Washington on Wednesday.
  • Senators want to end telecom immunity for spying program

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Four Democratic U.S. senators will introduce a bill to repeal a provision protecting telecommunications carriers from lawsuits targeting their assistance to a controversial U.S. National Security Agency surveillance program.
  • School boards hit with cash-stealing Trojan

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a rash of reported online computer intrusions that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars being stolen from school districts in Illinois.
  • Secret Service probes Obama assassination poll on Facebook

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a poll posted on Facebook asking people to vote on whether President Barack Obama should be assassinated.
  • Google, bank end dispute over Gmail account

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    A federal judge in California has vacated a temporary restraining order that directed Google Inc. to deactivate a Gmail account in response to a complaint filed by the Rocky Mountain Bank of Wyoming.
  • Legally arrived at principles for ISPs?

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    About a year ago I lamented that the FCC supported neutrality on the Internet. Not that I thought carriers should be able to treat customers' traffic unfairly, but the FCC had acted without proper authority. The issue of a lack of authority may be about to be fixed, and if that happens the FCC will be faced with another question: If it can act, when should it do so?
  • 'Facebook for feds' social networking site acquired

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 10:54 am

    A serendipitous meeting in March between the CEOs of two cutting-edge tech firms focused on enhancing government communications has led to an acquisition.
  • The Long Road to E-Health Records

    Posted September 27, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    Kaiser Permanente's CIO stresses physician buy-in.
  • Booster Shot for E-Health

    Posted September 27, 2009 - 8:51 pm

    How federal stimulus spending will impact the rollout of electronic medical records.
  • Watchdogs give NASA’s manned space strategy gets harsh review

    Posted September 27, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    The folks at the Government Accountability Office have not been all that kind to NASA in recent years and today they issued another damming report on the future of the manned space flight program.
  • AT&T accuses Google of violating telecom law

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    AT&T on Friday accused Google of violating the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules by blocking Google Voice calls to some rural areas.
  • Intel, EU spar over probe, Dell makes a big buy

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Dell hopes to beef up its IT services after it revealed plans to buy Perot Systems this week. Dell hopes the purchase will give Perot Systems an international presence and provide the PC manufacturer with more customers for its hardware. The European Union's antitrust probe against Intel became interesting this week when the E.U. released e-mails detailing the deals the chip maker made to control the market. Finally, Google's Android celebrated its first birthday this week. Instead of cake, we have an analysis on how it is faring in the competitive and crowded mobile-phone space.
  • DHS privacy report: Laptop searches at airports infrequent

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's annual privacy report card revealed more details on the agency's controversial policy involving searches of electronic devices at U.S. borders.
  • Will FCC pry iPhone loose from AT&T?

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    If you're wondering whether FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski finally will pry the iPhone from AT&T's cold dead hands and release it into the wild, you're not alone.
  • China clamps down on Internet ahead of 60th anniversary

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Security forces with black masks and machine guns on the streets of China's capital are just the more visible side of a security clampdown in the country this month: there is also its secretive battle to control the Internet.
  • Fingerprints not enough for future security government systems

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    The FBI and Department of Defense are undergoing massive security-system makeovers that will make more extensive use of DNA, facial recognition, iris scans and palm over the traditional fingerprints for security investigations.

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