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  • Some Democrats, minority groups question net neutrality

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    A group of 72 Democratic lawmakers is the latest to question the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's move to create new net neutrality regulations.
  • Companies, lawmakers tell FCC to dump net neutrality

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 10:36 am

    As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves toward developing formal net neutrality rules, some U.S. lawmakers and telecom-related companies have told the agency that new regulations will cause more problems than they're worth.
  • U.S. Army considers social networks as Generation Facebook enlists

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 9:40 am

    A defining phrase in the military is "by the book," and when it comes to knowledge management and IT, the book is clear: "The IT community must maintain focus on the needs of its customers." Social networks are key, but not without problems.
  • UK investigates online pricing, behavioral advertising

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    The U.K.'s competition authority launched two studies on Thursday that will probe behavioral-advertising pricing strategies and if some pricing practices could potentially mislead consumers.
  • Reduce radio wave exposure, warns French government agency

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    A French government agency has warned that measures should be taken to reduce everyday exposure to radio signals -- even though, it said, there is no definitive proof that such signals have a negative effect on human health.
  • NASA teams with Air Force to step up commercial space pace

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    As it looks to significantly reshape its future, NASA today said it would partner with the US Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a technology roadmap for use of reusable commercial spaceships.
  • What kind of cloud computing project would you build with $32M?

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    The US Department of Energy said today it will spend $32 million on a project that will deploy a large cloud computing test bed with thousands of Intel Nehalem CPU cores and explore the work of commercial cloud offerings from Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
  • Study backs open access to broadband networks

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    Almost all of the most successful countries in broadband deployment have opened up the networks of their main carriers to competing service providers, according to a draft report put out for comment on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • Finland Makes Broadband a Legal Right

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    The Finnish government has done what no other nation has; it has made broadband Internet access a guaranteed legal right of its citizens. According to Finnish news site YLE, The Ministry of Transport and Communications says everyone in the country will be entitled to a guaranteed 1 Mbit connection by next July. This is fascinating, but it's really only half the story.
  • US lawmakers investigate telecom 'traffic pumping'

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    Three high-profile U.S. lawmakers have begun an informal investigation into high access charges that some rural telephone carriers charge to competitors, on the heels of complaints about the practice from Google and some large carriers.
  • Schwarzenegger vetoes update to California privacy law

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed an update to California's landmark data-breach notification law, saying that the new bill would be too hard on businesses without adequately benefiting consumers.
  • Cyber criminals find new ways to attack

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Cyber criminals are finding new ways to steal information, including infecting legitimate Web sites with Trojans and creating rogue software packages that look legitimate but contain malware, cybersecurity experts warned.
  • AT&T Missouri settles E-Rate fraud lawsuit

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    AT&T Missouri has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.4 million as part of a settlement of a civil lawsuit alleging that the company violated the False Claims Act in connection with the federal E-Rate program, which provides money to help schools and libraries in poor areas connect to the Internet.
  • Singapore to study tighter disclosure rules for bloggers

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 8:55 am

    Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) will consider issuing tighter rules for how bloggers disclose payments and gifts they receive from companies whose products they review, but officials said the effectiveness of any such regulations would likely be limited.
  • China to clean up online games amid addiction woes

    Posted October 12, 2009 - 5:10 am

    Chinese authorities have promised to clean the country's online gaming industry of "unhealthy" content such as violence and pornography, asserting more control over use of the Internet in the country.
  • Top 10: Microsoft and EU settle, phishing scams, busts

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Capping our list of top IT news stories this week, Microsoft and the European Commission reached accord on the ongoing antitrust case against the company. While this will free up some room in future top-news lists, we expect that we'll continue to have no end of bad news related to phishing scams, of which there was plenty this week as well. Thankfully, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison added some levity to the mix, though his brand of joking undoubtedly fell flat at Salesforce.com.
  • FCC to launch inquiry into Google Voice

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will launch an inquiry into Google Voice, the Web-based voice service, after complaints that the tech giant is blocking some calls.
  • French Senate moves to ban mobile phones in schools

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    Pupils at French primary schools and middle schools could be banned from using mobile phones in school under draft legislation approved Thursday by the French Senate.
  • Senate panel approves extension of Patriot Act

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to extend the controversial Patriot Act, an antiterrorism law passed shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
  • Facing big budget cuts, county turns to thin clients, SaaS

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    Milwaukee County hopes to move to software as a service (SaaS) applications and personnel outsourcing to reduce costs in the wake of significant budget cuts.
  • IBM faces DOJ antitrust inquiry on mainframes

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 1:05 pm

    IBM is facing an antitrust inquiry from the U.S. Department of Justice for recent actions the company has taken in the mainframe computer market, according to the trade group that filed the complaint.
  • Cloud Computing Moves Fast Over the Potomac

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    U.S. federal government IT groups could easily stall cloud computing efforts because of security concerns. Instead, they are pushing for the benefits of cloud at a rapid pace -- accompanied by appropriate security measures.
  • Citing cybercrime, FBI director doesn't bank online

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has stopped banking online after nearly falling for a phishing attempt.
  • Genachowski lays out FCC mobile strategy

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined a four-part strategy for U.S. wireless communications on Wednesday, focusing on additional radio spectrum, obstacles to 4G (fourth-generation) deployments, an open Internet and competition.
  • Opinion: P2P law would do nothing but make Congress feel good

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    In response to some incidents in which peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing caused sensitive information to show up on computers that it shouldn't be on, Congress reasonably decided to hold hearings in anticipation of actions it might take that would prevent future compromises. Unfortunately, one of the actions that Congress has taken is to consider passage of the most useless law imaginable.

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