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  • News: GAO report: DHS data mining needs privacy oversight

    Data-mining programs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not fully reviewed by the agency for their effectiveness and, in some cases, for their compliance with privacy protection mandates, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • News: iPhone 4S preordering: Early-morning snags frustrate early adopters

    The iPhone 4S, Apple’s latest smartphone offering, went on sale in the U.S. at around 12:40 a.m. PT Friday, after a lengthy period where the company’s online store displayed the “be back soon” graphic. The websites for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, the three U.S. carriers that offer the iPhone, began taking orders around the same time. However, for those who stayed up late—or in the case of some people on the east coast, woke up early—to try to be the first to get their orders in, the process wasn’t always a smooth one.

  • News: HP set to release NAND flash replacement in 18 months

    Reinforcing an announcement make more than a year ago, an HP fellow this week proclaimed that his company will have a its Memristor non-volatile memory chip read to challenge NAND flash within 18 months.

  • News: EU antitrust regulators give Microsoft-Skype deal green light

    Antitrust regulators in the European Union today approved Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, the online telephone and chat giant.

  • News: Wall Street Beat: Tech mergers cover range of IT

    Steve Jobs' death raised question about directions in technology this week while worries about the economy continue to put downward pressure on tech stocks, but for much of the industry it's been business as usual, especially for mergers and acquisitions.

  • News: Imation launches line of NAS appliances for nearline, offline storage

    Imation today unveiled a new line of storage appliances aimed at small and mid-sized enterprises that store data in a "near-line" state or can offload it to removable hard drives for archive.

  • News: Obama looks to avoid more Wikileaks-type incidents

    President Obama Friday issued an executive order that aims to reform rules for the sharing and securing data by federal agencies.

  • News: Steve Jobs' death creates Twitter surge

    Traffic hit near-record levels on Twitter Wednesday after news spread of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death.

  • News: Storm brewing

    This summer I embarked on my annual vacation with my wife and daughter. As usual, we spent a day packing the ever-present SUV with what looked like three months' worth of supplies and headed to a favorite island of ours for a week of relaxation.

  • News: Welcome to UltraCorp, Millennials!

    Hello and congratulations on completing your six-month new-employee probationary period. We'd like to take this opportunity to answer some of your questions and respond to some of your suggestions from the employee survey.

  • News: RIM to acquire carrier software vendor NewBay

    Research In Motion confirmed on Friday that it has agreed to acquire NewBay Software, a provider of software to help mobile operators and device makers deliver content and services.

  • News: Security upgrades needed with growing cyberwar threats

    Countries need to take steps to upgrade critical infrastructure for protection from attacks by cybercombatants or rival countries conducting cyberwarfare, security experts said at a panel discussion this week.

  • News: Cybercrime getting easier to commit, federal agents say

    Committing cybercrime these days is as easy as building a fantasy football team, FBI and Secret Service agents said on Friday.

  • News: Facebook's URL scanner is vulnerable to cloaking attacks

    Members of a hacking think-tank called Blackhat Academy claim that Facebook's URL scanning systems can be tricked into thinking malicious pages are clean by using simple content cloaking techniques.

  • News: Security roundup: Steve Jobs, Apple and IT security; DDoS attacks against VoIP; a hot week for SIEM

    This week the respectful thoughts of many turned to Steve Jobs, the legendary co-founder of Apple, who passed away at the age of 56. When it comes to security, Apple computers were remarkable for the kinds of troubles they largely didn't have in comparison to Microsoft-based computers with their high rate of enterprise adoption that the Apple Macintosh never achieved. Microsoft operating systems and applications over time have been relentlessly targeted by attackers if only because Microsoft products constituted a large field of malware opportunity due to their huge market acceptance, plus the number of vulnerabilities discovered in them month after month.

  • News: Ministry of Justice seeks £300m offender management system supplier

    The government is seeking an IT supplier for up to £300 million worth of work at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Noms agency.

  • News: iPhone 4S pre-order problems reported

    Macworld has received reports of frustrated customers being unable to pre-order the iPhone 4S through Apple's website this morning.

  • News: Microsoft to ship last service pack for Office 2007 this month

    Microsoft yesterday announced it will ship a third and final service pack update for Office 2007 before year's end.

  • News: Twitter suffers 1-hour outage

    Twitter down, Twitter outage, Twitter crash, fail whale, Keynote Systems, Sharon Gaudin, tweet, tweet surge, New York Yankees lose, Detroit Tigers, baseball playoffs,

  • News: Steve Jobs and the Miracle on 4th Street

    I was at the Apple Store on 4th Street in Berkeley the day it opened this past August. I'm glad I decided to go. Coming just a few weeks before Steve Jobs' death, that Store on that day represents about as perfect a tribute to Steve Jobs as I can imagine.--



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