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Wednesday - January 14, 2015
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Back in the dot-com boom times, grocery delivery services were legion -- but no one figured out how to make the system profitable enough to catch on in a big way. Now, newbie Instacart seems to have cracked the code. By utilizing the services of contract shoppers and partnering with retailers, it appears it can take on bigshots like Amazon and Google, which are salivating for local business. [More...]

Tuesday - January 13, 2015
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday invited the Obama administration to weigh in on whether it should hear arguments in the ongoing dispute between Google and Oracle over Java copyrights. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. "is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States," reads the SCOTUS memo. [More...]

Tuesday - January 13, 2015
The United States National Security Agency (NSA) is widely believed to have mandated high-tech vendors build backdoors into their hardware and software. Reactions from foreign governments to the news are harming American businesses and, some contend, may result in the breakup of the Internet. For example, Russia is moving to paper and typewriters in some cases to move certain types of information. [More...]

Monday - January 12, 2015
A proposed national data breach reporting law, aimed primarily at protecting consumer privacy, headlined several initiatives the Obama administration announced Monday. The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act clarifies the obligations of companies when there's been a data breach. It includes a requirement to notify customers within 30 days of the discovery of a breach. [More...]

Monday - January 12, 2015
Google reportedly is gearing up to launch a shopping and comparison site for auto insurance in the United States. The company has been operating such a site in the UK, dubbed "Google Compare," for the past two years. Although it apparently has been beset by delays, an entity called "Google Compare Auto Insurance Services Inc." now is licensed to do business in 26 states. [More...]

Friday - January 9, 2015
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer just got some additional grief from activist investor Starboard in the form of a letter filled with recommendations on the company's acquisition strategies. Starboard "is sowing the seeds of a total disaster for Yahoo, and Mayer should ignore them," urged financial analyst Trip Chowdhry. "Its recommendations will push Yahoo into the day-before-yesterday's world." [More...]

Friday - January 9, 2015
This past week's International CES brought even greater attention to the seemingly infinite opportunities being created by the rapidly evolving Internet of Things. However, it also created plenty of hype that can become pitfalls for companies that are not properly prepared to achieve the promise of the IoT. There are 10 steps IT organizations must take to help pave the way to success. [More...]

Thursday - January 8, 2015
The battle over Net neutrality has been reignited, dashing the hopes of those who thought it might be settled in February, at least in part, when the United States Federal Communication Commission is expected to make its ruling on the issue. Democratic members of congress led by Sen. Patrick Leahy on Wednesday introduced the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2015. [More...]

Thursday - January 8, 2015
BlackBerry has been hurting over the last several years, but recently it's starting to look like the stars may be lining up for recovery. If BlackBerry does make a comeback, it will be a very different company. This time, the focus will be on security -- plus one more important factor. BlackBerry succeeded years ago. It was the first successful smartphone maker. [More...]

Wednesday - January 7, 2015
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Intel has decided to take a leadership position in promoting diversity in the tech industry, promising to invest $300 million in the effort to add more women and underrepresented minorities to its talent pool. Since Intel is prominent company in the gaming industry, this move -- announced by CEO Brian Krzanich at CES -- also may help stamp out the notorious Gamergate activities in the sector. [More...]

Wednesday - January 7, 2015
An estimated $5.2 million was stolen over the weekend from Bitstamp, a digital currency exchange. It has suspended services pending an investigation. The company assured its customers that bitcoins held with Bitstamp prior to suspension of services were completely safe and would be honored in full. Bitstamp on Sunday discovered that some of its operational wallets had been compromised. [More...]

Wednesday - January 7, 2015
IT providers who market to the federal government got some holiday cheer as the U.S. Congress and the White House approved legislation to improve the way the government acquires IT equipment and services. The reforms are significant, and no doubt will facilitate the marketing of IT to federal agencies. President Obama signed the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act on Dec. 16. [More...]

Tuesday - January 6, 2015
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TV cord-cutters -- who are becoming legion -- soon will have another way to access content over the Internet. Sling TV will provide no-strings-attached access to a number of TV channels and other content for as little as $20 per month. Though it will include ESPN, the Food Network, the Disney Channel and other popular offerings, many standbys, like MTV, Comedy Central and Fox, will be MIA. [More...]

Tuesday - January 6, 2015
Concern over government surveillance has been so heightened by confidential information leaked by former intelligence hand Edward Snowden that writers in free countries are as worried as those in autocratic nations, according to a new report. Three-quarters of writers in countries classified as "free" told researchers they were "worried" or "somewhat worried" about surveillance. [More...]

Monday - January 5, 2015
Sony Computer Entertainment America on Monday announced that the PlayStation Now subscription service will become available in the U.S. and Canada on Jan. 13 for the PlayStation 4. It will become available for other PlayStation Now-enabled devices at a later date. The service will provide unlimited online access to more than 100 PlayStation 3 games. [More...]

Monday - January 5, 2015
Malware is running rampant on the Internet, affecting smartphones, tablets and PCs. Relatively new malware allows bad guys to encrypt devices until a ransom is paid. Usually the ransom is required in bitcoin, rather than U.S. currency, as it cannot be traced. What are the legal and other risks associated with ransomware? Ransomware is largely directed at personal devices and small businesses. [More...]

Friday - January 2, 2015
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A video game that once was blamed for the downfall of the U.S. gaming industry now resides at the Smithsonian. Atari's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was an unvarnished attempt to capitalize on the success of the popular film. Atari rushed out the game, and it was bad -- very bad. The company dramatically attempted to bury its shame in a landfill, but its E.T. has come back to life. [More...]

Tuesday - December 30, 2014
China last week apparently began blocking Gmail, and the outage was still in effect on Tuesday, although to a lesser degree, according to reports. A sharp drop in traffic from China to Google services began last Friday, according to its Transparency Report, and the company could find no explanation in its own systems. China's "Great Firewall" censorship program is to blame, according to GreatFire. [More...]

Monday - December 29, 2014
It's well known that certain second-rate media outlets use provocatively misleading headlines to attract viewers and parlay those figures into increased ad revenue, but some better known outlets appear to be resorting to clickbait as well. For example, a host of online headlines recently implied that Americans were more fearful of hacking than pretty much anything else, including murder. [More...]

Friday - December 26, 2014
The political spotlight in Washington was on congressional approval of the 2015 budget before legislators broke for the holidays, but a less volatile proposal also was passed in the closing days of the session -- one of considerable importance to the information technology sector. In addition to the budget, Congress approved the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA. [More...]

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