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Friday - December 12, 2014
The FAA this week gave five licenses to four companies for UAS operations -- that is, flying drones. The drones will be used in aerial surveying, construction site monitoring, and inspecting oil rig flare stacks. The news led Amazon to launch a media blitz about its attempts to get a license and to renew threats to take more of its drone testing outside of the U.S. [More...]

Friday - December 12, 2014
Since December 'tis the season when industry prognosticators provide their predictions for the year to come, I'll offer my ideas about how three major tech forces -- cloud computing, big data the Internet of Things -- will converge in 2015, and four ways organizations can capitalize on this convergence. The various ways in which they will interact truly will be transformational. [More...]

Thursday - December 11, 2014
Google on Thursday said it will close Google News in Spain, as of Dec. 16. That's in reaction to a new law that will take effect in Spain in January. The law requires all Spanish publications to charge content aggregators for publishing any part of their content. Spain's new law is "a perverse policy," said Ronald Gruia, director of emerging telecoms at Frost & Sullivan. [More...]

Thursday - December 11, 2014
The Google-supported FIDO Alliance this week achieved a key milestone in its mission to end the use of passwords by releasing version 1.0 of its namesake open standard. "Today, we celebrate an achievement that will define the point at which the old world order of passwords and PINs started to wither and die," said Michael Barrett, president of the alliance. FIDO stands for "Fast IDentity Online." [More...]

Thursday - December 11, 2014
Uber and Lyft are two new, rapidly growing competitors in the taxi and limousine space. They are upending the traditional taxi and limo model in city after city. Now the taxicab industry in New York City is fighting back. NYC cabs could be getting their own app. This is something that should have happened years ago. However, it was happy to keep things just the way they were. [More...]

Wednesday - December 10, 2014
Apple and Samsung last week squared off again in court over their long-running patent dispute. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard Samsung's appeal of the $930 million in damages a district court awarded to Apple for patent infringement, following a trial in 2012 and a retrial in 2013. "Samsung never wanted this fight," said Fosspatents' Florian Mueller. [More...]

Wednesday - December 10, 2014
Two password manager makers on Tuesday announced new features that allow their users to minimize the hassle of resetting passwords. One of the first things online users are advised to do after a data breach -- and there have been more than few of those lately -- is to change their passwords. Few users act on that advice, though, because password changing is too onerous. [More...]

Wednesday - December 10, 2014
Does anyone really think that we have any privacy? Probably not. Between GPS tracking and our favorite app, most of us gave up on privacy long ago. Some privacy advocates claim that cell carriers have not been transparent about what personal data they have been gathering and using, although we now know that in order to use a cellular device, we must agree to give it away. [More...]

Tuesday - December 9, 2014
Federal agencies will be keeping a sharp eye on how much they spend on information technology over the next several years, as budgets will remain tight. In order to deal effectively with tighter budgets, IT providers to the government will have to understand the complex contracting procedures federal agencies will use to maintain discipline in spending. [More...]

Tuesday - December 9, 2014
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For just one thin buck a month, Grooveshark fans soon can access Broadcasts, a mobile app that lets them not only listen to tunes uninterrupted by ads, but also engage in social interactions, chat and other features. Even such a small amount may be difficult to pry from listeners, though. "It's been very difficult to motivate people to pony up anything," noted MusicWatch's Ross Crupnick. [More...]

Monday - December 8, 2014
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Uber's reputation seems to take a new beating every week with accusations of crimes or misbehavior on the part of its licensed drivers. The company wants to distance itself from unsavory incidents involving drivers, and that itself is cause for consternation. The company "will likely need to change leadership or is likely to fail like Netscape did," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

Monday - December 8, 2014
Google soon will begin targeting kids 12 and under with tailored versions of its products, likely including its search functionality, along with offerings such as YouTube and Chrome. The company is pushing to change make its products fun and safe for children, Pavni Diwanji, Google vice president of engineering, said last week. The new initiative reportedly will begin next year. [More...]

Friday - December 5, 2014
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It looks like Xbox One may take a licking if a leaked Street Fighter 5 trailer can be believed. Sony has an exclusive on the new entry in the popular franchise, according to the video. Still, it's unlikely that the game's developer would agree to a permanent exclusive, as that would mean profits would take quite a blow. Xbox One gamers likely will just have to wait to join the brawl. [More...]

Friday - December 5, 2014
Who breached Sony Pictures' network and why continues to be a puzzle a week after news of the hack first emerged. Some speculate it was an inside job. A few have pointed fingers at North Korea, which returned its own one-finger salute in response. Others discount that possibility. In the meantime, the FBI has issued a warning stating destructive malware is on the loose. [More...]

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