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Benioff’s Social Proof

Salesforce came to New York this week for its annual winter meeting with customers. The company had two goals: test new ideas, and gather customer input. The event was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for a relatively small group -- less than 1,000 -- rather than at the Jacob Javits Convention Cent...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Federal Grants Wed Public-Private Cybersecurity Efforts

The debate in the U.S. Congress over a comprehensive national cybersecurity program is wearing on, largely because of differences over the roles of government and business in protecting information technology. Elsewhere, however, cybersecurity awareness and research projects are being launched throu...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

Cloud Computing – New Buzzword, Old Legal Issues

As an observer of the IT and Internet industries for several decades, I watch with great amusement as new buzzwords surface for old concepts. Not too long ago, the term "cloud computing" appeared on the scene. The technology concept behind cloud computing has been around for more than 50 years, and ...

ANALYSIS

PCs Hit ‘Big 30’ – Next Stop, Boneyard?

Aug. 12, 2011, marked the 30th birthday of the IBM Personal Computer (PC) -- an event marked in numerous congratulatory and cautionary articles and blog posts. In the days since then, PC-related news has remained thick on the ground. Most shocking, perhaps, was HP's announcement that it was "looking...

Mobile Health Apps, Part 4: Life, Death and Lawsuits

While mobile healthcare apps are certainly handy now, they are soon destined to take point in the fight to control healthcare costs. Everything from electronic medical records to diagnostics will pulse across mobile apps on devices ranging from smartphones to tablets. The goal is to put quality medi...

Comcast OK With Feds’ Conditions for NBC Merger

After a year-long review, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice have approved Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal -- but only if a variety of conditions are met. Chief among them is that Comcast must give up management control of the video website Hulu. The mer...

Everyone’s Playing the Patent Game – You Snooze, You Lose

Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla have a lot in common with Apple, Google, HTC, Motorola, and Research In Motion. They are all warriors in the ongoing war to see who can amass the largest number of the most lucrative technology patents. Edison and Tesla waged their battle from the late 1860s through t...

BEST OF ECT NEWS

DMCA: What Is It Good For?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- enacted in the waning days of the 20th century -- contains provisions designed to make it evolve over time. The idea was that as technology fostered new ways of creating and distributing copyrighted material such as music, movies and software programs, the law...

The DMCA Ruckus: Lots of Gnashing, No Teeth

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- enacted in the waning days of the 20th century -- contains provisions designed to make it evolve over time. The idea was that as technology fostered new ways of creating and distributing copyrighted material such as music, movies and software programs, the law...

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The Week of Leaks

Wikileaks this week let fly with a gusher of data, and at 90,000 documents strong, it's being called the biggest informational leak in the history of the U.S. military. The site has published tens of thousands of sensitive reports, memos and files regarding the war in Afghanistan, and analysts are j...

Judge on DRM: Non-Pirates May Hack Away

Hacking the technological protections built into copyrighted digital material in order to view or use the content does not necessarily contravene the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans ruled on Friday. The move could send shock waves through th...

Opposition Pipes Up as Comcast/NBC Deal Goes Back to the Exam Table

Comcast's pending acquisition of General Electric's NBC Universal was put under the microscope again Thursday as the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and The Internet of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a field hearing to investigate the proposed d...

Tech Coalition to Obama: Consumers Need More Energy Data

A group of 47 companies and organizations, including Google and AT&;T, have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to help provide consumers with more information about their energy use. "Studies and experience show that when people have access to direct feedback on their electricity use, t...

ANALYSIS

The Coming Wave of Smart Grids, Smart Energy and Smart Appliances

The recent lull in smart meter deployments and smart grid projects has come to an end with an announcement from the Obama administration last month. The Department of Energy announced over $3 billion in funding for smart grid projects, which will be matched by private-sector funding to push the tota...

THIS WEEK IN TECH

Comcast’s New Broadcast Spectacle

Comcast just bought itself a nice little present for the holidays: NBC Universal. The cable network will have a controlling stake in NBC once the deal is flattened out, and in return, it's giving General Electric $6.5 billion along with $7.25 billion worth of programming. If everything passes muster...

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