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Obama’s Cyberthreat Intel Aggregator Plan Divides Security Experts

The Obama Administration on Tuesday announced plans to set up a national Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center to integrate all data from government agencies and the private sector, and disseminate it appropriately. Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterr...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

Google Autocomplete’s Brushes With Libel

Can an automated Google feature that ostensibly helps users with a search be a basis for libel? Courts in Germany, Italy and Hong Kong have had to field that question. Google's position is that there is no human intervention, and that its algorithm is based merely on what others have searched for, o...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

The Increasing Business Risk of Cloud Cyberattacks

It is hard to figure out which is growing at a faster pace -- movement to the cloud or cybercrime. Cybercrime is following the data to the cloud, according to reports, to find and steal cloud data of hotel records, credit card information, and maybe even corporate secrets and the client files of law...

TECH TREK

China Bashes Apple for Tax Evasion

China has been having a good go at Apple lately, having slammed the company in March for substandard post-sale service and quickly following that up with charges of copyright infringement. The latest accusation: tax evasion. Oh, and pornography. Apple's online stores in China are not paying proper i...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Ode to Summer, Fixer-Uppers and $10 for Courage

Well, Memorial Day has come and gone in the U.S., and that means summer is upon us once again, if just unofficially. What is summer for, besides sunburns, mosquitoes and sweating? That's right, it's time for tinkering in the great, air-conditioned indoors! It wasn't too surprising, then, to see Linu...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Teeth-Gnashing and Tongue-Lashing Over Desktop Linux Foot-Shooting

Lack of vendor support, lack of marketing, too much "bad techie attitude," too much infighting and not enough developer cooperation are "Five ways the Linux desktop shoots itself in the foot," contends Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. "Every time i've ever posted on ubuntu's forum, ive bee...

OPINION

Print’s Best and Brightest Go to the Digital Side

Another week, another round of bad news for those who bring you the bad news. Some California newspapers tell their employees to take a week off -- without pay. A 24-hour news channel run by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is signing off due to a lack of investors. The Washington Post's Book World stand...

WEEKLY RECAP

YouTube’s Identity Crisis, Circuit City’s Cash Crisis: A Week to Forget

Now you can get your fix of "Bulletproof Monk" and "American Gladiators" -- all without leaving the comfort of YouTube. Yes, the king of user-generated, short-form video is now embracing the other kind: studio-generated, feature-length films. Yes, this is the same YouTube that said long-form video w...

Microsoft Yells ‘Fire!’ – Then Bars the Doors

Microsoft rushed out an emergency security patch for its Windows operating system Thursday in the hope of heading off a potentially crippling hack attack to nearly a billion Windows-powered PCs. Normally, the software giant addresses bugs and security flaws through the issue of so-called software "p...

OPINION

Can Web 2.0 Survive the Cancer of Comment Trolls?

I can hear the complaints already: If you read one more geeky media type going on about how Web 2.0 is helping transform the news from a lecture into a conversation, you'll fire off an angry e-mail or toxic, troll-worthy comment accusing me of trafficking in trendy new media cliches. If you do, then...

Collaboration in Government IT, Part 1: Needs and Benefits

Perhaps nowhere as in government services is the need for truly collaborative software and information systems so great. The organizational and information management challenges are as immense and far-reaching as government itself, and if anything have intensified in the face of budget cuts and cons...

Google Gives Newspapers Shot in Arm With Ad Service

Google is expanding the size and scope of its newspaper advertising program to include users of its AdWords service. In the immediate term, the expansion will increase the number of marketers using Google's Print Ads service. In the long run, the move could help meld the once-disparate audiences to...

Google Shares Break $500 Barrier

Gift-givers with deep pockets who want to impress those on their holiday lists may have another luxury item to consider along with jewelry and plasma televisions: For the first time, a single share of Google stock now costs more than US$500. Shares of the search giant's stock broke the $500 mark ear...

Inform Targets Online News Readers With Search Technology

Inform Technologies today announced a Web site that lets online news consumers navigate through multiple news Web sites in one location. Inform.com went live today in a beta version. Inform is the brainchild of Neal Goldman, founder of Capital IQ, who sold a similar information distribution tool for...

New York Times Buys About.com for $410 Million

As part of its strategy to build advertising revenue over the Internet, The New York Times Co. said yesterday that it will buy About.com from Primedia for US$410 million. The Times Co., which owns The New York Times, The Boston Globe and more than 40 other Web sites, said it plans to enhance About.c

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