10 Oct 2013

Some say health-care site’s problems highlight flawed federal IT policies

“Problems with the federal government’s new health-care Web site have attracted legions of armchair analysts who speak of its problems with ‘virtualization’ and ‘load testing.’ Yet increasingly, they are saying the root cause is not simply a matter of flawed computer code but rather the government’s habit of buying outdated,

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08 Oct 2013

Amazon Web Services Wins Again In Battle To Build The CIA And NSA Cloud

“Amazon Web Services has won a major battle against IBM in the pursuit to build a cloud infrastructure for the intelligence community. In a ruling published today, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler wrote that AWS legitimately won a $600 million contract with the CIA that IBM had

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25 Jul 2013

Researchers implant false memories in mice

“Have you ever misremembered an event, while being totally certain it actually happened? Most people have experienced the unreliability of human memory. As it turns out, false memories are very easy to generate. Scientists at the Riken–MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics have created false memories in mice using a

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24 Jul 2013

With A Half-Billion Dollar IT Budget, She May Be The Best U.S. Gov CIO

“Casey Coleman, the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) knows a thing or two about the challenges that private-sector businesses face today – managing technology mega-trends – cloud computing, mobile and consumer tech, social networking, and big data – while running a customer focused business, and

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11 Jun 2013

Chinese spaceship blasts off from Gobi Desert

Someone once remarked that the Chinese were going to the moon, but once there, they weren’t coming back. ” A Chinese spaceship blasted off Tuesday from a launch center in the Gobi Desert, carrying three astronauts on what is expected to be the Asian giant’s longest crewed mission yet. Propelled

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28 May 2013

Google blimps will carry wireless signal across Africa

It was always assumed that the last mile (or even the first mile) would be delivered via cellular technologies in developing nations. Google is offering up an alternative approach that is not dependent on cellular infrastructure and circumvents the carriers directly. “Search giant Google is intending to build huge wireless networks

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16 May 2013

For DARPA, it’s all about surprises

“At a recent press briefing Prabhakar outlined three trends shaping the new environment DARPA finds itself in: The threats facing the country have shifted from a monolithic nation-state adversary to a complex of nations, terrorist and criminal organizations and individuals, all with access to advanced cyber technology. The U.S. military

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14 May 2013

Department of Homeland Security Shuts Down Dwolla Payments to and From Mt. Gox

How conflicted with the report that Google and other major investors are pouring money into Bitcoin. Dwolla was one of the key mechanisms for getting money into and out of Bitcoin. My guess is that the network will view it as damage and eventually route around it, but it means

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02 May 2013

Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Social media, Web 2.0, the Internet of Things, mobile computing, and the expansion of sensors is allowing more information to be gathered than ever before which, coupled with Big Data analytics, offers unprecedented insight into the needs, patterns, and habits of users, citizens, and consumers. Though it leads to better

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12 Apr 2013

Russia announces new $50 billion space program

Are we facing a new space race? “Russia is celebrating its Day of Cosmonautics in grand fashion today. President Vladimir Putin has announced a new multi-year plan to develop the country’s spacefaring efforts, which will be funded to the tune of some 1.6 trillion roubles (just over $50 billion) between

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