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Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010

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Monday, December 20, 2010


"To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines." -- Steve Jobs



Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010

In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months.


Obama Administration Urges Online Privacy Bill Of Rights

Defense Dept Sets Private Sector IT Staff Swap

White House Urges $1B In Fed IT R&D


Global CIO: Oracle Seeks New Whipping Boy As SAP Thrives

Why has Oracle stopped crowing about its competitive thrashings of SAP? Maybe Oracle's turned cuddly—but more likely, SAP's turned the competitive tables.

Philips, SleepTracker & Zeo: Give The Gift Of A Wake-up Call

Missing sleep can impact your health and your performance. Thankfully, there's plenty of technology that can help. We review three of them.

Google Maps The Human Body

WebGL-based 3D app explores the inner anatomy and function of muscles, organs, bones, and more.

LG Launching Dual Core Smartphone

The Optimus 2X, debuting in Asia and Europe, will run Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip processor for increased performance playing video and games.

RIM CEO: PlayBook 'Way Ahead' Of iPad

Research In Motion's co-CEO Jim Balsillie defended the company's PlayBook tablet, and says it outperforms Apple's iPad.

Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement

In a suit filed in Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, the mobile phone maker is accusing Apple of violating 13 patents in the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

HDTVs Vulnerable To Remote Hackers

Lack of built-in security could allow attackers to introduce malicious JavaScript to networks through Internet-connected sets, warns device security vendor.

Oracle Applications Now Available In Amazon's EC2 Cloud

Oracle has done an about-face and is now moving key enterprise applications in a pre-configured form into the cloud for customers to run there.

White House Launches Foreign Aid Dashboard

Like other federal dashboards, the new site provides transparency on how the U.S. government is investing money, this time overseas.

AU Optronics To Build China LCD Panel Plant

The Taiwanese company's $3 billion project is viewed as vital to helping the island maintain a competitive tech edge over South Korea.

Words Lens For iPhone Translates Spanish To English

The Quest Visual augmented reality Apple iPhone app provides real-time Spanish to English translation and vice versa.

Creative Launches Android Tablets

The entertainment-focused ZiiO 7" tab includes the Pure Android Audio application and Creative's X-Fi Crytalizer, which the company claims provides a superior experience over "conventional tablets that offer mediocre sound."

LinkedIn (Finally) Goes Android

Professional networking community LinkedIn has debuted its first application for Google's Android platform.

Medicare Expands Analytic Tools To Fight Fraud

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will use predictive modeling to identify fraudulent billings before they are paid.

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Flock Browses All Your Social Connections

Years before the social networking oriented RockMelt browser there was Flock. Now Flock 3.5 shows that the original social networking browser still has strong features that should interest users looking to integrate social networking into their Web browser. Flock works with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, newsfeeds and, new in this release, LinkedIn. The newest Flock browser is also now based on the Google Chromium engine, providing a faster and more streamlined browsing experience. A social networking sidebar in Flock makes it possible to view status updates from all of your connections on all of your networks and lets users post status updates to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn with a single click.   View Now


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Reputation Can't Be Delegated

By George Hulme

A massive e-mail breach affecting Walgreens, McDonald's and others proves that while services can be outsourced, and responsibility delegated - reputation stays with you.


In An iPhone World, iPods Still Matter

By Ed Hansberry

Smartphones have long been able to play music but it took the iPhone to really get people to use their phone as a music player. Do we still need dedicated MP3 players?

Hey, You Get Offa My Cloud

By Dave Methvin

We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Microsoft Azure, the company's platform-as-a-service (PAAS) offering. Like any big project, it's taking a while for potential customers to find their way around the platform. This week, though, saw the first high-profile defection from Azure.

FUD Strikes Chrome OS

By Kurt Marko

Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device.

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Online Calculator Examines PC Power Use

By Lamont Wood

Piling on the options also piles on the power consumption. This calculator, offered by Dell, shows where you might want to draw the line.


Where is your Data Tonight? A Lesson in Avoiding Headlines, Fines or Worse

Since 2005, over 510,000,000 potentially sensitive records have been lost, stolen or mishandled. A slew of regulations now require breach notification, meaning enterprises must practice strong data protection. What role does encryption play in protecting data, and how is hardware-based encrypting different from alternatives? This session will review key concepts of encryption, industry standards from the Trusted Computing Group for hardware-based encryption, and deploying such drives in the enterprise.
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