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January 10, 2013
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  Policy Watch 
  • Google must make patent-use offers as part of settlement with FTC
    Google must offer its competitors "fair and reasonable" terms for use of its patents as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement "establishes clear rules of the road for standards essential patents going forward," according to a statement from Google. The patent-licensing requirement, however, might not end lawsuits among Google and its rivals or prevent further FTC action, patent lawyers said. Bloomberg (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • New tools support open-source government projects
    Government agencies are increasingly collaborating with outside programmers with the help of tools such as GitHub that make it easier to conduct open-source projects. Since 2009, the number of government-backed source-code projects hosted on GitHub has increased from nine to 350. Wired.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Growth of IP networks is slowed by outdated regulations
    Telecom companies are looking to transition away from networks built on copper phone lines to IP networks that use a combination of fiber optics, 4G LTE wireless and short copper loops. Slowing the transition are outdated federal, state and local regulations that require carriers to gain permission before changing service offerings, Larry Downes writes. CNET (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds commit money, manpower to boosting cybersecurity
    The Defense Department is getting more money -- and specific marching orders -- to bolster cybersecurity efforts as part of a $633 billion spending bill, which includes provisions for developing new cyberdefenses. The Pentagon is focused on building and buying tools that can combat emerging threats, investigating the use of Big Data technologies and planning to better consolidate its IT infrastructure. InformationWeek (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career & Workforce Development 
  • Tech pay, hiring are increasing, study says
    Hiring and salaries are on the rise in the IT industry, according to a salary survey from Janco Associates and eJobDescription.com. The average wage for IT workers in general increased to $79,312, restoring wages to levels not seen in five years. The top compensation winners are chief information officers at large enterprises, with their average salary now at $182,210, which reflects a 6% increase during the past 12 months. Channel Partners (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Luck enters into every contingency. You are a fool if you forget it -- and a greater fool if you count upon it."
--Phyllis Bottome,
British writer


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