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January 24, 2013
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  • Inaugural address wins kudos from tech industry
    U.S. technology officials praised President Barack Obama's inaugural remarks that touched on tech innovation and immigration policy. "We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more and reach higher," Obama said in his speech. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/21) , Computerworld (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Civic hacking" is sanctioned for June weekend
    A celebration of "civic hacking" has been scheduled for June 1 and 2, with the federal government encouraging hackers to make use of data from various agencies, including the Census Bureau and NASA. Private organizations involved in the effort include Code for America and Random Hacks of Kindness. CNET (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Firms use "crowdsourcing" for patent research
    Some startups are performing patent research by "crowdsourcing" assignments to their networks of part-time engineers, academics and patent lawyers. One such company, Article One, pays up to $5,000 to part-timers who produce the best research. Microsoft and Sony are among the companies that have enlisted the help of research firms in order to combat so-called "patent trolls." San Francisco Chronicle (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC chief: Wide access to gigabit Internet is possible within 2 years
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission told a gathering of the nation's mayors on Friday that the agency will help expand "ultra-high-speed" Internet access to all 50 states over the next two years. Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC's Gigabit City Challenge will rely on an online clearinghouse to solicit input from providers, and at least one municipality in each state should have access to gigabit Internet speeds by 2015. CIO.com/IDG News Service (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Programmers, politicians square off in battle over campaign software
    Fundraising software used by the Obama campaign last year has become a source of contention between Democratic political operatives and the programmers who helped build it, Ben Popper writes. The programmers, who work for large technology firms, say that because the software was based on open-source code, it should become available to the tech community, but Democrats don't want the software used in Republican campaigns. The Verge (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds provide insight on power-plant cyberattack
    A Department of Homeland Security report details how a cyberattack shuttered a power plant for several weeks, including the methods used in the attack and how aging infrastructures create opportunities for hackers. Reuters (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Patent cases lean heavily on IEEE standards
    IEEE standards play a role in patent lawsuits, and much can be inferred from the frequency with which certain IEEE standards are cited in court decisions, lawyers Rodney Sweetland III and Michael McManus write. This article analyzes cases involving IEEE standards, and identifies the standards that have most often come into play. IEEE-USA Today's Engineer Online (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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