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Taiwan wants Apple to blur sensitive military images

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Taiwan is asking Apple to blur mobile map images of a sensitive early warning radar station that can detect aircraft and missiles, reports note. The defense ministry was irked after the Liberty Times, a local newspaper, printed a satellite image, downloaded on an iPhone 5, of a long-range radar base ...

European defense giants call off merger talks

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow London-based BAE Systems and Paris-based European Aeronautic Defence and Space, maker of Airbus aircraft, have ended discussions on a potential merger. Both companies signaled that politicians were, at least in part, to blame for the deal's collapse. The news is likely to bring relief to U.S. contractors; an actual merger ...

Nobel award for quantum discovery coincides with In-Q-Tel investment

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scientists won the Nobel prize in physics for discovering ways to measure quantum particles without destroying them, Reuters and other news outlets reported. Their findings enable researchers to study the behavior of quantum particles, which exist at scales invisible to the eye, and bring within reach the elusive goal of ...

Pentagon invests in power-efficient embedded computing tech

October 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon’s venture capital arm dished out $15 million to back the development of computer components that use power more efficiently, contracting documents indicate. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency pushed $6.3 million to Silicon Valley-based SRI International and $8.7 million to New York-based Reservoir Labs to push for energy-efficient ...

Quantum computing firm nabs funding from In-Q-Tel, Jeff Bezos

October 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Canadian company D-Wave Systems raised $30 million to develop quantum computing systems. Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and CIA venture capital arm In-Q-Tel participated in the latest funding round, the firm announced. The company’s quantum computing technology seeks to speed up data-crunching. If successful, ...

I-Q-Tel continues aggressive drive to deploy cloud, data tools

October 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow CIA venture wing In-Q-Tel inked a partnership with cloud-hosted database provider Cloudant, the third cloud-oriented company openly tapped in the past three months. The latest deal highlights In-Q-Tel’s increasingly aggressive drive to create cloud tools for the intelligence community. Cloudant, as part of the pact, will tailor cloud database technology ...

Drone strikes kill five suspected al Qaeda fighters in Yemen

October 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three U.S. drone strikes killed five al Qaeda militant suspects after hitting two vehicles in Yemen's southern Shabwa province, CNN reports. Two strikes eliminated the al Qaeda fighters; but another strike apparently missed its target, meaning that the flagged militants are on the loose, the report said. Residents told CNN ...

European professionals play defense in simulated cyber war

October 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 300 security professionals in Europe are playing the defense in a drill that would simulate attacks capable of disrupting services for millions. The exercise, known as Cyber Europe 2012, is run by the European Network and Information Security Agency, a body designed to address security issues in the ...

Domestic security fusion centers draw fire

October 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Homeland Security Department anti-terrorism initiative produced ineffective intelligence reports and generated false leads, a congressional investigation has found. The nation's roughly 70 fusion centers, created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, were run by state and city officials to help share information among all levels of government. A ...

New clues emerge of private Internet network in Iran

October 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An independent researcher has unearthed clues of a private Internet network accessible only inside Iran. The findings confirm brewing official efforts to build a system for the state apparatus to redirect and block Web traffic, as well as offer Iranian versions for global Web services. There are “initial indicators that ...