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Report touts U.S. efforts to protect intellectual property

February 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Monday White House officials released the first report on intellectual property enforcement since the Joint Strategic Plan was enacted last year. The report, compiled by the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, describes efforts to enforce intellectual property laws in the United States and around the world since...

Age gap narrowing in use of mobile devices

February 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new report by the Pew Research Center released Thursday shows that older Americans are catching up to younger generations in their use and ownership of electronic devices. According to the report, 85 percent of adults own cell phones, with 90 percent of all adults living in a household with...

Website aims to collect info on 'burdensome' regulations

February 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., wants you to tell him about "burdensome" federal regulations. Stearns, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said Wednesday he is working to set up a website where people can identify regulations that they think are stifling economic growth. "It is...

Federal officials seize sites accused of streaming sports events

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just days before the Super Bowl, federal officials seized the Web addresses of 10 websites accused of illegally offering access to sports events and other copyright-protected content. In the seizure warrant unsealed Wednesday, investigators estimated that "each year sports leagues and broadcasters lose millions of dollars from the illegal distribution...

Net access returns to Egypt

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even as street protests took a turn for the worse Wednesday, analysts and observers on the ground are reporting that Internet access seems to have returned in Egypt. After a five-day blackout, analysts noticed a spike in Internet traffic at about 11:30 a.m. in Egypt, according to James Cowie of...

Tech CEOs meet with Obama

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several members of the Technology CEO Council met with President Obama Tuesday to discuss some of the proposals announced in his State of the Union address, as well as how to streamline government with new technology. The tech CEOs who attended the White House meeting included Ursula Burns of Xerox,...

Patent reform proponents see potential in new bill

February 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Supporters of the latest legislation designed to reform a cumbersome patent system are heartened by what they see as increased momentum for change. President Obama made innovation and economic competition the keystone of his State of the Union speech a week ago, and on Monday administration officials kicked off a...

American officials, tech groups urge Egypt to restore communications

January 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many groups and top government officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called on Egypt Friday to allow access to the Internet and other communications systems. "We urge the Egyptian authorities to allow peaceful protests and to reverse the unprecedented steps it has taken to cut off communications," Clinton said...

Facebook unveils new security measures

January 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Coincidence? Maybe, but just a day after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's account was reportedly hacked, the company unveiled new security measures that will allow users to use Facebook over a secured connection and prevent more remote breaches. Usually reserved for times when a user inputs a password or...

NASA offers Kennedy Space Center to private companies

January 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the space shuttle program enters its final stage, NASA is offering aerospace companies the chance to use some of Florida's Kennedy Space Center facilities. "Kennedy has been working for some time to enable commercial space activities at the center that are in line with NASA's mission," Kennedy Center Director...

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