A Justice Department audit found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation misused the USA Patriot Act to obtain personal information about people. Within that 126-page audit is evidence that the FBI is still struggling to manage its data.
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The good news: You can take a technology company public today. The bad news: It may be broken once it trades.
A few months ago, police were investigating a series of tire ("tyre") slashings in Hampshire, England ("England") that were apparently driven by a peculiar kind of phone rage: The slasher left a blackmail-style (letters cut from a newspaper) note reading, "Warning. You have been seen driving while using your mobile phone.
One of the stealthy semantic Web startups, Metaweb Technologies revealed its product strategy. According to John Markoff's New York Times story, Metaweb is developing Freebase, "a centralized repository that is more like a digital almanac," in contrast to the distributed card catalog that is the current way Web is searched.
If you want to know whether something really works follow the money. The Securities and Exchange Commission has just proved spam works really well.
Steve Rubel asks whether "anyone among the tech influential spend any significant time on Yahoo anymore?" And then talks about how My Yahoo abandons the geeks.
Notable headlines: Dion Hinchcliffe: More organizations shift to Web 2.0 while IT departments remain wary.
Update below: My Yahoo gets a facelift. My Netscape gets a face lift.
HP released a study performed by Sine Nomine Associates (and paid for by HP) claiming that its BladeSystem c-Class servers use 27 per cent less power than IBM's BladeCenter-H models. IBM wasn't fully prepped to respond to the thermal footprint claims, but according to a vnunet.
Salesforce.com has a planned outage scheduled Friday night as it does "Spring '07 pre-release work.