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We've heard the 'dog ate my email' story before, but the claims coming from the IRS are hard to swallow (especially when they're so impatient with us if we can't find something). There's more (and less) to that story, and we'll be following it as it unfolds and unravels.
The initial news that the IRS had lost two years of Lois Lerner's email seemed preposterous. It had to be a lie. But it's worse than that: It could be true.
Could Google Maps now become more useful -- or intrusive?
World Cup tech wrap-up, US auctions Silk Road bitcoins, plus less privacy in our future [Government IT Week]
It's been a wild, wacky, World Cup week. But despite all those nice folks worldwide who insist on calling soccer "football," stuff has been happening in government IT. We've got an immigration breach, Silk Road bitcoin auction, legal determination about phone location tracking, and so much more.
Big companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google don't want to be government pawns, betraying customer privacy. They can fight back now that it's all in the open.
It is essential that an organization's critical computer/networking systems and services are properly monitored so that staff can be made aware of and respond to problems and trends. This System...
If Microsoft wins its fight against a search warrant for email on Irish soil, it could deliver a windfall to all US cloud providers.
The European Union will examine whether or not Apple's tax arrangements with the EU member state breach the law on the continent.
China doesn't trust Windows, Europe might not trust Google, and nobody trusts the phone giants [Government IT Week]
China seems to think Windows 8 is a threat (no news on whether they're trying to run Metro). Europe demands Google delete some of our data, and Snowden is still in the news.
Those who want maximum privacy for their email have a tough time using difficult software. Google is attempting to do better with Gmail, but there's already a decent webmail solution.
Believe it or not, most states have some provisions for allowing people to vote over the Internet. The pressure is on to expand it, even though a secure online voting system is impossible using today's technology.
Homesick Snowden, be careful if Iran friends you, healthcare cybersecurity will make you ill [Government IT Week]
Well, it looks like celebrity fugitive Edward Snowden wants to come home to the US. I say yes: we'll be glad to provide some public housing. In other news, Iran is using social networking to spy (thereby joining your teenager), TrueCrypt quits, and to no one's surprise, healthcare cybersecurity is sickeningly bad.
News broke Saturday alleging the US government would take steps to block Chinese attendees from America's biggest hacking conferences. Black Hat says, "not us."
Honoring our fallen heroes, Facebook listens in, and the House gives Freedom a chance [Government IT Week]
It's Memorial Day here in America, a day we remember our heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice (and, in a way that's uniquely American, we stuff our faces with burgers and hot dogs in their honor). In other news, Facebook wants to listen in, the House tries to stop the NSA from listening in, and lots more. Stay safe out there!
Snapchat's little FTC slap on the wrist shouldn't get in the way of its business model, but if you want to have your say, the period for public comment on Snapchat's FTC settlement is now open.