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Easing Linux Into The Enterprise

Jack M. Germain | LinuxInsider | May 22, 2014

Applications are still driving the choice of desktop, but that no longer gives Microsoft's OS a clear edge. The ability now to replace nearly every application with a Web app theoretically makes Windows or any other platform's software portable to the Linux desktop, noted Rick Sizemore, director of technology transformation practice at Alsbridge...

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Eli Lilly Officially Sues Canada For 'Lost Profits' Because Canada Rejected Eli Lilly's Patents

Mike Masnick | Techdirt | September 13, 2013

A few years ago, we noted that Eli Lilly was facing some hard times, in large part because it had focused its entire business model around getting patents, and many of those patents were expiring, and very few new ones were in the pipeline. Even so, it was still rather surprising earlier this year to see Eli Lilly claim that Canada owed it $100 million for undermining the company's "expected future profits" by rejecting an Eli Lilly patent. Read More »

Epic and Other EHR Vendors Caught in Dilemmas by APIs (Part 1 of 2)

Andy Oram | EMR and HIPAA | March 15, 2017

The HITECH act of 2009 (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) gave an unprecedented boost to an obscure corner of the IT industry that produced electronic health records. For the next eight years they were given the opportunity to bring health care into the 21st century and implement common-sense reforms in data sharing and analytics. They largely squandered this opportunity, amassing hundreds of millions of dollars while watching health care costs ascend into the stratosphere, and preening themselves over modest improvements in their poorly functioning systems...

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Exclusive: Years After Manning Leaks, State Department Cable System Lacks Basic Security

Justine Sharrock | BuzzFeed | October 2, 2013

The State Department’s communications system is operating without basic technical security measures in place, despite warnings about its vulnerabilities, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed and sources who have worked on the project. [...] Read More »

Facebook Loses Its Open-Source-Hardware Chief To The Startup Life

J. O'Dell | VB News | March 25, 2014

Facebook’s open-source-hardware champion, Frank Frankovsky, has left the building.  In a personal Facebook post, Frankovsky, who headed up the ambitious Open Compute Project and ran Facebook’s own hardware design, announced that he’s leaving to start his own company.

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Fast, Faster, Fastest: Linux Rules Supercomputing

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | June 19, 2012

Just as surely as Microsoft rules the desktop with Windows and Apple rules tablets with the iPad so Linux rules supercomputers of every type and sort. Read More »

FCC Proves Yet Again That It’s Out To Kill Net Neutrality

Art Brodsky | Wired | May 15, 2014

...FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, despite weeks of backlash, still wants to allow Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon to “offer” different levels of service to internet companies, although he refused to call them a “fast lane” and a “slow lane” and refused to recognize how those arrangements up the food chain affect consumers and a neutral internet...

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Feds Probe Microsoft Whistleblower's Bribery Accusations

John P. Mello Jr. | TechNewsWorld | March 20, 2013

Did business partners of Microsoft give money to officials in three countries to make sure the company got lucrative software contracts? That's the allegation that two U.S. agencies are reportedly investigating, thanks to a Microsoft whistleblower... Read More »

Feds Put Heat On Web Firms For Master Encryption Keys

Declan McCullagh | CNET | July 24, 2013

Whether the FBI and NSA have the legal authority to obtain the master keys that companies use for Web encryption remains an open question, but it hasn't stopped the U.S. government from trying. Read More »

Firefox Smartphone System Challenges Android, iOS

Press Release | Mozilla Foundation | February 25, 2013

Mozilla Foundation announced Sunday it will launch in mid-2013 its widely anticipated Firefox operating system for smartphones in a direct challenge to the duopoly of Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Read More »

Five Reasons Why Windows 8 Has Failed

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | March 4, 2013

The numbers are in and they don't lie. Windows 8 market adoption numbers are well behind Microsoft's greatest previous operating system failure, Vista. Read More »

Five Things Desktop Linux Has To Do To Beat Windows 8

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | September 7, 2012

Microsoft, as it did with Vista, is giving Linux another chance to make the gains in the PC market with Windows 8, but can Linux take advantage of this opportunity? Read More »

Former Microsoft Executive Says CEO Ballmer Culls Internal Rivals To Retain Power

Bill Rigby | Reuters | January 21, 2013

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is not the right leader for the world's largest software company but holds his grip on it by systematically forcing out any rising manager who challenges his authority, claims a former senior executive who has written a book about his time at the company. Read More »

Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Says He No Longer Trusts The Company

Joel Hruska | HotHardware.com | October 1, 2013

Microsoft's onetime Chief Privacy Advisor, Caspar Bowden, has come out with a vote of no-confidence in the company's long-term privacy measures and ability or interest to secure user data in the wake of the NSA's PRISM program. From 2002 - 2011, Bowden was in charge of privacy at Microsoft, and oversaw the company's efforts in that area in more than 40 countries...In the two years since leaving Microsoft, Bowden has ceased carrying a cell phone and become a staunch open source user, claiming that he no longer trusts a program unless he can see the source. Read More »

Forza open-source: Italian military to adopt LibreOffice

Jon Gold | Network World | September 15, 2015

The Document Foundation’s Italian subsidiary, LibreItalia, said Wednesday that the Italian Ministry of Defense has agreed to adopt LibreOffice, the open-source productivity suite, in October, and that it will create its own online training courses for the new software by the end of 2016. The move was prompted, in part, by an Italian law that mandates the consideration of open-source alternatives to proprietary software for government use, which was originally passed in June 2012. LibreItalia and the military’s IT staff will release the educational material to the public at large under the Creative Commons license.

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