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Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.

Demand for H-1B visas has reached a record high, with employers outstripping the available allotment of visas for the fourth consecutive year within five business days.

NJ Mike, I agree that something doesn't add up. It's maybe a dump of high priced...

Federal Aviation Administration authorities issued their first approval for nighttime commercial drone flights. The move bodes well for companies that want to ramp up drone services.

Dawn Kawamoto

By Freelance Writer and Editor, 4/21/2016ReadPost a Comment

A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.

Michelle Maisto

By Freelance Writer, 4/21/2016ReadPost a Comment

Despite its high-profile challenge to the FBI's iPhone data request in the San Bernardino terrorist shootings, Apple complied with 82% of data requests from US government authorities.

Dawn Kawamoto

By Freelance Writer and Editor, 4/20/2016ReadPost a Comment

@vnewman2   Good point.   I was having a real issue with the vagueness...

The US House Energy & Commerce Committee hosted two panel discussions April 19, in the hope of advancing an open debate about government access to encrypted technologies. Representatives heard from Apple's top lawyers, as well as law enforcement.

Michelle Maisto

By Freelance Writer, 4/20/2016ReadPost a Comment

"It is easy to call on Congress to take on an issue -- but you better be prepared...

It's tricky trying to figure out whether or not your preferred app, website, or service provider has received a federal subpoena demanding information. When a warrant canary vanished from Reddit's Transparency Report, it got folks talking. The incident holds important lessons for enterprise IT professionals trying to decipher whether or not a service provider's data is being trolled by the feds.

Joe Stanganelli

By Attorney, Beacon Hill Law, 4/20/2016ReadPost a Comment

IBM embarked on its first quarter breaking out "strategic imperatives," as part of an effort to showcase businesses such as cognitive computing that the company believes will shape its future. Yet, overall IBM's revenue experienced a decline compared to last year's first quarter.

Jessica Davis

By Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps, 4/19/2016ReadPost a Comment

IBM is not a startup, and venture capital is still borrowed money.

Two security vulnerabilities have moved Apple to end support for QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. This has also led Adobe to issue a warning to users of its software.

Nathan Eddy

By Freelance Writer, 4/19/2016ReadPost a Comment

Sculley? You mean Tim Cook, I assume. And they're telling you to uninstall...

An Accenture study finds that online ads are unpopular with most consumers, while ad-blocking tools are making it easier than ever to tune out unwanted messaging. How are you supposed to promote your brand?

Thomas Claburn

By Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility, 4/19/2016ReadPost a Comment

So it sounds to me that at the heart of the matter is the actual interruption....

A day after a drone struck a British Airways flight, the Boston Marathon is using drone-detection technology to keep UAS away from its event.

Michelle Maisto

By Freelance Writer, 4/18/2016ReadPost a Comment

It is great technology it would be even better if you could prevent drones...

Gartner compared 12 different platforms to find the strongest ones. The research firm also advised avoiding older mobile devices, which may have unfixed vulnerabilities or may lack management controls.

Thomas Claburn

By Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility, 4/18/2016ReadPost a Comment

I'm wondering if this report actually tested all of these devices, because...

Most business decision-makers aren't trained to understand data outliers, but they can learn the basics. Executives, managers, and employees without math degrees can ask smarter questions about analyses they're basing crucial judgments on. Here are some things to know.

Lisa Morgan

By Freelance Writer, 4/18/2016ReadPost a Comment

Google machine learning wants to harness your unscheduled minutes. Pivotal expands its alliance with Hortonworks. The big data-as-a-service market is forecast to grow in a big way. Dell updates Statistica for "citizen" data scientists. All that and how your emoji choices may be driving your friends away, in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 17, 2016.

Jessica Davis

By Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps, 4/17/2016ReadPost a Comment

Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.

Michelle Maisto

By Freelance Writer, 4/15/2016ReadPost a Comment

Pivotal has ditched its own Hadoop distribution in favor of Hortonworks' Hadoop as the two companies expanded their alliance to distribute each other's open source big data implementations to customers.

Jessica Davis

By Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps, 4/15/2016ReadPost a Comment

A MeriTalk survey of federal IT managers reveals that they believe the government can save more than $10 billion annually from additional consolidation and cloud adoption.

Charles Babcock

By Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/15/2016ReadPost a Comment

I think there are a few roadblocks here that need attention for our government...

The former head of DARPA, who was running Google's Advanced Technology and Products group, will now lead Facebook's new hardware group, Building 8.

Thomas Claburn

By Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility, 4/14/2016ReadPost a Comment

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