Following is a sampling of information technology articles that news outlets recently posted.
If a pandemic strikes the United States, it would kill about 1.7 million people, hospitalize 9 million, exhaust antiviral medications and reduce basic food supplies, according to a planning scenario developed by financial service firms preparing for such a catastrophe.
Blanketing cities with Wi-Fi signals is not inherently a bad idea. Even though some projects have stalled or failed outright, there have also been several success stories.
On university campuses in three states, teams funded by Intel Corp. are exploring the future of computing, seeking ways to further integrate computers into daily life.
The conflagration that is Southern California is overwhelming wireless phone networks, and residents are turning to text messaging, blogs, and Web 2.0 sites such as YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter to keep each other abreast of the latest developments.
The Boston Globe
A group of Massachusetts high-tech chief executives, concerned the United States is falling behind global competitors in producing scientists and engineers, has begun an effort to boost the state's K-12 public education system by raising corporate money to support pilot schools and advanced placement programs.
The health-care system in Arkansas and the nation is â€œnot making good use of our resources,â€ said John Selig, director of the Department of Human Services, which runs the stateâ€™s Medicaid program.
St. Albanâ€™s Messenger
Radio frequency tags slated for use in Vermontâ€™s $1.5 million Enhanced Driverâ€™s License/Identification program pose a security risk, according to industry experts. Critics of the card program say the cards can be read from a distance of 30 feet, are easily cloned and the radio receivers used to read them are vulnerable to attack.
Pay increased an average of more than 5.5 percent for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to the same period last year.
The CIOâ€™s testimony emphasized information technology security as a vital component in securing our nation's Internet infrastructure and described the important role that the CIOs and their IT security personnel play in responding to Internet and critical IT system disruptions, when they occur.
-- Compiled by Melanie Bender