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USAID, Citi partner on mobile money

June 12, 2012 A new partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development and global banking giant Citi seeks to offer mobile financial services to “unbanked” mobile phone users – an estimated 2 billion people. Speaking alongside USAID Director Dr. Rajiv Shah on Tuesday morning, Citi CEO Vikram Pandit set what he called ...

Federal officials look to spur growth in health care tech

June 6, 2012 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski made separate pitches on Wednesday designed to spur the burgeoning market in mobile health technology, and the use of government health data to improve health care delivery and affordability. Sebelius, speaking at the Health Data Initiative ...

BlackBerry tells feds: Get on the bus

May 31, 2012 With its share price on the slide, executive shakeups, a projected first quarter loss, layoffs looming on the horizon, and reports of investors pushing for a breakup or sale, Research In Motion is looking to shore up loyalty among one of its core user groups – federal workers. The company ...

Internet traffic report: Get ready for the zettabyte

May 30, 2012 If you follow global data traffic trends, it's time to learn a new word. A zettabyte is 1 trillion gigabytes, and it succeeds the exabyte to describe the unimaginably gigantic amount of data zooming around the world's broadband networks. According to a report released on Wednesday by Cisco, by 2016 ...

Schmidt resigns from White House cyber post

May 17, 2012 Howard Schmidt, who coordinated the Obama Administration's push for cybersecurity policy and legislation, is stepping down after two-and-a-half years on the job, the Washington Post reports. Michael Daniel, who heads the intelligence branch of the White House budget office, will take over the post when Schmidt departs at the end ...

NTIA seeks comments on national public safety network

May 14, 2012 National Telecommunications and Information Administration head Lawrence Strickling announced a plan on Monday to solicit comments about the planned national, interoperable wireless broadband network for law enforcement and first responders. The request for information is the first step toward the distribution of $135 million in grants to state, local and ...

Analyst: A Romney win could be bad news for Google

May 14, 2012 Who is Google rooting for in the presidential race? Telecom analyst Paul Gallant of Guggenheim Securities suggests in a note to investors that a win by Mitt Romney could mean a less favorable outcome for Google in the ongoing Federal Trade Commission probe. While the FTC made news with the ...

FTC wants in on Google antitrust action

May 7, 2012 The Justice Department has made a habit of delving into Google’s acquisitions and business dealings throughout the Obama administration. Now the Federal Trade Commission is looking for a piece of the action. The agency hired a big-name outside litigator to front its current investigation, and in the background lurks the ...