With Obama in the White House, it's no longer unusual for government agencies to communicate via social media services, but today's announcement that the Justice Department is now on MySpace is something of a milestone. For years, MySpace was under intense pressure from law enforcement officials from all levels of government to clean up what some considered to be a breeding ground for dangerous and criminal activity.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan are now starting to receive the first of thousands of a new vehicle intended for treacherous mountain roads and tight urban lanes.
The Defense Department said Wednesday that it had loaded seven M-ATVs (for "mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles") onto a pair of aircraft for deployment to Afghanistan. Over the course of the next year, the military expects to field more than 6,600 of the vehicles (Click for a PDF of the M-ATV's brochure).
The M-ATV fits into a middle ground between up-armored Humvees, which it will be replacing in Afghanistan, and … Read more
Google's greatest challenge as it heads into its second decade may very well be innovating without ticking off Uncle Sam.
The position taken by the Department of Justice two weeks ago on the Google Books search settlement marked the second time in about a year the U.S. government has taken an active step to rein in one of the tech industry's signature companies. Google now is in the process of renegotiating a deal it once called "a historic settlement," one that gave it sweeping and exclusive rights to digitize certain kinds of books that competitors … Read more
Fisker Automotive has been awarded $528.7 million in U.S. Department of Energy loans to develop a more affordable plug-in hybrid for U.S. production.
The hybrid car start-up company is indeed developing a $39,000 plug-in hybrid electric car, as CNET News predicted last week.
Fisker currently refers to the mystery car as "Project Nina."
The majority of the funds, which were awarded from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, will be put toward developing and building production facilities for the Nina car in the U.S.
Nina's … Read more
Google is in talks with the Department of Justice and the plaintiffs in its book search settlement over possible modifications to the deal that could assuage the concerns of the Justice Department, according to a report.
Bloomberg reported late Wednesday that Google, a group of plaintiffs that sued it in 2005, and the Justice Department are in talks over the settlement, which gives Google the legal standing to digitize out-of-print books that are still protected by copyright law. Google was sued by numerous groups including the Authors Guild and several publishers after it began scanning that type of book, and … Read more
The long road toward Microsoft and Yahoo's search deal could be set to get a little longer, or fall off a cliff.
Both companies have long expected the U.S. Department of Justice to scrutinize the deal to install Microsoft as the exclusive search provider for Yahoo's Web pages, which would also see Yahoo end its time as a search company. Microsoft and Yahoo confirmed Friday that the Justice Department has asked the two companies for more information about their deal, which is a step beyond taking a mere interest in the proceedings.
In this case, the Justice … Read more
The U.S. Department of Justice has furthered its investigation into the proposed search engine deal between Microsoft and Yahoo by asking both companies to provide more information.
The two companies received an additional request for information earlier this week as expected, Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans told CNET News. He said he couldn't reveal the specifics of the request, citing it as a confidential inquiry from the Justice Department. But he said Microsoft is in the process of providing the requested information.
Yahoo spokesman Adam Grossberg also confirmed to CNET News the Justice Department's request. He couldn't … Read more
Final approval of Oracle's $7.4 billion takeover of Sun Microsystems has just hit a snag, courtesy of European regulators.
The European Commission announced Thursday that it has launched an in-depth investigation into the proposed merger between Oracle and Sun. The agency said its preliminary probe raised concerns that the deal could threaten competition in the database market in the European Economic Area (EEA), an association composed of 30 different European countries.
That initial investigation showed that Oracle's proprietary databases and Sun's open-source MySQL compete directly in many areas of the market, so the Commission wants to … Read more
The European Commission could delay its decision on the Sun-Oracle deal beyond Thursday's deadline to further investigate antitrust issues, reported Reuters, citing sources familiar with the situation.
Apprehensive about Oracle gaining control of Sun's widely used MySQL database, the Commission's antitrust regulators are currently debating whether to OK the deal by Thursday, the report said. If the Commission launches a full review, it could take as long as four months before a decision is reached, according to Commission rules.
It says something about open source's impact on the world when the the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency--a division in the Department of Defense--starts running seminars on how to shift to open-source software.
Could there be a better sign that open source has arrived?
After all, it's one thing to adopt open source, which the U.S. federal government has in earnest--but to advocate for it and teach it? That's a higher level.