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Not dead yet: 7 of the oldest federal IT systems still wheezing away

From an IBM Series/1 and floppy drives to COBOL and Assembly languages, old federal systems never die.

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US government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers

Some U.S. government agencies are using IT systems running Windows 3.1, the decades-old COBOL and Fortran programming languages, or computers from the 1970s.

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Criminal defendants demand to see FBI's secret hacking tool

A secret FBI hacking tool, used to compromise the Tor anonymous browser in one investigation, is facing challenges from criminal defendants, perhaps putting its future in doubt.

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U.S. House of Representatives bans Yahoo Mail and Google App Engine over malware concerns

The IT department of the U.S. House of Representatives has blocked access to Yahoo Mail and the Google App Engine platform due to malware threats.

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5 years into the ‘cloud-first policy’ CIOs still struggling

Government tech chiefs see challenges in management and ownership aspects of cloud contracts, while security concerns persist.

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Google, carmakers join forces to speed self-driving car adoption

Google's Alphabet company has formed a lobbying group with Ford, Volvo and other carmakers to press the U.S. government on regulations to help move the self-driving car industry to market.

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U.S. efforts to build next-gen supercomputer take shape

The goal is now an exascale computer by 2023.

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Cloud will make U.S. immigration agency more agile

Mark Schwartz, CIO of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has turned to the cloud for a faster, more agile development model.

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IRS security is failing taxpayers, senator says

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Congress, and private electronic tax-filing vendors aren't doing enough to protect the personal information of taxpayers, senators said Tuesday.

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Why value trumps price when buying enterprise software

When it comes to enterprise software, value is far more important than price.

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Microsoft wraps up special Windows 10 edition for China's government

Microsoft completed work on the first version of Windows 10 designed specifically for Chinese government agencies, according to a report from the People's Republic of China.

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Comcast offers low-cost Internet service to public housing residents in 4 cities

Comcast announced a pilot program to bring low-cost Internet service to public housing residents in Miami-Dade County, Nashville, Philadelphia and Seattle.

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Google to bring Internet to unconnected Cuba

Google has set a deal to bring Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity to Cuba, but some are already wondering how much information and access will freely flow to the Cuban people.

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Why Cuba could be the next Silicon Valley (eventually)

Cuba is an Internet backwater, but I think its next revolution could be digital.

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MIT: Red lights could someday be a thing of the past

A new MIT study based on mathematical modeling demonstrates that wirelessly connected vehicles would not need traffic signals or stop signs to navigate roadways.

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Microsoft Azure close to several key government certifications

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it is on track to land a series of key certifications in its continuing effort to provide cloud services to the U.S. government.

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Government websites best Amazon, Google in user satisfaction

New gauge of citizen satisfaction gives government high marks for catching up with the private sector in online presence.

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IoT users could win with a new bill in the US Senate

Four US senators have proposed a bill that would call on the Federal Communications Commission to study the need for more spectrum to connect Internet of Things devices.

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