DARPA is having Boeing build its amazing, experimental spaceplane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Boeing a contract to build its spaceplane in an effort to make launching space satellites cheaper and easier.

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Federal IT Acquisition Worth $50B Cleared for Takeoff


A major federal acquisition opportunity with a potential contract value of $50 billion for information technology vendors is back on track. The General Services Administration recently resumed processing vendor applications after a legal challenge to the contract was resolved in its favor. As a result, the GSA this fall will reveal the names of approximately 60 vendors who will be eligible to participate in the Alliant 2 IT contract vehicle. The program is notable not only for the money involved, but also for a major contracting change.

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Army picks Sig Sauer's P320 handgun to replace M9 service pistol

The U.S. Army on Thursday awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the next service pistol based on the company’s P320 handgun.

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Feds Embrace Salesforce Platform Offerings


The U.S. government has authorized an information technology contract with a potential value of $503 million that is designed to meet newly adopted goals for greatly improving IT acquisition. The General Services Administration, which issued the contract for software and cloud-related services, described the acquisition approach as a first-of-its-kind initiative. A distinct feature of the contract vehicle is that it focuses exclusively on the specific IT resources of a single provider — Salesforce.

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AT&T will stop offering 2-year contract subsidies for new smartphone purchases on Jan. 8

Article Image U.S. carrier AT&T has made repeated efforts to eradicate two-year contract subsidies for new smartphone purchases, and that plan will become absolute in just a few weeks, a leak from the company has revealed.

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Samsung plans to follow Apple's lead again, offer smartphone financing program

As carriers look to move away from contract subsidies, Apple has begun offering its own iPhone installment plan, and rival Samsung may opt to do the same, according to a new report.

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US carriers' move to installment plans seen accelerating iPhone upgrade cycles

The shift of U.S. carriers from contract subsidies to installment pricing for smartphones could speed up upgrade cycles for Apple’s iPhone, according to a new memo by financial services firm Piper Jaffray.

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Apple faces new class-action suit over refurbished AppleCare+ hardware replacements

A newly-filed class action lawsuit accuses Apple of breaching contract by failing to provide new — or “equivalent to new” — devices when offering up replacement hardware under AppleCare+ warranties.

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Apple Online Store stops offering iPhone with 2-year AT&T contract

Apple removed the option to buy an AT&T iPhone on a two-year contract from its online store on Thursday night, reflecting AT&T’s wider shift away from two-year contracts.



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Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, one of Apple’s closest partners, is under fire in Brazil as officials in the South American nation are displeased with the company’s slow rate of progress on what was initially sold as a major investment to modernize the Brazilian manufacturing industry.



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Apple will re-bid on nixed $1 billion LA Unified School District iPad contract

Though Apple’s contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District to put iPads in the hands of every student was canceled this week, the company still has a shot to win out in the end, bidding once again on the troubled $1 billion project.



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LA Unified School District suspends iPad deal, faces accusations that officials had close ties with Apple

Though it was much-touted when Apple signed the contract last year, the company’s massive deal to sell iPads to the Los Angeles Unified School District has now officially been suspended, amid accusations that top employees at the district had improperly close ties with the Cupertino, Calif., company.



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iPhone 5C offered for 97 cents at Walmart as store makes space for iPhone 6

Walmart has cut the price of the iPhone 5C to just 97 cents (with a two-year contract) as the store makes space for the iPhone 6, which is likely to be unveiled in a couple of weeks. The 5S model has also been discounted, to $79 from $99. 

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Australian Apple Store employees agree to new contract terms with increased base pay

Apple retail employees in Australia have signed off on four-year contract with the company that will see base pay rates jump some 16 percent from the previous terms agreed to in 2009.



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