New Service Promises Help Winning Government Contracts


Onvia on Tuesday launched a new service for companies selling to the public sector. The service provides access to detailed materials associated with a given solicitation, including all submitted proposals, the awarded bid, the final contract, and the agency’s scoring criteria. Onvia “helps clients succeed in pursuing government contracts,” said Ben Vaught, director of Onvia for Government. “We equip them with data and tools that cover the processes of searching and screening leads, then qualifying and pursuing opportunities.”

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Four Wisconsin public schools block social media apps as part of study

Four public schools in Madison are preventing student access to some popular social media apps during the school day to test whether grades, student behavior and school safety improve with fewer online distractions.

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Federal Agencies Mirror Commercial Websites for Encryption


Private and public sector organizations share a common goal in hosting Internet websites: making sure that connections with customers and citizens are secure. However, complete security is not yet universal in either sector. Google and Mozilla are among many entities promoting Internet security via the adoption of Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure technology, or HTTPS, versus the basic and less secure HTTP technology that underpins Internet service. Within the public sector, the federal CIO and the GSA are promoting HTTPS as well.

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Snap Seizes the Moment


Snap Inc. last week filed for a $3 billion initial public offering. The company’s private market valuation is $17.8 billion, but investors reportedly have valued it at between $20 billion and $25 billion. “Twenty-five billion dollars is just nuts, but that’s the market we’re in,” remarked Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. “This could provide an opportunity for the big gambler investors, but better to watch for the high and then short the stock,” he suggested, because Snap’s prospectus “suggests profit will never arrive.”

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Ransomware reportedly crippled DC camera network a week before inauguration

The Washington D.C. security camera network for public places was all but crippled earlier in January when ransomware was found to have locked up nearly two-thirds of all image recorders, each controlling up to four cameras.

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Feds Need to Bolster Cyberprotection Speed and Range


Providing cybersecurity adequate to meet increasing threats is a perpetual catch-up process. Public sector agencies are particularly sensitive targets, with high visibility not only to the citizens they serve, but also to cyberattackers. Despite the emphasis on cyberprotection spurred by the major OPM breach in 2015, government agencies have struggled to maintain adequate levels of protection. A recent survey uncovered both a lack of speed in detecting and responding to attacks, and weak defenses of the full range of possible attack channels.

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AWS Enjoys Top Perch in IaaS, PaaS Markets


Amazon Web Services maintained a commanding lead over the competition in the public Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service businesses during the third quarter, despite rapid growth from rivals Google and Microsoft in the IaaS space, according to a recent report from Synergy Research Group. AWS, which has become an increasingly important segment of Amazon’s operations, continues to dominate the IaaS business with a 45 percent share of the global market, which is more than twice that of the next three competitors combined.

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Samsung drama continues as company's washing machines found to explode

Samsung’s issues with exploding devices may, oddly enough, extend far beyond the public relations disaster that was the recently recalled Galaxy Note 7. According to a report from ABC News, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning in regards to top-loading Samsung washing machines after fielding numerous complaints about the machines exploding.

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Uber Scores Historic $3.5B Saudi Investment


Uber has nailed down a record $3.5 billion investment from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund — the largest-ever investment in a closely held technology firm. The investment is part of a deal that will allow Uber to expand its Middle East operations. Yasir Al Rumayyan, managing director of the fund, will take a seat on Uber’s board of directors. With a valuation of about $62.5 billion, Uber now is considered the most valuable venture capital-backed firm in the world.

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Opinion: Sandberg amplifies social importance of grief

Sheryl Sandberg’s public mourning is an important example, says Meghan O’Rourke. But her “tough-it-out” message misses an opportunity for change.

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Sandberg amplifies social importance of grief

Sheryl Sandberg’s public mourning is an important example, says Meghan O’Rourke. But her “tough-it-out” message misses an opportunity for change.

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Senate draft bill requires companies extract, decrypt data for law enforcement

Article Image Two high-ranking U.S. senators on Wednesday released to the public a proposed bill that would grant courts the authority to order tech companies dealing in hardware, software or services help law enforcement agencies gain access to encrypted communications.

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New York City's MTA plans to debut smartphone-based transit payments by mid-2018

Article Image The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York issued a public bid on Wednesday, asking for proposals for a new contactless ticketing system to replace the MetroCard, and potentially allow iPhone users to pay for public transit on their smartphone.

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Tim Cook added to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights board of directors

Article Image Apple’s chief executive has taken another public step in his philanthropic journey, joining the board of directors of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

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Apple still doesn't know how FBI hacked San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone without their help

The FBI’s announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers learned that they can’t keep the government out of even an encrypted device that U.S. officials had claimed was impossible to crack.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3 with Night Shift, secure Notes, fix for iMessage security hole

Article Image After seven beta releases, iOS 9.3 is now available to download by members of the public, bringing the new easy-on-the-eyes Night Shift mode, Touch ID integration with the Notes app, new iPhone 6s 3D Touch functions, and much more.

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