Researchers using facial recognition tech to find Chinese missile sites

U.S. researchers are using the same sort of deep learning artificial intelligence employed by Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook in their facial recognition technology to identify Chinese surface-to-air missile sites.

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Black Friday Shoppers Embrace Mobile, Set New Online Records


U.S. retailers crossed a historic new threshold over Thanksgiving weekend as consumers set new records for e-commerce activity and embraced mobile shopping like never before. The record-breaking $5.03 billion spent online on Black Friday — a 17 percent increase from a year ago — was in line with expectations. Consumers spent about $43.42 billion on e-commerce holiday shopping from Nov. 1 to Nov. 26, about 18 percent above a year ago. Mobile devices were used for 54.3 percent of visits and 36.9 percent of online revenue on Black Friday.

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Forests lost in wildfires could be replanted by drones

U.S. wildfires have left a trail of devastation behind them in recent months. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, from Jan. 1 through Oct. 6, 2017 there were 50, 283 wildfires in the United States– up from 46,618 last year.

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In Silicon Valley, this job pays a 'startling' salary

US News & World Report is out with a list of the 10 best jobs for millennials (No. 1 is web developer, No. 2 is dental hygienist), and says its list took into consideration the group’s priorities.

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Hackers to be charged in Yahoo security breach

U.S. officials are planning to unveil charges Wednesday related to the theft of personal data that affected hundreds of millions of Yahoo users and disrupted the company’s sale to Verizon, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Cloud Enters Mainstream in Federal IT Investment Plans


U.S. government agencies will continue to invest hefty sums in cloud computing technology over the next five years. After that period, spending on cloud is likely to moderate, but the amount of investing will remain at impressive levels. Cloud computing is far from mature within the federal government, but it has reached a point at which it is a mainstream component of government IT resources. Government agencies finally have arrived at a place of “real, concrete adoption,” said Chris Wiedemann, a market analyst at immixGroup.

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FCC's Tom Wheeler Hitting the Road


U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he will leave the agency he helmed for the past three years on Jan. 20, the day President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in. “Serving as FCC chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” Wheeler said. “It has been a privilege to work with my fellow commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair and open networks for all Americans.”

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Bill Bolsters Legal Efforts of Wells Fargo Fraud Victims


U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation to stop Wells Fargo from enforcing arbitration agreements with victims of fraud it perpetrated against them. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Rep. Brad Sherman, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced the Justice for Victims of Fraud Act of 2016 in their respective chambers. The bill complements an oversight rule prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses, which the CFPB proposed this spring.

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Outdated Federal IT Gobbles Up Vendor Opportunities


U.S. government agencies spend an overwhelming amount of their annual information technology budgets simply to maintain old and out-of-date systems. As a result, the amount of money available for investing in modernizing IT keeps shrinking, thus depriving vendors of major marketing opportunities at the federal level. The official federal IT budget has remained at about $82 billion per year for several years. However, that figure does not cover all agencies — intelligence and the U.S. court system are notable exclusions — and some estimates project annual IT spending above $100 billion.

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US regulators: Official recall of 1M Samsung Note 7 phones

U.S. regulators are issuing an official recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone because of the risk that its batteries can explode or catch fire.

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FAA warns passengers not to use Samsung smartphone after reports of devices catching fire

U.S. aviation safety officials took the extraordinary step late Thursday of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire.

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Federal Agencies Told to Share Their Software


U.S. government agencies have been directed to share with each other software code that has been developed on a customized basis. Much of the code involves commercial vendor offerings. In addition to interagency sharing, government units are required to share portions of their customized code with the general public, a move characterized as promoting an open source approach. The OMB, along with federal CIO Tony Scott and CAO Anne Rung, earlier this month issued a final federal policy incorporating the sharing initiative.

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Army recon targets Apache helicopter cannon for Humvee replacement

U.S. Army reconnaissance officials want to deploy a version of the Apache helicopter’s cannon for scout platoons using the Humvee’s replacement over the coming years.

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Feds Make Big Strides in Big Data Management


U.S. government agencies gradually have been getting a handle on utilizing the potential of big data and data analytics. At the same time, the Obama administration has recognized that significantly more investment will be required for federal big data research in order to guide agencies toward maximizing the value of processing huge chunks of data and improving their data analysis capabilities. During the past 12 to 24 months, federal agencies “have significantly changed the status quo,” noted IDC Research Director Adelaide O’Brien.

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Email fraudsters scam US company out of nearly $100 million

U.S. officials said Thursday that an unidentified company was defrauded out of nearly $100 million by individuals who used a fake email to pose as one of its vendors.

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Fed Cloud Spending on Perplexing – but Upward – Trajectory


U.S. government agencies have spent more on cloud configurations than official budgets have predicted — and those agencies will pick up the pace of cloud spending over the next five years. Federal agencies will significantly boost spending on cloud deployments with various “as a service” configurations, according to two recent reports. However, the reports differ on the components used in the forecasting process. One incorporates a change in cloud deployment terminology the Office of Management and Budget adopted, while the other does not.

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Federal Investment in Big Data Applications Heads for Liftoff


U.S. government agencies appear to have gotten the memo: Big data is good for you. Federal agencies’ acquisition, storage, processing and management of large chunks of information will drive the government to use big data technologies, according to a survey of federal information technology managers. Use of big data analytics to productively maximize the value of all this information will become a major goal of government agencies. To accomplish those goals, federal IT managers increasingly are seeking the support of the private sector.

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US Agencies Getting the Hang of Doing More With Less


U.S. government agencies are gradually learning to deal with budget constraints in the management and procurement of information technology. The emphasis on productivity comes from the Obama administration, the ripple effects of budget sequestration, and congressional pressure for efficiency. “Agencies continue to face budget constraints while trying to modernize IT systems, increase efficiency, and improve citizen services,” noted Deltek market analyst Angie Petty in a recent update of federal IT spending trends.

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Feds Break Up Hacker-Powered Insider Trading Ring


U.S. federal law enforcement authorities on Tuesday busted an insider trading ring that obtained market-timing information from overseas data thieves. In two indictments unsealed by the U.S. Department of Justice in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Newark, N.J., nine people were charged in federal court with carrying out an international scheme to hack into three business newswires, steal yet-to-be published press releases, and use them to make trades that generated approximately $30 million in illegal profits.

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