Microsoft Seeks Global Cybersecurity Accord


Microsoft has called on governments around the world to create a “digital Geneva Convention” as a way to normalize international cybersecurity rules and protect civilian use of the Internet.
President Brad Smith, who is also Microsoft’s chief legal officer, addressed the issue at the annual RSA conference held earlier this week in San Francisco, saying that governments — with the assistance of technology companies in the role of NGOs — need to establish international rules to protect civilians from cyberthreats during peacetime.

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Can data end hunger? US and world governments hope so

Governments around the world are pushing an ambitious initiative to share agricultural data in an attempt to eradicate hunger.

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Feds Prep for Cybersecurity Buying Spree


The U.S. government’s objectives for improving cybersecurity are taking shape in updated contracting procedures, contracts and projected increases in spending. Several recent developments have underscored the federal commitment to bolstering the protection of IT resources. On the contracting front, the General Services Administration has asked vendors to respond by Wednesday to a research survey on what it should do to expedite federal acquisition of cybersecurity products and services.

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China's yuan devaluation could hurt Apple sales, boost supplier profits, analysts say

The Chinese government’s decision to deliberately devalue the yuan on Tuesday could have a serious impact on sales of the iPhone and other Apple products, but under the right conditions prove a boon to suppliers like Hon Hai/Foxconn and Pegatron, analysts said.

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FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income subsidies for Internet plans

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government’s Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service.



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Federal Cloud Adoption Blossoms


The U.S. government’s foray into cloud computing could hardly be called “mature,” but it appears to be moving from infancy to something akin to pre-teen status. Agencies increasingly are embracing the cloud, and the pace of acquisition reflects more comfort with the solution. Several recently launched initiatives affect federal agencies and technology vendors in the cloud acquisition process, for example. U.S. agencies will spend about $3 billion on cloud projects in fiscal 2014, about $800 million more than budget officials had predicted.

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