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I've noticed a lot of concern being voiced (and written about) by people who know nothing about the technology, and who don't understand transportation or driving for that matter. That concern is over the near miss last week between two self-driving cars. That's actually good news - there was no collision. But it's also important to remember that self-driving cars are a transportation solution, they're not, and aren't intended to be, about driving. I looked back on my time driving a #Lotus through the mountains for thoughts on what driving is supposed to be.http://www.eweek.com/innovation/why-the-near-collision-of-two-self-driving-cars-is-good-news.html
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The biggest challenge with keeping up with the #OPM data breach is that things are getting worse so quickly all you see is chaos. Right now it appears that the number of breached records might be as high as 32 million. Now the hackers breached records in yet another OPM database, this one hosted at DoC. Oh, and in its inept efforts to do something, OPM managed to violate procurement laws, and also install a system that may bring down everything while only protecting part of what's there. http://www.eweek.com/security/inspector-finds-efforts-to-assess-fix-opm-data-breach-in-disarray.html
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Remember when Google didn't think that insisting on a warrant before disclosing your stored e-mail to the government wasn't something we'd want to know about? That was only two years ago (as some of you may have read in my posts then at the +DisCo blog). It fascinates me how the tech industry has gotten... radicalized on this subject so quickly, as I note in today's +Yahoo Tech column.
In its annual report, the Electronic Frontier Foundation grades tech companies on how well they defend their customers’ rights against government snooping. Over the last 5 years companies have gotten much better at protecting our privacy; the government, far worse.
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With Fathers Day upon us, #VerizonWireless invited the media to a display of tech toys. Here are a few of the most interesting ones. Now you know what to ask for or rush out and buy, just in case you know someone who is a father. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/slideshows/verizon-lures-news-media-with-beer-and-fathers-day-toys.html
At an exclusive media gathering, Verizon shows off gadgets--including drones--that would make it on most any Father's Day wish list.
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The #FCC slams #AT&T with a massive $100Million fine for what it says was misleading its customers about unlimited data. But did the company really mislead anyone? A check of the record leaves a lot of doubt. Or maybe this is a way to get the company's attention. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/fcc-to-fine-att-100-million-for-lying-to-customer-about-data-plans.html
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I was invited to tour the secret compound where #VerizonWireless prepares for the next big one. All around me were COWs, COLTs, GOATs and more, but it wasn't a barnyard, it was a staging and preparation area where the company is getting ready now that hurricane season begins. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/wireless-carriers-corral-cows-goats-to-prepare-for-natural-disasters.html
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Yesterday I reported that sources had told me that the OPM hacks had revealed over 10-million Federal employee personnel records. Today, OPM director confirmed it. 18-million Federal employee, ex-employees, and potential employees have had their records hacked. 
UPDATED: In addition to current and former employees, it appears the records of people who had applied for government jobs were also revealed.
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And I thought my ThinkPad was old.
 
Girl showing mom her new laptop: 110 BC.
Thanks to +Barbara Krasnoff  for this find.
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Microsoft clarifies its #Windows10 upgrade policy after a few false starts that sewed confusion and rumors. The good news is that most individual Windows 10 users will get the update for free. Most others, including enterprise users aren't included in the free offer. However, enterprise users with active Software Assurance plans will still get Windows 10 from #Microsoft in the same manner as they get other Windows updates, which means through their system administrator in most cases. I explain it all here. http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/microsoft-updates-and-clarifies-its-windows-10-plans.html
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One thing that the National Maker Faire clearly demonstrated in Washington is that the #Maker movement is about a lot more than 3D Printing, and that it's rapidly moving beyond the hobbyist stage into fields that can impact your business. Imagine low-volume automated manufacturing, for example. Or drones that do important work. This was the first year for this show, but it promises to be much bigger in the future. http://www.eweek.com/pc-hardware/slideshows/national-maker-faire-in-washington-goes-far-beyond-3d-printing.html
The first annual National Maker Faire went beyond 3D printing into health care, wearable tech and art. An estimated 20,000 Maker enthusiasts attended.
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Cold-calling to prospective customers is about to end, reports +Susan Fitzgerald in her blog. The reason is that the FCC calling rule is about to change nearly everything you've done about cold calling, mostly by prohibiting it. Time for a new method. http://www.makewaves.com/cold-calling-may-be-coming-to-an-end/
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Too many companies are learning the hard way that their existence may depend on security that meets today's needs. That means don't depend on perimeter defense. Instead assume that the hackers are already inside your network and find ways to prevent them from getting your mission critical data or from using it if theyd do. http://www.eweek.com/security/enterprises-must-encrypt-data-segment-networks-to-thwart-hackers.html
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