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Policy, State & Local

Will East Texas be able to keep patent cases, despite the Supreme Court?

July 20, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

The top US patent court has been asked to consider an urgent appeal from a manufacturer of supercomputers that’s desperate to escape an upcoming trial in the patent hotspot of East Texas. The Eastern District of Texas has become known […]


Policy, State & Local

California approves cap-and-trade scheme until 2030

July 19, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

California lawmakers voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program another 10 years on Monday night. The bill includes language that would gradually tighten restrictions on businesses, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they’re allowed to put in the atmosphere by […]


Policy, State & Local

Judge denies DOJ effort to halt Twitter lawsuit over national security orders

July 7, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

A federal judge in California has decided to allow Twitter’s lawsuit against the attorney general’s office to go forward. She rejected arguments that the social media giant should not be allowed to be precise in its transparency reports when describing […]


Policy, State & Local

Newegg fought its way through two appeals to win fees from this patent-holder

July 6, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

In 2010, AdjustaCam LLC filed suit (PDF) in Eastern Texas against dozens of companies, saying that they infringed US Patent No. 5,855,343, which describes a type of movable camera clip. AdjustaCam is a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation, the biggest […]


Policy, State & Local

Homeland Security selects Mississippi university for drone testing

April 21, 2017

Via: StateScoop

Whether it’s about surveillance operations on America’s waters, preventing undocumented immigrants from entering the country, or defending the president, drones are set to play a major role in government operations. The Department of Homeland Security announced on April 19 that […]


Policy, State & Local

Government funding’s impact three times larger than we thought

March 31, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

In recent years, funding for research provided by the National Institutes of Health has struggled to keep up with inflation. A recent paper published in Science suggests this could mean bad things for the overall economy. Ana analysis of 27 years of […]


Policy, State & Local

GIS fragmented across local government, advocacy group finds

March 31, 2017

Via: StateScoop

The way local government handles geospatial information systems is fragmented across the country, the Public Technology Institute found in a March 2017 poll. In a “quick poll” of local government IT officials, PTI found that GIS operations were housed within […]


Policy, State & Local

House panel takes on government transparency

March 24, 2017

Via: FCW

Government transparency can take many forms, and not all of them have bipartisan support. (Congressional Democrats’ demands for President Donald Trump’s tax returns are unlikely to get traction anytime soon, for example.) But at a March 23 House Committee on […]


Policy, State & Local

Partners Praise Dell EMC Channel Hiring Blitz As ‘A Great Thing For Us’

March 22, 2017

Via: CRN

Dell EMC is looking to fill nearly 400 channel-related positions, and partners are hopeful the hiring blitz is a sign that Channel Chief John Byrne will elevate Dell EMC’s program as one of the industry’s best. Nearly 170 of the […]


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How career feds will manage Trump’s government reorg

March 20, 2017

Via: FCW

President Donald Trump hasn’t yet announced a formal management agenda, but the White House budget blueprint released March 16 is explicitly links executive orders freezing civilian government hiring and launching a federal agency reorganization to plans to dramatically cut civilian […]