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US Army Admits to Software Piracy, Pays $50M

The United States government has agreed to pay $50 million in compensation after effectively committing large-scale piracy. The problem? The US Army installed software on 9,000 military computers without a proper license. The software, which was ... produced by Texas-based firm Apptricity, was used to track the movement of troops and supplies in real time. The system allows staff to get a complete picture of everything they are tracking on a single screen, yet have the ability to drill down to fine detail -- such as finding which particular compartment in a vehicle or plane a specific item is ... (view more)

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Syrian Electronic Army Targets Obama's Social Media

The Syrian Electronic Army has taken aim at United States President Barack Obama's Facebook and Twitter updates. The result: Obama's updates directed visitors to the Syrian Electronic Army's own websites for a limited time. The Syrian Electronic ... Army (SEA) is a loose collective of hackers who support besieged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. government's support of rebel forces in Syria has brought the SEA into conflict with the Obama administration and the American media. SEA Redirects Twitter Users to Terrorism Video This most recent hack took place on Monday, October 28, 2013, ... (view more)

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US Army Seizes Vista, Won't Wait for Windows 7

Just when it seemed most everyone in the tech industry was gearing up for the release of Windows 7 this Christmas, the U.S. Army has announced it will soon upgrade its PC systems to the much-maligned Windows Vista operating system. It's surprising ... but welcome news for Microsoft, which has been criticized for Vista's faults since the OS release in 2007. The decision to upgrade United States Army PC desktops from Windows XP to Windows Vista was announced yesterday, and early reports suggest the military plans to complete the change by next year. The announcement is good news for Microsoft, ... (view more)

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More Federal Agencies Delay Migration to Vista

Last week we reported how the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a moratorium on users migrating to Windows Vista, Internet Explorer 7 and Office 2007 citing no compelling reasons to upgrade at this time. ... Federal Computer Week is reporting that more Federal Agencies are delaying the migration to Windows Vista. The Interior Department, including the Army and the Transportation Department are developing implementation policies and say they need to complete their testing of Vista before switching over from older working systems already in place. A draft ... (view more)

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