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OPM hit by class-action suit over breach of federal employee data

The employees charge the Office of Personnel Management and a contractor with negligence.


New e-commerce model: Where everybody knows your name — and everything else about you

Some former Amazon managers are fine-tuning an app that, in effect, becomes shoppers' personal CRM profiles. Today, shoppers interact with specific retail sites and, maybe, develop a profile with that retailer. But every time that...

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Price comparison engines have become so relevant that they're now irrelevant

There is arguably little that is more fundamental to the e-commerce experience — and triply so with mobile shopping — than price comparisons. This is important to remember when looking at the announcement that Connexity is buying...

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Senators rip into OPM director for data losses from major breach

Efforts to fix cybersecurity problems at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management may be doomed because the agency is moving too quickly and ignoring some best practices, an auditor said Thursday.

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Researchers to use Google cloud to aid in genome analysis

Researchers at MIT and Harvard are partnering with Google to use its cloud platform to take genomic data and use it to find cures to diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

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Google wristband could give doctors constant stream of patient data

Google has created a health-tracking wristband that could give health care professionals real-time information on the well-being of their patients.

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US visa system back online after major outage

The U.S. Department of State is back in the business of issuing visas after a computer system failure halted work at consulates worldwide and inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of travelers.

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Some users will 'kick and scream' at paying with slower chip cards

Major U.S. banks have been rolling out new, secure smart chip debit and credit cards for months, but the real end-user impact hasn't yet been felt.

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Enterprise financials in the cloud? Why the fog of skepticism may be lifting

Spreadsheets and email documents are a bigger threat than the cloud, says Forrester Research’s Liz Herbert.

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Federal investigator to plead guilty to Silk Road robbery

The U.S. Department of Justice's conviction of Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht may have been compromised by two corrupt investigators.

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US Navy paid millions to stay on Windows XP

The U.S. Navy is paying Microsoft millions of dollars to keep up to 100,000 computers afloat because it has yet to transition away from Windows XP.

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QR codes and porn: Heinz learns a domain renewal lesson

The slowest ketchup in the west, east, north and south may have retained the slowest domain renewal unit, too, and Heinz learned a painful lesson involving QR codes, Germany and a porn site. The lesson, though, is serious business. As...

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US, UK spies said to attack security software

Spies working for the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart found antivirus and security software a hindrance to their intelligence gathering processes and worked to thwart it, according to a report in The...

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CVS's Target deal: Prescription for a privacy disaster

When Target announced this week that it was selling its pharmacy business to CVS, it was good news for CVS, which will add more than 1,660 pharmacies to its network. But lost amid all of the mega-drugstore talk are some extremely...

Government prioritizes digital engagement

The government’s digital engagement with stakeholders and citizens garnered much attention this past year. Specifically, the fiscal 2016 budget request by the White House includes proposed spending of $105 million to “scale and...


Wearables for workplace wellness face federal scrutiny

Federal regulators are weighing reforms to widespread workplace wellness programs that could affect how personal data from consumer-grade fitness bands and smartwatches is kept confidential.

U.S. visa system will be offline until at least next week

The computer problem that brought down a key State Department system for issuing visas and passports at U.S. embassies worldwide won't be fixed until at least next week.

Lawmakers fear recent U.S. gov't breaches endanger national security

Two recently disclosed data breaches at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management could endanger national security and the lives of federal workers in intelligence or other sensitive jobs.

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