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State Dept. database crash leads to passport, visa delays

A State Department database crash has delayed the issuing of passports and visas worldwide.

California sees IT shifting to IBM-built cloud

California is moving its IT services to a cloud, on-demand, subscription-based service that state officials believe may meet as much as 80% of its computing needs.

Social Security Administration spent $300M on IT project 'boondoggle,' lawmakers say

The Social Security Administration has spent nearly US$300 million on a software system for processing disability claims that still isn't finished and has delivered limited useful functionality, according to an independent report on the project.

What to expect in Facebook's earnings call today

With Facebook set to release its Q2 earnings today, it's a safe bet company execs will talk about mobile issues and user growth.

Google rival slams EU Commission over antitrust settlement proposals

One of the complainants in an antitrust case against Google has slammed the European Commission for apparently adopting wholesale Google's proposal to settle the case, while giving complainants no fair chance to express their views on the settlement. Meanwhile, the Commission is considering revising the terms of the settlement, according to media reports.

Should EMC sell off 80% stake in VMware?

Breaking up is hard to do, but could a split be in store soon for EMC and VMware?

NASA upgrades humanoid robot in space

The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is in the midst of getting a series of upgrades, including new processors and software in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it.

Verizon revenue rises steadily, driven by wireless service growth

Record numbers of new tablet users, and the first rise in fixed-line revenue in seven years, drove Verizon Communications' second-quarter revenue up 5.7 percent year on year, it reported Tuesday.

'Nadella Effect' makes Ballmer $2.8B richer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's 'devices and services' strategy may be in tatters, discarded by his successor, Satya Nadella, but Ballmer must be smiling all the way to the bank.

Google may bring Wi-Fi to New York City pay phones

Google may be among the hopefuls vying to turn the New York City phone booths of the past into "communication points" of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging.

Microsoft combines several enterprise IT conferences into one for '15

Microsoft will hold next year a new conference that encompasses its enterprise IT products, including the productivity and server Office software, IT management wares and development tools, and replaces several shows that are narrower in scope.

Mac sales will again outstrip industry average

Apple likely sold more Macs than it did in the same quarter last year, keeping its better-than-the-industry sales pace going.

US needs to restore trust following NSA revelations, tech groups say

The U.S government can take action to slow the calls in other countries to abandon U.S. tech vendors following revelations about widespread National Security Agency surveillance, some tech representatives said Friday.

U.S. Senator blasts Microsoft's H-1B push as it lays off 18,000 workers

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered a scathing attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft.

Net neutrality becomes a key battleground in encryption fight

Plans to favor some Internet packets over others threaten consumers' hard-won right to use encryption, a digital privacy advocate says.

Microsoft may drag out layoffs for a year

It could take Microsoft a year to lay off the 18,000 workers it plans to cut, resulting in a drawn-out morale-busting process criticized by both labor experts and industry analysts.

Aloha point-of-sale terminal, sold on eBay, yields security surprises

Matt Oh, a senior malware researcher with HP, recently bought a single Aloha point-of-sale terminal -- a brand of computerized cash register widely used in the hospitality industry -- on eBay for $200.

Civil rights leader seeks Twitter employee diversity data

U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have already done.

Despite cloud and mobile push, IBM's Q2 revenue flattens

Despite a hearty push into cloud services and enterprise mobility, IBM continues to experience difficulty in raising revenue, though second-quarter profit jumped compared to a year ago.

CEO Whitman to chair HP's board

Two days after Hewlett-Packard said its chairman had resigned due to ill health, the company has named a replacement: President and CEO Meg Whitman.