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Archive: November 2008

Obama Names Team To Create "Innovation Agenda"

President-elect Barack Obama today unveiled who will oversee his "Innovation Agenda," a set of policy proposals that aim to make government operations more transparent, use high-technology to create jobs and get average citizens more involved in government. Lead members of the group, Blair Levin, Sonal Shah and Julius Genachowski, will...

By Cecilia Kang | November 25, 2008; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (1)

Joe the Plumber's Next Gig: DTV Transition Spokesman

The man who gained national attention during the presidential campaign for being an average Joe is starring in a series of videos intended to educate other ordinary Americans about the transition to digital TV. Joe Wurzelbacher, better know as Joe the Plumber, signed a deal with an online converter box...

By Kim Hart | November 25, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Telecom, Google Vets to Write Obama Tech Policy Priorities

President-elect Barack Obama has named two telecom industry and policy veterans and a leader of Google's philanthropy arm to craft the new administration's high-tech policy priorities. The policy working group on Technology, Innovation and Government Reform will "develop.... proposals and plans from the Obama Campaign for action during the Obama-Biden...

By Cecilia Kang | November 19, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New Bells and Whistles for Xbox

I was about to chase my mailman down the sidewalk on Saturday morning to get him to take a DVD-sized red envelope off my hands. Then I remembered, I don't need to do that anymore thanks to a new partnership Netflix has with Microsoft. Microsoft is pushing out a major...

By Mike Musgrove | November 19, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Out On the Town? Your iPhone Tells You When to Call It a Night.

It's Monday. Which means some of you are still recovering from a couple of late nights out on the town. Maybe you're still telling your co-workers about a wild Saturday night, or at least the parts you can remember. A new iPhone application helps you keep track of your alcohol...

By Kim Hart | November 17, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cellphone Sales Expected to Decline in 2009

When the going gets tough, people usually hang on to their cellphones. But it's likely they won't get new ones as global economic uncertainty cramps consumer spending, according to cellphone makers and analysts. That means a slowdown in sales of handsets -- cellphones and smart phones -- that in recent...

By Cecilia Kang | November 17, 2008; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

District's CTO Gets Award

Vivek Kundra, the chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, was named Government IT Executive of the Year Friday by the Tech Council of Maryland. Kundra won the award for "advancing government accessibility and transparency through technology," according to a news release. Through the city's Web site, Kundra has...

By Kim Hart | November 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

CTO: Hottest Job in Town

Sure, President-elect Barack Obama has a long list of jobs he needs to fill in the next couple of months. But the one the technology community is fixating on these days is the brand new Chief Technology Officer position Obama has promised to create. His inner circle of advisers are...

By Kim Hart | November 14, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

AT&T Changing Tune On Net Neutrality?

At the center of president-elect Barack Obama's technology agenda is net neutrality and access to broadband in underserved areas. And on net neutrality, it has been pretty clear where folks in the telecom industry stood. Republican lawmakers and regulators at the FCC have called it a solution looking for a...

By Cecilia Kang | November 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

What's New On Sat Radio? Confusion.

If you're a satellite radio subscriber and you're not sure what stations you still have access to today, you're evidently not alone. With the merger between Sirius and XM complete, the satellite company has just today changed around its channel lineup and shed some stations in the result. Sirius XM...

By Mike Musgrove | November 12, 2008; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (21) | TrackBack (0)

Call of Duty's History Lessons

Hank Keirsey wants you to know that he's not a videogame guy. "I was prepared to hate these guys, these little squirrels who make videogames," said Keirsey, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who has for the last few years served as a consultant on all of the versions of the...

By Mike Musgrove | November 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Gears of War 2 Launches

No doubt, the big video game launch of the week is Gears of War 2, which is hitting retail shelves today. I got a chance to play a few chapters yesterday and I'd say it seems as gripping as the first one, so far. (Some early highlights: Trying to blow...

By Mike Musgrove | November 7, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Obama Picks High-Tech and Washington Veteran to Transition Team

A veteran of Internet business operations and Washington tech policy was named to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, a move that could signal the prominence of high-tech policy in the new administration. Julius Genachowski, a former executive of Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, will help Obama choose members of his new administration,...

By Cecilia Kang | November 5, 2008; 6:03 PM ET | Comments (11) | TrackBack (1)

Google Ends Ad Deal With Yahoo

Google said it is pulling out of its proposed advertising partnership with Yahoo as it became apparent the deal would face a drawn-out antitrust challenge from the U.S. Justice Department. Google said in a blog post today that, "after four months of review, including discussions of various possible changes to...

By Kim Hart | November 5, 2008; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Google: Web Surfers Hungry For Election Info

If Google search queries are a barometer of what topics are occupying the nation's thoughts, you can probably guess what Web surfers are consulting the Internet about today. As voters head to the polls today, it looks like they're also looking for information about how McCain and Obama are faring,...

By Mike Musgrove | November 4, 2008; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


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