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Microsoft E-health Research Taps Xbox, Cell Phones

Microsoft is researching how gadgets like the company’s Xbox device, surface computers and accelerometers in cell phones could be used to improve health care, according to IDG News Service. Some of the applications from Microsoft Research plug into existing Microsoft products like HealthVault, an online service for patients to track …

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Chopra Delivers First Lady Michelle Obama’s Message

On Friday, March 12th, Aneesh Chopra, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, addressed the 10th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards. He delivered a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama via video. The goal of her message was to inspire game developers to help fight childhood obesity and win the $40,000 prize. …

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New OMB Requirements Halt NASA’s $1.5B Data Center Plans

Instead of building its new billion-dollar enterprise data center, NASA has decided to make major changes to its data-center strategy. NASA said it was postponing the release of a long-awaited request for proposal for the new data center in light of new Office of Management and Budget  requirements regarding cloud …

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FDA Wants Web Control

The Food and Drug Administration plans to control online prescription drug advertisements. They plan to issue new standards for posting medical information about drugs on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook. Currently, there are no regulations in place that differentiate between online advertisements and hard copy advertisements.  The …

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Zients Releases Contest Guidelines

The White House released a memo on Monday on how agencies can legally arrange contests in order to engage citizens to find new ideas on how to use technology to improve open government. The memo was from Jeffrey Zients, the Deputy Director for Management, in the Office of Management and …

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US Transportation Command Launches Facebook and Twitter Pages

Yesterday, the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) launched its official Facebook and Twitter pages. In response to DOD Deputy Secretary William Lynn’s memo regarding the responsible and effective use of social media and web 2.0 applications on Friday, February 25, USTRANSCOM moved forward quickly with plans to establish a presence on …

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NIH First to Use OpenID

The National Institutes of Health is one of the first federal agencies to use OpenID. This service will allow researchers, as well as other visitors, to access privacy-protected sites by entering one password at a time. Users can easily switch between different secure sites without having to continually enter a …

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District Rolls Out “Open 311”

Last week, District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Bryan Sivak announced the launch of the first common platform for “Open 311.”  Open 311 provides free Application Programming Interface (API) access to city 311 systems for non-emergency city services. Addressing the common complaint of citizens’ concerns buried in government bureaucracy, …

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