2010 April InfoTech & Telecom News (full text PDF)

2010 April InfoTech & Telecom News (full text PDF)
March 18, 2010

Jim Lakely

Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, co-director of Heartland’s... (read full bio)

The April issue of InfoTech & Telecom News reports on Google’s relationship with China, which went sour January 12 when Google traced to Chinese government operatives a spate of cyberattacks and clandestine Web surveillance targeting the search giant and other foreign tech companies.

Also in this issue:

  • A school district in suburban Philadelphia apparently thought it had devised the perfect anti-theft device for the laptops it issued its students--until parents discovered the plan involved secretly using a Web camera to snap photos of their children, even in their bedrooms at home.
  • The terrorist dubbed the “Underwear Bomber,” who tried to take down a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, is no longer a threat, but his scheme may have done great damage to the emerging in-flight technology industry.
  • Pennsylvania’s attempts to lure high-tech companies by offering big tax incentives have brought only marginal gains, according to a new study.
  • The head of the Consumer Electronics Association was not shy about criticizing rising federal budget deficits and sticking up for free markets, publicly chiding a member of the Obama administration.
  • Two Minnesota municipalities--one the largest in the state, the other a small town--have been considered good models for how municipal wi-fi programs can work, but the taxpayer-supported systems in Minneapolis and Chaska have ended up costing more than expected while delivering less than advertised.

Jim Lakely

Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, co-director of Heartland’s... (read full bio)