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The United States Justice Department has brought forth criminal charges against several members of Unit 61398 of the Chinese military, alleging that these members hacked into computer systems of six American businesses, including Alcoa Inc., United States Steel Crop, Allegheny Technologies Inc, Westinghouse Electric Co, and SolarWorld AG. What makes this especially significant is that it's the first time the U.S. has gone public with cyber spying charges. "In the past, when we brought concerns such as these to Chinese government officials, they responded by publicly challenging us to provide hard... Read more...
It's no surprise to anyone that Apple is doing well, but it may be surprising to many that the company is doing better financially than its own home country. Latest figures from the US Treasury Department show that the country has an operating cash balance of $73.7 billion, while Apple's most recent postings show a balance of $76.4 billion. Apple's good news comes at a critical time for the U.S.: the US House of Representatives is currently languishing over a coming vote on a bill to raise the country's debt ceiling, which will allow it to borrow more money to cover spending commitments. If the... Read more...
We frequently hear from our Canadian friends about how much they are reamed for their cell phone plans. The New American Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI) has done a study and confirmed that. The U.S. is second most expensive, but trails by quite a bit. The report's conclusion, unsurprisingly, is that those countries with the most regulation and the most competition have the lowest rates. A cell phone package that includes text, data, and voice would cost users in Canada $67.50 (in USD), the study showed. The U.S. was second, with users paying at least $59.99. On the low end, India... Read more...
While many have griped, complained (you name it) over the sad state of U.S. broadband, particularly when compared with other countries, some have said it's all a bunch of "hooey." A report released by economic consulting firm LECG, commissioned by Nokia Siemens Networks would tend to agree with that, putting the U.S. at #1 in broadband --- with caveats. This placement assumes you use the so-called "Connectivity Scorecard," which measures a number of items unrelated to broadband as part of its ranking system. If you look at the report (.PDF), you can see on page 39 the methodology followed in the... Read more...