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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- TAVIS SMILEY kicks off his seventh season on PBS on Monday, January 11, 2010, with conversations featuring politicians, actors, artists, athletes and newsmakers (Check local listings). During his premiere week, Smiley will sit down with actress Sandra Bullock, recently named the top box office draw of 2009 and the first actress in Hollywood history to take a film (The Blind Side) past the $200 million mark, TV icon Alan Alda, actor Tobey Maguire, recently nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Actor category for "Brothers," musician Rosanne Cash, who will perform music from her critically acclaimed album, "The List," and Bob Newhart, who is celebrating 50 years in show business. Additionally, the show will engage a conversation assessing President Obama's first year in office as we approach his inaugural State of the Union add... (more)

Ifrah Law's Founder Jeff Ifrah Comments on Obama's Plans to Change Clemency Criteria

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/22/14 -- In April, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the White House had indicated that President Obama was considering additional clemency applications with the intention to "restore a degree of justice, fairness and proportionality for deserving individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety." According to Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, the President has turned to the Department of Justice, asking for assistance in setting up a process that guarantees that any individual who has a valid case for commutation can trust that his or her petition will be seen and thoroughly evaluated. New clemency criteria, which are yet to be released, could result in thousands of new applications. This decision is part of an ongoing push from the Obama administration to reassess sentences for drug crimes that were pron... (more)

Tyco Integrated Security Supports Small Business Saturday(R)

BOCA RATON, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 11/17/14 -- Tyco Integrated Security, the industry's leading security systems integrator, today announced its participation in this year's Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 29, 2014. Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express and is a day dedicated to strengthening communities by supporting local small businesses. Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. As the most experienced commercial security provider in the world, TycoIS leverages its tenure of experience and breadth of technologies to deliver tailored solutions to small business customers around the country. In addition to promoting participation in Small Business Saturday, TycoIS will offer discounts on its recently announced cost... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing

As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure, Hosting.com's CloudNine and VMware's vCloud are rolled out week in, week out, the worldwide cloud computing momentum continues to grow. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal surveys a globe-girdling network of leading infrastructure experts, IT industry executives and technology commentators for their views on The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come. Contributors include Salesforce.com's Peter Coffee, Geve Perry of GigaSpaces, Ben Rushlo from Keynote Systems, Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan Williamson, Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, open source entrepreneur Krishnan Subramanian and Markus Klems of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Germany. PETER COFFEE Director, Platform Research - Salesforce.com Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK from 1... (more)

NPR Asks: Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House?

"The Internet IS cloud computing," according to a holiday-time broadcast on National Public Radio. The program, called 'Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House' aired December 21 on NPR's All Things Considered and involved NPR's Andrea Seabrook discussing with security and technology experts how the White House computers should run under incoming President Barack Obama. The program focused on how cloud computing technology can potentially be used to improve government services - a much discussed topic as the new administration moves into the White House. Experts consulted included Google's Vint Cerf (a.k.a.'The Father of the Internet') and Dataline's expert on Cloud Computing Security, Kevin Jackson. Jackson discussed how cloud computing can make data and computing more secure than traditional systems. Cloud computing would also improve collaboration, an area that... (more)

What Does Obama Revolution Mean to Cloud Computing?

The "CloudAve" Blog The technology blueprint of President Elect Barack Obama, if implemented as promised, bodes well for the future of Cloud Computing. Let me consider some of the Barack Obama's Technology proposals and explain how it is relevant to the success of Cloud Computing. His proposals include Protecting the openness of Internet: In other words, supporting net neutrality. This is crucial for innovation in the field of Cloud Computing and it is also very important for ensuring vendor diversity. In the absence of net neutrality, big vendors can easily crush smaller players and establish monopoly in the Cloud Computing marketplace including the SaaS marketplace. Safeguarding our right to Privacy: One of the biggest concerns for consumers and businesses when it comes to Cloud Computing is the issue of Privacy. They are worried that their data will not be safe in the... (more)

Are Humans Really Necessary for Maintaining SLAs in the Cloud?

Eric Novikoff's Blog Are humans really necessary for maintaining SLAs? In today's cloud computing deployments, especially with systems like Amazon's EC2, the users' application is responsible for both measuring and taking action on application performance issues. This complicates deployment and coding, as well as tying your application to a particular cloud provider. However, I believe that the next generation of cloud deployment frameworks will be able to do this automatically, by integrating general-purpose monitoring applications with policy-based cloud management engines.  When I was watching the recent the election returns on CNN, I wasn't sure what was more amazing: Obama's historic victory, or CNN's technology. CNN was able to display up-to-the minute results of each state's elections simply at the touch of their news anchor onto the screen of an election-repor... (more)

Hello to 2009, The Year of Cloud Computing

David Fredh's Blog 2008 was a year of change - with Obama, the Olympic Games and the financial crisis; it was also the year when Yahoo said no to Microsoft. But 2009 will be all about Cloud Computing. The technological hype has started already but the commercial breakthrough will come in 2009 - driven by providers including Amazon, Google, HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft. The potential of the hype maybe will be clearer with the fact that Amazon's price for one GB in the cloud is only $0.150 at this moment. It’s time to wrap up the year 2008. It has been a year of change with Obama, Olympic games and financial crisis. It is also the year when Yahoo said no to Microsoft. iPhone really rocked it’s way into the market and changed the focus from Hardware design into Software. The application store now contains more than 10000 applications which is very unique and the os and u... (more)

Who Should Be America's First CTO?

Add Your Own Nomination Here... Eric Schmidt? Bill Joy? Steve Ballmer? Bruce Schneier? Ray Kurzweil? Richard Stallman? Vint Cerf? Mitch Kapor? Tom Perkins? As former IAC executive Julius Genachowski was appointed last week to President Elect Obama's transition team, speculation is growing as to the possibility that Genachowski or someone like him may one day soon become the country's first Chief Technology Officer. Barack Obama's transition team also includes Sonal Shah of Google.org and Donald Gips, VP of corporate strategy and development for Level 3 Communications. The notion of a CTO was first raised in Obama's Tech and Innovation Plan, produced by a group that was chaired by Genachowski. In his Presidential announcement speech in Springfield, IL, back in 2007, Obama said: "Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age. Let's se... (more)

Green IT in 2009: Now's the Time for Desktop Virtualization

IT is the functional area where organizations can most effectively ­and immediately ­cut costs and positively impact environmental change. Desktop virtualization technologies leverage the unused computing power of a single computer, creating an efficient alternative to traditional desktop-per-user computing. "There is no obstacle that can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change." In the week of President Obama's inauguration, his words are a noble call to us all to rise to meet the best in ourselves, many of us are wondering, 'But how do I tangibly effect change in my own life? Or in my own organization?' President Obama built his campaign on the promise of economic stimulus and aggressive support for green technologies. Recently, he selected alternative energy supporter and Nobel-prize winning physicist Steven Chu to head the Department of Energy... (more)

Are the Good Times Back for Technology in 2009?

Trevor Doerksen's Blog What is going to happen to technology companies in 2009? If Democrats are good for technology what companies are Republicans good for - that is, what is going to happen to non-technology companies in 2009? Here's a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House and performance of stocks. Have a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House and performance of stocks. Starting with Bush Senior, a Republican, in 1988 you can see that the markets were pretty turbulent. One thing I notice over that 4-year terms is that the the most turbulent was the technology heavy Nasdaq stocks. Notice, that in late 1992, the same time the markets could see Bill Clinton would be the next US President the Dow dips and the Nasdaq takes off. OK, now have a look at the next chart. This one, is focused on the two terms in ... (more)