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FTC challenges innovators to do battle with robocallers
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The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution. This is the agency's first government contest hosted on, an online challenge platform administered by the U.S. General Services Administration, in partnership with ChallengePost. empowers the U.S. government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation's most pressing issues. More


What should be important to the Texas Legislature next year?
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Your voice matters when it comes to high-tech legislative issues. Help determine what the MTBC's legislative priorities should be for the coming 2013 legislative session in the MTBC legislative survey. More

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Cybersecurity topic of latest Tech Industry Luncheon: Your weakest access point is internal users
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Patrick Gray, principal security strategist, Cisco Systems and a 20-year veteran of the FBI related some of the counsel he gives enterprises about safety in the modern age of cybersecurity in his discussion of "Data security challenges in the all-too-public and not-so-private sectors." More

ACD's board tracking system wins its third industry award
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ACD, MTBC member and a leading supplier to the electronics industry, was awarded a 2012 Global Technology Award for its Flight Status Board tracking system from the Surface Mount Technology Association. The system leverages state-of-the-art programming techniques to track the progress of circuit boards throughout the manufacturing process. More


Cisco's CEO Chambers focuses on software growth
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Cisco Systems Inc. CEO John Chambers said the company intends to double the share of revenue it makes from software in the next five years, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco, which has a large campus in Richardson, hopes to take advantage of the rapid growth of data centers across the country, which offers the company new territory for expansion, the Journal said. More

Apple Lightning connector reveals mysterious Texas Instruments chip
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Inside your Lightning cord that now connects your iPhone 5 to your computer is a newly discovered set of four chips, one of which may very well be the fabled "security chip" that stops third-party manufacturers from reproducing the hardware. All four chips are ever so slightly different, each of them having their own part name. Two of these bits of architecture are transistors, one is an NXP NX20P3, and the final bit is an unknown Texas Instruments-produced chip. More


Dallas is 3rd on Forbes list of places for women to launch business
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Dallas is the third best city in the nation for female entrepreneurs, according to Forbes magazine's list of the best cities for women to launch a business. More

Nokia to make $979.6 million bond offering to boost liquidity
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Nokia Corp. will launch a bond offering to raise $979.6 million in an attempt to bolster is cash reserves. Nokia, the Finnish handset maker that has operations in Irving, hopes to take advantage of favorable lending conditions in offering the bonds, The Wall Street Journal reported. Nokia has reported six consecutive quarterly losses. More

Does TI's forecast mean the economy is in for a chilly winter?
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Texas Instruments Inc. recently reported third quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' forecasts. But you know how Wall Street is. What have you got for next quarter? And that's where TI reported some headwinds. This has Jeff Bounds, senior staff writer for Dallas Business Journal, concerned. More


Softbank CEO won't rule out MetroPCS bid
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Softbank Corp. aims to turn Sprint Nextel Corp. into a strong No. 3 player to battle U.S. wireless industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., the Japanese company's chief executive said. Sprint is already the third largest U.S. wireless carrier. But before Softbank agreed this week to pay $20 billion for a 70 percent stake in the company, Sprint was hobbled by the cost of an expensive network upgrade and heavy debt. More

UT Arlington, Shimadzu forge $25 million partnership
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The University of Texas System Board of Regents recently allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent University Fund toward a $25.2 million endeavor that will transform research capabilities and STEM education throughout the UT System and Texas. The funding will go toward the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington, a collaboration of UT Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, an analytical instruments firm. The new Institute will include three centers: The existing Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, the new Center for Imaging and the new Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis. More


Making STEM fun: Online ed startup Alleyoop targets US skills gap
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According to a February report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the U.S. needs to grow its STEM professionals by 1 million over the next decade if it intends to retain its "historic preeminence" in science and technology. Achieving that would require a roughly 34 percent annual increase in the number of students who receive undergraduate STEM degrees, according to the report, which largely cites weak math skills and uninspiring introductory courses as dissuading many students from completing a STEM education. This is where Alleyoop comes in. The startup aims to usher in a new era of learning — and better equip today's students with math and science skills — through its intuitive, personalized, game-based website. More

Commentary: Keeping the 'T' in STEM
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In 1994, Laura Reasoner Jones, technology specialist and founder of the GEMS club, started an after school club called Girls Excelling in Math and Science to encourage girls to build rockets, mix chemicals and get messy. Over the past 18 years, they've had a ball — and the girls have thrived. In 2012, Jones is doing something a little different and focusing club activities on motivating girls to embrace technology — as creators, not users. More


UN urges Internet terror surveillance
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The United Nations said more surveillance of Internet users is desirable to help in the investigation and prosecution of terrorists. A lack of "internationally agreed framework for retention of data" is a problem as are open Wi-Fi networks in airports, cafes and libraries, a report released by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said. More

Legislation aims to slash government IT waste
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One of the classic items on the agenda for all presidential candidates, including incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, is to cut federal government waste. In fact, the Obama administration has been campaigning for nearly the past two years to reduce waste and improve the efficiency of federal information technology with a 25-point action plan. However, that plan isn't working — or at least it's not working well enough for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Instead of relying on administrative actions, Issa has proposed legislation to light a fire underneath federal agencies to ensure improvements in IT management. More


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