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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Posted at 11:09 AM
    In a statement released today and letter sent to President Barack Obama, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) expressed their support for Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy as the permanent under secretary for health. Dr. Clancy has been serving as the ... read more
  • Posted at 9:05 AM
    NASA announced Tuesday the selection of four U.S. companies to collaborate with NASA through unfunded partnerships to develop new space capabilities available to the government and other customers. The partnerships build on the success of NASA's commercial spaceflight initiatives to leverage NASA experience and expertise into new capabilities. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities (CCSC) initiative is designed to advance private sector development of integrated space capabilities through access to NASA's spaceflight resources and ensure emerging products or services are commercially ... read more
  • Blackboard Launches Charitable Giving Program --- WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2014
    Posted at 7:00 AM
    Blackboard Inc. has launched its Charitable Giving Program, the company announced today. This year, over $200,000 will be provided to multiple organizations to help foster education technology programs all over the world. This inaugural program represents the first time Blackboard has formally rolled out a corporate charitable giving process and marks the latest step in the company's efforts to support its renewed mission of "reimagining education." "As part of the global community, it is important for us to look beyond our four ... read more

Monday, December 22, 2014

  • Posted at 1:35 PM
    In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency's journey to Mars -- testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. "We continued to make great progress on our journey to Mars this year, awarding contracts to American companies who will return human space flight launches to U.S. soil, advancing space technology development; and successfully completing the first flight of ... read more
  • Posted at 1:01 PM
    Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) (NASDAQ: VNDA) today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Novartis AG (Novartis) related to the ongoing Fanapt(®) license arbitration proceedings. The parties have agreed to dismiss the ongoing Fanapt(®) arbitration and to release each other from any related claims. As a part of the settlement agreement, Novartis will (i) transfer all US and Canadian rights in the Fanapt(®) franchise to Vanda, (ii) make a $25 million equity investment in Vanda at a ... read more
  • Posted at 11:54 AM
    The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) today welcomed news that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to Bristol Myers-Squibb’s new immunotherapy drug, Opdivo® (nivolumab), for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. It is the second anti-PD-1 drug, aimed at re-energizing a patient’s protective immune ... read more
  • Posted at 11:48 AM
    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today issued two funding announcements offering a total of up to $150.7 million to support further development of the health systems-based and patient-powered data networks that comprise PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. PCORnet is a large, national network for conducting comparative effectiveness research (CER) and other types of health studies more rapidly and efficiently. Upon completion, it will be a resource to support studies using clinical data gathered in routine clinical practice ... read more
  • Posted at 10:00 AM
    The Cloud. Can you really avoid it? The cloud market is expected to grow to $121 billion dollars in 2015, a 26% compound annual growth rate from 2010's $37 billion(1). Such growth is set to continue, with research showing that 81% of organizations forecast a move to the cloud for 50% of their future transactions. So what are the drivers for the growth in the cloud market? With 60% of CIOs stating that their number one priority is cloud computing(2), a ... read more
  • Posted at 9:00 AM
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today announced that it has signed an agreement with the Chicago Board Options Exchange® (CBOE®) and C2 Options Exchange (C2) to provide market surveillance, financial surveillance, examinations, investigations, and disciplinary services to CBOE and C2, in addition to other regulatory ... read more
  • Posted at 8:52 AM
    Just days before Christmas, online shoppers are reporting a holiday miracle: their presents are making it to their homes on time, and few report troubles with credit card fraud or not getting what their online retailer promised, according to a Digital Citizens Alliance survey conducted in the last week of holiday shopping. In fact, nearly eight out of 10 Americans (79 percent) reported that they have already bought a gift online this holiday season. And the best news: for the overwhelming ... read more
  • Posted at 8:48 AM
    NASA's Commercial Crew Program and the agency's industry partners completed 23 agreement and contract milestones in 2014 and participated in thousands of hours of technical review sessions. The sessions focused on creating a new generation of safe, reliable and cost-effective crew space transportation systems to low-Earth orbit destinations. "To say we've been busy would truly be an understatement," said Kathy Lueders, manager of the Commercial Crew Program. "Our partners at Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX have made ... read more
  • Posted at 8:00 AM
    Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced the appointment of Brian Kim as chief executive for South Korea, effective Feb. 2, 2015. In this new position, he will be responsible for coordinating the corporation's relationship with South Korea, supporting current programs and developing strategies for growth. A photo accompanying this release is available at: Kim has more than 30 years of experience working in the aerospace industry in the U.S., South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. He joins Northrop ... read more
  • Posted at 7:00 AM
    ASAE held its 2014 CIO Pre-Conference Workshop and Technology Conference & Expo, December 15-17, at the Gaylord National® Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland. With a total of 1,203 total participants, it's one of the highest attended conferences in its history. Participants took part in 30 high-level practical education sessions within five pathways, a sold-out Expo Hall, and learned about new technologies and how they could possibly use them within their organization. The final attendance breakdown for this year's ... read more

Sunday, December 21, 2014

  • Posted at 9:01 PM
    Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: ELECTRONIC ADVANCE Profile America -- Monday, December 22nd. One of the most important inventions of modern times dates to this week in 1947. Three Bell Laboratory scientists successfully tested what would become the junction transistor, vital to our information age. The three shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 1956. The transistor replaced bulky, fragile vacuum tubes, which generated a lot of heat as they amplified a signal. As a ... read more

Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Posted at 1:53 PM
    One year after Target confirmed the company’s massive data breach, and as the holiday shopping season is approaching its peak on Super Saturday, National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger today reiterated the need for national ... read more
  • Posted at 9:51 AM
    Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communication services, confirmed the U.S. Government Business Unit’s successful testing of its on-demand lease service using the prototype L-band Advanced Communications Element (LACE) terminal. The experimental terminal established a record-setting 10Mbps return ... read more
  • Posted at 9:28 AM
    Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) has released a new video series providing insights into the pressing issue of climate resilience in low-income communities. Giving Voice to Communities The eight-part series draws on presentations at ECC's forum, The High Road to Climate Resilience in American Cities, whose overriding theme was that community representatives must have a voice in decisions affecting their neighborhoods - whether rebuilding after a Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy, planning for mitigation of climate change or retaining anchor institutions that stabilize ... read more
  • Posted at 9:00 AM
    T-Mobile has agreed to fully refund its customers for unwanted third-party charges it placed on their phone bills, a practice known as mobile cramming, paying at least $90 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit filed earlier this year. In addition to the full refunds T-Mobile is providing, which will resolve the FTC's lawsuit if approved by the court, T-Mobile is paying $18 million in fines and penalties to the attorneys general of all 50 states and the District ... read more

Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Posted at 2:31 PM
    Please attribute the following statement to CTIA-The Wireless Association® Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Scott Bergmann: "The FCC's report yet again proves that America's wireless users enjoy a variety of choices, from carriers to service plans to devices. According to both the FCC's report released today and more recent figures on the competitive landscape of America's wireless industry, 97 percent of Americans may choose from at least three different carriers while a previous report said only 15 percent of wired ... read more
  • Posted at 10:58 AM
    Ginger Bell, Strategic Compliance Partners Director of Training, was recently appointed to Morf Media’s Executive Team as SVP of e-Learning. Bell’s dual role will allow Morf Media and SCP to collaborate in developing gamification in order to enhance training platforms for the financial services market. ... read more