The US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has closed a $9.1 million contract extension with Microsoft that the agency originally announced in April to further extend custom support for the venerable Windows XP operating system, as well as the Office 2003 suite and Exchange 2003 e-mail. According to a Navy contracting announcement, “Across the United States Navy, approximately 100,000 workstations currently use these applications. Support for this software can no longer be obtained under existing agreements with Microsoft because the software has reached the end of maintenance period.”
I am tired of answering questions about the alleged blockbuster revelations from a sponsored study and an academic Internet legal eagle wizard. To catch up on the swizzled search results “news”, I direct your attention, gentle reader, to these articles:
- “Google Manipulates Search Results, According to Study from Yelp and Legal Star Tim Wu”
- “Study Offers New Evidence That Google Skews Search Results”
Stephen E. Arnold: Venture Investments in Search Go Up In Smoke — Way Opens for Open Source Everything Solutions
Gee, impatient venture capital firms, grousing partners hungry for a payday, and agitated stakeholders, are these usually cheerful folks worrying about getting their money back with a hefty profit? My hunch is that some who wrote checks might be thinking about a vacation at WalMart instead of a couple of weeks bouncing around Europe or looking at animals in Africa from a Land Rover.
Mini-Me: NSA Gutting of US Communications and Computing Likely to Cost US Tech Companies Way More Than $35 Billion
Two years ago, when Edward Snowden exposed the NSA’s massive surveillance machine it didn’t just make Americans distrust the U.S. government—it also impelled foreigners to shy away from U.S.-made technologies. The result appears to be costly. In fact, a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C., think tank, says the agency’s pervasive digital surveillance will likely cost U.S. companies more than $35 billion in foreign business by 2016.