Author: WTN News

If your local newspaper shuts down, what will take the place of its coverage? Perhaps a package of information about your neighborhood, or even your block, assembled by a computer. A number of Web start-up companies are creating so-called hyperlocal news sites that let people...

The European duo who created Skype and sold it to eBay for billions may have another trick up their sleeve: buying it back. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype, have approached several private equity firms and are pooling their own substantial resources...

David Blumenthal, MD, the newly appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, sees "major hurdles" for the HITECH Act, according to a New England Journal of Medicine article. The HITECH Act, the portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that deals...

With Apple's recent launch of tiered pricing on its iTunes Music Store, the major record labels have succeeded in being able to charge music fans more for the songs they like the most. Apple, the largest music retailer in the United States, had refused to...

Washington's increased focus on technology is boosting spending and enthusiasm, according to a new report. Compass Intelligence released a report Wednesday, saying that private IT spending will get a boost from increased focus on federal IT modernization, policies promoting innovation, and stimulus spending that will...

YouTube, the most popular online video site, and Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, said on Thursday that they would create an online hub for music videos and related content, called Vevo. The agreement is the latest of many efforts by YouTube, which...

The Federal Communications Commission has begun the process of mapping out a plan to bring high-speed Internet service to the entire nation, starting with questions on how to increase its availability, improve its quality of service, and make that service more affordable. Acting Chairman Michael...

The Olympus E-30 is a new, mid-range SLR that costs $1299 without lens, and shoots 12-megapixel images. Olympus has added a number of features usually seen in point-and-shoot cameras, most notably a bevy of scene modes, and their new Art Filters, which add elaborate special...

It looks like a great time for e-mail but a lousy time for e-mail applications. If, that is, you even use a separate e-mail program these days. Web-based mail has been gaining ground for years, especially since Google revived the concept by launching Gmail five...

A massive investment in healthcare IT will be meaningless in a global economy if the technology doesn't rein in runaway costs because healthcare spending is unsustainable in the current economic climate, according to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan. Simply pumping more dollars into Medicare...