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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Monday that it would try to ease a credit squeeze afflicting small businesses by buying up to $15 billion of securities that are linked to small-business loans. Speaking to an audience of small-business owners at the White House, President...

Scientists create project proposals, equipment wish lists Dara Frank's experiments with bacteria at the Medical College of Wisconsin require isolating 20,000 cells - by hand. The tedious task takes about 160 hours and typically is done by scientists and students in her lab over two months. A...

The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for $1.5 billion in economic stimulus grant funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some of the funds can be used for information technology purposes. For instance, $1 billion is available for construction grants to build...

A new report by Gartner, titled Dataquest Alert: Utilities, Healthcare and Government Lead IT Spending Growth in Challenging 2009, details where IT spending is headed. Gartner analysts expect overall worldwide IT spending growth of one-half of one percent, and an essentially flat U.S. growth rate...

An FBI raid on the federal CIO's former offices may be the least of his problems. As fed CIO, operating under the White House Office of Management and Budget, Kundra will focus on how government agencies buy, use, manage, and coordinate information technology. That's a...

Zappos.com Inc. credits its novel Web 2.0-based sales philosophy for much of its significant sales growth -- and continuing profitability -- during the current hard times. The online shoe and clothing store doesn't spend massive sums creating and implementing online or offline marketing and advertising campaigns,...

To demonstrate the threats from botnets, the BBC purchased a network of 22,000 infected computers, used it to spam its own e-mail accounts and for a denial-of-service test, and then left messages on the hijacked computers that they were infected. The BBC's Click technology program said...

SAN FRANCISCO--Google plans to unveil a service called Google Voice on Thursday that indicates Google wants to do with your telephone communications what companies such as Yahoo have done with e-mail. Google Voice, the new version of the GrandCentral technology Google acquired in July 2007, has...

As economic forecasts predict an ever-lengthening recession, CIOs will continue to be called upon to trim costs and create better operational efficiencies. We spoke with Frank Casale, CEO and chairman of the Outsourcing Institute, and Allen Weinberg, principal and North American leader of McKinsey & Company’s...

We’ve all seen the parting e-mails from employees who leave the company for one reason or another. Some are short and sweet, some are longer. But are these notes a risk? Over the span of my career, I’ve read many goodbye e-mails. These are the (usually)...