By Gautham Nagesh - 09/21/10 10:26 AM EDT
House Commerce working on net-neutrality legislation. A spokesperson for the House Commerce Committee confirmed to Hillicon Valley that the committee is still trying to nail down support for its net-neutrality legislation, but details are scarce at the moment. Look for something to drop this week.
Administration cuts Justice Department case management system. In a move expected to save at least $100 million, the Obama administration announced Monday it would be canceling the Litigation Case Management System that had been under development from the Justice Department. The move is part of the administration's ongoing review of 26 high-profile IT projects, worth a total of $30 billion in lifecycle costs. http://bit.ly/9FMH7d
FCC's Clyburn announces new chief of staff. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn didn't look far to find her new chief of staff Dave Grimaldi, who previously served as senior counsel to Clyburn's father House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.). Grimaldi has prior experience in technology and telecom issues and replaces interim chief of staff Angie Kronenberg, who will continue as wireline legal adviser to Commissioner Clyburn. http://bit.ly/9l2GOu
HP and Oracle settle lawsuit over Hurd's hiring. Hewlett-Packard announced late Monday that it has settled a lawsuit against former chief executive Mark Hurd over his hiring by Oracle earlier this month. Hurd, who resigned from HP last month over alleged improprieties concerning an HP contractor, agreed to waive more than 300,000 stock options that constituted the rest of the compensation owed to him under his severance agreement. Hurd also agreed to abide by the confidentiality agreements he signed upon leaving HP. http://bit.ly/cssOUB
IBM to buy data firm for $1.7 billion. IBM announced it will buy the data specialist Netezza for $1.7 billion; the deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions by IBM and other large technology vendors in the rapidly growing market for cloud storage. Netezza is a leading provider of technology that analyzes large amounts of data to help companies make business decisions, such as comparing salaries against the industry average. http://bit.ly/deJ1dX
Google introduces Transparency Report. A new tool from Google shows where and when traffic to certain Internet sites is blocked. It will also show every time a government asks Google to take down or hand over information. The company said the move is in the interests of transparency, in hopes that sunlight will discourage some authorities from censorship. http://nyti.ms/bCDGCo
Watercooler. Google revealed recently that fiber optic links to its data center in Oregon were regularly the subject of target practice from local hunters, forcing the company to eventually move the cables underground. A Google official blamed boredom on the part of local sportsmen. http://bit.ly/97kjHO