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Industry Notes

Scientific advances could shrink chips. Scientists say recent discoveries will allow them to make computer chips smaller, The New York Times reports. Chip-makers had feared that the pace of miniaturization had slowed, but the scientific advances, being pursued by companies like IBM and Intel, suggest that "the brake will not be applied any time soon," the report says.


Executive Notes

White spaces vote could come in September. The FCC could vote on its "white spaces" proceeding as soon as its next meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had previously said he wanted it done before October. The order would devote unused TV airwaves to wireless broadband. "The FCC agreed almost two years ago to allow these 'white space' airwaves to be used for wireless communication services. But the effort stalled as companies waited for regulators to clear up some technical issues and broadcasters sued," the WSJ reports.

RIM averts BlackBerry ban in India with 60-day security test. "Research In Motion averted a ban on its BlackBerry services in India that would have affected more than a million users and halted the Canadian company’s expansion in the world’s second-largest mobile-phone market," Bloomberg reports. RIM offered tools that will allow agencies to monitor messages by BlackBerry users. The government said it will test the solution for 60 days to see if it suffices.

Moving on. Former Department of Interior Deputy Chief information Officer Ed Meagher is leaving his position at SRA International to become vice president of healthcare strategy at the consulting firm CSC. A longtime federal employee, Meagher is one of the most outspoken among technology experts when it comes to the highlighting the cybersecurity threat facing the federal government. He starts at CSC on Wednesday.

Leaked CIA memo examines fallout from perception of U.S. National Journal examines a leaked CIA document posted by WikiLeaks this month. The memo "raises concerns about how foreign governments might react if the United States is viewed as 'an exporter of terrorism,' " NJ writes.

Watchdog says Bush White House ignored warnings on archiving e-mails. A new report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claims the Bush administration willfully ignored several warnings that it was likely to lose millions of e-mails sent between 2003 and 2005. Many of the missing e-mails appear to be related to the Valerie Plame affair; for example, former White House staffer Scooter Libby's inbox was among those not included on the backup tapes restored by the Obama White House. The Obama administration settled the case last year by releasing thousands of previously withheld documents.


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