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Google unveils product aimed at government.
Google will unveil a new edition of its application products tailored for government use, the company announced Monday on its blog. The product has “specific measures to address the policy and security needs of the public sector,” the company said. Google Apps for Government, for instance, “stores Gmail and Calendar data in a segregated system located in the continental United States, exclusively for our government customers.” -P.K.

Industry Notes

E.U. launches antitrust investigations into IBM.
IBM will face two investigations from the European Commission (E.C.) on charges of alleged antitrust infringements in the IBM mainframe computer market, regulators said Monday, the Washington Post reports. The E.C. stated in a news release that the first allegation came from software competitors like T3 and Turbo Hercules, which claimed that IBM sold its mainframe operating system linked to its mainframe hardware, isolating access to IBM’s mainframe computer customers. The second, filed by the European Union’s antitrust regulators themselves, alleged IBM put other suppliers of mainframe maintenance services at a disadvantage. The investigations came in the midst of informal inquires by the Justice Department on IBM’s mainframe practices. -B.K.

Citigroup says iPhone banking app stored data.
Citigroup said on Monday that the Citi Mobile iPhone banking program stored customers’ account information in hidden files on users’ phones and computers, the AP reports. Citigroup said customers’ data has not been accessed inappropriately. Citigroup also said updates in the program have been developed to ensure deletion of important information in the future. The iPhone application allowed customers to see their account and balances, pay bills, transfer money and locate nearby ATMs. Some of the information saved included logging account numbers and bill payment information. -B.K.

AT&T to fix glitch affecting iPhone speeds. AT&T will fix a software glitch that left some iPhone 4 users with unusually slow upload speeds, Reuters reports. The company said Monday that it began rolling out a software patch. While the iPhone 4 is the only AT&T smart phone to use the problematic technology, the software defect was reported to have affected less than 2 percent of AT&T’s customer base. This glitch marks another technical blunder for Apple’s iPhone 4, following a problem with the iPhone 4’s signal strength display. -B.K.


10 a.m…House Financial Services Committee marks up HR 2267, a bill to allow the Treasury Department to license Internet gambling. 2128 Rayburn House Office Building.

10 a.m. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Commissions hearing on broadband for first responders. 311 Cannon House Office Building.

1 p.m. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on the HITECH Act. 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.

2:30 p.m. Online privacy hearing. 253 Russell Senate Office Building.


“Is this the day Internet privacy died for our government?”

-Tech pundit Sarah Lane interpreting the Wikileaks story. (


STATE…Kara Swisher reported on Friday that sources tell her Jared Cohen, “the State Department’s social networking phenom and the youngest member of its policy planning staff,” has been in talks “very recently” about moving to Google. Such a move could spark chatter about the “revolving door” since Google has had to work with the State Department on its difficulties in China in recent months. 

(Puneet Kollipara and Barbra Kim contributed to this post.)


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