Obama wants $4B for more computer science education

The U.S could direct billions of dollars towards teaching America’s youth computer science under a new plan announced by the White House Saturday morning.

President Obama’s budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 will include $4 billion to provide states with money to develop computer science programs, along with $100 million in grants available directly to school districts to advance computer learning.

The funds will be used to encourage states and districts to not only create computer science programs, but also build programs that draw in students who are typically left out of that education right now.

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Unlicensed LTE in the 3.5GHz band could be good for enterprises

Controversial technology that lets LTE networks use unlicensed spectrum could become a trusted part of the enterprise IT toolkit in a few years.

So-called unlicensed LTE has come under fire ever since the news about it first broke more than a year ago. The charge: If mobile operators adapt their LTE networks to use frequencies that Wi-Fi depends on, Wi-Fi users will get squeezed out.

The two sides are now working together on standard tests to tell if a given unlicensed LTE radio unfairly interferes with Wi-Fi. Meanwhile, Qualcomm, the biggest cheerleader for the new technology, just got permission to try it out at Verizon Wireless facilities in Oklahoma City and Raleigh, North Carolina, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday. The industry group Wi-Fi Forward promptly declared the FCC should closely monitor the experiments.

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Cisco patches authentication, denial-of-service, NTP flaws in many products

Cisco Systems has released a new batch of security patches this week for flaws affecting a wide range of products, including for a critical vulnerability in its RV220W wireless network security firewalls.

The RV220W vulnerability stems from insufficient input validation of HTTP requests sent to the firewall’s Web-based management interface. This could allow remote unauthenticated attackers to send HTTP requests with SQL code in their headers that would bypass the authentication on the targeted devices and give attackers administrative privileges.

Cisco has patched this vulnerability in the 1.0.7.2 firmware version for RV220W devices. Manual workarounds include disabling the remote management functionality or restricting it to specific IP addresses.

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With fixed wireless broadband, startup Starry will take on big challenges

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that broadband networks are growing too slowly to meet the country’s needs. A startup called Starry launched this week promising to roll out broadband faster using wireless, but the track record for companies doing that isn’t good.

The FCC reported that 34 million U.S. residents still can’t get broadband, which it defines as at least 25Mbps (bits per second) for downloads and 3Mbps for uploads. The problem is worst in rural areas and tribal lands, where about 40 percent can’t get service like that. 

Starry plans to target cities first, starting in Boston, where a beta test will start this summer. But a big part of its pitch is being able to get users connected quickly.

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Microsoft’s Windows-and-devices group again records lower revenue

Microsoft yesterday again reported a decline in revenue for the group responsible for Windows, the Surface line of 2-in-1s and notebooks, and smartphones, in 2015’s fourth quarter. But the contraction was smaller than the period immediately prior.

Total revenue for the More Personal Computing (MPC) division — a 2015 creation in another Microsoft reshuffling of both the company’s org chart and how it reported earnings — in the December quarter was $12.7 billion. That was down 5% from the same period in 2014, but off 2% if the stronger dollar was eliminated from the equation.

In the September quarter, MPC revenue was down 17% year-over-year (or -13% under “constant currency” calculations).

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