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Are you safe during a disaster? New Facebook tool finds out and lets friends know

When the "Safety Check" tool is activated, Facebook will send a push notification asking users in an affected area about their status. It will know where users are depending on the city listed in their profile, their last location if indicated and the city where they're using the Internet.

Guidelines aim to prevent overloading of mobile networks

As applications and devices associated with the "Internet of Things" grow, they threaten to overload mobile networks. New guidelines offer methods to make sure that doesn't happen.

Feds set up fake Facebook account using arrested woman's cellphone photos, DOJ rethinking practice

The Justice Department said it will review whether a Drug Enforcement Administration agent went too far when he used photographs and other personal information taken from a woman's cell phone to set up a fake Facebook account as part of an investigation.

FCC proposes changes to small business competitive bidding

Proposed changes to the Federal Communications Commission's competitive bidding rules would facilitate small businesses' chances to participate, according to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Franken urges DOJ to step up enforcement against mobile stalking apps

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who has championed legislation to ban mobile apps that enable one person to spy on or stalk another, is urging the Justice Department to step up its efforts against such technology.

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The open floor plans in the General Services Administration's headquarters make employees' work spaces vulnerable to theft, the agency's inspector general says in an Oct. 16 report.

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The Defense Department has cut contracting dollars by 16 percent in 2013 from the prior year as a result of sequestration, according to a recent report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. DoD's budget was cut by about 8 percent in 2013, from 2012, and spending on procurement took the brunt of the hit, the Oct. 15 report says.