California state senators reversed an earlier vote on Thursday and agreed to require smartphone-makers to install "kill switch" technology that would allow users to lock their phones after they are stolen. The bill now heads to the state's General Assembly. Major wireless industry companies have agreed to a voluntary anti-theft program, rather than one that is mandated.
Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, will now also run the newly minted U.S. Cyber Command, which was created to shore up protection against cyber-attacks. Alexander will direct
operations of the U.S. Department of Defense's military information networks.
Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes of "Army Wives," a drama staring Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell as women living on a military base. The network also pulled the plug on rookie series "Lovespring International" and "Angela's Eyes."
San Francisco announced six proposals to build and operate a citywide Wi-Fi network, including a joint proposal from EarthLink and Google that would offer both free and fee-based Internet service. Another bid came from IBM and Cisco Systems, which said they would build a network with Cisco's hardware and IBM's software.