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Top Tech Stories of the Day: Pentagon Flash Drive Ban Has Many Exceptions

by Wochit 1:05 mins

Top Tech Stories of the Day: Pentagon Flash Drive Ban Has Many Exceptions

by Wochit 1:05 mins

The Pentagon has granted many exceptions, possibly numbering in the thousands, to allow staff members who administer secure computer networks to use flash drives and other portable storage devices, department spokesmen say. The exceptions to policies barring the use of such devices could make it easier for rogue employees to remove sensitive documents. But officials say waivers go to people who update software and run helpdesk services for the Pentagon's vast computer network and are needed to run the system efficiently. One of Steve Jobs' first computers might sell for more than $500,000 at a Christie's auction. The Apple 1 original list price was $666 and got you a pre-assembled motherboard but no casing, keyboard or monitor. In Kansas City, Google's fiber network has spawned a thriving community of startup companies that want to take advantage of the service's exceptional speeds. Google Fiber has been such a hit with entrepreneurs that it's inspired an entire neighborhood to spearhead an initiative called the Kansas City Startup Village.

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