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Two Democratic Senators request more info from Apple, Home Depot about data breach incidents

In each letter, the senators - Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) -- said that they've been "advocates for data security and breach notification legislation that would better protect consumers and improve corporate responsibility." They added that the incidents at Apple and Home Depot reflect the need for such a law.

NIST seeks experts to help create standards for digital forensics

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking experts to help develop standards for digital forensics, a fast-growing field dealing with the recovery of evidence such as data on cellphones or computers for criminal or civil investigations.

Commerce IG: Delays in migrating export license data to new IT system could result in extra costs

An internal watchdog found that delays in the Commerce Department's effort to migrate its export license processing and referral functions to a new IT platform could cost several million dollars as it continues to use its old system.

Labor: Data miner Westat agrees to pay $1.5M in back wages to settle discrimination cases

Data mining company Westat, a major federal contractor, has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to provide equal employment opportunities to thousands of female minority applicants, the Labor Department said Sept. 10.

Laser-based NASA tool will help measure forests' role in carbon absorption

The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, lidar -- a remote, laser-based sensing system used to examine Earth's surface -- will be the first instrument to systematically examine the depths of the planet's forests from space. One goal of the tool is to get a better handle on forests' role in the carbon cycle.

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