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    Missouri puts major computer contract out for bid | Politics

    Steward, who is chairman of the company, also dropped the lobbying firm in his personal capacity. In October, Parson axed Sarah Steelman, who had served as commissioner of the Office of Administration since 2017. The commissioner is in charge of IT services for 14 state agencies. Ken Zellers, the former director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, is now serving as OA commissioner. Also in October, Missouri’s chief information security officer, Stephen Meyer, left for a job at World Wide Technology. Meyer, who was appointed to be the state’s technology czar in 2018, had been with the state for more  

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    Black colleges poised for major tech funding boost under Biden bill

    Administrators at historically Black colleges are eagerly awaiting passage of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, with hopes that the bill’s record funding for HBCUs could put the schools on a path to compete with top-tier research universities specializing in science and technology. The massive social safety net package making its way through Congress would provide $3 billion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, programs at minority-serving institutions. Advocates say that level of funding is crucial to helping Black colleges develop the kind of high-tech infrastructure commonly found at schools like Johns Hopkins and MIT. Harry Williams,  

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    What is Fastly and why did it cause an outage for major websites?

    The logo of US cloud computing services provider Fastly is seen on a smartphone screen. Pavlo Gonchar | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images A slew of major websites including Amazon, Reddit and news publishers like The New York Times were affected by a massive internet outage Tuesday. The outages started at around 6 a.m. ET, with users reporting they were receiving error messages including “Error 503 Service Unavailable” and “connection failure” when attempting to visit various websites. The sites — which also included the U.K. government website —  are now mostly back online. Early reports have pointed the  

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