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March 28, 2017
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Elon Musk venture to pursue direct brain-computer links
Elon Musk venture pursue direct brain-computer links
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The ultimate computer interface involving the direct downloading of thoughts from the brain is the goal of entrepreneur Elon Musk's reported newest company, Neuralink, sources say. The company is looking to hire leading experts in the field, which envisions tiny implanted brain electrodes.
Reuters (3/27),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/27) 
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Technology & Trends
Intel sees SSD supply being tough all year
Intel says demand for its solid-state drives will exceed supply for the rest of the year, leading the chipmaker to give production priority to SSDs for data centers, rather than consumer SSDs. The company told channel partners the supply situation is due to record demand for NAND flash memory devices and enterprise-level SSDs.
CRN.com (U.S.) (3/24) 
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Tencent using Nvidia GPUs to boost cloud AI
Tencent, a cloud company in China, is juicing up its artificial intelligence capabilities with the deployment of Nvidia's advanced GPUs. "Tencent Cloud GPU offerings with Nvidia’s deep learning platform will help companies in China rapidly integrate AI capabilities into their products and services," said Sam Xie of Tencent.
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IT Channel
Deloitte acquisition nets solid contracts, engineering talent
Deloitte's acquisition of Day1 Solutions will allow the global consulting giant to assume established public contracting and subcontracting work and add 3,000 engineers. Virginia-based Day1 Solutions provides a variety of cloud-based technology services for both government and corporate clients.
Washington Technology (3/27) 
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Cisco beefs up Spark with new business collaboration features
Cisco has added to its cloud-based Spark business communications and collaboration platform. The changes make the platform easier to use for meetings and videoconferencing, give customers options to manage encryption keys and provide customer care via chat and other methods.
ZDNet (3/27) 
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    IT Workforce
    Effective security programs need tech, communication skills
    A good security-awareness program identifies the likely security missteps employees are susceptible to and aggressively targets them, said Masha Sedova, co-founder of Elevate Security. Employees tasked with creating security-awareness programs should have a good mix of technical and communications skills, Sedova said.
    ZDNet (3/27) 
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    Policy Watch
    NATO outlines $3.2B plan for enhanced cybersecurity, satellite communications
    NATO outlines $3.2B plan for enhanced cybersecurity, satellite communications
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    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's plan to spend more than $3.2 billion to bolster its satellite communications and cybersecurity program is pending approval from 28 governments. Approximately $1.8 billion of the budget would go toward satellite capabilities, while more than $315 million would be allotted to cybersecurity enhancements and $180 million to upgrade software.
    Newsweek (3/27),  Reuters (3/27),  Bloomberg (3/27) 
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    Launch your tech career with CompTIA certifications
    IT touches every industry so it's no wonder IT professionals are in high demand. But with the fight for employment being just as fierce, you need every advantage to land a job. With a CompTIA certification, you'll have the skills wanted by employers around the world, giving you the boost over your competition. Visit the CompTIA IT Careers Blog to learn more.
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    Advancing diversity in technology
    The inaugural meeting of the CompTIA Advancing Diversity in Technology Community was held earlier this month during the association's Annual Member Meeting. The community is about empowering people of color with information and giving them access to the training and programs CompTIA offers its broad membership. Visit the CompTIA Blog to learn more.
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    Data as currency
    It's not uncommon to see data described as the currency of the digital economy. Data volumes that were measured in terabytes in the not-too-distant past are now measured in zettabytes (one billion terabytes). Taken together, these factors have ushered in the era of data. The CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Easing into Big Data examines the data market. Your free copy is available at CompTIA Insight & Tools.
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