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March 28, 2017
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How technology is changing business and lives
Major players intrigued by blockchain development
Major banks, oil companies, aircraft makers and tech giants such as Microsoft and IBM are said to be experimenting with a new blockchain development, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. Proponents say Ethereum could fundamentally change the future of financial transactions, though it has faced setbacks since its 2015 launch.
Bloomberg (3/23) 
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Mixed reality a powerful new tool for engineers
Mixed reality a powerful new tool for engineers
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Microsoft's HoloLens, powered by holographic computing, is giving remotely situated engineers a 3D representation of distant projects. The technology provides a sort of mixed reality in which a projected world blends with the real world, with the two sets of images interacting while users manipulate the objects they see.
ASME.org (3/2017) 
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Current and future cybersecurity issues
Technology shifts lead to cybersecurity concerns
Emerging technologies present both business opportunities and cybersecurity threats as hackers gain additional avenues for their attacks, panelists said at a Senate committee hearing. Nate Fick, CEO of Endgame, dismissed concerns that machines will replace cybersecurity workers, saying, "As long as the attackers are humans, the defenders will need to be humans as well."
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/23) 
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Law, Regulation and Governance
Intellectual property, lawsuit, legislation, privacy, regulatory and security news
Experts: White House should hire a federal CISO
Experts: White House should hire a federal CISO
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While President Donald Trump's appointment of a cybersecurity coordinator is a step in the right direction, the critical role of chief information security officer remains unfilled, experts say. "The federal CISO is concerned much more than the White House," says Sanjay Beri of Netskope, adding, "But with the entire federal infrastructure."
CSO (3/23) 
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Security firms say Senate bill is needed
Security firms say Senate bill is needed
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A Senate bill that would require company boards to detail their cybersecurity knowledge and risks is drawing praise from tech providers whose products and services address the growing concern. "How many times have we purchased something online from a public company, put in all of our personal data and then have trust in their security measures only to find out later that they have been breached?" says Matt Johnson, CEO of Phalanx Secure Solutions.
CRN.com (U.S.) (3/23) 
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Litigation Trends
Developments in litigation
Supreme Court is asked to tighten rules on patent suit venues
Technology companies and trade groups are asking the Supreme Court to restrict "forum shopping," which they say has led to a high concentration of patent lawsuits being filed in jurisdictions, particularly one in Texas, that have a history of rendering verdicts in favor of plaintiffs.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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Pay it Forward
How technology companies are improving the lives of others
Google.org focuses $50M block grant on developing nations
Google.org has agreed to donate a $50 million block grant to nonprofits focused on providing children around the world with equal access to education. The funds will be used to improve education resources, including teacher training, in developing nations.
TechCrunch (3/21) 
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Aon News
Aon at RIMS 2017
Listen as Aon colleagues provide an update on some of the notable events that took place within Aon's Cyber Risk Practice in 2016, including the acquisition of Stroz Friedberg and launch of Aon's Cyber Captive Solution. The result of these innovations and investments is a robust suite of solutions aimed at assessing and mitigating cyberexposures and efficiently resolving them when they occur. Watch the video.
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Building the business case for well-being: 4 key focus areas
Are your employees happy? Considering that studies show that happy workers are more engaged, productive and likely to stay at their company, you'd better hope so. Mounting evidence suggests that maintaining a happy and healthy office isn't just good for employees, but good for the business as a whole. Economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness is correlated with productivity -- those considering themselves happy saw a 12 percent increase in productivity compared with those that were unhappy. Read more.
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