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1. Google wants to prove Project Loon is not just bunch of hot air

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 21, 2015

Google's Project Loon is getting closer to launching the thousands of balloons necessary to provide Internet access to people in isolated areas by beaming 4G signals from thousands of feet in the air, company executive Mike Cassidy said in a video posted to Google's website Friday. Computerworld (04/17)

2. World confronts growing Iranian cybersecurity threat

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 20, 2015

Iran's government-backed hackers can now count themselves as some of the most sophisticated in the world, experts say, adding that the nation has compensated for delays in its nuclear program by stepping up cyberabilities. Analysts say Iran now ranks along with the United States, China and Russia as one of the leading global players in cyberintrusions. Newsweek (04/17)

3. The evolving role of the CTO

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 24, 2015

Chief technology officers might start out writing code, but they eventually need to learn to lead others and become effective executives as their companies grow. To make the leap, focus on communicating with other executives and recognizing that larger companies need some degree of predictability, says Twilio co-founder Evan Cooke. "A truly great leader is someone that can not only figure out the impact of a potential decision, [but also] fully understand the impact of that decision on all the people who will be touched by it," he says. First Round Review (04/23)

4. Discovery of runaway galaxies signals astronomical breakthrough

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 24, 2015

An analysis by Russian astronomers has turned up nearly 200 new compact elliptical galaxies, including 11 never-before-discovered "runaway galaxies" that have broken off from their star clusters and are now lost in space. "These galaxies are facing a lonely future, exiled from the galaxy clusters they used to live in," said astronomer Igor Chilingarian. (04/23)

5. OEMs drive down size of the PC

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 21, 2015

Computer manufacturers are responding to increasing processing power in chips by shrinking computers down to sizes that were once unimaginable. From Vensmile's Wintel Mini PC -- which is smaller than a cigar box but packs the punch of 2GB of RAM -- to PCs-on-a-stick from the likes of Intel, the computers of the future are as likely to be found in a pocket as on a desk. PCWorld (04/17)

6. Report: Feds suffering from dearth of cybersecurity talent

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 21, 2015

The federal government has the tools it needs to prevent many cyberattacks on its systems and networks, but it lacks the manpower to oversee them, states a report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. The study shows that the government hired fewer than 5,000 cybersecurity workers in 2014, far fewer than the number it was able to recruit just five years ago, in part due to a wide wage gap between the public and private sectors. FierceGovernmentIT (04/20)

7. Architects plan autonomous, self-sustaining city in the Sahara

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 23, 2015

A city similar to no other is taking shape in the minds of a team of architects. The team plans to turn its concept of a fully sustainable living community in one of the world's most forbidding deserts into reality. Architects from two firms involved in the project say the mixed-use "city" -- which will be in the Moroccan Sahara -- will rely on solar energy and will turn 45,000 cubic meters of water it collects each year into geothermal power. (04/23)

8. Cybersecurity bill clears congressional hurdle

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 23, 2015

A bill that would expand the powers of the federal government to address cyberthreats passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday despite opposition from the ACLU and other privacy groups, which say the legislation threatens civil liberties. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act, which passed by a vote of 307-116, provides incentives to companies that share information on data breaches, but critics worry that it may broaden government surveillance powers. CNET (04/22)

9. Dogs and humans bond through eye contact, study suggests

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 20, 2015

The bond between a person and their dog is fostered with eye contact much in the same way a parent bonds with a child, a study published in Science states. Researchers in Japan asked dog owners to interact with their pets and gaze into their eyes for half an hour, then tested the canines' and humans' levels of oxytocin, a hormone that transmits positive feelings in the brain. "We think that in terms of nurturing or care taking, the human-dog bonding and parent-infant bonding is comparable. Both of them have [the] same oxytocin-mediated positive loop," said study co-author Takefumi Kikusui. Christian Science Monitor, The (04/16)

10. Leaders can't separate personal and professional lives

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Apr 22, 2015

Leaders can't pretend that the office is not connected to the rest of their lives, writes Lolly Daskal. She tells the story of a CEO who knew he needed improvement but refused to explore who he was as a person. "Any leader who thinks that they can divide their personal and professional life is setting themselves up for disillusionment," Daskal argues. Lolly Daskal blog (04/21)

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