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1. Venture capitalists offer predictions on the future of computing

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 26, 2015

The investors whose money will drive the next generation of technological innovation gathered in California last week to offer their projections for the next big thing. Most agree that the future will be dominated by highly intuitive computers that will interact more intimately with their users. Among other things, the Internet of Things is expected to drive investments in so-called "ambient computing" and predictive analytics that use Big Data and geotargeting to anticipate human needs. eWeek (05/25)


2. Data breach hits CareFirst

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 22, 2015

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield says a breach compromised data including names, birth dates and other information for 1.1 million people. It's the third major health insurer this year to disclose a cyberattack. Social Security numbers, medical and financial information were not stored in the compromised database, CareFirst said. PCAdvisor.co.uk (U.K.) (05/21)


3. IRS says crime group stole taxpayer data in breach

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 27, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service says the thieves who stole the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers and used it to file fake returns worth up to $50 million in refunds are part of an organized crime group. Until it can improve security, the IRS has removed the function that allows users to access past returns on its website. Bloomberg (05/26)


4. Graphene discovery could lead to sun-powered rockets, researchers say

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 28, 2015

A team of scientists at Nankai University in China has discovered a previously unknown property of graphene that, under the right circumstances, could allow for the creation of a sunlight-powered rocket. The discovery involves so-called graphene sponges -- layered structures of the carbon-based material that move when subjected to laser light. New Scientist (05/28)


5. "Nasty" star may offer clues to galaxy's evolution

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 22, 2015

Astronomers are homing in on the unique behavior of a rapidly aging star that's larger than the sun. The glowing mass, nicknamed "Nasty 1," was discovered by Jason Nassau and Charles Stephenson in the 1960s and is thought to be just a few thousand years old. It could help unlock secrets about the evolution of stars in the Milky Way. PhysOrg.com (05/21)


6. HP sees profits decline ahead of planned split

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 26, 2015

Hewlett-Packard continued to shed profits in its second fiscal quarter as it prepares for the company to split into two separate businesses in October. HP saw its net income drop by 21% over the quarter on a 7% decline in revenue. CEO Meg Whitman said the results solidify her belief that the best way to optimize investment dollars going forward is to separate HP's enterprise and personal computing divisions. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/21)


7. Intel, Microsoft work together on new browser

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 27, 2015

Intel and Microsoft collaborated on optimizing the Edge browser that will be part of Windows 10, continuing the work they did together on the Chakra JavaScript engine for Internet Explorer, implemented in Windows 8.1. The development involves single instruction, multiple data technology. eWeek (05/24)


8. Cisco loses key wireless-patent ruling before Supreme Court

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 28, 2015

The Supreme Court has rejected Cisco's "good faith" arguments in its ruling against the company for an "induced patent" infringement related to wireless technology. The patent holder, Commil USA, won a $64 million judgment in a lower court against Cisco. The high court ruled that Cisco could not argue that it believed the patents were invalid. Reuters (05/27) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/26)


9. How to keep your company from doing stupid things

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 28, 2015

Terrible business decisions cannot be eliminated, but the right organizational structures can provide a degree of protection, writes Mitchell Osak. Aim to limit silos and office politics; instead, have "open and frank discussions about all options, assumptions and scenarios," he argues. Financial Post (Canada) (05/26)


10. Businesses find new models for growth in Internet of Things

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 27, 2015

The rise of the Internet of Things means new opportunities for innovative product developers who can use next-generation device connectivity to bring new value-added benefits to their offerings. Accenture's Paul Daugherty notes that this new approach is driving an "outcome-based" economy that is creating value for businesses beyond the nuts and bolts of the standard cost-benefit model. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/26)




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