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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. (U.K.) (05/21)

3. Experts warn of resurgence of macro malware

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 21, 2015

Malicious script buried in so-called "macro" code running in common software is once again wreaking havoc on Internet users after falling out of favor for the better part of a decade, security experts say. Thanks largely to ease of use, malware writers are using e-mails to deliver macros buried in applications such as Word and Excel. The e-mails trick users into opening and installing bugs on their computers. IT PRO (London) (05/20)

4. "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. (05/21)

5. 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)

6. Senate to vote on NSA data collection bill

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 20, 2015

A bipartisan bill that reigns in the National Security Agency's meta-data collection program is heading to the Senate floor after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who opposes the legislation, said he would allow a vote to proceed. The USA Freedom Act, which would replace portions of the Patriot Act, has divided Republicans, and if the vote fails, it is likely to lead to a showdown over stop-gap extensions of the Patriot Act, Julian Hattem writes. The Hill (05/19)

7. EU members call for "digital sovereignty" in debate over cybersecurity rules

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 21, 2015

The European Union's debate over new cybersecurity regulations has zeroed in on the status of foreign firms and could force more data transparency on companies such as Google and Microsoft. France, Spain and Germany are spearheading a push to label Internet firms as essential services under new legislation, which would create an economic classification opponents say is unnecessary. Politico (05/21)

8. IDC: Expect fast growth in Internet of Things this year

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 22, 2015

The rapid adoption of digital signage in retail will help drive 19% growth in the Internet of Things consumer and enterprise markets this year, IDC predicts. The fast-growing IoT space is expected to expand from $42.2 billion in 2013 to $98.8 billion in 2018. CIO Today (05/20) InformationWeek (05/20)

9. 80 million-year-old leg bone is first dinosaur fossil found in Wash.

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 21, 2015

The partial leg bone of a dinosaur dating back about 80 million years has been found in Washington, the first such fossil ever discovered in that state. The specimen is just a section of femur, and researchers believe it is from the Tyrannosaurus rex family. "It'll be a point of civic pride for this state. We're now the 37th state to have found a dinosaur fossil," said Brandon Peecock, co-author of the study detailing the fossil's discovery. The Seattle Times (05/26)

10. Bus sets land speed record using fuel made from cow manure

SmartBrief on ExecTech | May 26, 2015

A passenger bus powered by cow manure has set a land speed record on a track in the United Kingdom. The so-called "Bus Hound," which is owned and operated by Reading Buses, surpassed the normal speed for a commercial bus, reaching 77 mph using biomethane fuel created by subjecting cow manure to anaerobic digestion. (05/25) BBC (05/20)

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