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December 11, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Feds outline extensive cloud strategy shift at Energy Dept.
    The Energy Department unveiled a cloud computing initiative designed to organize its 22 national laboratories under a unified networking strategy that will connected to public and private cloud service providers throughout the nation. The effort will incorporate a variety of cloud solutions, such as DOE's YOURcloud, and will aim to increase collaboration. InformationWeek (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Emerging Tools 
  • Alca-Lu targets utilities with enhanced Service Aggregation Portfolio
    Alcatel-Lucent has introduced advanced Internet routing technology designed to make it easier for utilities to leverage Internet Protocol/MultiProtocol Label Switching across their distribution and field area communications networks. The company says the enhancements to its 7705 Service Aggregation Routers will enable utilities to tap additional revenue streams and provide greater speed, bandwidth and reliability in the emerging smart grid. Smart Grid News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Gulf states tap Lockheed Martin for expertise as cyberattacks mount
    Hostile governments, militants and private "hacktivists" are zeroing in on the Persian Gulf region in an effort to disrupt oil production, according to experts who say a spate of politically motivated cyberattacks is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. To bolster their defenses, the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are in talks with Pentagon supplier Lockheed Martin about vulnerability analysis and cybersecurity training. Reuters (12/10), United Press International (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • How tech firms are reinventing recruiting
    Technology firms in California are bringing innovation to recruiting with interview processes that apply mathematical formulas to worker productivity and corporate culture, and by buying entire companies in order to acquire talent, observers say. "You have to think of more creative solutions for the process. It's not just about bringing people in for an interview anymore," says Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, a cloud-based file-storage system. San Francisco Chronicle (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Rise in cloud migrations fuels demand for third-party assistance
    More enterprises are turning to third-party intermediaries to manage their transition to the cloud, according to analysts, who project that so-called cloud service brokerages will generate $100 billion in annual sales by 2014. Experts say that by providing aggregation, integration and customization services, intermediaries relieve back-end pressure on IT departments, freeing them to focus on application development. "The cloud technology is moving so fast now; there is a great need to partner," said Glenn Weinstein, CIO of Appirio, a cloud services provider. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to unleash the power of "econovation"
    Innovation often falls short because it's developed without a clear sense of potential "economic and societal impact," writes Steve Faktor. One potential solution lies in the "econovation" metric, which grades innovations according to their profit potential, the consumer needs they serve and their ability to spur job creation and other societal goods. Forbes (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Edible deodorant gets put to the test
    A company called Deo Perfume Candy has developed a lozenge that it claims will keep your body smelling fresh and clean without the need for deodorant. The candy purportedly works by delivering a monoterpene alcohol found in rose oil, geraniums and citronella through the skin. There's just one problem: It doesn't work, according to Martha Harbison, a reporter who tested the claims. "I would love to say I'd forgo the shower for a week on behalf of science, but I am pretty sure my colleagues would lock me in a closet," she writes. Popular Science (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
You're always in catch-up mode because the bad guys can out-think the good guys faster."
--Theodore Karasik, director of research at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, as quoted by Reuters
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