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January 10, 2013
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  Today's Software Buzz 
  • Salesforce CEO: Disruptive tech is key to business success
    Technology entrepreneurs should emulate the examples of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg by embracing "disruptive" products, services and business practices, CEO Marc Benioff said at the Consumer Electronics Show. Of the thousands of gadgets exhibited each year at the show, nearly all someday "will be in a big landfill somewhere," Benioff said, offering advice on how startups can avoid that fate. VentureBeat (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • More small businesses cut costs with shift to the cloud
    Some startups and small businesses are citing significant annual savings from cloud-based storage solutions that eliminate the need to maintain and manage servers. Bill Hipsher of US Storage Search says a decision to move call centers and Web hosting offsite cut monthly IT costs by $7,000, which will allow the company to up to 40 employees this year. However, some entrepreneurs say security concerns continue to make the cloud a hard sell. "They're all afraid someone's going to steal their information because they don't understand the cloud," financial planner Louis Barajas says. The Wall Street Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Samsung: BYOD will be the standard next year
    A Samsung-IDG study says the bring-your-own-device trend will be standard operating procedure for companies in 2014, although data security will remain a challenge to IT organizations. "Bring-your-own-device is at a tipping point as mobile devices are becoming a central hub for our lives," said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung in the U.S. eWeek (1/9) , (U.K.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft cites momentum for its smartphones
    Microsoft says its new Windows phones are being embraced by carriers and consumers, who also are seeking mobile applications. The company says it may one day use Intel chips with an eye on driving sales in China with lower prices. "The sales trends are there for Windows Phone," Microsoft's Greg Sullivan says. Computerworld (1/9) , (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Security & Privacy 
  • Bank survey cites more success in blocking cyberattacks
    Financial institutions in the U.S. say they were more successful at fending off cyberattacks during the first half of 2012, with 9% of such attacks successfully withdrawing funds, according to a survey by the Financial Services-Information Sharing and Analysis Center. That compares with a 12% rate in 2011 and 70% in 2009, the center said. News Service (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call centers may use voice "fingerprints" to stop fraud
    NICE Systems is touting a voice biometrics product that customer-service call centers could use to identify callers and prevent fraud, Brandon Butler writes. Call centers are looking for tools to help authenticate the identities of callers, Butler writes. Network World (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Internet companies should give users more control over data, EU says
    Lawmakers in the EU want Facebook, Google and other Internet companies to give their users greater control over how their personal data is used, this article notes. "Users must be informed about what happens with their data," said Jan Philipp Albrecht, a member of the European Parliament. "And they must be able to consciously agree to data processing -- or reject it." The proposals will be considered by the parliament, the European Commission and EU member countries. Reuters (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Calling all young and innovative tech companies
    The SIIA is excited to launch our NextGen program for its 8th year. This program showcases the competitive nature of what truly makes a company the next generation of young companies to watch. We are calling all companies that are transforming the software and services industry to apply today for AATC 2013’s NextGen program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join our Roundtable Breakfast on Enterprise Cloud Adoption for Success
    Join us Feb. 8 in Palo Alto, Calif., to share your ideas on how to respond to enterprise demands and accelerate your prospect's decision to sign up with you versus "the other guys." Whether it's making your service delivery more transparent without compromising security, business outcome based SLAs, consumption based dynamic billing, or performance measurement by third party providers, cloud service providers are coming up with innovative ways to satisfy enterprise demand for more transparency & manageability of cloud services. Space is limited so register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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