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January 8, 2013
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  • How fast-moving mobile helped Google avoid the FCC's wrath
    One measure of the rapidity of change in mobile was last week's closure of the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation of Google. The commission agreed with Google's defense that the sheer speed of change in the online universe, particularly with the advent of mobile devices, is outpacing any company's ability to achieve and maintain dominance. Even in Google's case, its apparent mobile search dominance is already being challenged by applications that offer better results in particular fields or better presentation on tablets. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Cloud Computing 
  • Report: Amazon Web Services is a multibillion-dollar business
    Amazon Web Services is a $19 billion business, a report from Macquarie Capital says, predicting that by 2015, Amazon will own $38 billion of the $71 billion cloud-services market. "We highlight that much of AWS's past growth has come from [small and medium-sized businesses] and start-ups. While these will continue to drive growth globally, in 2013 we expect a more concerted effort to focus on growing the AWS business at large enterprises," the report says. GigaOm (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Face-off looms between OpenStack and CloudStack, blogger says
    CloudStack is challenging OpenStack's popularity as a cloud platform, an industry blogger argues. "In the past the OpenStack project had a much higher participation ratio than the others," wrote Qingye Jiang. "However, during the past 6 months, the participation ratio of CloudStack and Eucalyptus are growing steadily, while the participation ratio of OpenStack is decreasing gradually." Network World (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Ford, GM strive to keep their customers "appy"
    Ford and General Motors say they're moving to accommodate drivers' demand for more software applications for their vehicles. Ford is inviting software developers to work with its AppLink platform, while GM is offering a software development kit. Automotive-electronics technology also is among the offerings at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. The Wall Street Journal (1/7) , Network World (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Privacy, security are key concerns cited by CES panels
    Panelists focused on a variety of issues in mobile electronics in two discussions Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show. "I think consumers maybe feel like there is a very significant level of encroachment on their privacy to the benefit of these large companies," said Chia Chen of Digitas. Jim Reavis, executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance, said "Getting your privacy back is like getting your virginity back." Network World (1/7) , CNET (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Group urges Congress to protect Internet freedom
    The Internet Association is imploring Congress to keep its hands off the Internet, with CEO Michael Beckerman saying in an online-video ad that the group "hopes that members of both parties continue to protect the fastest growing economic sector in America: the innovative, free and decentralized Internet." Adweek (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cybersecurity rules spur encryption in the cloud
    Enterprises are encrypting data before storing it in a cloud environment as a means to meet government rules, and at least one vendor is reaping rewards. CipherCloud chief Pravin Kothari said demand isn't coming just from the U.S. "We're seeing a lot of interest outside the United States," Kothari said. "They want the ability and, in some cases, need the ability to maintain a level of control, and encryption helps them do that." (U.S.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SIIA News 
  • Save the Date for Premier Government IT Conference, CloudGOV 2013
    Save the dates and plan to join us at next year's CloudGOV conference on Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C. Learn how Cloud First, FedRAMP, data center consolidation, and mobile strategies will influence agency procurement going forward and see the latest innovations from service providers. Take advantage of leftover budget by considering a sponsorship or saving with early-bird registration. 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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