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December 4, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Nations face off in Dubai over future of the Internet
    Representatives from almost 200 countries gathered Monday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to begin two weeks of talks on the future of the Internet under the auspices of the U.N. International Telecommunications Union. While Western powers aim to preserve the current system of Internet governance, other nations, including Russia and China, are calling on the ITU to play a stronger role in a new regulatory regime with clear standards and costs. The proposal has drawn sharp criticism from industry giants such as Google, which says such a plan "could increase censorship and threaten innovation." BBC (12/2), The Economist (12/1), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • HP does a big refresh of storage product portfolio
    Hewlett-Packard is refreshing its 3PAR StoreServ Storage, StoreAll Storage and StoreOnce Backup offerings with business-level features and simplifying storage management with a single user interface, in what the company is calling the unit's biggest change in two years. HP is also getting ready to offer what it calls Priority Optimization software next year. Computerworld (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • U.S. Naval Academy to introduce cybersecurity major by 2016
    The U.S. Naval Academy is planning to introduce a cybersecurity major for undergraduates that it hopes to have fully accredited within four years. Academy officials are in talks with Navy brass as part of an effort to attract as much as $100 million for a cybersecurity center. "Though this timeline is not definite yet, if we are successful, this would mean that the current plebe class would be able to select cyber operations as their major later this year and then begin taking classes within that major next fall," said Boyd Waite, vice academic dean. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • IDC: Growth ahead for networking market despite revenue dip
    Revenue in worldwide router and switch markets declined in the third quarter, but expected growth in video traffic and mobile device use will keep networking technology on a strong growth pace, according to IDC research. "10GbE, along with the emerging 40GbE Ethernet switch segments, are the ones to watch as growth in virtualized applications and converged infrastructure will continue to drive the need for advanced networks in data center build-outs," said Rohit Mehra, IDC vice president of network infrastructure. eWeek (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • A roadmap to Internet safety for small businesses
    Small businesses have a wide variety of tools at their disposal to protect their networks from intrusion, but experts say that fending off cybercriminals entails more than building a strong wall to keep them out: It also requires someone to man it. All the antivirus and antimalware software in the world is no good if hackers are let in the door. Commentator Nathan Segal offers tips for avoiding Internet scams that lure unsuspecting users to download malicious software, reveal passwords and give up private information, including using hosting security tools and password protection services. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Smartphones of the future will know when you're sad
    Researchers at the University of Rochester are working on technology that can gauge a person's emotional state based on a dozen voice characteristics, including pitch and volume. Team member Wendi Heinzelman says that once perfected, the technology could enable consumer devices such as smartphones to respond to a user's mood. "The research is still in its early days, but it is easy to envision a more complex app that could use this technology for everything from adjusting the colors displayed on your mobile to playing music fitting to how you're feeling after recording your voice," she said. TG Daily (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
There are those who may suggest ... that the United States controls the Internet. Alternatively, they may suggest that in the future governments alone should run the Internet. Our response is grounded in the reality that this is simply not the case."
--Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief Lawrence Strickling and the State Department's Philip Verveer, as quoted by The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog
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