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October 15, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • NYC digital job market is cooling
    A year ago, hiring among digital companies in New York City was hot, but now a report from Cook Associates Executive Search finds a decline of 2.4 percentage points in this year's third quarter, compared with Q2. A variety of factors, including a decrease in venture capital interest, is slowing hiring among startups. All Things D (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Cisco, NetApp target SMBs with FlexPod upgrade
    Cisco is teaming up with NetApp to market a prepackaged, converged architecture for businesses employing fewer than 500 people. ExpressPod -- which builds on two earlier products released under the partnership and adds new storage clustering abilities -- combines server and switching technology from Cisco with NetApp's Fabric-Attached Storage arrays. Computerworld (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Lee Child, creator of the Jack Reacher series, shares his secrets to creating suspense.
Security Update 
  • Kaspersky: Malware uses election news to lure Venezuelans
    Researchers have detected a new strain of malware that uses news about purported fraud in the Venezuelan presidential election to entice victims into downloading an infected file that steals their online financial credentials. Kaspersky Lab said the virus -- which was discovered using "proactive crawlers" that search for malicious URLs -- targeted at least 75 of its customers in Venezuela. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
Managing IT 
  • Why better means faster in the world of Big Data
    Reaping the benefits of Big Data requires not only storing and analyzing large reams of information, but doing it quickly and efficiently to boot, writes Ravi Mhatre of Lightspeed Venture Partners. With storage costs on the decline, the evolution of data science will depend on finding inexpensive ways to "turbo-charge the speed, intuitiveness and collaborative methods" by which businesses put it to use, notes Mhatre. GigaOm (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why every company needs an innovation-killer
    Every company wants innovation, but it's important not to embrace ideas simply because they're novel, writes Ryan Holiday. The best and most creative companies have a "chief dissent officer" whose job is to shoot down ideas that have the potential to go terribly, brand-damagingly wrong. "[I]t's nearly too scary to contemplate how many horrible ideas almost make it out the front door," Holiday warns. Fast Company online (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on ExecTech readers in the past week.

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Geeking Out 
  • Geoglyph in Russia might predate Nazca Lines in Peru
    A Russian geoglyph that resembles a deer or elk may predate the Nazca Lines in Peru by several millennia, according to a study in the journal Antiquity. Researchers believe a "megalithic culture" in the area that was involved in the creation of stone monuments during prehistoric times may have been behind the development of the geoglyph, which was seen using satellite images in 2007. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Sponsored Poll 
  • What is the greatest B2B pain your company feels?
Meeting customers' B2B requirements
Errors, delays and cost from manual steps in B2B processes
Inability to scale B2B processes with company growth
Lack of visibility across B2B transactions and supply chain
On-boarding a new customer or supplier

For us to not challenge ourselves may be an even greater risk."
--Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal
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