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December 12, 2012
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  • Mobile technology companies bend the ear of VC investors
    Venture capital investors are putting an increasing amount of cash behind mobile-based enterprise technology, according to The New York Times' DealBook blog, which points to companies behind security, mobile payments and mobile concierge applications as getting the most attention. The bring-your-own-device movement has fueled security concerns among employees while investors are still backing mobile-wallet startups even though a number of major companies already populate the field. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Savvis takes aim at Amazon and Google
    The Symphony Cloud Storage service from Savvis is meant as a direct competitor to the S3 service of Amazon Web Services, this article notes. P.J. Farmer of Savvis says the company is considering whether to match the pricing of cloud services offered by Amazon and Google, which are engaged in a price war. InformationWeek (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Android is outdoing Apple in mobile devices, Google chairman says
    With more than 1.3 million Android devices being activated every day, Android held 72% of the mobile operating system market in the third quarter, compared with 14% for Apple's iOS, according to Gartner. "This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago -- Microsoft versus Apple," Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said. "We're winning that war pretty clearly now." Bloomberg (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft, Apple in stalemate over 30% App Store fee
    Microsoft and Apple are at an impasse over updating the software giant's SkyDrive application for iOS, but the stalemate has the potential for greater implications involving Microsoft's expected move next year to sell Office 365 subscriptions on Apple's App Store, according to a published report. Apple has reportedly refused to budge from Microsoft's insistence on negotiating the 30% cut that Apple takes from app sales. All Things D (12/11) , (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Researchers: Hackers can exploit Samsung Smart TVs
    The Smart TV line from Samsung Electronics is vulnerable to data breaches in cyberattacks, security researchers say. The Internet-connected televisions have a security flaw that leaves them open to various online exploits, Luigi Auriemma of ReVuln reports. "This specific vulnerability affects almost all the Samsung televisions of the latest generations, so multiple models," he says. The Register (U.K.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Why governments should pay more for cybersecurity talent
    If governments want to recruit the best and the brightest to join their national cybersecurity efforts, they're going to have to start paying them more, according to Bob Ayers, a former U.S. intelligence officer, who says salary discrepancies between the public and private sectors exacerbate an already troubling skills shortage. Ayers says that while recruitment and education are important tools for improving cybersecurity readiness, they'll have little long-term impact without focusing on retention through competitive salaries. Computing (U.K.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Debate: Will patent system change spur innovation in Europe?
    A new uniform patent system, which has the blessing of the European Parliament, has the potential to spur innovation once it is in play, according to fans. Bruno van Pottelsberghe, dean of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, said he does not believe the changes will help. He said the system will "still be a mess" and "we should not expect any of a change in Europe's innovative performance." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SIIA News 
  • Save the date for the industry-leading ISV Conference, AATC13
    Save the dates and plan to join us at next year's All About the Cloud conference, May 7 to 9 in San Francisco. Your success in today's ever-changing world of technological innovation around cloud, mobile and social media can depend on the strength of your relationships with the right strategic partners and vendors. So our primary focus for AATC 2013 is to help you make contacts, form partnerships and close deals. Take advantage of leftover budget by registering today or considering a sponsorship. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video highlights & best practices from SIIA members
    Whether you are a member of a team at an emerging software company or established leader, we are all looking for best practices from successful companies. Check out these video highlights and advice from executives representing the software ecosystem taken at key industry events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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