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March 27, 2013
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  • Amazon debuts cloud-based data-security service
    Amazon is touting a cloud-based data-security service designed for Amazon Web Services users. CloudHSM allows users to store sensitive data and encryption keys in the cloud instead of on-site, the company says. The service will enable businesses to manage database encryption, transaction processing and other functions, Amazon says. TechCrunch (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Wireless recharging is among Samsung Galaxy S4's features
    The Galaxy S4 smartphone from Samsung can be wirelessly recharged using the Qi specification, Lucas Mearian writes. Samsung has collaborated with Qualcomm on an alternative wireless-charging spec, WiPower. "That's where the future is headed," Samsung's Michael Lin says. "The use cases are just more compelling. That's why we've invested so much in developing it. We think it will address the charging needs of a much wider audience." Computerworld (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exec hopes developers can help bring serious gamers to Facebook
    Facebook games brought in $2.8 billion last year, Facebook officials said at the Game Developers Conference, adding that more than half of the top 400 iOS applications are integrated with the social network. Facebook's Sean Ryan called upon developers to develop more games to attract serious players. "We're going to expand the business for Facebook games above and beyond what we've done for desktop and mobile, to make sure we have games for everybody," he said. CNET (3/26) , Network World/IDG News Service (3/26) , VentureBeat (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Online fight over spam clogs up the Internet
    A dispute between Spamhaus and Web hosting company Cyberbunker on whether Cyberbunker is generating spam has led to a series of distributed-denial-of-service attacks that have slowed access to Netflix and other websites. When Spamhaus enlisted the help of CloudFlare to protect itself from the attacks, Spamhaus and CloudFlare found themselves the targets of such attacks on a massive scale, John Markoff and Nicole Perlroth write. Patrick Gilmore of Akamai Networks calls it "the largest publicly announced DDoS attack in the history of the Internet." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Sandboxing" doesn't always protect against malware, expert says
    "Sandboxing" security technology can't provide 100% protection against malicious software, says Christopher Kruegel, who is chief scientist at Lastline, a security-software vendor. "A sandbox shouldn't be considered a silver bullet" because malware authors are keenly aware of sandboxing and have come up with ways to avoid the technology, Kruegel says. Network World (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Zuckerberg starts lobbying firm to address U.S. competitiveness
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is setting up a new lobbying concern with other tech executives that will focus on issues pertaining to American competitiveness, such as immigration reform. The nonprofit lobbying group involves the New York advertising agency SS+K, which worked on President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, as well as political insiders such as Joe Lockhart, Glover Park Group's senior adviser and co-founder, and Republican consultant Jon Lerner, The Hill's Jennifer Martinez writes. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/25) , The Wall Street Journal (3/26)
  • Budget plan would give FBI oversight of China-made tech purchases
    U.S. government agencies looking to purchase IT equipment from some Chinese vendors will need to get the approval of the FBI under new budget guidelines designed to protect American infrastructure from state-sponsored cyberespionage. The proposal, which could affect acquisitions from well-known firms including Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE, as well as smaller firms, maintains that any purchases with ties to the Chinese government or subsidized by the state must be deemed "in the national interest of the United States" before they will receive approval. InformationWeek (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Register for the industry's leading ISV conference, AATC13
    Join us May 7 to 9 in San Francisco for SIIA's All About the Cloud conference. Your success in today's ever-changing world of technological innovation around the 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 early-bird pricing by registering today or considering a sponsorship. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calling all CEOs -- participate in a short survey
    Participate in this short survey to help the SIIA measure the growth and concerns of executives in the software and services industry. The data from this survey will be used in the forward of SIIA's Vision From the Top, which will be release at All About the Cloud. Click here to submit your responses. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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