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January 31, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • Enterprises face steep learning curve on social business
    By 2016, 50% of large enterprises will have deployed internal social networking platforms to improve collaboration and streamline processes, but experts say many businesses will have difficulty embracing these technologies due to misconceptions. According to Gartner's Carol Rozwell, the biggest mistake companies make is treating social business tools as just another IT solution. "Traditional technology rollouts ... followed a 'push' paradigm. Workers were trained on an app and were then expected to use it. In contrast, social initiatives require a 'pull' approach, one that engages workers and offers them a significantly better way to work," she said. eWeek (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • MEF debuts new carrier Ethernet spec with product certifications
    The Metro Ethernet Forum formally inaugurated its Carrier Ethernet 2.0 standard Tuesday, with the certification of products from 20 vendors, such as Tellabs, Ciena and Overture. The protocol includes a variety of specifications and is designed to increase the interoperability of Ethernet solutions with enterprise LANs beyond the reach of a particular service provider, which "frees the universe to roll out ubiquitous Ethernet services," according to Overture's Mark Durrett. CIO.com/IDG News Service (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Kaspersky urges world leaders to find common ground on cybersecurity
    A leading Internet security expert is calling on the world's governments to sit down at the negotiating table and iron out non-aggression treaties covering cyber weapons, the same way they have with other weapons of mass destruction. Eugene Kaspersky, chief of security firm Kaspersky Lab, warned that malicious bugs and viruses are just as dangerous to their creators as to their intended targets, adding that the world's intelligence agencies need to increase cooperation to share data on potential threats. ComputerWeekly.com (U.K.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Growth more important than profit for Facebook future, Zuckerberg says
    Facebook beat analyst estimates in the fourth quarter of 2012, with revenue increasing 40% year-over-year, thanks in large part to the success of the company's nascent mobile marketing campaign. The social network firm posted net income of $426 million in Q4, excluding certain items. Shares of Facebook's stock fell in after-hours trading after CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company planned to spend more money to capitalize on new opportunities, which could limit profit growth in the future. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Report: Embracing BYOD can help the whole company
    IT organizations that embrace the bring-your-own-device movement, especially consumer technology such as iPhones and Android devices, have happier employees, a more nimble business and greater sales opportunities, according to a survey. Respondents who embraced consumer technology were 73% more likely to say they've seen higher sales and more customer gains. InfoWorld/Tech Watch blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Good innovators know that less is more
    The best innovators focus on getting rid of stuff, and developing products and processes that deliver memorable and meaningful results with the least effort possible, writes Matthew E. May. "They adopt a 'less is best' approach to innovation, removing just the right things in just the right way in order to achieve the maximum effect through minimum means," he explains. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Chinese millionaire sells canned air to draw attention to environment
    A Chinese entrepreneur thinks he has just the solution for smog-choked residents of China's largest cities: canned air infused with flavors such as "pristine Tibet," "post-industrial Taiwan" and "revolutionary Yan'an." Chen Guangbiao says his true aim is to draw attention to China's persistent air pollution problems. "If we don't start caring for the environment, then after 20 or 30 years, our children and grandchildren might be wearing gas masks and carry oxygen tanks," he said. Popular Science (1/30), The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
The quarter was a little like a cold shower after you've been out all night -- it's something that makes you sober up very quickly."
--Jordan Rohan, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, discussing Facebook, as quoted by The New York Times
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