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December 19, 2012
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  • Cloud, mobile Internet are part of Juniper's focus, CEO says
    Juniper Networks continues to focus on its custom-silicon efforts and its proprietary operating-system software, and it sees cloud computing and mobile Internet as key, CEO Kevin Johnson says. "We focus on the software operating system that runs in the network. We've been very focused on Junos as a common software platform that runs across the product portfolio, which is something that helps customers better manage, configure and operate those systems," Johnson says. Network World (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Cloud Computing 
  • Cloud demand helps propel Oracle's profit in fiscal Q2
    Oracle reported adjusted revenue of $9.11 billion in its fiscal second quarter, citing a strong performance by its cloud-computing business. The database giant bolstered its hosted-services business through an aggressive acquisition strategy and saw sales of new software licenses and subscriptions increase by 17% to $2.39 billion. Operating margins expanded to 47%, compared with 44.6% during the same period last year. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Bots spread SMS spam through Android phones
    Spammers have developed a botnet that hides their origin by sending spam through text messages via infected Android handsets, a move that makes the victims foot the bill and points to them as the culprits, security vendor Cloudmark says. The Federal Communications Commission released a Web-based application, the Smartphone Security Checker, that provides users with prevention guidelines based on the type of phone they use. News Service (12/17) , VentureBeat (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Experts lament shortcomings of cybersecurity internship programs
    A cybersecurity internship can help students, but the stints often are too brief to provide the basic defensive and countermeasure training needed, experts say. "Students need to learn continuously when it comes to IT security. Whatever they learn during the internship would be irrelevant by the time they come out and work, due to the fast-paced nature of the industry," said Steven Miller, dean of the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University. ZDNet (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Instagram users decry proposed changes in terms of service
    Instagram has announced intended changes to its terms-of-service agreement that appear to allow for advertisers to pay to use users' photos, drawing fire from users of the photo-sharing service, now owned by Facebook, and from privacy groups. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post that "it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear." The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/18) , Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • FTC investigates data brokers on privacy issues
    Acxiom, Datalogix, Intelius and six other U.S. data brokers have received subpoenas from the Federal Trade Commission, which is looking into allegations that consumers' privacy was violated. Acxiom's Jennifer Barrett Glasgow wrote in an e-mail that "We consider this request as an avenue to promote a better understanding of why what we do is vital for the American economy as it creates enormous value for people and businesses while respecting and protecting consumers' interests." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/18) , Network World (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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
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    Innovation startups are an economic engine, driving job growth, global competition and wealth creation. To ensure their voices are heard, Silicon Valley Bank asks startups annually how their businesses are performing, whether they are hiring, and which policies will continue to enable their growth. Submit your responses today as this report has been critical to opening doors and ears on Capitol Hill and affecting positive change for startups around the country. Participate in this survey today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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