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February 19, 2013
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  • Survey: Larger health care institutions see Big Data as a plus
    The use of Big Data analytics in health care has the potential to change personalized care, medical research and population health management, Ken Terry writes. An InformationWeek survey found that larger providers see advantages in Big Data, while smaller organizations are weighing the benefits. Large organizations such as Blue Shield of California are partnering with Big Data vendors to personalize care and improve efficiency. InformationWeek (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Data-center pioneer drives Amazon cloud innovations
    Former auto mechanic James Hamilton is the data-center engineer and force behind key innovations at Amazon's computing-services operation. His team's analysis during a 2011 power outage at Amazon's data center in Virginia led the company to design its own electrical gear, and he was a force behind Microsoft's switch to modular data centers during his tenure there. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gates talks cellphones, Microsoft performance
    Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates has cited disappointment with the company's performance in several areas, notably mobile devices. "There's a lot of things like cellphones where we didn't get out in the lead very early. ... We didn't miss cellphones, but the way we went about it didn't allow us to get the leadership. It's clearly a mistake," Gates said. But Gates backed CEO Steve Ballmer's performance, terming some of his achievements "amazing." One bright spot: An analyst's survey of corporate chief information officers found plenty of support for Microsoft products. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Tech Now blog (2/18), ReadWrite (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Acer cites sliding PC shipments in Q1
    Acer's PC shipments are likely to be down 10% to 15% in the first quarter, CEO J.T. Wang says, adding that it won't rule out a profit for the year. An analyst cited a shift to other products as well as seasonal factors as reasons for the slump. Channel Register (U.K.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Workforce 
  • How bashful IT pros can successfully network
    Timid IT professionals can still network effectively by using strategies such as starting small and building contacts among familiar faces, by joining online communities to build confidence before in-person meetings and by preparing a 30-second sales pitch of skills and goals to help break the ice. Other tips include starting a blog, keeping business cards around at all times and learning de-stressing techniques if social settings cause anxiety. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Cyberattacks reportedly are traced to Chinese army unit
    A U.S. computer security firm says it has identified a unit of China's army as responsible for dozens of cyberattacks on U.S. companies over the years. In a 60-page report to be released today, Mandiant says it has overwhelming forensic evidence that attacks on U.S. firms such as Coca-Cola and, more recently, critical infrastructure industries, originated from the nondescript headquarters of army Unit 61398. The Chinese government denies responsibility for the attacks, but U.S. intelligence officials have said they have evidence that supports Mandiant's findings. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Channel Focus North America with Latin America 2013
    Now in its 16th year, Channel Focus North America with Latin America hosts channel executives debating the future direction of channels in the IT and telecom industries as well as sharing key strategies and tactics they are using to drive their indirect businesses. The event will take place on April 16 and 17 in Miami. For more information and to register, visit here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Feb. 19, 2013
    50% of health care practices require a passcode to unlock a mobile device to ensure its security. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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