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December 31, 2012
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  • A forecast on health IT
    Software-as-a-service, bring-your-own device policies and telehealth applications are likely to drive health IT innovations and create headaches around data security and patient privacy, Brian Horowitz writes. "The tools available to manage those devices and ensure that they meet compliance and security requirements will become much better in 2013," says Dennis Schmuland of Microsoft. eWeek (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Analysis: Line between mobile and desktop devices is fading
    Microsoft's Windows 8 is designed to blend the mobile and desktop user experience, providing greater competition for Android and iOS, Devindra Hardawar writes. Tablets are likely to become more like desktop devices while desktops become more versatile, Hardawar writes. The convergence may be particularly difficult for Google since it has been slow to adapt to tablets, he writes. VentureBeat (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Subway Time app offers NYC riders a limited train schedule
    New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released an iPhone application that offers information on when subway trains will arrive at stations on seven of the city's 24 lines. The tool relies on signal technology deployed during the past 11 years. Early reviewers say the app isn't fully accurate and that its interface needs improvement. Bloomberg (12/28) , The Wall Street Journal (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Microsoft tackles newly discovered IE security exploit
    Microsoft says it's working to plug a vulnerability in older versions of its Internet Explorer browser. The bug could enable hackers to infiltrate the PCs of Windows users who visited an infected third-party site. The "watering hole" attacks may have used an existing Flash exploit to affect users who visited the website of the Council on Foreign Relations on or after Dec. 21. Computerworld (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Mich. law bans requests for social media logins
    Students and potential employees in Michigan will be protected by a new law that prohibits educational institutions and employers from seeking social media login information. Rejecting a job applicant or disciplining a student for refusing to divulge such information will be treated as a misdemeanor, carrying a fine of as much as $1,000. Delaware and California also passed similar legislation. VentureBeat (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Save the Date for Premier Government IT Conference, CloudGOV 2013
    Save the dates and plan to join us at next year's CloudGOV conference on Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C. Learn how Cloud First, FedRAMP, data center consolidation, and mobile strategies will influence agency procurement going forward and see the latest innovations from service providers. Take advantage of leftover budget by considering a sponsorship or saving with early-bird registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join our Roundtable Breakfast on Enterprise Cloud Adoption for Success
    Join us Feb. 8 in Palo Alto, Calif., to share your ideas on how to respond to enterprise demands and accelerate your prospect's decision to sign up with you versus "the other guys." Whether it's making your service delivery more transparent without compromising security, business outcome based SLAs, consumption based dynamic billing, or performance measurement by third party providers, cloud service providers are coming up with innovative ways to satisfy enterprise demand for more transparency & manageability of cloud services. Space is limited so register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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