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January 3, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • Tech sector prepares for a new round of legislative battles
    The technology sector is likely to face more federal oversight in 2013, as Congress seeks to double down on last year's failed attempts to strengthen consumer privacy protections, bolster antipiracy law and create a formal cybersecurity framework. Observers say that while strong election-year lobbying from the tech industry managed to hold off unpopular measures in 2012, the industry now needs to reassess its positions in the face of a second term for President Barack Obama. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Intel to announce limited-edition chips for ultrabooks, tablets
    Intel is expected to offer more insight into its Ivy Bridge processor developments next week and possibly unveil laptops and tablets boasting the limited-run microprocessor. The new chips -- which feature a power-efficiency rating of less than 10 watts -- will lead to new ultrabook designs, according to an Intel spokesman. CNET (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • U.K. to introduce broad cybersecurity awareness campaign
    The U.K. government is taking its cybersecurity message to the streets, with a new public awareness campaign designed to bring small businesses and consumers up to speed on cyberthreats. The program, which comes on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the launch of the U.K.'s cybersecurity strategy, will target children and adults with information on how to protect themselves online, with progress assessed through a National Cyber Confidence research tracker. (U.K.) (1/3), The Guardian (London) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Experts forecast more specialization in SDN sector in 2013
    Software-defined networking will continue to mature in 2013, propelled by advances in the OpenFlow standard -- including QoS and security -- and the development of new SDN-supported products and solutions, observers say. Martin Casado, chief technology officer and co-founder of Nicira, says this evolution will lead to a "Balkanization" of the industry as various providers seek to customize and distinguish the offerings. Network World (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • States block employer access to worker social media
    Laws in six states now make it illegal for bosses to ask their subordinates for access to their social media accounts. Congress has yet to act on the issue, but Michigan, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and most recently California and Illinois have all enacted laws that bolster worker online privacy by making password-protected content off-limits to nosy bosses. Level blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Some risks remain unaddressed with cloud computing
    Cloud computing is an attractive option because of its agility and lower costs, but executives need to be aware of related compliance risks, James Kaplan, Chris Rezek and Kara Sprague write. Companies need to make sure sensitive data is protected and that regulations regarding where certain data can be stored and who can access it are met. Unfortunately, public-cloud providers cannot provide all of the necessary assurances. "How to draft the required terms and conditions will remain an open question until litigation has identified the critical issues and legal precedent has been established for resolving those issues," Kaplan, Rezek and Sprague write. McKinsey Quarterly (free registration) (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Scientists study projectile vomit to better understand norovirus
    A simulated vomiting system dubbed Vomiting Larry is being used to study norovirus and how far -- and easily -- the infection can spread via projectile vomit. Norovirus, which has been dubbed by one expert as the "Ferrari of the virus world," is one of the most infectious viruses and is affecting people at a higher rate in Japan and Europe. In the U.S., it's estimated the virus causes 21 million illnesses and around 800 deaths each year. Reuters (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
There are massive benefits of living in a networked world. But it has its dark side."
--Chloe Smith, parliamentary secretary of the U.K.'s Cabinet Office, as quoted by The Guardian (London)
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