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December 6, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Tech industry seeks congressional help in protecting R&D
    Foreign competitors are increasingly turning to illegal strategies such as theft and espionage -- as well as legal maneuvers such as licensing agreements and corporate mergers -- to profit from U.S.-developed technology, according to congressional lawmakers, who met this week to discuss ways to keep taxpayer-funded R&D from benefiting other countries. Members of a House subcommittee heard from industry representatives, including Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, who called for a limited antitrust exemption that would allow U.S. firms to legally collude to fend off coercion from foreign companies. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Emerging Tools 
  • Qualcomm builds quad-core processors for budget smartphones
    Qualcomm has introduced a pair of quad-core Snapdragon processors, meant for 3G networks, that the chipmaker says will reduce costs and provide high-end features such as HD video and more powerful cameras for less expensive smartphones. Built to support China's CDMA and HSPA networks, the power-saving technology will still support advanced graphics, Qualcomm said Tuesday. The explosive growth in smartphones has propelled Qualcomm to No. 3 among global chipmakers this year, up from No. 9 in 2010, according to IHS iSuppli. Computerworld UK/IDG News Service (12/5), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Zombie PCs responsible for most Web-based malware, Sophos says
    More than 80% of cyberattacks in 2012 were delivered from legitimate websites that had been co-opted by hackers, according to a report from Sophos. The finding is part of the firm's Security Threat Report 2013, which reveals that the majority of malware infections last year required victims to do little more than click on a link in an e-mail or visit an infected website. (South Africa) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Cloud providers are optimistic, survey finds
    Companies that offer cloud services expect to see strong sales over the next two years, with providers forecasting a doubling of revenues through 2014, according to a recent survey. The poll of 179 cloud companies, conducted by KPMG International, suggests the growth will be propelled by demand for a host of services -- including content management, customer care and analytics -- and that the biggest challenge facing providers is unrealistic cost-savings expectations of prospective customers. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Why migrating to BYOD is a team effort
    More than two-thirds of workers in Europe and North America pick the mobile devices they use on the job, research shows, but enterprises planning to institute bring-your-own-device need to think beyond the simple logistics of making that possible, experts say. According to Forrester analyst Michele Pelino, transitioning to a bring-your-own-device plan requires close collaboration between infrastructure and operations teams and line-of-business decision makers, as well as a long-term plan that details desired goals and outcomes. InformationWeek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Companies should act more like countries, Google chairman says
    Google and Apple have had their differences, but both companies are run by grown-ups and are able to work together when it serves their interests, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says. "The adult way to run a business is to run it more like a country. They have disputes, yet they've actually been able to have huge trade with each other. They're not sending bombs at each other," Schmidt says. The Wall Street Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Women better at gauging infidelity than men, study finds
    When it comes to identifying unfaithful lovers, women have a leg up on men, according to researchers in Australia who determined through experimentation that women are better at recognizing infidelity in strangers simply by looking at them. According to the researchers from the University of Western Australia in Perth, "Women's ratings of unfaithfulness showed small-moderate, significant correlations with measures of actual infidelity." Men, on the other hand, were unable to distinguish the cheaters from the faithful and simply equated attractiveness with infidelity. Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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