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October 26, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Terrorists turn to technology to wage war on U.S. interests
    The U.S. banking industry has spent the last six weeks facing a barrage of distributed denial of service attacks from a shadowy group in what may represent the first instance of a coordinated terrorist attack through cyberspace. The attacks have disrupted the websites of banking giants including Bank of America, BB&T, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. So-called "Operation Ababil" was launched by an organization calling itself the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters Group, but government officials have anonymously said they suspect a state actor -- specifically Iran -- could be behind the action. CNBC (10/24), InformationWeek (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Emerging Tools 
 
  • Is Microsoft's Windows 8 a harbinger of PC's demise?
    Microsoft debuted its Windows 8 operating system on Thursday, with observers quick to point out the radically redesigned platform is tailored for a consumer market increasingly attached to mobile devices. While the system can still be navigated using a mouse or keyboard, Microsoft made touch-screen control the top priority for the new OS, a fact that some analysts say may be shortsighted. "All the ads that Microsoft and Intel seem to be running are all around touch, yet the vast majority of systems will be nontouch," said IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell. The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (10/25), MarketWatch (10/26), eWeek (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Security Update 
  • Tech titans form united front on cybersecurity
    A group of technology companies, including heavy hitters Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, has formed a nonprofit consortium aimed at advancing cybersecurity research and cultivating more cooperation among government, academia and industry. The Cyber Security Research Alliance -- which was founded by five firms but could expand to include as many as 25 -- expects to begin producing its first prototypes within the next 18 months. The Huffington Post/Reuters (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Report: Modest gains this year in tech sector jobs
    A TechAmerica Foundation report states there have been modest job gains this year in three of four IT job segments, with about 100,000 new positions created. But the group is also warning the numbers aren't cause for huge celebration. "While the tech industry has weathered the downturn better than most, we can't take its strength for granted," said Jennifer Kerber, president of TechAmerica. Network World (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • What SaaS customers need from managed-hosting providers
    Implementing software-as-a-service technology has key differences from traditional software delivery, especially in terms of the infrastructure involved, according to Bobby Boughton of Hostway. He offers tips on dealing with providers of managed-hosting services, such as allocating particular applications to public or private clouds. MSP Mentor (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 6 search techniques to give you better LinkedIn results
    LinkedIn is a powerful recruitment tool, but recruiters can hone their search techniques for better results, Erin Palmer writes. For example, avoid overuse of parentheses and quotation marks in searching job titles because it can limit results. Also, use the Search Alert feature to automatically check daily for possible candidates, Palmer writes. The Seamless Workforce blog (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Self-sustaining, vehicle-free satellite city planned in China
    Chengdu Tianfu District Great City is being designed as a self-sustaining, car-free, environmentally conscious satellite city that can be a model for all of China. The project, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, will be constructed within eight years and host 30,000 families made up of 80,000 people. "This project will provide all basic services to its residents through a sustainable infrastructure that supports education, commerce, culture and an improved quality of life," said architect Adrian Smith. Popular Science (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
What you have seen and heard should leave no doubt that Windows 8 will shatter the perceptions about what a PC really is."
--Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, as quoted by The Seattle Times/The Associated Press
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