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December 17, 2012
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  • Google recruits Ray Kurzweil to imagine the future
    Futurist Ray Kurzweil has become Google's director of engineering with a goal of advancing technology in language processing and machine learning. "I've always worked to create practical systems that will make a difference in people's lives, which is what excites me as an inventor," Kurzweil wrote in a blog post, adding, "[W]e're really on a remarkable trajectory of quickening innovation, and Google is at the forefront of much of this development." Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/14) , VentureBeat (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Android exploit is cited as risk for Samsung devices
    A number of Samsung Electronics mobile devices could be exploited by malware applications that take advantage of the Android operating system, developers say. One malicious app cited on the XDA Developers online forum apparently targets the Exynos 4210 and 4412 processors used in several Samsung smartphones and tablet computers. The Korean company has yet to comment on the reported vulnerability. News Service (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ericsson explores mobile uses of its Connected Me technology
    Ericsson's Connected Me technology, which takes advantage of the human body's conductivity to transmit wireless information, could be implemented in a smartphone to unlock doors with the touch of a hand on the door handle, David Meyer writes. "We are in discussions with partners in the mobile space," Ericsson's Jan Hederen says. "That is really the platform where this technology takes off. Mobile broadband together with the smartphone: that is the infrastructure that is needed." GigaOm (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Hacker teaches Yahoo, Adobe a lesson in Internet security
    An Egyptian hacker claims to have infiltrated at least two Yahoo domains, including 12 databases that could allow him to obtain sensitive user data. The hacker says his actions are an effort to inform vendors of vulnerabilities with their products. The hacker, who goes by the name ViruS_HimA, rattled executives at Adobe last month when he stole the login credentials of 150,000 customers, releasing a sample of 230 as evidence. He has not released a similar sample of Yahoo data, and the company says it is still investigating his claims. (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Threatened cyberattack on U.S. banks is credible, McAfee says
    The rumored "Project Blitzkrieg" cyberattack on 30 U.S. financial institutions is a "credible threat," McAfee says. "Although Project Blitzkrieg hasn't yet infected thousands of victims and we cannot directly confirm any cases of fraud, the attackers have managed to run an operation undetected for several months while infecting a few hundred," a McAfee report says. eWeek (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Privacy advocates: Surveillance act needs close review
    Privacy groups are lobbying Congress to update and review the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, established in 1978, before re-authorizing the law because it has been amended significantly in the past several years. The privacy groups say the law is being wrongfully used to spy on millions of Americans. Computerworld (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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
  • New videos added -- check out business strategies from industry experts
    Whether you are a member of a team at an emerging software company or established leader, we are all looking for best practices from successful companies. Check out these video highlights and advice from executives representing the software ecosystem taken at key industry events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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