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January 29, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • How the ability to negotiate could open doors for new cloud players
    Large businesses are starting to balk at restrictive, one-size-fits-all cloud contracts that leave little wiggle room for more nuanced negotiations. Some businesses may find that dealing with providers' "take it or leave it" approach could lead to a decision to postpone cloud migration altogether, writes David Linthicum. New players in the cloud sector may find that being willing to allow customers to negotiate their terms could prove to be a competitive edge in a maturing marketplace, he writes. InfoWorld/Cloud Computing blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • TaaSERA targets malware in real time by reading the signs
    Startup security firm TaaSERA officially unveiled its flagship NetAnalyzer anti-malware product, which combines on-premise software with cloud-based intelligence to nab bugs before they cause damage by tracking eight identifiable functions. "There are some behaviors that are unique to malware," says David Nevin, TaaSERA's vice president of marketing and corporate development. "... What we do is correlate all of those behaviors to detect the malware -- and because we operate in runtime, we can interrupt the behavior before it's complete." Dark Reading (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Researchers identify flaws in Universal Plug and Play
    Technology that enables computing devices to communicate with one another can also expose networking systems to significant risk, thanks to programming flaws that can be remotely exploited by malicious coders, experts say. Security firm Rapid7 says the networking protocol known as Universal Plug and Play, or UPnP, contains a vulnerability that has left as many as 50 million devices around the world open to potential breaches. ZDNet/Zero Day blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Cloud computing not a taxing proposition for software players
    Software vendors using cloud computing to provide services are finding the technology offers fiscal benefits as well. Cloud tools enable offshore delivery, which is saving some companies substantial amounts of money in taxes. VMware, for example, has seen its federal tax rate decrease to 4%, even as its revenue and pretax profit increased. The Wall Street Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • In IT, it's not just what you know, but who you know
    For new recruits starting out in the IT field, a mentor can offer crucial assistance by providing job-related advice and access to a network of established professionals. Experts say new hires looking for a mentor should start in their company's human resources department before moving onto social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Good mentors listen well, are easy to approach and show general leadership skills. CIO.com (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • How to reach outside your company for innovation
    Open innovation can be a powerful tool for companies hoping to cut creative costs while still coming up with ideas, writes John Dillard. Still, it's important to be realistic about how much time and energy you can invest in open innovation. "[C]hoosing the right path can be difficult, as organizations must weigh the benefits and liabilities of using outside help against developing technology internally," Dillard writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • New DNA tag gun lets cops conduct arrests at their leisure
    Police could soon be equipped with a new non-lethal firearm that fires DNA-coded pellets at suspects, so they can be identified later and arrested. Selectamark's SelectaDNA High Velocity System is part of a new generation of DNA-based tracking products that include grease, gel and spray and could be used to tag clothing and even money in banks. Popular Science (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
A good mentor can be a lifelong asset, and choosing the wrong one wastes both of your time."
--Michael R. Spano, a certified executive consultant at IBM, as quoted by CIO.com
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