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December 20, 2012
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  • AppFog cuts PaaS prices in bid to attract developers
    AppFog has reduced prices on its platform-as-a-service offering by 50% to bring in more software developers, Barb Darrow writes. "When developers told me that our plans were not quite right for their needs I knew I had to make it better," AppFog CEO Lucas Carlson wrote in an e-mail. GigaOm (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Existing Google Apps customers get a key to Apps Vault
    Google Apps Vault, an archiving service previously available only to new Google Apps customers, is now available to existing customers of Google Apps and Google Apps for Education. "Since we launched Google Apps Vault, many businesses have adopted it to archive, retain and manage business critical information," Google's Jerry Hong wrote in a blog post. eWeek (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Microsoft, Nokia to spend millions to recruit mobile developers
    Nokia's AppCampus program, supported by Microsoft to foster development of Windows Phone applications, will get about $24 million to spend over three years to recruit coders, Alex Wilhelm writes. Developers can receive funding of about $26,000 to about $93,000, depending "on the complexity of the app," Microsoft says. TheNextWeb.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Who's behind the Dexter malware? It's still not clear, firm says
    Malware that steals credit card information from point-of-sale systems has infected hundreds of ATMs, electronic cash registers and kiosks in 40 countries during the past two to three months, security firm Seculert says. What's less clear is who created the malware, named Dexter, and whether it's related to the Zeus malware. CSO (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cyberattack aims at European, Russian bank customers
    Customers of banks in Europe and Russia are being targeted by a cyberattack designed to steal logins, security firm ESET says. "This complicated case spreads across three different countries, targeting users from a fourth one, making it very hard for law enforcement agencies to investigate and mitigate its effects," ESET's Pierre-Marc Bureau says. Techworld (U.K.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Regulators unveil new rules to protect children's online privacy
    The Federal Trade Commission has expanded rules governing children's online privacy rights, updating the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to take into account new technologies such as mobile devices and behavioral advertising. "Congress enacted COPPA in the desktop era and we live in an era of smartphones and mobile marketing," says FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. "This is a landmark update of a seminal piece of legislation." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds plan to take legal route to fight cybercrime
    The U.S. government is aiming to arrest and prosecute international cybercriminals and to identify governments that steal intellectual property, and is training dozens of special prosecutors to handle the legal effort. "Whether it is a state-owned enterprise or a state-supported enterprise in China -- if you can figure out and prove that they've committed the crime, charging the company means they can't do business in the U.S., or in Europe," said John Carlin of the Justice Department's national security division. Defense News (12/18) , The Register (U.K.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Calling all young and innovative tech companies
    The SIIA is excited to launch our NextGen program for its 8th year. This program showcases the competitive nature of what truly makes a company the next generation of young companies to watch. We are calling all companies that are transforming the software and services industry to apply today for AATC 2013's NextGen program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join our Roundtable Breakfast on Enterprise Cloud Adoption for Success
    Join us Feb. 8 in Palo Alto, Calif., to share your ideas on how to respond to enterprise demands and accelerate your prospect's decision to sign up with you versus "the other guys." Whether it's making your service delivery more transparent without compromising security, business outcome based SLAs, consumption based dynamic billing, or performance measurement by third party providers, cloud service providers are coming up with innovative ways to satisfy enterprise demand for more transparency & manageability of cloud services. Space is limited so register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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