EMC debuts SSD array built on XtremIO technology | More investors weigh breach history before parting with cash | Telecoms support skilled-worker immigration reform
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March 6, 2013
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The Game Changer
Consumerization of IT creates new opportunities for entrepreneurship
The increasing availability of business-related mobile applications on the consumer market has sparked a surge in entrepreneurship among Americans, who are using free tools such as Poshmark, Lyft and EasyShift to launch innovative money-making ventures or supplement existing income by filling a niche service. Some commentators, who say the trend is a result of the proliferation of tablets and smartphones, have drawn a parallel to the Internet's early years when websites such as eBay and Yahoo spawned a community of Web-based merchants. The Wall Street Journal (3/5)
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Emerging Tools
EMC debuts SSD array built on XtremIO technology
EMC is debuting its inaugural all-solid state drive array boasting a clustered architecture that promises to boost performance and capacity, the storage company said. The launch comes a year after it acquired XtremIO. EMC is also releasing new software that lets enterprises centrally manage server flash deployed throughout a data center. Computerworld (3/5)
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Security Update
More investors weigh breach history before parting with cash
The effectiveness of a company's cybersecurity policies may have a direct effect on the amount of money it can raise from investors, according to a new survey that suggests Wall Street is placing more stock these days in breach history. A poll of 405 U.S. investors conducted by Zogby Analytics found more than three-quarters of respondents would avoid putting money into a company that had been exposed to cyberattacks, particularly if they involve breaches of customer data. Fox Business (3/4)
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Tech Business
Telecoms support skilled-worker immigration reform
The CEO of Verizon is urging congressional leaders to accelerate an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy to expand the number of highly skilled foreign workers eligible for temporary H-1B worker visas. In letters sent to members of the Senate's "Gang of Eight" a day before the House Judiciary Committee was to convene a hearing on immigration reform, Lowell McAdam added his voice to the growing chorus of tech industry leaders who say the current system is stifling economic growth and costing billions of dollars in "lost productivity and wasted resources." Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says he does not see a future for such a stand-alone reform bill. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/4), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/4), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/5)
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Managing IT
Experts weigh in on the pros and cons of telecommuting
Deciding whether telecommuting is right for your company requires pinpointing your company's goals, understanding what makes your workforce tick and determining if the right tools are in place for a smooth transition. In most cases, the benefits of remote work far outweigh the drawbacks, these experts note, but David Blanke, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of New York-based Sailthru, says teamwork and open communication are vital to ensure the company and its employees are on the same track. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/4)
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Do you think Big Data will play an important role in securing your network?
No  72.50%
Yes  27.50%
How many of your employees telecommute? 
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VoteMore than 50%
Geeking Out
Researchers hope "airwriting" will make texting a breeze
Computer scientists at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are working on a prototype for a high-tech wristband that translates gestures drawn in the air into words and sentences on a mobile device. The "airwriting" device is being underwritten by an $81,000 Google Faculty Research Award, and according to inventor Christoph Amma, it has an error rate of just 3% for experienced users. Popular Science (3/5)
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Editor's Note
Help SmartBrief cover SXSW Interactive!
SmartBrief will cover the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, from March 8 to 12, and we need your help! SXSW has way too many must-see events for our staff to cover, so we're turning to our readers to help document the best panels as blog contributors. If you're headed to Austin and want to contribute to SmartBrief's blogs on Social Media, Leadership, Finance, Food and Beverage or Education, check out our guest-post guidelines and send a note to Jesse Stanchak.
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Time and again, researchers across numerous disciplines have found that high-skilled immigration creates new jobs for Americans."
-- Ben Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council, as quoted by The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog
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