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November 12, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • NYSE challenges Nasdaq as platform for tech IPOs
    More technology companies are opting to skip the Nasdaq and start their lives as publicly traded entities on the New York Stock Exchange, thanks to relaxed listing rules and a concerted marketing push by the NYSE on the West Coast, long an incubator for tech innovation. According to Dealogic, 15 tech firms have gone public on the NYSE so far this year, compared with 17 on the Nasdaq, which as recently as 2007 accounted for three-quarters of tech IPOs. The Wall Street Journal (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Windows 8 gets high marks from cybersecurity pros
    The antivirus solution embedded with the new Windows 8 operating system may not be perfect, but it does offer strong protection against most threats, according to one security expert who calls it a "great improvement over the out-of-the-box security of Windows 7." An analysis by BitDefender found that with Windows Defender activated, 85% of the most popular malware is prevented from successful operation on Windows 8 machines, but the researcher still recommends a third-party solution as a backup. eWeek (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • More malware writers turning to cyber blackmail, research shows
    Gangs of cybercriminals have found an easier way to profit from their skills than stealing assets from victims: tricking them into giving their money away. So-called ransomware is on the rise, according to the research firm Symantec, which found some gangs make almost $5 million a year remotely locking down victims' computers and tricking them into paying to regain access, often by disguising the payment as a fine. IT PRO (London) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • The biggest issues facing VARs aren't about technology
    The U.S. health care overhaul and potential changes to tax rates pose two big challenges to the IT value-added reseller industry, as they could throttle today's business and technology spending. Yet not everyone is expressing gloom and doom about what may lie ahead. "Success happens in spite of government and who is in power, not because of it," said Raffi Jamgotchian, president of Triada Networks. The VAR Guy (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • How clouds are making IT's role more application-focused
    Cloud computing is bringing big changes to the role IT departments play within a business, as IT's job is no longer a matter of hardware and server systems. Going forward, it's going to be all about supporting applications and services and working with developers to build, operate and coordinate use of such tools, writes James Urquhart. GigaOm (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on ExecTech readers in the past week.

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Geeking Out 
  • Ivy League grads take to the rap game with online lyric dictionary
    Three Yale graduates say they want to become the Merriam-Webster of hip-hop -- and hopefully make some "Benjamins" in the process -- with their Wikipedia-style website that deciphers obscure rap lyrics for fans who need the occasional translation. Rap Genius -- which recently scored $15 million in venture capital -- clocks two million unique visitors a month and has drawn the interest of famous rappers such as Nas and 50 Cent, while also drawing some criticism from purists who see the Ivy Leaguers as interlopers and others who say the site's transcriptions and interpretations are incorrect. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
We are in there fighting for every listing."
--Bob McCooey, senior vice president of new listings and capital markets at Nasdaq OMX, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal
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