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October 30, 2012
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  • Tech firms take steps to head off storm disruptions
    Hurricane Sandy and its remnants battered the East Coast on Monday, creating challenges for IT administrators and raising the potential for massive power outages that could endanger service for millions of customers. Telecom providers prepared by setting up generators to keep networks running, while cloud provider Nirvanix offered customers the option of temporarily moving their data to servers outside the New Jersey area. eWeek (10/29), RedOrbit (10/29), Network World (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tips for bringing IT back online following a natural disaster
    Keeping things running in the wake of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy requires a detailed strategy and open lines of communication among those who will be in charge of the recovery, according to officials at the Consortium for School Networking. The group's IT Crisis Preparedness Initiative prepared a checklist of things to do before beginning recovery efforts, such as taking a detailed inventory of damaged equipment and contacting employees and vendors to update them on the situation. Forbes (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google announces 10-inch tablet, Nexus 4 smartphone
    Google said its Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 smartphone will put its latest Android software on display as part of the company's online sales strategy. The 10-inch tablet, from Samsung Electronics for $399, will have 16 gigabytes of storage and go on sale Nov. 13. Google also said that its 7-inch Nexus will add a cellular connection. The $299 Nexus 4 -- $199 at T-Mobile USA -- has a 4.7-inch screen and a wireless charging pad. Also, Google Play now offers more than 700,000 Android applications, Google said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (10/29), Bloomberg (10/29), The Wall Street Journal (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel offers SSD with 20nm NAND flash memory chips
    Intel is shipping the 335 Series solid-state drive, a consumer product containing multi-level cell NAND flash memory devices made with a 20-nanometer process. The flash memory chips were made by IM Flash Technologies, Intel's joint venture with Micron Technology. XBitLabs.com (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

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  • HP looks to multifunction printers as part of turnaround plan
    Hewlett-Packard's impending line of multifunction printers will close a product gap caused by a seven-year lull between printer-line launches, CEO Meg Whitman says. The launch is seen as a key element in her plan to put HP back on top, as the company will be competing better in the fastest-growing segment of the printing market. The Wall Street Journal (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
 
  • How to tell when a bad hire can't be salvaged
    If an employee can't work with others or has no enthusiasm for the job, it may be time for the company to part ways with him, experts say. "They may be smart as anything, but if their attitude is just not right for the culture of the workplace, it is simply not going to work," says Terri Simon of Ignited. iMedia Connection (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
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  Policy Watch 
  • Federal courts may bring changes on data-breach damages
    The federal court system has been taking a new view of data breaches and their impact on customers, and that could lead to insurance mandates for identify-theft incidents and higher risks from class action suits, Antone Gonsalves writes. "Courts are starting to pick up on the fact that the data that can get out there can cause serious harm, maybe not immediately, but sometime in the near future," lawyer Jeffrey Vagle says. CSO (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CompTIA News 
  • Be a CDIA+ Beta-Tester
    CompTIA is looking for digital information management professionals to participate in a beta exam of its revised CDIA+ certification. Those who pass the exam will become CDIA+ certified at the time the final exam launches in 2013. Sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EMEA Conference
    Click here, here and here for coverage of last week’s CompTIA EMEA Members and Partners Conference, which opened with a speech from Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman. Panels covered MSP, cybersecurity, cloud and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The globetrotting risks of cloud
    When using public clouds that are offered to a range of audiences from enterprise companies through to small businesses and consumers, there is a risk of data traveling the globe without you knowing. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Oct. 30, 2012
    35% of businesses say that they have a comprehensive data retention policy. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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