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March 8, 2013
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  • Amazon finds success with EC2 Spot Instances strategy
    It's taken four years but Amazon's EC2 Spot Instances, which lets the Web services provider dole out spare processing power by the hour to the high bidders, is paying off and gives Amazon yet another competitive edge over Google and Microsoft, Ari Levy writes. Amazon Web Services revenue is predicted to be $3.8 billion this year, and hit $8.8 billion in just two years. Bloomberg (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Forrester: Corporate app stores can mitigate "shadow IT" purchases
    Chief information officers can avoid the potential risks of "shadow IT" activities within their companies by establishing their own application stores, Forrester Research advises. "Corporate app stores are being pushed out across the board; companies realize they need to open themselves up to providing a different set of applications that do not correspond to traditional software," says Forrester's Dan Bieler. He adds, "The more innovative CIO that we see out there is beginning to realize the point of technology is to support people's requirements and business processes, to advance them rather than to create artificial barriers." TechRepublic/CIO Insights blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tablets top smartphones in Internet traffic volume
    Tablets account for 8% of all Internet traffic globally, topping smartphones, at 7%, for the first time, according to Adobe's latest Digital Index. Form factor is the key for tablets, as smartphones are in many more consumer hands, says index analyst Tyler White. "Whether it be leisurely surfing the Web, engaging with video, or shopping online, on average internet users view 70 percent more pages per visit when browsing with a tablet compared to a smartphone," White wrote. CNET (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook's News Feed will have bigger images, (maybe) more ads
    Facebook announced Thursday that its News Feed feature will boast larger photos and other images posted by users. The change is expected to make the page more attractive to advertisers and marketers. The social network also provided an update to software developers, advising them that applications will need to support images of at least 600 by 600 pixels. Stipple CEO Rey Flemings said, "There could be a short-term increase in engagement for all posts," adding, "but it doesn't address the fundamental problem that ads will still be seen as interrupting the News Feed." The Wall Street Journal (3/7) , VentureBeat (3/7) , VentureBeat (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Analysis: Security protocols may loosen in SaaS integration
    The proliferation of cloud-based services from multiple providers, such as Dropbox and Gmail, is presenting security challenges for small and midsize businesses as they implement software-as-a-service offerings, Ellyne Phneah writes in this analysis. "Self-programmed integration is also more likely to use exposed transport protocols without encryption, and decryption of messages and data within the cloud, which poses a security risk as a result of the disparity," says Glenn Johnson of Magic Software Enterprises. Vic Mankotia of CA Technologies Asia-Pacific advises users to implement strong identity authentication with SaaS. ZDNet (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Pitfalls continue to hamper Senate cybersecurity effort
    Members of the Senate commerce and homeland security committees took up the issue of cybersecurity in a special session Thursday, where administration witnesses -- including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano -- pressed for legislative action, but the tone of the discussion revealed that little has changed in the partisan climate that hampered two similar efforts last year. Democrats, led by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, continue to favor rules requiring private firms to disclose information about breaches, while Republicans remain concerned about the burden additional restrictions would place on the private sector. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. cracks down on text-message spam
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed eight lawsuits against companies that have sent a total of more than 180 million often deceptive text messages, noting costs mounting into the millions for unsuspecting consumers. Major retailers also have protested over the spam messages, some of which reference them and make promises that aren't fulfilled. Adweek (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register for the industry's leading ISV conference, AATC13
    Join us May 7 to 9 in San Francisco for SIIA's All About the Cloud conference. Your success in today's ever-changing world of technological innovation around the cloud, mobile and social media can depend on the strength of your relationships with the right strategic partners and vendors. So our primary focus for AATC 2013 is to help you make contacts, form partnerships and close deals. Take advantage of early-bird pricing by registering today or considering a sponsorship. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Critical Success Factors for an Enterprise Mobile Strategy
    Organizations must fully develop an enterprise mobile strategy that considers both employee- and customer-facing aspects of today's continually expanding use of mobile technologies. It is important to consider the customer experience as they launch new products, services, and applications. Listen to this pre-recorded webcast featuring Grant Thornton as they share their experience of working with a broad array of companies highlighting the leading practices and some of the pitfalls that companies should guard against. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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