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October 10, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Acquisitions offer instant talent pool for large tech firms
    Faced with the task of recruiting, vetting and training top talent, more large technology firms are going with an alternative strategy that requires considerably less work: Acquire a smaller company and take on its workers. Experts say the "acqui-hire" trend is gaining more converts, as companies seeking to circumvent potential noncompete litigation target small startups that have tight-knit employees with a strong history of teamwork. (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Emerging Tools 
  • Softbank taps Huawei for ultra-fast mobile router
    Softbank Mobile is introducing a mobile router that supports download speeds of 110 Mbps over its Long Term Evolution network. The small router -- developed by Chinese equipment-maker Huawei -- can support as many as 10 devices at once and doubles as a network drive that can hold up to 64GB of data using memory cards. Service for the router will cost $64 per month, for as much as 5GB of data downloads. Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • White House engages opposition ahead of cybersecurity order
    The White House is engaged in last-minute discussions with lawmakers in an attempt to draw support and allay criticisms ahead of President Barack Obama's planned executive order on cybersecurity. A White House spokeswoman confirmed that national security officials met with Senate staffers last week. The officials are now planning to meet with representatives from the House, following an accusation from Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., that the White House was being "irresponsible" for not engaging the opposition. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Big Blue, AT&T tackle cloud security with new partnership
    AT&T has joined forces with IBM to develop and market a new service that combines the security of a private network with the flexibility of a public cloud. The offering, which is geared toward large enterprises, will leverage AT&T's virtual private network to offer users a secure conduit for moving data between data centers in private clouds and devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones. IT PRO (London) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Regulatory risk is seen from social media usage
    Comments made on social media could inadvertently lead to regulatory or compliance problems for a company, Taylor Provost writes. Experts say education is the best way to prevent social media mistakes, because many employees aren't aware of the risks. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Do you believe technical certifications are an effective way to advance an IT career?
    Yes  71.67%
    No  28.33%
  • Are you more or less secure in your job than you were a year ago?
About the same

Geeking Out 
  • Research progressing on a robot that can improvise
    Researchers at Georgia Tech are working to unlock the secrets of human cognition in an effort to develop robots that can improvise solutions to problems using objects at their disposal. The project -- being funded by a $900,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research -- is using complex algorithms to design a "hybrid reasoning system" that can help robots distinguish between objects. Popular Science (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief Excerpt -- "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty"
    What happens when well-intentioned people find themselves considering an illegal parking spot, or in the depths of a corporate scandal? SmartBrief on ExecTech is pleased to share a preview from behavioral economist Dan Ariely's new book, "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty." In return for updating your SmartBrief profile, we will send you the introduction to Ariely's new book absolutely free. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Why you wouldn't want input from the outside on this stuff is beyond me. And that tells me what kind of product you're going to get too, would be my guess."
--Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, commenting on the Obama administration's pending executive order on cybersecurity, as quoted by The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog
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