Lawmakers take up health care law's tech implications at hearings | DRAM prices close in on 2011 high, sources say | Russian researchers point out security flaws in 3G/4G modems
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March 19, 2013
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The Game Changer
Lawmakers take up health care law's tech implications at hearings
Lawmakers will consider plans to begin regulating certain mobile devices and applications during three days of hearings this week on Capitol Hill to discuss the parameters of President Barack Obama's health care law. Technologies that are marketed for medical uses will be subject to regulation by the FDA and could be subject to a new device tax under the health care law. Opponents worry the new restrictions could stall innovation. Computerworld (3/18)
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DRAM prices close in on 2011 high, sources say
DRAMeXchange says the fixed price of a 2-gigabit DDR3 DRAM hit $1.28 this month, compared with $1.08 in the second half of February and 80 cents in late November 2012, according to semiconductor industry sources. This month's fixed price is the highest since August 2011, when it was $1.31. This article notes that Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are said to be curbing DRAM production for PCs, which in turn leaves fewer memory chips for PC manufacturers to purchase. Maeil Business Newspaper (South Korea) (3/18)
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Security Update
Russian researchers point out security flaws in 3G/4G modems
Two Russian security experts say they have uncovered serious vulnerabilities in 3G and 4G wireless modems, which they trace to components manufactured by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. During a recent presentation, Nikita Tarakanov and Oleg Kupreev said an analysis of software preloaded on USB modems found the devices are susceptible to a range of potential hacks, including the ability to intercept the modems and use them to surreptitiously direct users to malicious websites. PCWorld/IDG News Service (3/15)
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Tech Business
Study: Numbers show 2012 was a dismal year for IT services
The IT services sector witnessed its worst year in a decade in 2012, according to a study from Ovum that found the value and volume of deals were at their lowest level since 2001. Analysts blamed the decline in part on a pullback in investments from the enterprise sector. "Our research suggests that many enterprises remain wary of committing to major projects, with issues such as the eurozone crisis having a particularly significant impact," said Ovum's Ed Thomas. Investor's Business Daily (3/18)
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Managing IT
Analysis: More CIOs taking a wait-and-see approach to the cloud
Technology executives are beginning to see through the cloud hype and are becoming increasingly discerning about how and when they adopt hosted technologies and what they expect to get out of them, says Mark Tonsetic, a practice manager at global advisory firm CEB. Tonsetic and his colleagues polled 45 CIOs and found a growing minority are beginning to look pragmatically at the business implications of complex private cloud arrangements, with some CIOs suggesting they plan to delay further investments until public cloud technology matures. InformationWeek (3/18)
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How to leverage your employees to build your brand
One way to promote your brand without spending a fortune is to encourage your employees to share information about your company via their social media profiles, writes Russ Fradin, CEO of Dynamic Signal. Companies should set policies to guide such advocacy, but ultimately employees have to take the lead. "Your employees believe in the same vision you do, and that is why they are your best brand ambassadors," he writes. The Wall Street Journal/The Accelerators blog (3/17)
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Geeking Out
Circadian clock tells roosters when to crow
Roosters rely on something other than the brightness of the morning sunrise to tell them when to crow, according to new research that finds the birds still crow at daybreak even when they are subject to uninterrupted light. In a study published in Current Biology, Takashi Yoshimura of Nagoya University says that like many other animals, roosters have an internal circadian clock that tells them when it is time to wake up and start making noise. (3/18)
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Most Americans have no idea that their smartphone, tablet or the mobile apps that have become part of their daily lives could be subject to added red tape or a new tax under [the health care law]."
-- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as quoted by Computerworld
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