February 8, 2013
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Appeals court to scrutinize software patent process
An appeals court in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to hear a case today that could have widespread ramifications throughout the IT industry. The ruling could make it more difficult for developers to patent new software. The case, which involves a patent challenge against an Australian company on the grounds that the patents are based on an abstract concept, has drawn the interest of many in the tech industry who say software patents are often vague and hard to define. The Wall Street Journal (2/7)
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DHS takes aim at security concerns hampering government mobile strategy
Federal agencies are advancing the mobility portion of the U.S. government's Digital Government Strategy with the introduction of a management platform from the General Services Administration, but security concerns remain a barrier for some. To address concerns surrounding the bring-your-own-device trend, the Department of Homeland Security is applying a recently developed security baseline architecture to develop guidelines for five mobile use cases. FederalNewsRadio.com (2/8)
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How one state is aiming to keep IT workforce strong
Internal reorganization of departments and systems and strong succession planning will help the state of California keep a strong IT talent pool, according to state leaders. But more needs to be done, such as developing leadership academies, experts say. State leaders are looking at these academies to build needed skill sets and retain talented people. Techwire.net (Calif.) (2/6)
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Managing IT
Before negotiating with cloud providers, know what's at stake
Enterprises preparing to migrate to the cloud need to give consideration to the costs they will incur from the service outages they are likely to one day experience, experts say. For some companies, losing connectivity for even an hour can knock millions of dollars of revenue off the books, which means having an accurate picture of potential liabilities is critical before stepping up to the negotiating table with service providers, writes David Linthicum. InfoWorld/Cloud Computing blog (2/8)
Planning and strategy aren't the same thing
Creating a "strategic plan" isn't the same thing as crafting a meaningful strategy, writes Roger Martin. A strategic plan is often simply a souped-up budget, while a strategy "is the making of an integrated set of choices that collectively position the firm in its industry so as to create sustainable advantage relative to competition," Martin argues. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/5)
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Scientists make a robot jump using internal explosions
Scientists were able to make a three-legged robot jump by causing combustion reactions within its tubes filled with oxygen and methane. The researchers found disposable robots were a more cost-effective alternative to reusable robots. They are now working on how to steer the robot. New Scientist/New Scientist TV blog (2/7)
Because the patents are often unclear, there's no way to know whether an infringement claim by a competitor or a troll is legitimate until you've spent $8 million in litigation fees."
-- Matthew Schruers, an attorney for the Computer & Communications Industry Association, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal
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