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October 16, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Cloud services are a win-win for consumers, enterprises
    Consumers, enterprises and tech vendors are loving cloud services, according to IHS iSuppli, which predicts such services will boast 500 million users by year's end, hit 625 million users by 2013 and then double by 2017. "The cloud is a game-changer in an age of near-ubiquitous mobile broadband, offering benefits to consumers and cloud service providers alike," said Jagdish Rebello, director for consumer and communications at IHS. eWeek (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Emerging Tools 
  • NAND flash may stay in short supply until next year, sources say
    Worldwide supplies of NAND flash memory products have become tight, as manufacturers give priority to their major customers, industry sources say. The tight supply situation, which may last into the new year, is especially apparent among companies that are providing NAND flash for Apple's iPhone 5, which reportedly include SanDisk, SK Hynix and Toshiba. DigiTimes (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Sen. Reid gains GOP support for cybersecurity redux
    A push by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reintroduce cybersecurity legislation for congressional debate next month has received the vocal support of at least one Republican lawmaker, despite the GOP's opposition to a similar bill that failed earlier this year. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. -- who joined with three other GOP senators to vote in favor of a controversial cybersecurity bill co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. -- said only Congress can enact the type of measures necessary to stave off a crippling attack on U.S. infrastructure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • AMD to cut workforce by as much as one-fifth
    Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices is planning massive layoffs as it seeks to cut costs in an era of declining PC sales. A source said initial cuts -- which could come as early as this week -- will affect at least 10% of AMD's 11,700-person workforce, and when finished, about one-fifth of AMD's staff may be without jobs. Bloomberg (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Tips for getting the most from your mobile marketing efforts
    The proliferation of mobile devices has created a myriad of opportunities for companies seeking new conduits to the consumer market, but setting the stage for mobile marketing won't do much good if no one comes to the show. James A. Martin writes that getting the most out of mobile means using a search engine optimization strategy that makes your mobile presence easy to find and employing technologies that not only help end users find your website but ensure they have a good experience when they get there. CIO.com (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Don't wait for leaders to emerge -- develop them
    Good bosses ensure their company has a steady stream of up-and-coming leaders, writes Joel Garfinkle. Try offering mentoring to workers who get glowing reports from their bosses and peers, Garfinkle advises. "These are the rising stars who care enough to do their very best work. Many of them are aspiring leaders who will jump at the chance to be mentored by you," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartQuote 
This potentially devastating vulnerability requires all stakeholders to work together to develop an enduring legislative solution. Protecting Americans from cyberattacks should not be a partisan issue."
--Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., as quoted by The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog
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