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October 25, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Back to the future: Can cassette tapes solve Big Data storage conundrum?
    Storing the huge amounts of information generated by emerging Big Data solutions may become easier thanks to efforts by a handful of companies to breathe new life into an old magnetic tape technology. Researchers at Fujifilm and IBM have developed palm-sized storage devices using barium ferrite-coated magnetic tape that can hold 35 terabytes of data while using much less energy than disk drive arrays. New Scientist (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Vidyo brings to market new low-cost telepresence solutions
    Vidyo has introduced a suite of low-cost videoconferencing solutions designed to undercut the pricing of products from rivals Polycom and Cisco Systems. The company's Executive Desktop software-based videoconferencing system costs $750 and features a floating license that enables it to be used across a number of mobile devices. The company is also marketing a browser-based, ultra HD videoconferencing solution that is interoperable with Skype, Facebook and Google Talk. eWeek (10/23), TechCrunch (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Social networks to be excluded from cybersecurity executive order
    President Barack Obama, bowing to congressional pressure, will exclude social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, from the draft cybersecurity executive order. Still, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is expressing concerns about the power that would be given to the National Security Agency, this blog post notes. TechCrunch (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Samsung loses battle in patent war with Apple amid DOJ probe
    Samsung is reportedly the target of a Justice Department investigation into potential patent infringement, according to a document filed with the International Trade Commission as part of ongoing litigation between the Korean electronics maker and Apple. This week, an ITC jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in a preliminary ruling that found Samsung infringed on several iPhone patents related to the shape of the device and its onscreen icons. PC Magazine (10/24), The Wall Street Journal (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Federal agencies strive to develop a collaborative nature
    Government officials say they're looking to take a collaborative approach to software development both with other agencies and with the open-source community. "We're starting to see this aperture open within the government recognizing this model of collaborative development is really powerful," said Dan Risacher of the Defense Department. Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why a bad decision is better than no decision at all
    Bosses need to give employees permission to make bad decisions from time to time, writes Mike Figliuolo, who polled business leaders and found that a whopping 96% of them would rather see team members make mistakes rather than leave all important decisions up to their bosses. According to Figliuolo, a thoughtful approach to decision-making should permit the occasional goof in the name of avoiding paralysis while using mistakes as learning moments. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • "Jesus," "football" make list of the year's most-hacked passwords
    If your network password happens to be "ninja," "mustang" or "football," you might want to think about changing it, according to Morgan Slain, chief executive of SplashData. The company found that those three terms rank with "password1" and "123123" as some of the passwords most likely to be breached. SplashData compiled its list of the worst passwords from millions of stolen ones posted by hackers online. "Even though each year hacking tools get more sophisticated, thieves still tend to prefer easy targets. Just a little bit more effort in choosing better passwords will go a long way toward making you safer online," Slain says. TG Daily (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The more time you invest in thinking through the decision making process ... the faster your team will make decisions and the better those decisions will be."
--Mike Figliuolo, leadership consultant, writing for ThoughtLeaders blog
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