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January 11, 2013
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The Game Changer 
 
  • Networking innovations to drive tech investment in 2013, experts say
    While mobile technology largely dominated IT innovation in 2012, experts predict this year will focus on advancements in networking that are designed to tackle an expected exponential increase in bandwidth demand. These predictions, made by 25 European tech leaders, also include breakthroughs in small cell technology that allow for more efficient use, and reuse, of spectrum. The Wall Street Journal (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Security Update 
  • Indian proposal puts onus for cybersecurity awareness on OEMs
    Hardware manufacturers doing business in India are lashing out at a government proposal that would require every piece of hardware destined for sale in that country to come prepackaged with a cybersecurity informational brochure before it could clear customs. The plan, which some have compared to requiring warning labels on packages of cigarettes, would be logistically challenging to implement and ignores better ways to raise awareness, hardware manufacturers say. ZDNet (1/11), The Economic Times (India) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Big Blue continues to dominate patent landscape in 2012
    IBM marked its 20th year as the world leader in patents in 2012, tallying 6,478 completed applications -- thousands more than rivals Google and Apple -- including one for the question-answering technology used by the company's Watson supercomputer. Big Blue was ranked by Boston Consulting Group as one of the most innovative companies in 2012 and reportedly generates $1 billion a year from licensing its intellectual property. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • How to avoid oversimplification when determining benefits of the cloud
    Companies looking to use the cloud to bolster their bottom line should avoid prepackaged solutions that calculate return on investment, according to commentator David Linthicum, who writes that such tools oversimplify what really determines cloud value by focusing on hardware and software costs. Instead, Linthicum insists the benefits of cloud computing will vary greatly between industries and can only be revealed through dynamic analysis. InfoWorld/Cloud Computing blog (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Leadership lessons from Mark Zuckerberg
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wasn't a natural CEO -- and that's what makes his successful leadership of the social network so impressive, writes Ekaterina Walter. Zuckerberg acknowledged his weaknesses and set out to learn from top bosses including Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. "He doesn't shy away from admitting what he doesn't know, and he isn't afraid to ask tough questions, with 'Why?' being his favorite," Walter writes. Fast Company online (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Distant star explosion could be key to secrets of dark energy
    A distant supernova could help scientists unlock the secrets of dark energy, according to findings that will be published in the Astrophysical Journal this month. The supernova, which is 10 billion light-years from Earth, is the "first example of a well-measured supernova sufficiently far away to study the expansion history of the universe from almost 10 billion years ago," said David Rubin, who presented the findings at the American Astronomical Society meeting this week. Space.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Government websites continue to get attacked as a matter of regular routine. Authorities should first try to secure those before intruding into citizens' life by offering pamphlets."
--Mohandas Pai, chairman of the Karnataka state government's panel on information and communication technology, as quoted by ZDNet
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