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December 7, 2012
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  • IT leaders see cloud advantages in collaboration
    IBM, Google, Microsoft and startups are among those offering cloud-based collaboration tools, Forrester Research's TJ Keitt writes. A majority of IT decision-makers said in a Forrester survey that they use or plan to use software-as-a-service offerings in place of or as a complement to their collaboration tools, Keitt writes. InformationWeek (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • 2013 is the year of cloud security, Gartner says
    Cloud security will be a key issue in the coming year, Gartner says. "Increased adoption of cloud-based computing is expected to impact the way security is consumed as well as how key government agencies will prioritize security of public cloud infrastructure," a Gartner report says. Network World (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft may sell Atlas platform to Facebook
    Facebook and Microsoft reportedly are holding talks that could see the social network acquire Microsoft's Atlas Solutions ad-serving platform. The acquisition would potentially assist Facebook as it seeks to develop a third-party advertising network to rival Google's DoubleClick service. All Things D (12/6) , Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • RIM promotes BB 10 transition with enterprise adoption plan
    Research In Motion began an aggressive program today to help its business client base adopt the BlackBerry 10 operating system by offering a step-by-step guide to understanding the platform. BlackBerry 10 is set to be unveiled Jan. 30, and its fate will likely rest in the hands of enterprise customers, who have been RIM's most loyal backers. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Startup looks to use Big Data to combat cyberthreats
    The founders of Seculert say their proprietary Big Data analytics tool can help detect cyberthreats and defend against attacks. "Most enterprises today have been compromised and they don't know it. They're still relying on old technologies and concepts that no longer work," co-founder Dudi Matot says. ZDNet (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ransomware emerges as latest cyberscourge
    Cybercriminals are raking in as much as $5 million annually by taking over victims' computers and making them pay to regain access, security experts say. So-called ransomware begins with the delivery of a virus that locks down a user's PC, followed by a message demanding payment from people representing themselves as law enforcement officials or members of hacker groups. Experts say victim computers are rarely unlocked once the ransom is paid and that removing the virus often means sacrificing files and data. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Tech industry seeks congressional help in protecting R&D
    Foreign competitors are turning to theft and espionage -- as well as legal maneuvers such as licensing agreements and mergers -- to profit from U.S.-developed technology, according to lawmakers, who are discussing ways to keep taxpayer-funded research and development from benefiting other countries. Members of a House subcommittee heard from industry representatives, including Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, who called for a limited antitrust exemption that would allow U.S. firms to legally collude to fend off coercion from foreign companies. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Privacy groups time report to influence FTC on COPPA
    A report sponsored by Common Sense Media and the Center for Digital Democracy says that a majority of parents and other adults don't like their children's behavior being tracked online or through mobile devices, even if it's anonymous data being collected. More than 9 in 10 parents are opposed to specific tactics such as location tracking and asking information about children's friends. The report is intended to influence the Federal Trade Commission as it considers expanding the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/6) , Adweek (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Do you know everything about cloud management solutions?
    The SIIA CODiE Awards is looking for executives, bloggers, VCs, analysts and software experts to judge nominations for the SIIA CODiE Awards. If you feel your background reflects an understanding of the software industry, then sign up today to judge the only peer recognized awards program in the content, education and software industries. Check out the program and nominate yourself today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to sell the way your customers want to buy
    With the onset of social media and mobile technology, marketing and sales professionals face a non-traditional sales cycle. Sellers are no longer in charge of the customer buying process and the customer expects immediate responses and results. If you are struggling to deliver this demand, then listen to this pre-recorded webinar featuring revenue coach and author Kristin Zhivago on How to Sell the Way Your Customers Want to Buy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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