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December 24, 2012
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  • What tech trends will 2013 bring for small and midsize businesses?
    Industry analysts and executives offer several predictions on technology trends for small and midsize businesses in the coming year. "Bring your own device" IT policies will be the default setting for businesses in 2013, according to Techaisle CEO Anurag Agrawal, who also talks software trends. Kevin Casey predicts that SMBs will go through "social fatigue" with all the industry exhortations to "get serious about social." InformationWeek (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Clash of the titans in the cloud
    Amazon and Google will bump up against each other in cloud computing services and other areas in 2013, Alexei Oreskovic and Alistair Barr write in this analysis. "Amazon wants to be the one place where you buy everything. Google wants to be the one place where you find everything, of which buying things is a subset," said Chi-Hua Chien of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "So when you marry those facts I think you're going to see a natural collision." Reuters (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Working on a tablet app for kids? Get to Sesame Street
    Sesame Workshop, the production company behind the Sesame Street program on PBS, has suggestions for developers on creating educational children's applications for tablet computers. Its guidelines offer advice on icon placement, fonts, sound elements and how to offer encouragement to a youngster who chooses the wrong answer to a question. All Things D (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • No end in sight to mobile patent wars
    The intellectual property battles that plagued the mobile sector in 2012, culminating in the courtroom showdown between Apple and Samsung that resulted in a $1 billion award, will continue next year, according to analysts, who say more litigation is expected involving second-tier players and foreign firms, especially Chinese companies. Mark Newman, chief research officer at Informa Telecoms and Media's research division, says the effect of these patent disputes may trickle down to consumers, who could see higher device prices as a result. News Service (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Security experts: A new year means new cyberattacks
    While some people make resolutions for the new year, hackers often spend this time implementing new forms of attacks, this article notes. Data breaches or significant cyberattacks have occurred around the beginning of the year for the past four years, according to Taia Global CEO Jeffrey Carr. CSO (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • GOP to Obama: Drop executive order, work with us on cybersecurity
    House Republicans are asking President Barack Obama to reconsider his plan to take a unilateral stance on cybersecurity and instead support a separate GOP initiative that relies on the voluntary participation of the private sector. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Steve Scalise, R-La., joined 44 other lawmakers in sending a letter to Obama in support of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which they say is better suited than an executive order to encourage investments in security solutions. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Save the Date for Premier Government IT Conference, CloudGOV 2013
    Save the date and plan to join us at next year's CloudGOV conference on Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C. Learn how Cloud First, FedRAMP, data center consolidation and mobile strategies will influence agency procurement going forward, and see the latest innovations from service providers. Take advantage of leftover budget by considering a sponsorship or saving with early bird registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New videos added -- check out business strategies from industry experts
    Whether you are a member of a team at an emerging software company or established leader, we are all looking for best practices from successful companies. Check out these video highlights and advice from executives representing the software ecosystem taken at key industry events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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