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January 21, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • EU proposes new data security guidelines for tech firms
    Large tech companies doing business in one of the 27 member nations of the European Union would be required to disclose security breaches or face sanctions under a new proposal. According to European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, the regulations would apply to e-commerce companies and social networking platforms such as Facebook that have access to large amounts of private data. CNET (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • FCC unveils plan for nationwide access to gigabit Internet within 2 years
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission told a gathering of the nation's mayors on Friday that the agency will help expand "ultra-high-speed" Internet access to all 50 states over the next two years. Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC's Gigabit City Challenge will rely on an online clearinghouse to solicit input from providers, and at least one municipality in each state should have access to gigabit Internet speeds by 2015. News Service (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • The security implications of software piracy
    The rise in AutoRun malware can be tied to an increase in the use of pirated software that can contain backdoor vulnerabilities and prevent users from installing necessary updates to protect their machines, experts note. According to the security firm ESET, thanks to software piracy, AutoRun infections exploiting Microsoft's Windows operating system continued to be a significant problem in 2012, in spite of Microsoft's internal patch efforts. ZDNet/Zero Day blog (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • More U.S. broadband access could mean less outsourcing of work
    The increased access to broadband services in the U.S. created by the federal stimulus program might lead to American companies outsourcing fewer functions to overseas firms, according to this analysis. HfS Research says one-quarter of U.S. companies plan to increase their insourcing of jobs by 5% to 20%. "There's an appetite to move more work to the U.S.," HfS CEO Phil Fersht said. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • How software provisioning is changing the face of storage
    The demand for more intelligent technology tools is fueling interest in software solutions that move resource provisioning systems from hardware to the application sphere. Experts such as Mark Peters of the Enterprise Strategy Group say that while software-defined storage will offer increased flexibility and reduced costs, companies should avoid getting caught up in the hype and must determine how these emerging solutions can best serve their needs. InformationWeek (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Where are the private-cloud pitfalls?
    The "unwritten guiding principles" of legacy IT organizations often are to blame for the failure of private-cloud initiatives, Ken Copas of GlassHouse Technologies writes. "IT initiatives should be business-driven with service consumers and stakeholders identified and engaged from the beginning to clearly define the problem or need for new functionality being addressed," Copas writes. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

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Geeking Out 
  • Intel tackles speech technology to preserve Stephen Hawking's voice
    Chipmaker Intel is developing technology to improve the speaking system used by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has a degenerative illness that has taken a toll on his ability to communicate. According to Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner, the company is building on an earlier method that allowed Hawking to compose words using a voluntary facial muscle twitch. The new system, which will use cheek, eyebrow and mouth movements to generate computer impulses, is part of a broader Intel program to advance smart devices to help the elderly. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The U.S. needs a critical mass of gigabit communities nationwide so that innovators can develop next-generation applications and services that will drive economic growth and global competitiveness."
--Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, as quoted by News Service
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