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December 10, 2012
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  Today's Software Buzz 
  • Mobile Internet is increasingly the target of malware
    The growing number of people accessing the Internet on smartphones and tablet computers is attracting attention from developers of malicious software, and a number of Chinese companies are banding together to provide better security measures for the mobile Internet, Gao Yuan writes. "The threats are becoming more sophisticated as an increasing number of mobile devices are introduced to the market. We are in urgent need of beefing up the Internet security team to protect the company's 700 million users," said Zeng Yu of Tencent Holdings. China Daily (Beijing) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • The benefits of combining database-as-a-service and PaaS
    The combination of database-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service offerings can help software developers work better with operations, Xeround CEO Razi Sharir writes. "Developers and operations are running off the same framework and sharing the same infrastructure in the cloud. Because of this, it is of the utmost importance that developers and operations be on the same page and learn to work together," Sharir writes. (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google Apps for Business is no longer free for new users
    Enterprises that adopt Google Apps for Business will have to pay $50 per user each year as Google says it will no longer offer the free version for new customers. Existing users of Drive, Gmail and other cloud-based applications won't have to pay to continue using those tools, Google says. TechCrunch (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SAP deploys cloud-based tools for SMBs
    SAP says it has developed two cloud services aimed at helping small to midsized manufacturers. One tool is designed to help collect detailed data on what's in a product, while the other helps develop and generate regulatory-documentation materials. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • AppGratis: The Craigslist of mobile applications
    The AppGratis guide to mobile applications, which can help drive hundreds of thousands of downloads for an app it recommends, is now available in the U.S. "It started like [Craigslist] ... a daily newsletter every morning with my picks," says AppGratis founder Simon Dawlat, adding, "I knew a lot of developers, and offered some deals." VentureBeat (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile devices are at heart of new round of browser wars
    Cloud computing has returned to a version of the bruising Web browser battles from the 1990s, with a twist: Companies are fighting for control of the mobile-device market. "Mobile is a whole new level of reinvention, so it feels like we're in the most fertile time of invention since the early '90s," said Marc Andreessen, a co-founder of Netscape and a backer of browser startup Rockmelt. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Security & Privacy 
  • Botnet taps Tor network for stealth attacks
    A botnet operator is taking advantage of an anonymity feature called Tor Hidden Services for distributed-denial-of-service attacks, Rapid7 says. "There is no technical way neither to trace and definitely neither to take down the Hidden Services used for [command and control]," Rapid7's Claudio Guarnieri says. Network World/IDG News Service (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online-shopping and phishing scams target PayPal users
    PayPal users are being targeted with phishing e-mails as online holiday shopping shifts into high gear. "Attackers don't need high rates of success, as phishing is just like handing out leaflets in the mall. If one gets two or three customers out of every 100, mission accomplished," BitDefender's Catalin Cosoi says. CSO (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SIIA News 
  • Critical success factors for an enterprise mobile strategy
    Organizations must fully develop an enterprise mobile strategy that considers both employee and customer facing aspects of today's continually expanding use of mobile technologies. It is important to consider the customer experience as they launch new products, services, and applications. Register for this webinar featuring Grant Thornton officials as they share their experience of working with a broad array of companies highlighting the leading practices and some of the pitfalls that companies should guard against. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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