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Strong 2011 profits set stage for a year of tech M&A, PwC reports | More firms see opportunity in mobile cloud storage apps | Online voting increases the risk of election fraud, expert warns
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Strong 2011 profits set stage for a year of tech M&A, PwC reports
Merger and acquisition activity in the technology sector will accelerate during the coming year, as companies eager to bring innovative solutions to market while skipping the long development process eye buyout targets in the cloud computing and social media markets. That's according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers that estimates the 20 top U.S. tech companies are sitting on more than $300 billion in extra capital thanks to a profitable 2011, and that some large tech companies are looking to diversify their product lines.
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More firms see opportunity in mobile cloud storage apps
Enterprise solutions provider Box released a cloud storage tool designed to enable business users to easily navigate and access hosted data on their mobile devices regardless of where it was created. With the release of its OneCloud application -- currently limited to Apple devices -- Box joins a handful of companies beginning to market unified, cloud-based, mobile storage solutions.
CNET/Rafe's Radar blog (3/28) 
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Online voting increases the risk of election fraud, expert warns
The drive to adopt more electronic and Web-based voting technologies risks leaving the nation's electoral system vulnerable to fraud and manipulation, according to a cybersecurity expert from the Department of Homeland Security who called the security around Internet-based voting "immature and underresourced." According to Bruce McConnell, while relying on online balloting instead of snail mail might make it easier for certain groups to cast their votes, the technology is not yet mature enough to justify using it in a real election.
National Public Radio/It's All Politics blog (3/29) 
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Survey finds majority of U.S. businesses intend to boost cloud spending
More than seven out of 10 U.S. businesses say they plan to spend more on cloud applications and services within the next 12 months, with the majority saying investment in the cloud is critical to their business continuity, even if it costs more in the short term, according to a recent report from IDG Enterprise. The research firm polled 554 IT professionals who said they expect to get increased flexibility and improved customer support after shifting to the cloud. However, 70% said they remained concerned about potential security issues.
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The challenges in melding desktop UC and virtualization
Virtualization works well with unified communications servers but not when it comes to the combination of the desktop and UC, according to Nemertes Research. Virtualized PCs can hinder access to peripheral tools, such as speakers and microphones, but UC vendors are working to clear those obstacles.
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Why hybrid e-mail systems are appealing to government officers
Government agencies looking to save money and use IT resources more efficiently are increasingly turning to hybrid consolidated e-mail systems that provide the benefits of cloud computing but keep security and management in house, experts say. "We see the future as being very much a hybrid one," says Michael Osterman, president of Osterman Research.
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Scientists developing disease-seeking bionic worm
The days when bio-robotic worms tour the insides of our bodies looking for potential trouble spots may not be far off, thanks to a team of researchers with funding from the U.S. and U.K. governments. The group is working on a prototype for a one-centimeter-long robotic worm called a "Cyberplasm" that would be partly composed of real animal cells and would derive its power from glucose. The worm, based on the sea lamprey, would be capable of swimming through the body and looking for problems on its own -- and possibly even treating them.
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