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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"IBM's software aims to help organizations gain a comprehensive view of a customer, derived from traditional enterprise data and customer sentiment gleaned from social networks, logged customer service interactions and Web click-stream data. Then, IBM's real-time analytics predict customer behavior and preferences to inform decisions."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

This $1 billion scheme will run cable from the UK to Japan following Russia's northern coast, with connections to Russia and China along the way. 6 pairs of fibers with a 1.6 Tbit/s capacity per pair will be laid, and minimum latency between London and Tokyo will be 76.58 milliseconds. Construction is planned to begin in the second half of this year...Arctic Fibre's connection will similarly join England with Japan, but this time following the North American coastline, with cable laid through the the Northwest Passage and several connections to Canada along the way. Total bandwidth between the countries will be 6.4 Tbit/s, with latencies between London and Tokyo of 168 ms...A third cable project, the Arctic Cable Company's Arctic Link, which would have run a similar route to Arctic Fibre's project but with connections to Alaska rather than Canada, appears to have stalled after it failed to receive government loans that it hoped for."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"This article discusses recent social media cases in the context of post-employment obligations and makes recommendations for what employers can do to better protect confidential information and trade secrets."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"A National Archives 3:13 minute video short provides a "behind-the-scenes" view of staff preparations for the April 2, 2012, 9 a.m. EST launch of the 1940 census, and gives viewers a tutorial on how to use the data once it is launched. This video is in the public domain and not subject to any copyright restrictions. The National Archives encourages the free distribution of it."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"The irony is that after all that entrepreneurial energy and technological innovation and fierce competition, the telephone market once again threatens to consolidate back into the hands of two national giants, AT&T and Verizon, which are direct corporate descendents of Ma Bell."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"The pen’s 5.7-inch shell is machined from hard-anodized aluminum, and features grippy indentations for a confidence-inspiring clutch. The cap screws and unscrews with precision threading. The pen accepts common Parker and Hauser ink cartridges, and while the cartridge tips might look sharp, we don’t recommend using them in a defensive posture. The pen’s nasty aluminum tip (shown below) is your tactical defense tool, and that’s where your attention should be focused."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"The International Data Corporation (IDC), a global telecoms analyst firm, has predicted that “power users” who consume a 'disproportionate amount of bandwidth' will drive internet generated broadband traffic to grow by approximately 50% year over year on fixed line ISP networks and double on mobile platforms."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that including ads in mobile applications (apps) poses privacy and security risks. In a recent study of 100,000 apps in the official Google Play market, researchers noticed that more than half contained so-called ad libraries. And 297 of the apps included aggressive ad libraries that were enabled to download and run code from remote servers – which raises significant privacy and security concerns."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyberweapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks even when those networks are not connected to the Internet, according to current and former U.S. officials."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

Always comforting to know the state is on top of things...

"During the past year, the Internal Revenue Service did not install critical fixes for software vulnerabilities, allowed unauthorized access to accounting programs and failed to ensure contractors received security training, according to the auditors' auditors."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"A new service from PayPal aimed at small businesses will let customers pay merchants using credit cards, PayPal accounts or, in the U.S., checks. Called PayPal Here, the service aims to give merchants the tools to give customers more ways to buy things. It is available for the iPhone with some merchants; an Android version will be out soon."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Caller ID spoofing is heating up among cybercrimals. Spoofers often lure a cellphone user into divulging account information via an automated call or text message that appears to come from the user's bank. Next, the crooks call the bank, spoofing the victim's phone number and correctly answering security questions to trick the bank."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Certainly they knew they had 57 hard drives but did they know what was on these hard drives?  Interesting question.  BCBST has taken the brunt of the punishment and rightly so since they should have known that those drives needed to be encrypted.  I don't know whether a class action law suit has been filed yet, but the standard seems to be to file for $1,000 per record meaning this would be a billion dollar lawsuit.  So the $17,000,000 plus the $1,500,000 fine could be the tip of the iceberg."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Impairment Resources LLC filed for bankruptcy Friday after the break-in at its San Diego headquarters led to the electronic escape of detailed medical information for roughly 14,000 people, according to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. That information included patient addresses, social security numbers and medical diagnoses."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"When Kaspersky Lab last week spotted code-signed Trojan malware dubbed Mediyes that had been signed with a digital certificate owned by Swiss firm Conpavi AG and issued by Symantec, it touched off a hunt to determine the source of the problem."

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