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IT News - CxO
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Leading Questions: A CIO's Answer to Leadership
Pat Burke writes in CIO Insight, "In response to the question 'Are leaders born or made?' the subject of a previous Q&A in CIO Insight answered with this: Yes. It was a telling answer, creating a slight chuckle at a clever sidestep to a question-but it also produced what humor often does: truth.

There are people who are born with an innate ability to lead, and there are people who shape themselves into leaders through study, through observation and through pulling forth the leader within..."

CIO Insight, January 21st, 2016
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How do you build an innovation culture?
"Whether you are in the C-suite or on the shop floor, there is probably no shortage of ideas, entrepreneurial spirit, and opportunities waiting to be embraced," writes Euan Davis in ITProPortal.

Often the challenge with innovation in large companies is not the dearth of good ideas but the ability to identify, develop and sustain them and even turn them into potentially profitable business propositions.

Innovation is a very broad term and the extent of innovation can vary from incremental core business improvements (below the line innovation) to a major breakthrough or 'eureka' moments (above the line innovation)..."

ITProPortal, January 24th, 2016
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IT News - AI
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New 'moonshot challenge' at Harvard aims to make giant leap in AI
Katherine Noyes writes in CIO, "Humanity has big hopes for artificial intelligence, but in reality machines have a long way to go to catch up with the human brain. Enter Harvard University, which has just won a $28 million grant to change all that.

The grant aims to help scientists figure out why mammalian brains are so good at learning, and then design better computers accordingly. Harvard researchers will record activity in the brain's visual cortex in 'unprecedented detail,' map its connections and then reverse-engineer the data to inspire better computer algorithms for learning..."

CIO, January 21st, 2016
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IT News - Bitcoin
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5 Must-Read Excerpts from the UK Government's Blockchain Report
'The progress of mankind is marked by the rise of new technologies and the human ingenuity they unlock.'

"That's the glowing foreword to a new report on blockchain and distributed ledger tech issued by the UK government's Chief Scientific Adviser this week," writes Daniel Palmer in CoinDesk.

"Taking a positive outlook on the emerging technology, the document recommends a broad government initiative to develop and demonstrate blockchain and distributed ledger technology, one that has caught the attention of the global media while emboldening the growing chorus of "blockchain" enthusiasts..."

CoinDesk, January 24th, 2016
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Death of Bitcoin Network? Not so Soon!
Gautham writes in NEWSBTC, "The future of Bitcoin has been the topic of debate for weeks now, ever since former Bitcoin Core developer decided to prematurely conclude a still ongoing experiment. In Mike Hearn's words, bitcoin was a failed experiment and its demise is imminent. This was not the first time someone had wrongly predicted the future of the most widely used digital currency in the world. It had died 88 times before Mike Hearn's prediction and four more times since then...."
NEWSBTC, January 24th, 2016
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Is Bitcoin Dead? Not the Part that Matters
CoinDesk: "Michael J Casey works on blockchain-based solutions for the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He is also a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and the author of several books including 'The Age of Cryptocurrency', which he authored with Paul Vigna.

In this piece, Casey examines recent events in the bitcoin world that culminated in the departure of developer Mike Hearn, providing his perspective on the resulting debate..."

CoinDesk, January 23rd, 2016
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IT News - Security
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The Sad State of Cyber-Security
"Over the last decade, hackers and attackers have grown smarter and better organized, while technology, systems and software continue to expose new and seemingly larger vulnerabilities," reports Samuel Greengard in CIO Insight.

"A just released report from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), State of Security Operations2016, puts a magnifying glass to today's increasingly volatile threat landscape. After examining 114 discreet security operations centers (SOC) in 26 countries, HPE Security Intelligence and Operations Consulting (SIOC) found that 85 percent of organizations fall below recommended maturity levels..."

CIO Insight, January 22nd, 2016
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IT News - Server
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What's the Difference Between DDR3 and DDR4 RAM?
"After using the same DDR3 standard for eight years, RAM manufacturers everywhere have begun the process of rolling out their latest memory chips in the form of DDR4. But what benefits (if any) does DDR4 have over DDR3 in real-world applications, and are they worth the increased cost?" asks Chris Stobing in How-To Geek.
How-To Geek, January 21st, 2016
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IT News - Linux
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Linux: 20 Iptables Examples For New SysAdmins
Vivek Gite writes in nixCraft, "Linux comes with a host based firewall called Netfilter. According to the official project site:

'netfilter is a set of hooks inside the Linux kernel that allows kernel modules to register callback functions with the network stack. A registered callback function is then called back for every packet that traverses the respective hook within the network stack.' ..."

nixCraft, January 21st, 2016
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud is now a core strategy - are you onboard?
"What are clouds?" asks Phil Weinzimer in CIO.

"That's a question a child might ask, but for CIOs today, the answer centers on a completely different meaning. Top tech chiefs and company executives are trying to figure out how to use cloud technology and to what degree it should be part of their company strategy.

Without a doubt, statistics show the cloud can no longer be ignored:..."

CIO, January 22nd, 2016
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The Five Cloud Concerns Faced by All Industries (Slideshow)
"Of all industries, the financial services industry is the most exposed to risk in the cloud, according to a new report," opines Karen A. Frenkel in CIO Insight.

"Not surprisingly, security awareness is higher in technology firms, with most saying excessive sharing of data in the cloud is a top cyber-security concern. Conducted by the security intelligence arm of CloudLock, the report, titled "Riskiest Industries in the Cloud: Where Do You Stand?" It analyzed 10 million users, 1 billion files and 91,000 applications..."

CIO Insight, January 22nd, 2016
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IT News - IoT
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IoT Shows Its Worth To Businesses
"The Internet of Things (IoT) can be used for a diverse set of tasks, including opening up new business models. A recent Forrester report explores how businesses are embracing IoT," reports Thomas Claburn in Information Week.

"The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses so many different aspects of technology that it defies easy explanation. To achieve some measure of clarity, research consultancy Forrester in a recent report advises businesses to focus on specific use cases that relate to their strategy and goals..."

Information Week, January 23rd, 2016
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IT News - Careers
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Why 'data scientist' is this year's hottest job
"It's notable enough that close to half of the 25 'best jobs in America' named by recruiting site Glassdoor this week are tech-related, but even more striking is the fact that "data scientist" tops the list," opines Katherine Noyes in ComputerWorld.

"With more than 1,700 active job openings on the site earlier this month and a median base salary of $116,840, data scientist also garnered Glassdoor's top 'job score' ranking and 'career opportunity' score..."

ComputerWorld, January 21st, 2016
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13 Tips to Stop Multi-tasking and Get More Done
"Training at the gym and running your company have more in common than you may realize," notes Susan Poirier in Information Week.

"If you want to build muscle, then key in on focus, determination and single-tasking. You're not going to be able to press 845 pounds if you're busy scoping out the gym members, checking text messages or admiring your pump in the mirror. You have to connect with the body part you're training, concentrate on the muscle group, the weights and that single moment because one wrong move and you're looking into the eyes of an EMT..."

Information Week, January 23rd, 2016
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10 Best Tech Jobs For 2016
"Tech companies' perks and benefits have long been the envy of a number of industries, but what about the actual work itself?" asks Dawn Kawamoto in Information Week.

"It turns out that tech jobs accounted for nearly half of Glassdoor's '25 Best Jobs in America' report. You may be surprised by the tech jobs that made the list..."

Information Week, January 21st, 2016
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IT News - Virtualization
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Will container virtualization be the biggest data center trend of 2016?
"It's hard to predict what the biggest thing to hit the data center will be in 2016. Big data? Hyper-convergence? Hybrid cloud?" asks Mike Matchett in SearchServerVirtualization.

"I've decided that this is the year that containers will arrive in a big way -- much earlier and faster than many expect, catching unprepared IT shops by surprise.

Unlike other technologies like big data that require vision and forward investment, containers are a natural next step for application packaging, deployment and hosting that don't require massive shifts in mindset or vision..."

SearchServerVirtualization, January 21st, 2016
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IT News - Mobile
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Here's where Microsoft is going with mobile
"At first glance, Microsoft's mobile strategy seems disjointed," notes Ryan Faas in Computerworld.

"Windows 10 has evolved to support PCs, tablets, and hybrid devices -- including those by third-party OEMs as well as Microsoft's own Surface Pro and Surface Book. And despite a miniscule overall market share, the company continues to invest in both the OS and hardware development of Windows Phone, with some models now able to function as ultra-portable PCs..."

Computerworld, January 22nd, 2016
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IT News - BYOD
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Chromebooks are siphoning market share from Windows PCs
"Shipments of PCs with Google's Chrome OS are growing at the expense of Windows laptops and desktops, as the PC market suffers through its biggest slump since 2008," reports Agam Shah in PC World.

"Especially popular are Chromebooks, which are basic Chrome OS laptops for Web computing. Low-price Chromebooks are attractive to students, educational institutions and budget buyers.

Worldwide Chrome PC shipments in 2015 are expected to surpass those in 2014, according to IDC..."

PC World, January 22nd, 2016
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IT News - Encryption
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NSA chief: anti-encryption arguments 'waste of time' as new reports note 'chill' effect
"The long-running encryption dispute between law enforcement officials and private sector industry professionals took an unexpected turn Thursday when the National Security Agency's (NSA) director, Admiral Mike Rogers, changed his stance on encryption technologies," reports Jeremy Seth Davis in SC Magazine.

"'Encryption is foundational to the future,' Rogers said, speaking at the Washington D.C.-based think tank the Atlantic Council. He said he sees arguments against encryption as 'a waste of time.' The comments have left industry pros wondering what prompted the abrupt change in strategy..."

SC Magazine, January 22nd, 2016
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