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IT News - CxO
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Business Leaders Still in Denial About Cybersecurity Threats
"Many companies don't see themselves as attractive targets for hackers," notes Clint Boulton in CIO.

"Matt Comyns, the global cybersecurity practice leader for recruiter Russell Reynolds Associates, begs to differ..."

CIO, February 19th, 2016
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IT News - Storage
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Enterprise Storage Market Poised for Change in 2016
Carol Sliwa writes in SearchStorage, "Experts forecast disruption in enterprise storage in 2016, including a further shakeout among vendors, slow decline of traditional arrays and fade-out of high-speed disks..."
SearchStorage, February 15th, 2016
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IT News - Technology
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'Five-dimensional' Glass Discs can Store Data For Up To 13.8 Billion Years
"Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester," warns James Vincent in The Verge.

"When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay - with successive generations passing on information from one slowly-failing storage medium to the next. However, this could change. Scientists from the University of Southampton in the UK have created a new data format that encodes information in tiny nanostructures in glass. A standard-sized disc can store around 360 terabytes of data, with an estimated lifespan of up to 13.8 billion years even at temperatures of 190°C. That's as old as the Universe, and more than three times the age of the Earth..."

The Verge, February 16th, 2016
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Watch This Teeny DARPA Drone Fly at 45 Miles per Hour in a Warehouse
"Drones are becoming popular as well as fast!" notes Vijay Prabhu in TechWorm.

"In fact we had reported about a drone race by Drone League last month. Now another drone is looking to break some records. This time it is from DARPA.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced Friday that it hit a new milestone in the development of fast, lightweight drones that can navigate themselves. DARPA's drone is loaded with sensors and can hit speeds of 40 mph or 20 meters per second while flying through a cluttered warehouse..."

TechWorm, February 15th, 2016
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IT News - Bitcoin
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Democratic Consensus in Bitcoin Makes Blockchain Split Unlikely
NEWSBTC: "There is a lot of focus on the future of Bitcoin right now, as the upcoming block size is still being discussed by various developers. At the same time, there seems to be a fractured community, with various people supporting different solutions to this problem. For a digital currency built around reaching consensus, Bitcoin is in a fragile state right now. But at the same time, most people realize this is how the system was designed to work from day one, and all of the different opinions show a genuine interest in the project..."
NEWSBTC, February 14th, 2016
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7 Asian Banks Investigating Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech
Daniel Palmer writes in CoinDesk, "Until recently, there was a noticeable lack of interest in bitcoin and the blockchain among the financial institutions of Asia. In fact, banks there were more likely to be issuing warnings about digital currencies than getting involved in any related activity.

It was the fall of Mt Gox in Japan and the Chinese central bank's crackdown on bitcoin exchanges, events that both took place in 2014, that resulted in early barriers among financial institutions in those nations..."

CoinDesk, February 16th, 2016
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Should All Ecommerce Sites Accept Bitcoins?
"Despite major investments by financial giants, and the latest hype around blockchains, for many the world of bitcoins are still notorious with the darker sides of the internet," writes Tom Clancy in CryptoCoinsNews.

"Namely drug dealing and terrorism, or are simply thought to be the stuff of sci-fi fantasies. Recently, the financial industry has collectively increased their interest for blockchain technology, the ledger that makes up the foundation of bitcoins, and reduces trading costs..."

CryptoCoinsNews, February 17th, 2016
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IT News - PM
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How a 'Vision' Can Make Sure Every Project Decision is the Right One
"Managing a project can sometimes feel like your hiking up a mountain," writes Jamie MacDonald in Business 2 Community.

"To have a chance of making your way to the top, you'll need to see where you're going.

In other words, you need a 'vision', which explains clearly the purpose of your project. Despite what you might think, this isn't a luxury. It's necessary for survival..."

Business 2 Community, February 19th, 2016
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IT News - Operations
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What IT Managers Need to Know about Data Center Cooling
"For any data center cooling system to work to its full potential, IT managers who put servers on the data center floor have to be in contact with facilities managers who run the cooling system and have some degree of understanding of data center cooling," writes Yevgeniy Sverdlik in Data Center Knowledge.

'That's the only way cooling works,' Adrian Jones, director of technical development at CNet Training Services, said.

Data Center Knowledge, February 17th, 2016
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IT News - Security
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A Not-So-Secret Secret About Cybercrime
"The last quarter of 2015 was a busy and interesting time to be a cybersecurity threat intelligence solutions provider. During the last part of the year, I witnessed some upticks in activity I have not seen much of over the last few years," reports Jason Polancich in Dark Reading.

"For instance, for the first time, I saw more than a few customers in unexpected industry sectors adding budget items to their security spending to include new approaches like cyber threat intelligence..."

Dark Reading, February 16th, 2016
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IT News - FOSS
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Defining 'Freedom' in the Open Source Software Space
Sara Purdon writes in Business 2 Community, "Recently, Forbes contributing writer and enterprise software, application development, and data management expert Adrian Bridgwater discussed how important it is to understand what freedom really means in the open source world. In open source, the word 'free' refers to the liberty that users have in running, distributing, changing and improving the software, rather than its price..."
Business 2 Community, February 19th, 2016
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7 Reasons Why Open Source Code is Better Than Proprietary
"I'm always surprised when users wish that Microsoft Office or PhotoShop would be ported to Linux," writes Bruce Byfield in Datamation.

"Probably, some just want to be able to use standard industry software on their favorite operating system. But so far as I am concerned, applications like LibreOffice Writer or Krita are not just substitutions -- even without my ideals, I would choose them as the highest quality software available for my needs..."

Datamation, February 17th, 2016
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IT News - Cloud
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7 Ways PaaS Delivers Business Value
Andrew Froehlich writes in InformationWeek, "Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) rests between Software-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service in terms of what a cloud provider is responsible for managing. If you're interested in PaaS, it's likely you are already sold on the idea of cloud computing -- yet you are looking to determine which cloud service level will generate the most business value for your dollar.

PaaS is similar to IaaS but takes things a step further. It lets your service provider manage the infrastructure up to the virtualization layer, adding management of all OS, middleware, and runtime functionality. What you're left with is the ability to completely control applications and all data those applications create..."

InformationWeek, February 17th, 2016
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3 Common Cloud Pitfalls IT Should Avoid
"It can be difficult these days to come up with sensible reasons why businesses shouldn't embrace cloud-based productivity tools such as Google for Work or Microsoft Office 365," opines Matt Kapko in CIO.

"The benefits of the cloud are many and expanding. However, a number of common pitfalls for IT professionals exist and can have lasting negative implications on any organization.

Here are three mistakes IT professionals making a switch to the cloud should avoid:.."

CIO, February 17th, 2016
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IT News - IoT
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Project Zephyr: Linux Foundation Introduces New Open Source IoT Operating System
Michael Thomas reports in jaxenter, "The Zephyr Project is a small, scalable, real-time operating system which aims to create resource-constrained systems. It supports a large number of architectures and is can be procured via the Apache 2.0 open source license..."
jaxenter, February 19th, 2016
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IT News - Careers
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20 Hot IT skills that will get you a raise (Slideshw)
"IT professionals are well-compensated, but 2016 looks will bring even higher pay for some tech workers," notes Sharon Florentine in CIO.

"If you're looking to boost your paycheck, consider adding one or more of these 20 skills to your resume..."

CIO, February 16th, 2016
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IT News - Email
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Email Security Still an Afterthought
Help Net Security: "Email continues to be a critical technology in business and the threat of email hacks and data breaches loom large over IT security managers. Consequently, confidence and experience with previous data breaches and email hacks play key parts in determining a company's perceived level of preparedness against these threats and targeted email attacks..."
Help Net Security, February 19th, 2016
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