February 04, 2013

Privacy groups call on U.S. government to stop lobbying against EU data law changes
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)—including more than a dozen others—are seeking a meeting with the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, to ensure that new European data law proposals are bolstered and not weakened.

Cloud Infographic: Big Data and The Future Of Healthcare
The healthcare industry has been making its move toward technology, putting iPads and tablets into the hands of healthcare professionals and now, the latest big move has been adopting the concept of cloud computing to organize, share data and protect patient information and healthcare data from being tampered with or lost. Some might be wondering why medical professionals have waited this long to “hop on the cloud.”

Test Your Mobile Website With DeviceAnywhere For Free
Recently Keynote has released a free tool for remote, real device interactive testing; giving users a real view of their mobile websites on select smart phones in real-time via a simple Web interface. DeviceAnywhere Free combines the ease of the cloud with the power of Keynote's global infrastructure of remote devices for mobile and Web testing and monitoring, so that Web developers, testers and content owners can begin testing immediately on real mobile devices.

Anonymous posts over 4000 U.S. bank executive credentials
A spreadsheet has been published on a .gov website allegedly containing login information and credentials, IP addresses, and contact information of American bank executives. If true, it could be that Anonymous has released banker information that could be connected to Federal Reserve computers, including contact information and cell phone numbers for U.S. bank Presidents, Vice Presidents, COO's Branch Managers, VP's and more.

5 security risks of moving data in BYOD era
Ammar Hindi, Asia-Pacific managing director of SourceFire, pointed out that new technologies such as the enterprise cloud, cloud-based apps, social media, and high-powered mobile devices offer more ways to access corporate data. In turn, moving data across different devices and networks is increasing security risks to the corporate network and opens sensitive corporate data to leaks and attacks.

In the future, your credit rating might be determined by what you post on social networks. Douglas Merill, Google’s former chief information officer and the founder of ZestFinance—a startup that leverages "big data" to provide credit scoring information—told the New York Times last year that “we feel like all data is credit data, we just don’t know how to use it yet.”

How The Bing Team Built Apps For Windows 8
Microsoft's Jigar Thakkar writes, "Several members of the Bing team formed an apps team approximately one year ago to deliver a set of apps powered by Bing for Windows 8. The focus of these apps is to keep users informed by delivering fast and fluid experiences, with content from multiple sources." He further added that all these apps were optimized for touch as well as tablet devices.

Podcast: Kabam founder on scaling globally and designing for different platforms
Online game company Kabam may have scaled globally too quickly, admits the company’s founder, Kevin Chou, in this podcast interview. But startups looking to take on the world could learn a lot from this chat with Chou who explains what companies need know (hint: don’t just lump everyone outside the U.S. together). Chou also talks about the role of design as his company changed from being Facebook-centric to more mobile.

12 Ways to Fuel Your Own Fire
Burned-out is easy. Neglect your energy and you’ll go out like an unstoked fire. Fire always cools without fuel. Ten years ago, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz wrote, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal. It still sells like hotcakes. They wrote: “The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not.”

Microsoft Tells Big Data Programmers to Try F#
The language is geared to data-oriented programming as well as parallel programming and algorithmic development. F# 3.0, featuring support for large-scale schematized data and APIs, was released last year along with an update to Visual F# tools in Microsoft's Visual Studio 2012 IDE. ... InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill recently spoke to Syme for perspectives on what Microsoft is trying to achieve with the language.

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"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up. " -- Vince Lombardi

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