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Archive for May, 2011

31
May

The Worm that destroyed the world

In the right circumstances, a computer worm could provoke World War III. That’s exactly what could happen if a computer virus is the moral equivalent of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The position articulated by the U. S. military is logical enough, and yet it leads to some absurd consequences – setting up a tripwire for global conflict that could be far more precarious than any that existed at the height of the cold war.

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27
May

H1-B Visas and the National Interest

We’re headed into the Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff of the summer vacation season. In addition to backyard barbecues and the Indianapolis 500, it should be a time for some reflection on the sacrifices made by military personnel.       

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24
May

e-G8 has Internet Freedom-Lovers Edgy

Can anything good come from a summit conference between the most economically powerful governments and the most influential Internet players? We’ll find out this week at the e-G8 summit convenes in Paris.

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20
May

Virtualization Wars

There’s nothing like a good standards war. And some observers think that’s what’s happening in virtualization. This week, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, BMC, Intel, Eucalyptus and SUSE banded together to create a group called the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) to form a standard for virtualization based on the KVM hypervisor.

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18
May

Surprise: Mortgage lending is a social business

Unless you’re in the banking industry, you probably don’t know what mortgage lenders have been going through the past couple of years. The economic meltdown of 2008, fueled by bad mortgages, gave rise to the reaction of stringent lending practices. It’s hard to write a mortgage right now. The difficult conditions have led to some creative solutions. Signature Mortgage, a regional lender serving Ohio and Florida, put social business technologies to work – and is reaping significant rewards.

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12
May

Microsoft Unsupervised

Just as the U. S. Department of Justice ends its supervision of Microsoft’s competitive behavior as mandated by the settlement of the government’s antitrust case against the company, Microsoft is showing it may need another kind of supervision – adult – when it comes to making acquisitions. The software behemoth has agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype, a hefty price to acquire a company that made $20.6 million on $859.8 million in revenue in 2010.

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10
May

Twitter Map: Galaxy of Information

Just how do Tweets spread information? SocialFlow, a company that analyzes social media performance, took a close look at Tweet patterns stemming from the Osama bin Laden death news and came up with some fascinating findings that make visually impressive charts – so visually appealing, that they’re practically artworks. They call to mind renderings of galaxies in formation.

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6
May

Social Business Is About People, Not IT

IT managers at organizations of all kinds are becoming intensely aware of social media, but just how to bring it into an organization and use it productively – turning social media into social business — is something of a mystery.

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4
May

Takedown Moment

It’s hard to blog about anything but the operation that took out Osama bin Laden right now. It’s one of those events that will stay in your mind for years to come — you’ll remember where you were when you heard the news.

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