Tech Insights
Jul. 3, 2013

Tech road map: Immigration 1st, then NSA and cybersecurity
The gestation period of tech legislation in Washington, D.C., may hit an inflection point this summer as immigration reform, cybersecurity and — in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance program revelations — online privacy take center stage. Meanwhile, Congress will be getting used to new faces atop critical agencies.More

3 surefire ways to fail in the cloud
You have to take the good with the bad, and a number of enterprises out there are finding the move to the cloud requires slightly more brain cells than they possess. This means epic fails. Here are the top three surefire ways to fail with cloud computing.More

Nokia to buy Siemens' half of Nokia Siemens Networks
Dallas Business Journal
Nokia Corp. will buy out Siemens AG's 50 percent share of Nokia Siemens Networks for $2.21 billion, the companies recently said. The deal will make Nokia Siemens Networks a wholly owned subsidiary of Nokia, which said it wants to see NSN become a more independent company.More

IE, Chrome browser attack exploits Windows PCs
Warning: Browser security notification mechanisms can be abused by attackers to hide downloads, dismiss notifications and disguise malicious code execution. Details of those vulnerabilities were recently presented by independent security researcher Rosario Valotta in a presentation titled Abusing Browser User Interfaces for Fun and Profit at the recent Nuit du Hack conference at Disneyland Paris, as well as other recent conferences in Amsterdam and Moscow. More

No time to waste in making STEM education work
U.S. News & World Report (commentary)
Although Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much today, they have a moral imperative to make progress where they do. One area for potential cooperation is in better educating our children in math and science. This is critical to keeping America competitive globally and creating good jobs here at home. And we all know that in an era of budget deficits, we will need to achieve better results without spending more. Both those goals can be met through bipartisan reforms in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.More

Robots invade the children's nursery
Financial Times
If ever you start to fret about being replaced by a robot in some Terminator-style apocalypse, look up a YouTube video entitled "PR2 Autonomously Pairing Socks." The two-minute clip from a University of California, Berkeley research project in 2011 shows a robot identifying the two matching pairs from five socks. After carefully flattening the socks to inspect their shape and pattern, it checks they're not inside out, then couples them.More

North Texan close to developing amphibious plane
Dallas Business Journal
Through hurricanes and other challenges, John Brown has been chasing the dream of creating an amphibious airplane for nine years. The CEO of Independent Aircraft envisioned a private propeller-driven plane constructed with composite materials with room for two that could land on water and even roll up the beach.More

MIT researchers create terahertz graphene chips
EE Times
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have sandwiched high-mobility graphene sheets between two ferroelectric materials, resulting in terahertz frequency operation that can directly operate on optical signals. MIT predicts that the new material stack will lead to memories that are 10 times denser than today and to electrical devices that can directly operate on optical signals. More

NSA revelations throw wrench into lawmakers' cybersecurity push
The Hill
Revelations about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs could make it more difficult for Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation. Civil liberties groups have long argued that the House's cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, could allow vast batches of private online information to fall into the hands of the NSA.More

What's wrong with cybersecurity training?
Are we training our cybersecurity professionals in all the wrong ways? Agencies have been ramping up efforts in training, education, recruiting and hiring, and still, the government faces a shortage of skilled cyberprofessionals. According to some, the problem is rooted in a wrongheaded approach — and as a result, the United States is losing its competition.More

What's wrong with cybersecurity training?
Are we training our cybersecurity professionals in all the wrong ways? Agencies have been ramping up efforts in training, education, recruiting and hiring, and still, the government faces a shortage of skilled cyberprofessionals.More

12 common mistakes startups make in their 1st year
Business Insider
When you write and read about startups all day long, you see founders make a lot of mistakes. As an observer of and dabbler in startups, Alyson Shontell, technology startup editor for Business Insider, has kept track of all the things she'd try to avoid as an entrepreneur.More

Defending NSA PRISM's big data tools
It's understandable that democracy-loving citizens everywhere are outraged by the idea that the U.S. government has backdoor access to digital details surrounding email messages, phone conversations, video chats, social networks and more on the servers of mainstream service providers.More

Why big data will drive the next big boost in productivity
The big data argument speaks quite clearly for itself: The better a brand knows its customers, its interaction with those customers becomes more meaningful, ultimately increasing the likelihood that the customer takes some sort of action whether it be a purchase, a positive review, a recommendation or otherwise, and repeat that action in the future. However, the technology landscape provides a backdrop that basically changes with the seasons, so as the hardware changes, so does the consumer.More

Meet the startups making machine learning an elementary affair
The choices are getting a lot better for businesses that want out-of-the-box functionality for machine learning, predictive analytics and general data science. Prepackaged software might not make your company into Google, but a step closer is a step in the right direction.More

Big companies don't have to lose their souls
TheMIX via CNNMoney
Remember working for that startup? Things were good. You responded quickly to change. You could, and often did, roll out new programs within weeks or days. Your boss approved quick changes with a simple nod. And you got results — fast. Then you moved to an important role at a big enterprise. Things were different — slower, costlier, stuck in red tape, less tangible, less experimental. More

Entrepreneurs get better with age
Harvard Business Review
According to famed developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, as we grow older, hunger for meaning animates us, making us more alive. His theory explains that each healthy human passes through eight stages of development from infancy to adulthood. The seventh stage of development typically takes places between the ages of 40 and 64 and centers around generativity, a period not of stagnation, but of productivity and creativity, including a strong commitment to mentoring and shoring up the next generation. More

The A-list: Top technology for small businesses
It's generally accepted that IT is a key driver of business growth in small businesses. However, small and medium-sized enterprises are not equally good at identifying and deploying the optimal mix of technologies. This can have important implications: A recent study by Symantec, for example, found that "top-tier" SMEs typically spend 7 percent less on computing than "bottom-tier" ones. This may reflect the fact that tech-savvy businesses tend to invest in the right technology, avoiding the costly need to "rip and replace" their mistakes.More

Why it's OK to work on vacation
CBS MoneyWatch
Laura Vanderkam, nationally recognized writer, journalist and author, has been on vacation the past week and a half. While some of this time has been spent completely unplugged — while in Mount Rainier National Park, for instance — some has not. Vanderkam edited a manuscript while her kids watched some movies. She’s gotten up early to answer emails. It's fashionable to lament that working on vacation is a sign of some sort of American epidemic of overwork, and indeed, a recent survey from Pertino, an IT company, finds that Vanderkam is not alone.More