Tech Insights
Dec. 5, 2012

Funding for Texas startups dips
Venture capital is falling this year after roaring back last year. For the first nine months of the year, venture capitalists invested less money in startups and young companies in the Dallas area and in Texas than during the same period last year. On that pace, funding in 2012 will fall below investments in 2011, a trend that is also reflected nationally.More

MTBC recognizes 2013 board of directors
An organization's success is directly related to the caliber of its leadership. The MTBC board of directors are highly educated professionals with reputable careers in the high-tech industry. The associations and members rely on these unpaid volunteers to help guide our organization forward while staying true to our mission. In November, several board members completed their allotted terms. Please join us in thanking them for their commitment to making the MTBC such a strong organization.More

MTBC sets legislative agenda, sign up for updates
The MTBC is dedicated to furthering the legislative goals of our membership. The goal is to produce pro-business results by working with the policy process and holding legislators accountable at the state and local level. Based on member input about the needs of their companies and the tech industry as a whole, the MTBC has crafted and adopted a legislative agenda, which will be our organization's focus during the 2013 Texas legislative session.More

US Patent and Trademark Office announces location of new Dallas regional office
The Dallas Morning News
Everyone has been waiting since July to find out where the U.S. Department of Commerce would plant its local United States Patent and Trademark Office, one of only a handful of regional offices outside of Washington, D.C. Recently, the word came: The USPTO regional HQ will be in downtown Dallas, in the Lang and Witchell-designed Terminal Annex Federal Building on Houston Street between Union Station and Dealey Plaza. Makes sense: It's already part of the General Services Administration's inventory, after all.More

Confronting the smart grid's cyber challenge
The complexity of the smart grid introduces a cybersecurity challenge that isn't easy to overcome. The smart grid is unlike other critical information infrastructures in that millions of nodes located in businesses, government installations and residences connect to the grid, a collection of networks that employ technology to analyze supplier and consumer behaviors to efficiently distribute electricity. And each node introduces a point for hackers to exploit to attack the grid. More

Smart grid's next frontiers: DG, storage, microgrids
Greentech Media
It's a truism in the smart grid industry that all of the disparate technologies that fall under the categories of smart meters, distribution automation, generation and transmission control systems, high-speed communications networks and the rest will someday link into a bigger, smarter whole. But to what end? A new survey, commissioned by IEEE and conducted by Zpryme, takes a crack at answering that question for three key technologies — energy storage, microgrids and distributed generation technologies like wind, solar and onsite power.More

UT Dallas, UT Arlington to partner on mechanical engineering PhD
Dallas Business Journal
The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson and the University of Texas at Arlington are partnering on a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. The program, administered through the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and open for enrollment next semester, is designed to improve technology-based economic development in the Dallas area and state, officials at the universities say.More

Cisco buying spree continues with Cariden deal
The Wall Street Journal
Cisco Systems' holiday shopping binge marches on with a $141 million offer for privately-held Cariden Technologies, a maker of network software for telecom companies. That, on the heels of a $1.2 billion offer for Wi-Fi tech company Meraki and a $125 million deal for network software provider Cloupia, is what Cisco does after ending a quarter with about $45 billion cash.More

Game developers look to the cloud
The Age
While many businesses are still weighing up the benefits and risks of cloud computing, the cloud saved the skin of Australian games developer Halfbrick when dealing with the explosive popularity of its "Fruit Ninja" games. Halfbrick's executive producer Dale Freya said the launch of "Fruit Ninja Frenzy" on Facebook resulted in user numbers rocketing from hundreds of thousands to millions.More