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US Senate blocks NSA surveillance reform bill

The U.S. Senate voted early Saturday to block the USA Freedom Act, a legislation that aimed to put an end to the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency.

Written by John Ribeiro23 May 15 19:26

Amazon rules Gartner's magical box

Has there ever been a Gartner Magic Quadrant as lopsided as the one issued this week for cloud infrastructure providers?

Written by Joab Jackson23 May 15 04:56

US Senate leader pushes to extend NSA phone dragnet

The U.S. Senate was deadlocked on Friday over whether to extend authorization for the National Security Agency's massive collection of domestic telephone records, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisting the surveillance program should continue with no new limits.

Written by Grant Gross23 May 15 03:15

IBM defends use of temp visa workers

IBM says the growth in technologies such as cloud, analytics, mobile and security is "exacerbating the skills shortage" in the tech industry, and underscores the need for temporary foreign tech workers.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau23 May 15 03:11

Marines test augmented reality battlefield

Thanks to augmented glasses, the U.S. Marines on Thursday were able to turn a golf course in Virginia into a simulated battlefield, complete with tanks, mortar fire and smoke.

Written by Sharon Gaudin23 May 15 02:53

Coca-Cola finds innovation with startups

The word "innovation" gets bandied about at virtually every tech event. It's the magic key to unlocking great competitive advantage and disrupting entire markets. CIOs are supposed to be masters of innovation.

Written by Tom Kaneshige23 May 15 02:25

How to use crowdsourcing to sell your home

There has been a massive increase in crowdsourcing sites that promise to get you a great product at a low cost. We are selling our San Jose home (maintaining two houses when you have four pets that don't travel well together didn't work) and decided this might be a good way to test one of these new services. My wife Mary, who was a creative director at Intel, handles our Web design and consultation business and I talked her into using DesignCrowd.

Written by Rob Enderle23 May 15 02:18

8 tips for finding and managing programmers

Demand for top software engineering talent is going through the roof, which makes recruiting and keeping exceptional developers one of a CIO's biggest challenges.. This is especially true if you happen to be in a location where you are competing for talent with a tech giant like Oracle or Google.

Written by Paul Rubens23 May 15 02:07

Offshore captive centers are again a thriving outsourcing model

Captive centers -- in-house IT and business process delivery arms -- accounted for one quarter of the $150 billion global services market last year, according outsourcing consultancy and research firm Everest Group.

Written by Stephanie Overby23 May 15 00:59

Factory reset in Android phones leaves sensitive user data behind

It's common sense to reset an Android phone to its factory state before selling or disposing of it. But beware, researchers recently found that this often fails to properly wipe all sensitive user data from the device.

Written by Lucian Constantin22 May 15 21:03

Alibaba's UC Browser found leaking users' data

A mobile browser owned by China's Alibaba Group contained privacy risks that could have exposed users' personal data, according to a security group.

Written by Michael Kan22 May 15 16:18

Meet Rebecca Livesey, the deliberate imposter

Rebecca Livesey, the interim CIO at construction equipment supplier, WesTrac describes herself as a deliberate imposter. Ten months ago, Livesey was appointed as the company’s interim IT chief to transform and lead the technology team.

Written by Byron Connolly22 May 15 14:39

Leaked database of Adult Friend Finder still online

Adult Friend Finder, one of the largest online dating sites, may have been breached more than two months ago, and the sensitive files -- include names, ages, email addresses, zip codes and more -- are apparently still online.

Written by Jeremy Kirk22 May 15 12:44

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