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Apple's Tim Cook tells GW grads: Ignore the cynics, change the world like Steve Jobs did

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the commencement address to the George Washington University Class of 2015 on Sunday, May 17. He reflected on negative and positive influences in his life, from Gov. George Wallace to President Jimmy Carter to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, urged students to find their direction and to make a difference in the world. Here's the <a href="https://commencement.gwu.edu/sites/commencement.gwu.edu/files/downloads/GW%20Commencement%20Transcript%205-17-15.pdf">transcript from his talk</a> as well as the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fJMBW-9LTI">video, which is below</a>.

Written by Bob Brown19 May 15 02:58

Beware the ticking Internet of Things security time bomb

IBM's Andy Thurai didn't quite put the words into former <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=40824">RSA CTO Deepak Taneja</a>'s mouth, but did prompt him by asking at the start of a <a href="http://tiestartupcon.com/">TIE Startup Con</a> panel in Cambridge, Mass., earlier this month whether Internet of Things security is a "time bomb ready to explode."

Written by Bob Brown12 May 15 06:15

Billions of reasons to listen to these Unicorn startup founders

Unicorns are all the rage these days, and we're not talking about the ones in fantasy stories or on your kids' bedspreads. The unicorns that people at events like last week's <a href="http://tiestartupcon.com/">TIE Startup Con</a> (formerly TIEcon East) are agog over are private companies with valuations of $1 billion or more, such as co-working office space provider <a href="https://www.wework.com/">WeWork</a> and data virtualization company <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2216568/security/actifio-debuts--introduces-new-data-protection-applications.html">Actifio</a>, whose founders talked shop during the opening panel at the Cambridge, Mass., get-together for entrepreneurs and investors.

Written by Bob Brown09 May 15 02:30

Google killing PageSpeed website service

Google has alerted users of its <a href="https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/">PageSpeed Service</a> for making websites zippier that it will be killing off the tools as of Aug. 3.

Written by Bob Brown08 May 15 04:25

In Pictures: New Cisco CEO - Meet the real Chuck Robbins

Cisco’s choice of Chuck Robbins, Senior VP of Worldwide Field Operations, as the company’s next CEO came as a surprise given that two Cisco presidents were seen as frontrunners for the job.

Written by Bob Brown06 May 15 09:17

UCLA commencement speaker choice ripped as "patent troll"

While complaints about college commencement speaker choices have become a rite of Spring on campuses in recent years, most technology industry-related commencement speakers have avoided such controversy. However, an editorial writer for the UCLA school newspaper -- the Daily Bruin -- isn't happy with the choice of ex-Microsoft CTO and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures <a href="http://www.nathanmyhrvold.com/">Nathan Myhrvold</a> as this year's pick.

Written by Bob Brown30 April 15 06:39

Dropcam camera, Facebook posts sink suspected serial burglar

A man suspected of committing as many as 2 dozen car and house break-ins was arrested for burglary in a Boston suburb on Tuesday after being identified from a home surveillance camera and implicating himself via Facebook.

Written by Bob Brown24 April 15 04:01

Boston Marathon runners warned not to overshare on social media

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has warned participants in next Monday's Boston Marathon against posting their bib numbers on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, or risk having their results wiped out.

Written by Bob Brown16 April 15 01:37

MIT alums celebrate 10th anniversary of bogus CompSci paper generator with cheeky new tool

Three MIT grads this week are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their clever <a href="http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/">SCIgen</a> program, which randomly generates computer science papers realistic enough to get accepted by sketchy technical conferences and publishers, with a brand new tool designed to poke even more fun at such outfits.

Written by Bob Brown15 April 15 01:34

What's behind Microsoft's not-so-crazy startup spending spree

Microsoft so far this year has been the most acquisitive company in enterprise IT, snapping up at least four firms on top of four others that it bought in the last two months of 2014. And while the buyouts might at first glance appear scattershot we're talking text analysis, calendaring and digital pen startups among others -- there does seem to be a grand plan here.

Written by Bob Brown10 April 15 04:46
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