Social media and the security risks they pose for business

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Discussion: As more and more businesses see the value in social media applications like Twitter and Facebook, they face a big dilemma: allow these applications to go through their current network without the proper security infrastructure or block them altogether.  Nir Zuk, co-founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks, says the next big thing in… Read more »

10 years later, Apple’s ‘crazy’ retail gamble is a hit

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Discussion: Ten years ago, analysts thought Apple was crazy to get into the retailing business.  But over 300 stores later, Apple has definitely proven their risky model a success.  In fiscal year 2010, 13% of Apple’s total sales, roughly $3.2 billion, came from the stylized and shiny stores, including their flagship 32-foot glass cube New… Read more »

Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

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Discussion: Eli Pariser, author of “The Filter Bubble,” argues there is an invisible shift in how information is flowing on the web.  He cautions, “The Internet is showing us what it thinks we want to see, but not necessarily what we need to see.”  Calling them “filter bubbles,” Pariser describes this personalized Web search as… Read more »

Social Networks Offer a Way to Narrow the Field of Friends

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Discussion: Sometimes the day-to-day random events in life should not necessarily be shared with the large audience of colleagues and acquaintances on Facebook, so a host of more private, intimate social networks are emerging on the Web.  Path, a service that allows users to share pictures, videos, and messages with friend groups up to 50,… Read more »

Near field communication transforms travel in Japan

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Discussion: Outside of Japan, adjusting to life viewed through a mobile device is still in the early stages, but in Japan, it is second nature.  Near field communication is transforming travel in the populous island nation with mobile apps to pay for a Tokyo bus, streamline a domestic traveler’s airport experience to 15 minutes, and… Read more »

Startup mating rituals 101

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Discussion: TechStarsNY, one of the most successful tech incubators in the country, recently hosted Demo Day, a ritual that allows young startups to strut their stuff in front of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and the media.  Illuminated through a series of slides or videos, the startup founder begins with a problem – i.e. digital billboards aren’t… Read more »

Does your firm need its own mobile app?

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Discussion: ABI Research, a marketing intelligence company, says that almost 8 billion apps were downloaded in 2010.  Ebay claims 15 million people worldwide have downloaded its iPhone app in 190 countries and in eight different languages.  Clearly apps are popular but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are right for every business.  Apps are expensive and… Read more »

Manufacturing the dream: Game changing new production

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Discussion: Using just a laptop and a full-featured three-dimensional (3D) design software program, anybody with a creative vision can now build a prototype and have it “printed” layer by layer out of plastics or metal.  Shapeways, a company on the cutting edge of manufacturing, can take a 3D design submitted over the Internet, build it,… Read more »

The tiny cube that could cut your cell phone bill

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Discussion: The size of a Rubik’s cube but packed with all the components of a cell phone tower, lightRadio is a tiny device tasked with solving an enormous problem.  With mobile data usage expected to grow 30 fold in the next five years, lightRadio may be able to help wireless carriers keep pace using a… Read more »