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Amazon launches its virtual currency, with $5 worth free to every Kindle Fire user

Amazon launches its virtual currency, with $5 worth free to every Kindle Fire user | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Amazon’s virtual currency, Amazon Coins, launched Monday. It can be used to buy apps and games and make in-app purchases on the Kindle Fire and in Amazon’s app store.
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Amazon rolled out Amazon Coins, its own virtual currency, on Monday. Amazon Coins can be used to purchase “apps, games and in-app items in the Amazon Appstore and on Kindle Fire,” and each U.S. Kindle Fire user gets $5 worth (or 500 coins) free.

“We will continue to add more ways to earn and spend Coins on a wider range of content and activities,” Mike George, Amazon’s VP of apps and games, said in a statement. “Today is Day One for Coins.”

Users can buy 100 coins for $1, with discounts up to 10 percent for larger purchases. Developers get their standard 70 percent revenue share for purchases made with Amazon Coins.

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Government Needs to Rethink How It Attracts IT Talent

Government Needs to Rethink How It Attracts IT Talent | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Most agencies can’t match private-sector pay, and governments can no longer depend on superior benefits packages as a recruiting tool.
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The tech sector’s recovery from the Great Recession is good news everywhere but within government IT departments. When the economy tanked, one of the few bright spots was a surge in the number of skilled technology workers applying for public-sector jobs. But with private companies hiring again, governments are struggling to compete for IT talent.

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The FBI Is in the Market for Malware

The FBI Is in the Market for Malware | Business & IT | Scoop.it
The specific organization in need is the FBI Investigative Analysis Unit of the Operational Technology Division.
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Federal detectives want to buy viruses and other types of malicious software for assistance in cracking criminal cases, according to a "combined synopsis/solicitation for malware" published this week on the government's contracting database.

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Isolation: a problem for current and future African entrepreneurs | ventureburn

Isolation: a problem for current and future African entrepreneurs  | ventureburn | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Talking with African entrepreneurs, one of the recurring topics is the difficulty of sufficient funding in seed- or early-stage with internationally acknowledged and well-connected investors. The r...
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Talking with African entrepreneurs, one of the recurring topics is the difficulty of sufficient funding in seed- or early-stage with internationally acknowledged and well-connected investors. The recently born African digital ecosystem has only a few established venture capital funds, and even these funds usually have limited available capital with a minimal international network.

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This New Startup Aims to Revolutionize Selling Your Old Electronics

This New Startup Aims to Revolutionize Selling Your Old Electronics | Business & IT | Scoop.it
A mobile app called FOBO holds 97-minute local auctions for your old electronics, where you're guaranteed a sale.
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When it comes to selling your old phone or tablet, you have a few options. However, when it comes time to get rid of your old television, headphones or gaming system your choices are a bit more limited.

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231042#ixzz2swEveawi

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A Little Less Tech Luster in Cambridge

A Little Less Tech Luster in Cambridge | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Cambridge – home to one of the world’s oldest universities and some successful tech companies – remains one of Europe’s largest tech communities. But London’s rise has taken away some of the shine.
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On the streets of East London, signs of the city’s blossoming tech scene are hard to miss. Yet only an hour north of London lies a rival tech cluster that may have had a greater economic impact than anything so far created on the banks of the Thames.

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This startup tells you when companies try your competitors' software -- and it's growing 25% a month

This startup tells you when companies try your competitors' software -- and it's growing 25% a month | Business & IT | Scoop.it
A tiny San Mateo startup that has taken no angel money, no venture capital, and no outside funding of any kind is growing at the torrid rate of 25 percent per month and luring away key employees fr...
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A tiny San Mateo startup that has taken no angel money, no venture capital, and no outside funding of any kind is growing at the torrid rate of 25 percent per month and luring away key employees from hot growing companies like KISSmetrics.

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IDG Connect – Wearable Tech Offers Promise (and Potential Peril) for the Enterprise

IDG Connect – Wearable Tech Offers Promise (and Potential Peril) for the Enterprise | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Fitness trackers, smartwatches, smartglasses. Wearable cameras, biometric wrist bands and augmented reality headsets. These are just a few of the types of wearable gadgets grabbing headlines these days.
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itness trackers, smartwatches, smartglasses. Wearable cameras, biometric wrist bands and augmented reality headsets. These are just a few of the types of wearable gadgets grabbing headlines these days.

At this month's 2014 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), wearable technology took center stage. But while wearables are all the buzz in the consumer tech world, you don't hear as much about wearable tech in the enterprise.

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Dear Oldsters, Your 'Online Identities' Are Lame. Love, Generation Z

Dear Oldsters, Your 'Online Identities' Are Lame. Love, Generation Z | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Only 18% of teens say they share a lot online, and most prefer anonymous or self-destructing social media
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Even if Millennials’ younger siblings in Generation Z were all mini-Anthony Weiners, we’d never have a clue how many naughty selfies they’re sending after SAT class. That’s because these web-bred munchkins are actually shaping up to be way more cautious online than Millennials

Read more: Whisper Is the Next Facebook: Why Gen Z Hates Digital Footprints | TIME.com http://techland.time.com/2014/01/17/oversharenting-backlash-gen-zs-quest-for-online-anonymity/#ixzz2sNCatlvM

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Whitney Saves Douglas Davis’s ‘First Collaborative Sentence’

Whitney Saves Douglas Davis’s ‘First Collaborative Sentence’ | Business & IT | Scoop.it
When the Whitney Museum of American Art decided to resurrect an early interactive Internet piece, the programming code no longer worked. But would updated software change the artwork?
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Paintings fade; sculptures chip. Art restorers have long known how to repair those material flaws, so the experience of looking at a Vermeer or a Rodin remains basically unchanged over time. But when creativity is computerized, the art isn’t so easy to fix.

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Can Government Avoid Technology Failure?

Can Government Avoid Technology Failure? | Business & IT | Scoop.it
HealthCare.gov is another reminder of the ongoing problems government has with technology. But success and innovation are possible, says an expert.
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Last October, most of America was surprised by the glitches, delays and breakdowns of HealthCare.gov, the federal government's website for health insurance enrollment. But for those who follow how government acquires, develops and deploys computer-based services, the results weren't so much surprising as disappointing.

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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC | Business & IT | Scoop.it
I can give this up any time I want. Honest
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 I think I have 30 email addresses; I’m not sure. I suspect there may be others. I have them on every computer and even carry some around on my smartphone. At the height of my addiction, I was creating domains and distributing email addresses to my wife and my employees. I even gave some to my kids.

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Basic Govt IT needs a fundamental rethink - Delimiter

Basic Govt IT needs a fundamental rethink - Delimiter | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Government systems could be redesigned from the ground-up to make it easy to reorganise, merge and demerge departments, so that a person's email system can be rapidly and easily moved from one agency to another, or the HR information of two departments can be consolidated in a merger at low cost.
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We recently saw a change in the federal government in Australia, with a corresponding reorganisation of agency priorities and structures. Some departments ceased to exist (such as Department of Regional Australia), others split (DEEWR into two departments, Education and Employment) and still others had parts ‘broken off’ and moved elsewhere (Health and Ageing, which lost Ageing to the (renamed) Department of Social Services).

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Worst offenders in IT security are senior managers

Worst offenders in IT security are senior managers | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Over October and November 2013 KRC Research surveyed information workers in the United States with regards information security attitudes and practice...
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Over October and November 2013 KRC Research surveyed information workers in the United States with regards information security attitudes and practices. The resulting report by Stroz Friedberg reveals a privilege of rank – the worst offenders in IT security are senior managers.

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Where Digital Secrets go to Die

Where Digital Secrets go to Die | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Obsolete desktop computers, floppy disks, data CDs and cellphones sitting in back rooms are "loaded guns."
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In a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, where visitors are required to trade in a driver’s license for a visitor’s badge, some of the nation’s secrets are torn apart, reduced to sand or demagnetized until they are forever silent.

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Can India Create A $100B Software Products Industry? | TechCrunch

Can India Create A $100B Software Products Industry? | TechCrunch | Business & IT | Scoop.it
So far, India's over $100 billion IT industry has been built mostly on software services and back office projects delivered by TCS, Infosys and Wipro for the..
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So far, India’s over $100 billion IT industry has been built mostly on software services and back office projects delivered by TCS,Infosys and Wipro for the likes of Citibank and GE, who have been outsourcing non-core work to save costs over the last two decades.

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IT's Losing Battle Against Cloud Adoption

IT's Losing Battle Against Cloud Adoption | Business & IT | Scoop.it
As cloud adoption continues to accelerate, IT is the last to know.
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Asking IT about emerging trends in enterprise computing is increasingly a fool's errand.

Open source pioneer Billy Marshall once quipped that "the CIO is the last to know," because she was too far removed from what open-source code her IT team was downloading or which SaaS services they were accessing. 

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The human flesh search engine

The human flesh search engine | Business & IT | Scoop.it
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Last month a Chinese official in charge of internet surveillance gave notice that mobs of web users who turn on individuals and make their lives a misery will not be tolerated. In China it happens often and on a massive scale, earning the phenomenon the title of the "human flesh search engine".

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

After Bitcoin cometh the storm. And after the storm...
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Much has been written about how Bitcoin will affect libertarian society, banks, money and government, but there are some other effects that bear consideration: what it will do to the IT industry.

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These two founders ditched the US for Jakarta to create their...

These two founders ditched the US for Jakarta to create their... | Business & IT | Scoop.it
There aren’t a lot of Indonesian startups whose founders had working experience at a Silicon Valley company, so when we stumble across one of them, we make sure we pay attention. In this case, the startup in question is Bornevia, a web-based helpdesk startup which assists companies with their...
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There aren’t a lot of Indonesian startups whose founders had working experience at a Silicon Valley company, so when we stumble across one of them, we make sure we pay attention. In this case, the startup in question is Bornevia, a web-based helpdesk startup which assists companies with their online customer support challenges.

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Tennessee tech: Nashville's new role

Tennessee tech: Nashville's new role | Business & IT | Scoop.it
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Music city might need a new nickname now that it has started playing a new tune - technology town.

Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music, has become a haven for small and medium-sized technology companies.

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Raspberry Pi: Everything You Need To Know

Raspberry Pi: Everything You Need To Know | Business & IT | Scoop.it
It's a computer so simple, anyone can tinker with it. Here's proof.
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My Raspberry Pi arrived with the evening mail—by midnight, my husband and I had turned it into a working print server. And neither of us had any background in computer science. 

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Stop trying to innovate keyboards. You’re just making them worse

Stop trying to innovate keyboards. You’re just making them worse | Business & IT | Scoop.it
The less standard a keyboard is, the worse it is.
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I've written about my struggles to find a good PC laptop before. After literally years of searching, it looks like Lenovo has stepped up to the plate and finally created the machine I crave. The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a high-resolution, Haswell-equipped update to 2012's Ivy Bridge-based modellooked just about perfect.

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Japan's once-leading mobile market under siege | Telecom Asia

Japan's once-leading mobile market under siege | Telecom Asia | Business & IT | Scoop.it
Indigenous handsets becoming endangered species as NFC usurps FeliCa
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I was in Japan recently on vacation, five years after my last trip there. It is evident from looking around at the phones that people are carrying and those being peddled in mobile shops that there has been a big shift in the Japanese mobile market over the past five years.

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How are Asia’s 1.2 billion web users spread out across the...

How are Asia’s 1.2 billion web users spread out across the... | Business & IT | Scoop.it
The talented team at We Are Social, the Singapore-based social media and strategy consulting firm, has come out with yet another massive report, this time zooming in on all things internet, mobile, and social in Asia Pacific. Whereas their previous report set out to capture internet usage trends...
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The talented team at We Are Social, the Singapore-based social media and strategy consulting firm, has come out with yet another massive report, this time zooming in on all things internet, mobile, and social in Asia Pacific.

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The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society | Business & IT | Scoop.it
"Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day." That's what women are told.
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“Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day.” That’s what women are told. But these relentless messages are an assault on women’s careers, their psychological bandwidth, and their freedom to live online. We have been thinking about Internet harassment all wrong.

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