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Microsoft's Future Vision: Live, Work, Play

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Ahead of Microsoft's annual TechForum event, the company is sharing its latest vision of the future. Focused on home and work, Microsoft puts forward a vision of multiple giant displays powered by devices and services. In one particular scenario a Surface tablet attaches to a touchscreen to link and transfer data. Touchscreens are persistent throughout and the idea of voice activation and convenience of using multiple devices and services is apparent.

Microsoft's latest vision is focused on the next five to ten years, and some elements are shared with its previous productivity vision of the future for 2019. The video is part of a new Envisioning Center at Microsoft where the software giant is testing its latest ideas and technologies. Expect to see more details on where Microsoft is heading with its research projects next week during the company's TechForum event. We'll be reporting from the event, so stay tuned for more coverage.

 

Source: Microsoft, Youtube, TheVerge http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/1/4043334/microsoft-future-vision-video-2013

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Michio Kaku: After Higgs Boson What it's next, Space Bubble Baths and the Free Universe

Michio Kaku -- We have found the Higgs boson. So then the next question is what's next? Well the Large Hadron Collider, this machine that is 27 miles in circumference, costing 10 billion dollars is big enough to create the next generation of particles. So the Higgs boson in some sense is the last hurrah for the old physics, the old physics of what is called the standard model, which gives us quarks and electrons. The new theory is going to take us into dark matter. Now we know dark matter exists. Dark matter is invisible, so if I held it in my hand you wouldn't see it. In fact, it would go right through my fingers, go right through the rock underneath my feet and go all the way to China. It would reverse direction and come back from China all the way here to New York City and go back and forth.

So dark matter has gravitational attraction, but it is invisible and we are clueless as to what dark matter really is. The leading candidate for dark matter today is called the sparticle. The sparticle is the next octave of the string. Now look around you. Everything around you, we think, is nothing but the lowest vibration of a vibrating string, the lowest octave in some sense, but a string of course has higher octaves, higher notes. We think that dark matter could in fact be nothing but a higher vibration of the string. So we think that 23% of the universe, which is the dark matter's contribution to the universe, comes from a higher octave of the string. Now the standard model which we have ample verification of only represents four percent of the universe. So the universe of atoms, protons, neutrons, neutrinos - that universe only represents four percent of what there is. 23% is dark matter, which we think is the next vibration up of the string and then 73% of the universe is dark energy.


Dark energy is the energy of nothing. It's the energy of the vacuum. Between two objects in outer space there is nothing, nothing except dark energy, dark energy, which is pushing the galaxies apart. So when people say if the universe is expanding they say two things, what's pushing the galaxies apart and what is the universe expanding into. Well what's pushing the galaxies apart is dark energy, the energy of nothing. Even vacuum has energy pushing the galaxies apart. And then what is the universe expanding into? Well if the universe is a sphere of some sort and we live on the skin of the sphere and the sphere is expanding what is the sphere expanding into? Well obviously a bubble, a balloon expands into the third dimension even though the people living on the balloon are two dimensional.

So when our universe expands what does it expand into? Hyperspace, a dimension beyond what you can see and touch. In fact, string theory predicts that there are 11 dimensions of hyperspace, so we're nothing but a soap bubble floating in a bubble bath of soap bubbles and so in some sense the multiverse can be likened to a bubble bath. Our universe is nothing but one bubble, but there are other bubbles. When two bubbles collide that could merge into a bigger bubble, which could be the big bang. In fact, that is what probably the big bang is or perhaps a bubble fissioned in half and split off into two bubbles. That could be the big bang. Or perhaps the universe popped into existence out of nothing. That is also a possibility.

And so the universe could essentially be nothingness, which was unstable and created a soap bubble Now you may say to yourself well that can't be right because that violates the conservation of matter and energy. How can you create a universe from nothing? Remainder of transcript - http://bigthink.com/ideas/49273

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

 

 

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There are so much interesting things that will come from these experiments and wonderful minds, what is the reality? what is fiction? what is next?

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Finally, Tattoos That Let You Control Objects with Your Mind | TIME.com

Finally, Tattoos That Let You Control Objects with Your Mind | TIME.com | Great Mind | Scoop.it

Science hasn’t been easy on the paranormal, routinely deflating fantastic claims by hucksters purporting psychic abilities. So wouldn’t it be ironic if scientists were on the verge of making paranormal-like abilities a reality?

Imagine controlling an object with your mind. Or don’t, because you probably already have. I did when I was a (pretty little) kid. It never worked, of course, but boy did I stare daggers at several unsuspecting flower pots, pencils and sticks of chalk.

 

The trouble, of course, is that your brain works a whole lot better when it’s motivating things it’s actually wired to, say your eyeballs, tongue, fingers or toes. But aha, you’re saying, we have wireless technology in 2013. We live in the future! Can’t we just cut that cord, too?

We already have: If you want to get technical about it, when using a handheld remote control with old-school antennae to pilot a hobby-style airplane across a field, you don’t actually touch the radio-controlled plane; the brain-interface includes your hands and the control box. But that assumes you have hands to work with, and working a control box to drive a wireless drone around is hardly “telekinetic” — not half as cool-sounding as it might be if you could simply think that drone into action.

 

You’ve probably heard of brain implants acting as biomedical prostheses in what’s sometimes referred to as a “brain-computer interface,” allowing someone to manipulate neuroprosthetic arms and legs or simply nudge a mouse cursor using nothing but thought. We’re doing that stuff today. But you’re still talking about interfaces that usually involve invasive technology, often drilled into the skull and attached directly to the brain itself — Jean Grey, it’s not. What if you could reduce the interface to something that didn’t require brain surgery, something not only noninvasive, but roughly the size of a tiny, removable tattoo?

 

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2013/02/22/finally-tattoos-that-let-you-control-objects-with-your-mind/#ixzz2Lias9BPq

Science hasn't been easy on the paranormal, routinely deflating fantastic claims by hucksters purporting psychic abilities. So wouldn't it be ironic if scientists were on the verge of making paranormal-like abilities a reality?
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ITGabs's curator insight, February 23, 2013 5:52 AM

Amazing. I hope in some point I can record my dreams ^_^

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Facebook Said to Work With FBI on Malware Attack Probe

Facebook Said to Work With FBI on Malware Attack Probe | Great Mind | Scoop.it

 

Facebook Inc., operator of the largest social network with more than 1 billion members, is working with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe a malware attack, people with knowledge of the matter said.

 

Facebook said yesterday that it was subjected to a “sophisticated attack” by hackers last month, without saying where the attack originated. Investigators haven’t found any evidence that user data was compromised, Menlo Park, California- based Facebook said on its website. The people who discussed the FBI’s involvement asked not to be identified, citing the sensitive nature of the probe.

 

“As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day,” Facebook said.

Malware infected laptops used by Facebook employees when they visited a mobile developer’s website, the company said.

Facebook fell less than 1 percent to $28.32 at yesterday’s close in New York

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100% secure it's imposible. everything is hackeable

 

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3 Deep, Dark Secrets of Cloud Computing

3 Deep, Dark Secrets of Cloud Computing | Great Mind | Scoop.it
The promise of cloud computing is that you, the customer, don't ever have to buy another server, back up another disk drive or worry about another software upgrade. All those promises are true—and now there are multimillion-dollar companies without a single server closet. Cool.

Unfortunately, too often cloud applications and services are bought by people who really shouldn't be buying. Sure, they may have the budget—did you hear Gartner's prediction that the CMO will spend more on tech than the CIO by 2017?—but that doesn't mean they necessarily have the training to make good IT decisions, let alone the discipline or skills in their underlings to actually execute a coordinated technology strategy.

 

Users tend to think of a cloud purchase as a "solution." No more hard work until renewal time. What's going through their heads? "See, we skipped the need for IT and all that overhead!"

The moment they start to take a cloud system seriously, though, users want mash-ups, custom code and the capability to drag and drop items from the desktop. They want to integrate with other data sources inside and outside the company. Executives want reports and dashboards.

In other words, everyone will want the leverage and efficiency of an IT system. Those benefits only come when there's an architect and a "general contractor" working together, not just a "workman."

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The benefits only come when there's an architect and a "general contractor" working together, not just a "Wordpress seo guy" hahaha

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Why High Stress Breeds the Best Leaders

Why High Stress Breeds the Best Leaders | Great Mind | Scoop.it

We tend to think of stress, competition, and adversity in a negative way. If you have no aspirations or happen to live in Utopia, you might get away with that. But if you want to go places in the real world, you'd better learn to embrace those concepts.

It's often said that successful executives and entrepreneurs thrive in highly competitive and high-stress environments. Indeed, they do. But they're successful because they learned to survive and thrive under adverse conditions, not the other way around. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will prepare you better to lead.

I was just reading an article that points out this interesting dichotomy. Working at technology companies like Apple, Amazon, and Intel can be highly demanding and stressful, but employees seem to thrive there.

In fact, many of those same companies are sited as great places to work. Young up-and-comers flock to them. Why? Because they know they're breeding grounds for the entrepreneurs and executives of tomorrow.

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There is other posibilities, but for normal lazy people, only stress can make they strong

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How One Woman Went from Homeless to Millionaire In Less Than Two Years - Forbes

How One Woman Went from Homeless to Millionaire In Less Than Two Years - Forbes | Great Mind | Scoop.it

Today Dani Johnson is a multi-millionaire many times over, runs five companies and spends her time jetting around the world, giving back through her various charities.

 

How she went on to make her first million despite a tortured past and despite being homeless, is the stuff of entrepreneurial legend.

 

Her story suggests, as Dr. Phil would put it, “It doesn’t matter what your mama did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. Nobody but you is responsible for your life. You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself.”

 

 

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You must read this inspirational history of success

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Why Apple Is Working on an iWatch and Not iGlasses

Why Apple Is Working on an iWatch and Not iGlasses | Great Mind | Scoop.it
Why would Apple want to build an iWatch and not a competitor to Google Glass? People are already comfortable with something electronic on their wrist.
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wouldn’t just make a pair of augmented-reality glasses instead?

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How Did We Know North Korea Tested A Nuke?

How Did We Know North Korea Tested A Nuke? | Great Mind | Scoop.it

Early Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) data detected a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in North Korea. Within minutes, night owl commenters like Jeffrey Lewis of the Arms Control Wonk in the U.S. were already discussing the political implications of Kim Jong-Un's first nuclear test. How did seismic readings become key to tracking clandestine nuclear tests?

Let's look at a little bit of history. In the beginning of the atomic age, nuclear weapons were tested wherever scientists could put a nuke. The first nuclear test ever conducted was above ground, in a sprawling expanse of New Mexico desert. In 1946, President Truman authorized the first underwater nuclear test as part of Operation Crossroads. At the start of the 1950s, nuclear weapons were tested underground in Nevada. A year after Russia launched Sputnik and with the space race well underway, the United States attempted a test high-atmospheric nuclear explosions close to the edge of space. Almost all of these environments would soon be off limits to nuclear testing.

Spurred by concerns that nuclear fallout might spread across national borders, the Test Ban Treaty was signed and entered into force in 1963. The treaty banned tests in the air, in space, and under water. Testing underground, however, was still allowed.

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How did seismic readings become key to tracking clandestine nuclear tests?

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Top Ten Twitter Tools

Top Ten Twitter Tools | Great Mind | Scoop.it

If you do a little online search, you will find that there are many Twitter tools offering different useful features, and with such a variety it’s hard to know which ones to

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The bionic man, and what he tells us about the future of being human

Rex, as he's called, has been put together by an expert team for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary 'How to Build a Bionic Man' - in an effort to show just how far prosthetic science has advanced. Tom Clarke reports.


Via Szabolcs Kósa
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This remember me Ghost in the Shell...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, February 11, 2013 1:23 AM

Awesome and fascinating or some peoples Nightmare.

You won't believe how far the sciense already is before you have seen Rex - the million dollar "Man" - 

Gabby A Silver's comment, February 12, 2013 12:18 AM
Man in motion: prosthetic science absoluteley amazing and a credit to human kind, but, if in the wrong hands, an Army could take over and control the world.
Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, February 22, 2013 4:40 AM

 

Looking forward to seeing Rex in action...

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Best cloud storage: Dropbox vs SkyDrive vs Google Drive vs iCloud

Best cloud storage: Dropbox vs SkyDrive vs Google Drive vs iCloud | Great Mind | Scoop.it
Cloud storage services have become increasingly important. But where's the best place to keep your data?
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At the end Dropbox is the best alternative in the free cloud storage, the only one with an official Linux tool.

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The 16 Smartest People on Earth

The 16 Smartest People on Earth | Great Mind | Scoop.it
IQ is a problematic measure of intelligence, but psychologists consider it the best measurement of intelligence out there. So who has the highest score?
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The 16 Smartest People on Earth... IQ 198

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What most schools don't teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Ton...
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You should learn how to program a computer ^_^

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Stromatolites the origin of the life | TED

María Eugenia Farías, microbiologist, TED Argentina

Stromatolites or stromatoliths are layered accretionary structures formed in shallow water by the trapping, binding and cementation of sedimentary grains by biofilms of microorganisms, especially cyanobacteria (commonly known as blue-green algae).[1] Stromatolites provide some of the most ancient records of life on Earth by fossil remains which date back more than 3.5 billion years ago. Video in spanish, Subtitles in English by Lucas Mohnen

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this is not only important for understand our origin, it's very important to our quality of life, these bacterias are generating organic components from a very extreme habitat and toxicity.

 

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Metaio's augmented reality chip will be super-useful... just not in phones

Metaio's augmented reality chip will be super-useful... just not in phones | Great Mind | Scoop.it
Metaio’s chip, which will be built into ST-Ericsson’s upcoming smartphone chipsets, offers a lot of help in making AR more battery-friendly. But its ideal application is in smart glasses, not smartphones.
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Amazing check this video too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6br7NreTwD4

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How neuroscientists are hacking into brain waves to open new frontiers

How neuroscientists are hacking into brain waves to open new frontiers | Great Mind | Scoop.it

Neuroscientists are following through on the promise of artificially enhanced bodies by creating the ability to "feel" flashes of light in invisible wavelengths, or building an entire virtual body that can be controlled via brain waves.

 

"Things that we used to think were hoaxes or science fiction are fast becoming reality," said Todd Coleman, a bioengineering professor at the University of California at San Diego. Coleman and other researchers surveyed the rapidly developing field of neuroprosthetics in Boston this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

One advance came to light just in the past week, when researchers reported that they successfully wired up rats to sense infrared light and move toward the signals to get a reward. "This was the first attempt … not to restore a function but to augment the range of sensory experience," said Duke University neurobiologist Miguel Nicolelis, the research team's leader.

 

 

 

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You must look at this video Nicole :)

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The Way to Dump a Bad Customer

The Way to Dump a Bad Customer | Great Mind | Scoop.it

If you run your own business, you've had this experience: A customer calls you up/walks in the door/sends you an email ordering your product or service. And your heart sinks. For whatever reason--low pay, high hassles, dislike for the work, or simple boredom from doing the same thing too long--you don't want to sell to this customer anymore.

But what do you do? Especially if it's a long-time customer? I just don't want to do business with you is bound to lead to a lengthy and unpleasant conversation (I've learned that the hard way). I've decided to pursue other opportunities is better, but may still result in uncomfortable questions and hurt feelings.

Through trial and error I've learned that there's one simple and foolproof way to get rid of a bad customer without taking on emotional baggage: Raise your price to more than the customer will pay. Here's how to do it gracefully:


Step 1: Research your new pricing

You are about to ask for a dramatic price increase. In fact, you're going to come up with a new price that is so high you're certain your bad customer will never, ever pay it. It may be twice what the customer is paying you now, or even more...


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Marketing + IT: Get over it

Marketing + IT: Get over it | Great Mind | Scoop.it

Success in marketing, particularly multichannel marketing, is now inextricably dependent upon having advanced technology platforms and skills as well. Yet, the Marketing/IT collaboration can be fraught with biases and skewed perspectives that grew out of the very different historical roles each team played in the pre-digital era.

It’s a relationship organizations have to get right. I was reminded of this absolute when I was looking at a presentation my McKinsey colleague, Tim McGuire, made at the recent Direct Marketing Association conference.



Tim’s presentation highlighted some eye opening facts: By 2015, the Big Data market will grow to $16.9b from $3.2b in 2010. Every hour enough information is consumer by Internet traffic to fill seven million DVDs. But more interesting were some cases about how companies used Big Data and advanced analytics techniques to drive real growth. One email campaign showed an increase of 288% in average profit from promoted products, while average profit from an entire basket of products increased 147% through advanced analytics. That’s really impressive. Growth is already here for those who know how to turn advanced analytics to their advantage.

Which brings me back to marketing and IT needing to get along better - there's a lot of value in getting the relationship right. As Tim noted, some of the tension can be attributed to differing goals: IT teams necessarily emphasize security and mitigating risks to company data and systems, while marketers are all about effective outreach. Not exactly yin and yang. Even if opposites don’t necessarily attract, they need to in this case. It’s not enough to merely bridge the divide; companies to think about redesigning their functions to work more effectively with each other.

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Guerrilla Marketing + Hacking, kick ass combination

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3 Secrets to Bill Gates' Extraordinary Success

3 Secrets to Bill Gates' Extraordinary Success | Great Mind | Scoop.it

Strategic Acting

Rather than merely innovating or dreaming, Gates took a disciplined approach toward software as a potential source of business opportunities.

He and his partner Paul Allen wrote the first version of Microsoft BASIC just to get in on the ground floor with a pioneer maker of home-built computer kits. Gates quit Harvard and moved to New Mexico to work with the company, named MITS, hoping to make Microsoft BASIC an industry standard. A few years later, Gates and Allen made similar moves to get close to Digital Research, then the leading maker of the most popular PC operating system. They even marketed a translator that allowed Digital Research software to work on Apple computers, as a strategic move to ride on Digital Research's coattails.

Microsoft's ties to Digital Research led directly to its big opportunity, with IBM. When IBM couldn't get Digital Research to provide an operating system for IBM's new PC project, Gates was there to volunteer for the job.  It didn't matter that Microsoft had no expertise in operating systems.

Strategic positioning, as well as a little luck--not some "big idea"--gave Gates the opportunity to make billions with MS-DOS for IBM.

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Strategic positioning, as well as a little luck--not some "big idea"--gave Gates the opportunity to make billions with MS-DOS for IBM

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Jackets Grown From Bacteria And 10 More Feats Of Bio-Engineering

Jackets Grown From Bacteria And 10 More Feats Of Bio-Engineering | Great Mind | Scoop.it

William Myers' new book, Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity, imagines a world where grass is grown into benches, bacteria is wearable clothing and animals can help their owners breathe. Highlighting collaboration between designers and biologists, it's a collection of the most innovative ideas biodesign -- design that incorporates living materials -- has to offer.


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Fusing natural organisms with human innovation, these designs -- some of them far-fetched concepts, some prototypes and some completed projects -- re-imagine our relationship with the natural world.

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Bioluminescent Trees, Biojackets and more #Biotechnology #future

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Are You Really in the 1% of LinkedIn? - Marketing Technology Blog

Are You Really in the 1% of LinkedIn? - Marketing Technology Blog | Great Mind | Scoop.it
Numbers. Sometimes they absolutely drive me nuts. Today is a great example. LinkedIn put out an email congratulating their members who were in the top percent of profiles viewed. Here's the key... profiles viewed.
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You are special... Just like everyone else.

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Google's Trillion-Dollar Driverless Car -- Part 4: How Google Wins - Forbes

Google's Trillion-Dollar Driverless Car -- Part 4: How Google Wins - Forbes | Great Mind | Scoop.it
The key to Google’s success will be to accelerate the maturation of its automation-focused strategy while other players are focused on incremental, "intelligent assistant" approaches.
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Trillion-Dollar Google Car!

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What's the difference between CIO and CTO? | TechRepublic

What's the difference between CIO and CTO? | TechRepublic | Great Mind | Scoop.it
The CIO and CTO job roles are frequently confused, but there are clear distinctions between the two positions in most large enterprises. The two requi
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The difference between CIO and CTO

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Why Every Company Needs A "No Bozos" Policy - Forbes

Why Every Company Needs A "No Bozos" Policy - Forbes | Great Mind | Scoop.it
Bozos kill companies. Here's how to ensure your company operates by a strict "No Bozo" policy.
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What is a bozo?  It’s a little like pornography, you know it when you see it.  However, let me try to more precisely define one.

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