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Spotlight: Here's a lesson we can learn from 'Shadow IT'

Why exactly are we blaming employees for doing what they need to do to get work done?

Tech keynoter Hillary Clinton: Polarization makes conversation difficult

The depersonalized nature of electronic connections has created a situation where people with the capability to lead are reluctant to try, said the former Secretary of State and former presidential candidate.

Dropbox's defense against password leak raises more questions than answers

Bloggers acting on public information do have a tendency to get the facts wrong. But Dropbox's effort to correct them, spearheaded by someone other than its PR team, pointed to some uglier facts.

Aereo asks FCC, please classify linear streaming video services as MVPDs

It remains the video systems squabble that could impact the structure of the whole Internet, even when it seemed the former personal antenna service provider had already lost.

Spotlight: 'Content strategy' is not an oxymoron

My friend and former colleague Wolfgang Gruener has gone on to become a professional content strategist, which is like a technologist who produces material that people read as opposed to material people use. Here's what he has to say.

The right to be forgotten: What is it we're forgetting again?

The idea that any one search engine should be charged with the task of facilitating individuals' rights of censorship, sounds absurd enough. But Tim Berners-Lee's alternative doesn't sound much better.

Sprint to partner with Ping Identity for mobile single sign-on

One of the main complaints about pre-loading business smartphones with mobile productivity apps has been addressed, with an option that moves authentication inside the corporate network.

Samsung announces invention of existing 5x Wi-Fi technology

It's an amazing new system that utilizes multiple antennas to steer transmissions between broadband modems, TVs, PCs and smartphones. Haven't we done this story before? Nah, let's lead with it anyway.

Kroes', Reding's replacements in EC debate suspending US Safe Harbor

If the Federal Trade Commission fails to take visible steps toward enforcing privacy policies on European citizens' data stored on U.S. servers, storing it there in the first place could become illegal.

Is ForecastThis' ML Solver a predictive analyst or fortune teller?

It may very well be a supremely useful automation tool for the emerging field of data scientists who need to test mathematical models without building them manually. But that's not the message its vendor is sending.

BMC applies natural language, predictive analytics to Remedy service desk

If your organization plans to spend months whiteboarding the response patterns for support desk agents responding to customer incidents, be advised, you might want to rethink your plans.

Lessons learned from Xen cloud reboot: When users don't even know

If security bugs like last month's Xen hypervisor vulnerability continue to be mitigated with minimal damage, and disaster totally avoided, will there be anything left to panic about?

Spotlight: Is email sharing of cloud-based files really better?

It's obvious enough that the current system of attaching files to emails in such a way that they can only become accessible by opening them through the operating system has been dangerous for over a decade-and-a-half and has to be replaced.

Rise of the Metaphors: Europol finds danger in Internet of Things, everything

The Internet is becoming a rat's nest, or a bat cave, or some other equally smelly metaphor, for would-be perpetrators, says Europol. And by the way, one of those perpetrators may be right next to you.

Online marketers have an ethical obligation, says ExactTarget's Rohrs

It's important to engage one-to-one with your customer, and if you're a publisher, to treat your reader as your customer. But you can't leverage that relationship to score promotional points.

US, European network operators meet to discuss inter-modal competition

Wouldn't it be nice, suggests Verizon's CEO, if all the communications services competed on a single, "Open" playing field? Sure, says Neelie Kroes, if you're willing to accept over-the-top competitors.

Spotlight: Is there a cloud shakeout, and can it be averted?

It's fair to note that analysts did predict as far back as 2011 that the rising number of something-or-rather-as-a-service providers would be curbed by the forces of consolidation and attrition.

Reinventing HP for the umpteenth time

The latest course change for the company credited with creating the independent spirit of the technology industry in the 1960s may finally be the smartest one.

HP to split, Enterprise business may have acquisition in the works

The business that as late as this summer was portrayed as stronger together than apart will be stronger apart rather than together after a huge course change announced Monday.

Cisco's Rowan Trollope says videoconferencing is a pain

The man responsible for bridging all of Cisco's conferencing tools takes the side of users who have to perform the same tasks in their offices every day--and whose headaches have become too much to ignore.