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Description: Not all businesses flock to cloud computing, though. What its proponents tout as its main benefit – applications and data on the internet – its critics impugn as a potential weakness

Source: CBC News

Date: Oct 26, 2010

Cash-strapped startups and small companies like cloud computing for various reasons. Clients can rent hosted versions of enterprise-class systems like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange (as well as industry-specific applications like myJDesktop), often for manageable monthly fees. This helps them avoid big up-front payouts to buy servers and software, as well as maintenance fees for things like updates, data backup and general IT costs.   Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:
• What are the benefits of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)?
• What are the downsides of adopting  Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)?
• Why would a small business look to specifically adopt SaaS strategy in their organization?

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Description: Thousands of websites and millions of pieces of private data are increasingly in one big cloud, where some of the old rules of data security are out the window.

Source: Fortune

Date: Sept 24, 2010

With the rise of cloud computing companies, and the ferocity with which tech’s biggest companies are snatching those firms up, it’s no secret that a good chunk of our user data is already stored in the cloud. Our emails, our documents, our social network profiles and hundreds of thousands of tiny startups already rely on cloud services like SalesForce.com to be more productive and cost-effective. Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Why factors contribute to the growth of cloud computing in the enterprise?
  • What risk’s are businesses exposed to when they choose to use cloud computing?
  • If you were in charge of IT infrastructure of your university, what advice would you give to your university if they were looking at going to a cloud computing model?

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Description: Square, an application that turns a smartphone into a mobile cash register, is open for business.

Source: CNN.com TechDate: Oct 25, 2010

Created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square uses a free download and plastic card reader to let users accept credit card payments.
The app charges users 2.75 percent of the transaction cost plus a 15-cent fee — a rate Dorsey said is in line with what retail stores pay for accepting cards. Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • List five specific business applications that this technology would benefit?
  • If you were a small mobile business, why wouldn’t you adopt this technology?
  • What are are the substitutes or competition to Square?

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Description: Thousands of websites and millions of pieces of private data are increasingly in one big cloud, where some of the old rules of data security are out the window.

Source: CNN.Tech

Date: Oct 23, 2010

Google admitted in a blog post Friday that external regulators have discovered that e-mails, URLs and passwords were collected and stored in a technical mishap, while the vehicles for Google’s Street View service were out documenting roadway locations.

According to Google, data was mistakenly collected in more than 30 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, some of Europe, and parts of Asia.      Click here for rest of story


Questions for discussion:

  • Did Google handle this breach of privacy correctly from a public relations point of view?
  • Does Google’s breach of trust influence your decision to use their products? Why or Why not?
  • Who should police companies to make sure that privacy and security is ensured for all?

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Description: A survey by online job board Dice shows that tech employers and recruiters face a shortage of qualified mobile-software designers

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: Oct 21, 2010

Almost 57 percent of employers and outside recruiters that hired for mobile-related jobs this year plan to boost such hires in the next 12 months, the survey, conducted on behalf of Bloomberg Businessweek.com, showed. More than half the respondents described the supply of quality mobile-software designers and engineers as “scarce.”  Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Why factors contribute to the mobile  app market growing so fast and large?
  • How should educational institutions respond to this market indicator of a shortage off app developers?
  • What options does business have to deal with this surge in demand and lack of supply  in this area of mobile commerce?

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Description:
A Facebook representative said in a statement was taking steps to “dramatically limit” exposure of users’ personal information to companies.
Source:
Cnn.com Tech
Date: Oct 18, 2010

Many of Facebook’s most popular apps are sharing personally identifiable information of their users with dozens of advertising and Internet-tracking companies, in violation of the social-networking giant’s own rules, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The issue provides access to users’ names and, in some cases, the names of the app user’s friends to at least 25 advertising and data firms, the Journal reported    Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Is there anything wrong with sharing Facebook info with marketers? Why or Why not?
  • Do you feel that this issue will scare away Facebook  users or reduce usage of Facebook?  Why or Why not?
  • What should Facebook do as a result of this situation? Is this a technical issue or a branding issue?

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Description: The term “smartphone” may sound cool and hip, but it’s actually been around since at least the mid-1990s.

Source: CNN.com Tech

Date: Oct 18, 2010

The ’90s version of the smartphone was nothing like the gadgets many of us tote around in our pockets today. It was the size of a brick, it didn’t have a color screen and, according to a phone market analyst, users could see only one line of e-mail at a time, meaning they had to scroll down a dozen times just to get to the start of a message.

Yet, when we talk about our present-day, touch-screen mobile computers — with their app stores, GPS services and other invented-since-the-’90s whizbangs — many of us still call them smartphones. Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Should a business’s e-commerce model be the same as the company’s M-commerce model?
  • Do the new smartphones deal sufficiently with the issues of M-commerce ie. Input and output, bandwidth and security?
  • Do you feel that mobile computing will be the dominant segment of e-commerce market in the future?

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Description:  Mobile devices are becoming bigger targets for malware creator

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: Oct 14, 2010

In early 2009, Citigroup (C) launched a new mobile banking application for the iPhone. It let customers check their account balances and pay bills while on the go. Thanks to a bit of sloppy code, it also could have let hackers access the banking information for 118,000 customers who downloaded the app.

This story has a happy ending—Citi discovered the security flaw in June, before hackers could exploit it, and the bank says no customer lost money. However, experts say hackers may be quicker to exploit shoddy coding the next time around.   Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Comment on the quote “ The bad guys follow the money” in relation to m-commerce.
  • Who should be responsible for security protection on smartphone apps, hardware makers or software makers?
  • Does Apple have an advantage in relation to other smartphone venders in regards to protecting clients from malware? Why?

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Description: It is good to be the chief executive of a company that’s about to ship 500 million diapers in a single year.  Quidsi is trying to outsell Amazon.  They are competing in a new way.

Source: Businessweek

Date: 10/10/2010

It is good to be the chief executive of a company that’s about to ship 500 million diapers in a single year. For one thing, you get to drive a golf cart as fast as you want in your new 1,250,000-square-foot warehouse.  Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • How does Quidsi compete using one of Porter’s four generic strategies?
  • Do they compete differently in the marketplace than Amazon?
  • Where does Quidsi add the most value in their value chain?

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Description: High-frequency trading played a supporting role in the mini market crash last spring that saw the Dow Jones industrial average plunge 600 points in 15 minutes, and yet most people know very little about this type of high-speed automated trading

Source: CBS 60 Minutes

Date: 10/10/2010

A rare look inside the secretive world of “high-frequency trading,” a controversial technique the SEC is scrutinizing in which computers can make thousands of stock trades in less than a second.

Read and see more click here:

Questions for discussion:

  • Would you classify the these high speed trading systems as functional informational systems?
  • Can you identify any downsides to using these sophisticated information systems to make financial transactions?
  • Who should make the decisions and regulations regarding these high speed trading systems?