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Twitter Going Off the Deep End?

Twitter Going Off the Deep End?
February 11, 2016 No Comments »

Social network Twitter looks increasingly like a zombie company waiting for either an acquisition or some other maneuver to put it out of its fiscal misery. Excepting Facebook for now, social-media companies are a class of data center operators facing ... Read More »

Dropbox Jumps Aboard Schizophrenic Diversity Train

Dropbox Jumps Aboard Schizophrenic Diversity Train
February 3, 2016 No Comments »

Recent years have seen no shortage of companies falling all over themselves to confess their sin of insufficient diversity and to propose penance of one form or another (usually some sort of hiring initiative designed to increase the representation of ... Read More »

Technology Market in a Sea of Red Ink

Technology Market in a Sea of Red Ink
January 20, 2016 No Comments »

After finally returning to (and exceeding) the dot-com highs in mid-2015, the Nasdaq index of technology stocks has fallen from about 5,200 to about 4,350—a roughly 16% decline. Among big-name companies, IBM saw yet another year-over-year revenue decline in the ... Read More »

Concerns About Data Center Energy Consumption

Concerns About Data Center Energy Consumption
January 14, 2016 No Comments »

Energy consumption is perhaps the chief concern for data center operators, both in terms of cost and public image. A sensational headline at DatacenterDynamics highlights one perspective: “The truth is: data center power is out of control.” In the article, ... Read More »

Taxes and Technology Companies

Taxes and Technology Companies
January 6, 2016 No Comments »

Taxes are clearly a factor that drives how technology companies (and everyone else) make business decisions. For example, data center operators take local sales- and property-tax incentives (and rates) into account when deciding where to build new facilities or expand ... Read More »

Security Predictions for 2016

Security Predictions for 2016
December 31, 2015 No Comments »

Security was likely the biggest story of 2015, owing to the numerous high-profile breaches (e.g., the U.S. Office of Personnel Management) and growing concern over the expected flood of insecure Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This trend is likely to ... Read More »

Is Apple the Next BlackBerry?

Is Apple the Next BlackBerry?
December 30, 2015 No Comments »

BlackBerry was once virtually synonymous with smartphones (or, at least, whatever was akin to a smartphone at the time), just as the iPhone is today. But just as BlackBerry (both the company and the device) has all but faded into ... Read More »

The PC Lives—Get Over It

The PC Lives—Get Over It
December 28, 2015 No Comments »

Mobile maniacs enamored with the portability of small gadgets are apparently unable to recognize the obvious benefits of PCs, particularly in enterprises where content creation likely plays a larger role than content consumption. Citing a SpiceWorks survey that found desktop ... Read More »

CISA Becomes Law—No Surprise

CISA Becomes Law—No Surprise
December 21, 2015 No Comments »

Unsurprisingly, the controversial CISA (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act) has become law, having been slipped into the U.S. government’s 2,000-page omnibus spending bill. Whether individual members of Congress knew what they were getting with the bill is unclear, but since the ... Read More »

Spy Agencies Pursue Quantum Computer, Encryption Backdoors

Spy Agencies Pursue Quantum Computer, Encryption Backdoors
December 14, 2015 No Comments »

What would a government intelligence agency do with a quantum computer? Spy on you more, of course. To that end, IBM announced a grant from the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to work toward a so-called universal quantum ... Read More »

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