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Report: Cloud jobs to increase by 7 million but more training is needed
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The unstoppable migration toward cloud computing is creating a massive demand for IT workers trained in cloud computing and related technologies, such as virtualization, according to a new report issued by IDC and Microsoft. The report also shows that there is currently a dearth of workers possessing the necessary skill set required to fill these cloud jobs in the U.S. More




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Med tech's top 10 stories from 2012
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This year, Silicon Valley had a few big moments of clarity and cooperation between entrepreneurs and digitally-savvy patients and doctors. With so much activity in this space, VentureBeat sat down with Nate Gross, co-founder of Rock Health and doctors' social network Doximity, to compile a list of the 10 biggest health-tech stories that shocked and amazed us this year. More

Best of industry perspectives 2012: Cloud computing
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This was the year that "cloud" went mainstream. In 2012, consumers became aware of Apple's iCloud. Microsoft TV ads included cloud references. Google's online apps such as Gmail proceeded to grow. Outages in the Amazon cloud brought down hugely popular websites such as Netflix and Pinterest. IT professionals have been thinking cloud computing for a few years, but this year really marked a shift into action, working to operationalize cloud services, secure cloud services and move more and more applications into cloud environments. Guest columnists at Data Center Knowledge offered good counsel on many aspects of cloud such as its impact on teams, business implications and best practices. Here's the top 12 picks of cloud columns for 2012. More


 INNOVATION


Swarm robots called 'droplets' the size of a golf ball
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Robots that look more like ping pong balls could one day help to colonize Mars, so thinks their developer. The robots would work together in swarms of thousands to construct habitats for humans and perform gardening tasks. More

From iPads to Crocs, new patent law protects design
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One of Apple's key weapons in its legal battle against competitors is a special type of patent that protects the visual appearance of a product. Critics have denounced these patents as a way to own "rounded rectangles," but we may have to get used to seeing a lot more of them. Recently, President Barack Obama signed a law that will increase the term and scope of so-called design patents. The law could offer U.S. designers a new way to fight knockoffs — but some fear it will strain an already overburdened Patent Office and make America's troubled patent system even more dysfunctional. More

Entrepreneur working on personal satellites
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Unwrapping devices like smartphones and tablets surely brought people joy on Christmas Day. Some future-oriented folks may even have received a 3-D printer or a toy drone. But what about a personal satellite? Zac Manchester is one of the many people trying to make that device a reality. Next fall, his KickSat project plans to launch 250 cracker-size satellites into space, and someday, he believes, these gizmos will find their way under the tree. More


 CYBERSECURITY


4 cybersecurity areas that demand attention in 2013
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Privacy and security issues for health care organizations may pop up in some unexpected places this year, according to the 2013 Cyber Security Forecast, recently released by Kroll Advisory Solutions. While last year's vulnerabilities will continue to challenge organizations that have yet to evolve their policies and procedures — from encrypting data to regularly changing passwords — there are many threats waiting in the wings, according to Kroll. Here are four key areas to keep in mind during 2013. More

A summary of the top 2013 cybersecurity predictions
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Over the past week, Dan Lohrmann, Michigan's first chief security officer and deputy director for cybersecurity and infrastructure protection, has been surfing the Internet looking for the top blogs and articles that both recap online security trends from the past year as well as offer new cybersecurity predictions for the coming year. Here's a summary of what he found that's memorable so far. More


 CONNECTION


Diodes Inc. to buy BCD for $151 million
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Diodes Inc., a maker of technology used in semiconductor products, has agreed to buy BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. The deal should close in the first or second quarter of 2013, according to a news release. More

5 smart sources for finding the best startup talent
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You've got a great idea that you want to take to market — and fast. With limited time and budget, you need to quickly build a team that you can trust, one that's composed of people who not only have the right skill sets, but also have the fire in the belly to get the job done. You could try job postings, but you'll likely spend the bulk of your time sifting through dozens of resumes of people who just don't possess the right mix of qualifications. You could try immersing yourself in the local startup community, but it could take weeks or longer for you to figure out the landscape and identify the best contacts. Here are five better options. More


 

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