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VC Madness Redux: Stop them Before they Kill the Economy Again
Standards Blog - December 17, 2014:
...The list goes on, fueled by the billions of dollars raised annually by VC funds, despite the fact that for the five years ending in 2013, VC funds trailed the S&P Index by 5.4% annually. Indeed, only 10% of all funds topped the S&P. Truly, they must be the smartest guys in the room.
Should you care? Well, as you may recall, we suffered a little bit of an economic blip back in 2000, when the last technology bubble burst. Wall Street investment bankers got most of the blame, although it was the VCs that selected, funded, and then drove up the valuations, of the mostly worthless companies that the I Bankers took public. Ever wonder how it was that the venture capital industry was able to stay out of the…
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California Federal Court Holds that, in Order to Allege Market Power in a Deception Case, Plaintiffs Must Allege that the SSO Would Have Adopted an Alternative Standard
ABA IPI Committee tidBITS – December 19, 2014: A California federal court dismissed, with leave to amend, Cisco's and HP's antitrust counterclaims against ChriMar, which were based on allegations that ChriMar knowingly failed to disclose essential patents to the IEEE standard-setting organization (SSO) with the intent to deceive, and then filed a patent infringement suit against Cisco and HP after the standard was adopted. Significantly, the court concluded that (1) Cisco and HP failed to sufficiently allege market power because they failed to clearly allege that IEEE would have adopted an alternative standard had it known about ChriMar's patents, and (2) the heightened pleading requirements under Rule 9(b) for fraud applies to antitrust claims based on failure to disclose.... ...Full Story
OpenSocial Foundation Moving Standards Work to W3C Social Web Activity
W3C.org – December 19, 2014: Building on the 31 July 2014 announcement of
the W3C Social Web Working Group, the OpenSocial Foundation and
W3C today announce the transfer of OpenSocial specifications and
assets to the W3C. As of 1 January 2015, OpenSocial Foundation
will close and future work will take place within the W3C Social
Web Activity, chartered to make it easier to build and integrate
social applications into the Open Web Platform.... ...Full Story
NIST Issues New Revision of Guide to Assessing Information Security Safeguards
NIST Techbeat – December 18, 2014: NIST has released the final version of the 2014 update to its core guide to assessing the security and privacy safeguards for federal information systems and organizations. The revised guide is one of two basic NIST publications used by government IT security professionals to assess a wide range of software configurations, physical security measures and operating procedures meant to safeguard information systems from both chance failures and hostile attacks.... ...Full Story
Google Promises Better Compatibility with Open Source Documents
VAR Guy – December 17, 2014: Google (GOOG) may soon be taking open OpenDocumentFormat (ODF), the native file format in virtually all modern open source word processors, like LibreOffice and OpenOffice, more seriously. That's according to a statement from Google's open source chief speaking about the future of the company's cloud-based app suite.
Google already supports ODF to a certain, meager extent....Many governments are now requiring ODF as a way to avoid vendor lock-in and other concerns associated with Office Open XML, the file format created by Microsoft (MSFT) for use in current versions of Office and other applications.... ...Full Story
Cloud Foundry Foundation Launch Pushes PaaS Forward
CIO Today – December 15, 2014: It's official. The Cloud Foundry Foundation has launched as an independent, nonprofit foundation to manage the global open standards for platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology. The foundation will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and will be governed by a team of open source experts from founding Platinum Members EMC, HP, IBM, Intel Relevant Products/Services, Pivotal, SAP, and VMware Relevant Products/Services.
Cloud Foundry is currently the leading PaaS platform and has seen a 36 percent increase in community contributions over the past year, with more than 1,700 "pull requests" for contributions to the open development project. The Pivotal Cloud Foundry, IBM Bluemix, HP Helion, and Canopy Cloud Fabric are among the most notable deployments, thus far.... ...Full Story
A Ton of Tech Companies Just Came Out Against Net Neutrality
Gizmodo – December 15, 2014: More than 60 huge tech companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Cisco, and IBM have written a letter to leaders in Congress and the FCC opposing net neutrality. The free and open internet isn't going to happen without a fight.
In an effort to implement net neutrality regulations that would stand up to legal scrutiny, President Obama has proposed that broadband internet be classified as a utility under Title II of the telecommunications act. It's a smart proposal that ultimately favors consumers, and it's supported by slews of companies like Google and Facebook. Obviously, the companies that own the infrastructure—Comcast, AT&T, et al—oppose the idea because they want to be able to charge money for internet fast lanes. These companies also wield a lot of influence.... ...Full Story
Target ruling raises stakes for cybersecurity vigilance
Christian Science Monitor – December 12, 2014: A Minnesota court may set a chilling new precedent for retailers with its ruling that Target could be sued for failing to adequately defend against last year's massive data breach.
By rejecting Target's motion last week to dismiss the lawsuit brought by several banks, and allowing the case to proceed, the court held that the retailer's failure to heed warnings from a security alerting system, and its disabling of certain security features, could be viewed as negligent actions.
Consumers and banks have routinely brought negligence claims against businesses such as Target that have suffered a data breach. However, this is the first time in a data breach case of this magnitude that a court has said a company can be sued for failing to respond to warnings from security software. That decision could set in motion new legal standards for bringing negligence claims against organizations that suffer data breaches.... ...Full Story
ITU approves G.fast DSL high-speed broadband standard
ZDNet – December 12, 2014: Members of the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have reached a final approval of G.fast, the broadband standard that is designed to deliver access speeds of up to 1Gbps over existing copper telephone wires.
G.fast is a digital subscriber line (DSL) standard that is designed to allow speeds of between 150Mbps and 1Gbps -- depending on loop length -- for standard local subscriber lines shorter than 250 metres.
The ITU, which allocates radio spectrum and develops technical standards, said that the standard meets service providers' need for a complement to fibre-to-the-home (FttH) technologies in scenarios where G.fast proves the more cost-effective strategy.... ...Full Story
Is Google coming back to the open community on document formats?
ComputerWorldUK – December 12, 2014: At the ODF Plugfest in London, Google's head of open source told the audience that work once once again in progress extending OpenDocument support in Google's products.
At the opening of the event, Magnus Falk, deputy CTO for HM Government, told the audience that the decision to adopt ODF (alongside HTML and PDF) as the government's required document format is now well in hand....As a result, Google faces significant pressure securing government business in the UK – including in the health and education sectors – now that ODF is a requirement.... ...Full Story
Cabinet Office Plugfest builds momentum for ODF
OpenForum Europe/COIS – December 11, 2014: On Monday and Tuesday, 8th-9th December, a group of technologists, SMEs, corporations, individuals, and representatives of Governments gathered in Bloomsbury, London over two days to collectively improve the implementation of Open Document Format (ODF)....The Government's policy mandating ODF for editing and sharing documents, announced in July by the Minister, commits all departments to adopting the format to boost the strength and diversity of apps which read and write ODF documents. The Cabinet Office partnered with the OpenDoc Society to host this week's event. Magnus Falk voiced Government priorities when his speech on Monday demanded "serious choice" for Government IT buyers, and a level playing field for suppliers based on the use of Open Standards and ODF.... ...Full Story
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