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Amazon Improves Performance and Cuts Cost of Data Warehouse Service: 
Amazon Web Services has improved the performance of its Redshift data warehouse with new SSD-based nodes, which can also lower the cost of the service as long as storage capacity needs are also low.
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CNN’s Twitter and Facebook Accounts Hacked: 
A group styled as the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit
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Salesforce.com Courts Microsoft .NET Developers with New Tools: 
New toolkits go further than the existing API access Salesforce.com had provided
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Neiman Marcus Says ‘Complex’ Malware Defeated its Security: 
Neiman Marcus was unaware attackers had harvested payment card details until six weeks after the activity had ended, when its merchant processor zeroed in on a fraudulent spending pattern.
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Amazon Posted 16,100 IT Job Ads Last Year, Tops in U.S.: 
The employer with the most IT job postings last year was Amazon.com, with 16,146 ads, exceeding most other IT firms by a wide margin, according to a new report.
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Punish Careless Employees to Reduce Security Breaches, Vendor Says: 
Security could be vastly improved by holding employees accountable for carelessly clicking on emailed links and attachments that lead to malware being downloaded to a corporate network, an awareness-training vendor says.
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The Internet of Things for Sports is Quickly Taking Shape: 
Jason Fass, the CEO of Zepp Labs, imagines a future for sports where sensors are everywhere: in balls, bats, footballs and in a player’s clothing. It’s hard not to get caught up in this vision.
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Using the Barracuda Web Application Firewall on Windows Azure: 
The Barracuda Web Application Firewall (WAF) provides a comprehensive Solution for application security including constant protection from evolving threats, scalable application security and granular identity and access management. Key use cases include application security for web applications, securing and scaling elastic applications and providing a TMG replacement for publishing SharePoint in Windows Azure
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Daily Digest: Decoupling with Service Gateway, C++ REST SDK, Mobile Optimized Views, Learning from healthcare.gov debacle and more…


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Amazon Plans to Use Drones to Deliver Packages: 
The futuristic service will cut delivery time to 30 minutes or less, according to Amazon
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Bitcointalk.org Warns Passwords in Danger After DNS Attack: 
Some users are advised to change their passwords
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App Helps Lowe’s Shoppers Find Products Without Asking: 
Lowe’s Companies has upgraded its main shopping app to help customers find products once they are inside a store.
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Cloud Traffic Poised to Quadruple by 2017, Challenge CIOs: 
A recent report from Cisco Systems suggests that global cloud traffic will reach 5.3 zettabytes in 2017. That’s more than four times the traffic seen in 2012. Analysts and vendors say this will have far-reaching implications for enterprise IT.
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Learning From Healthcare.gov: 4 Lessons in Choosing a IT Vendor: 
The vendor chosen in a no-bid process to build Healthcare.gov was fired from a similar project after missing deadlines and suffering security lapses for three years. Such obvious mistakes are unfortunately all too common in the private and public sector. Here are four simple ways to make sure you choose the right vendor for your IT project.
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Call Centers Suffer From Big Data Overload: 
Nearly half of all contact centers consistently collect and report on metrics that they never use to improve the customer experience, according to a new survey.
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How Analytics Helped Ford Turn its Fortunes: 
Ford is using big data to drive virtually every aspect of its global turnaround.
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Creating Mobile-Optimized Views in ASP.NET MVC 4, Part 2: Using WURFL: 
Dino Esposito follows up on how to serve up ad hoc Web site markup to different classes of devices by using server-side device and feature detection with the Wireless Universal Resource File.
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10 Wildly-Unconventional Web Designs: 
There’s a big difference between following best practices and following conventions. Best practices align your design work with business and branding goals while still allowing for distinctiveness and creativity. Following conventions, however, often yields ordinary results that fail to provide unique appeal — the designer’s main responsibility.
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Using the C++ REST SDK in Windows Store Apps: 
Learn how to use authentication while uploading a file to Dropbox, using as much portable C++ code as possible, and interfacing with the Windows Runtime only when necessary.
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Decoupling Large Applications with the Service Gateway : 
The Service Gateway is a project build within DPE to help Cloud developers take back agility and maintainability of their large application deployments by adding the ability to decompose applications into many components instead of creating one monolithic application.
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​Building Connected & Integrated Business Applications Using Office 365 Cloud Business App Project: 
With Cloud Business App projects, Visual Studio 2013 streamlines the process of building modern business applications for Office 365. In this video, you will see how developers can build social, touch-centric, cross-platform SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 business applications that run well on all modern devices.
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