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Can Modern Jetliners Be Hacked?

Is it possible for hackers to break into the control systems of airliners in flight? Aviation experts are skeptical, but APTN reports that one hacker claims to have done that. If there is any truth to the story, it raises significant implications even beyond the memories of what occurred on 9/11. A U.S. federal court document posted by APTN indicates that the FBI has seized computer equipment owned by outspoken hacker Chris Roberts, and filed for a search warrant to examine the devices. Is Roberts seeking publicity?  No doubt. How vulnerable are the flight systems on commercial airliners? APTN says…


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Why modern manufacturing still runs like a ’57 jalopy

Management accounting isn’t the sexiest field of study in the world, and probably most accountants don’t ride Harley Davidson motorcycles, they don’t go skydiving and they don’t like to do things differently. But a revolution is brewing in the world of management accounting that is making businesses take a fresh look at how they figure out how much money they’re making. The surprising fact is that they’ve been doing it wrong all these years. Typically, accounting principles measure profitability at a very detailed “margin per unit” level. And while correct, it’s not completely correct and surprisingly, it doesn’t take into…


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NEW Enterworks CEO Appointed

Rick Chavie has been hired as CEO of Enterworks, a developer of solutions for acquiring, managing and transforming a company’s product information into persuasive content for multi-channel sales. Rick Chavie comes to Enterworks after serving as SVP, Global Solution Management with hybris and SAP’s Customer Engagement and Commerce group, where he brought together digital and physical commerce and CRM assets for seamless customer experiences. Chavie brings industry experience from his leadership roles at retailers such as The Home Depot and C&A. He brings technology experience from his role as the global marketing leader for NCR’s retail and hospitality business, and…


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Money: Before Bitcoins, There Were Yap Stones

Money is among humanity’s greatest inventions. While money may be a physical object, it is an idea, a great subtle and still changing idea. No one today knows the inventor or inventors. As the idea has changed over centuries it must have had many inventors. When my physicist colleagues study an idea or theory, chewing on it until it is digestible, they pronounce it simple. Indeed, it is remarkable that when complex, subtle, deep, and broad ideas enter our minds and we feel that we really grasp them, they often appear simple and beautiful. Physicists refer to Einstein’s Theory of…


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William Zinsser, Author: On Writing Well

We’re receiving news of the death of William Zinsser at age 92.  Zinsser has been a mentor and an inspiration for several generations of journalists, writers, editors, business people, teachers, and lovers of good writing. He was a lifelong journalist and nonfiction writer—he began his career on the New York Herald Tribune in 1946—and was also a teacher, best known for his book On Writing Well. His 18 other books range from commentary (The Writer Who Stayed), memoir (Writing Places; Writing About Your Life) to travel (American Places), jazz (Mitchell & Ruff), American popular song (Easy to Remember), baseball (Spring Training) and…


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Phablet Market Has Quadrupled in USA: Survey

Phablet-style devices represented 21% of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015 – nearly quadrupling their 6% share from the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech market share data. Android, in the US, reached a market share of 58.1% — a 0.2 percentage point gain over 1Q14. “LG had a good first quarter with its share growing to 10.8% from 7.4% a year ago, while Samsung was holding on to second place as it launched its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in April,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “Apple’s…


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Pop-up Innovation Lab Delivers the Silicon Valley Experience to Any Industry

Silicon Valley started 75 years ago when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard built an audio oscillator in a garage in Palo Alto. Since that time, the central California region has grown into the tech capital of the world, but according to 650 Labs’ Mark Zawacki, there has been a shift. Now that technology has become an integral part of nearly every single industry, Silicon Valley is now the “industry disruption capital of the world.” Zawacki has noticed this shift since the ’90s boom. “It’s been selling the world the technology stack,” says Zawacki. “An example of that is Larry Ellison….


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David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey

David Goldberg, CEO of  SurveyMonkey and husband of  Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has died expectedly at age 47. According to reports, Goldberg died of head trauma as the result of an accident on an exercise treadmill at a resort  Punta Mita, Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta. Survey Monkey released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Dave Goldberg passed away suddenly. Dave’s genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart. His greatest love was for his family. Our sympathy goes out to them and to all who were touched by this extraordinary man….


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What happens when the biggest databases break down

Some of the biggest relational database products in the world, which often carry multi-million dollar licensing and integration price tags, can do a lot. But sometimes it’s still not enough. A typical relational database has multiple tables, perhaps with information on customers and products, and you try to relate things between them. But when the time factor is added in, the traditional database model becomes very limited. That’s where techie.com’s “Editor’s Choice Award” winner for the 2013 Lightning Bolt Awards, TempoDB, brings a new solution to the table with a whole new category of database. The Chicago-based startup has a…


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Changing the nature of work: An interview with Jovoto’s Peter Ryder

Since the Industrial Revolution, people have come to have a fixed idea about what a “job” is, but in fact the definition has changed over the centuries. Hundreds of years ago, “job” may have meant becoming an apprentice and then plying a trade, or engaging in farming, or simply signing onto a crew whenever an opportunity arose. The idea of a “job” as selling your daytime hours to a large company, and sitting in a cube alongside hundreds of others, is a relatively new idea, and not a very good one. “Job” should instead, be part of one’s life, evolving…


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When it’s time for that eighteen-year-old CEO to move over

The dotcom revolution gave us many things – ecommerce, Internet apps, cloud services, and a whole new culture of innovation and disruption. It also gave us a whole new class of twenty-something CEOs who have no experience. Youthful exuberance made things happen that the old guard would never have attempted. But this model has led to a unique problem – what happens when that startup matures, and growth plans call for a more seasoned leader to take the company to the next level? Do you stand aside and let some old bald guy in a suit take control of your…


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Commerce Billing Solution Allows Companies to Expand Product Offerings and Value-Based Services

As the digital transformation revolution reaches maturity, companies have the opportunity to shift business models within their industry disruptively to create new sources of defensible competitive advantage. This can be through the creation of new digital services that radically change the customer experience, by building a multi-sided platform with ecosystem partners, addressing new segments of customers through new channels, or by a combination of these business model shifts. SAP hybris Billing is a critical piece in this transition as it provides an end-to-end solution for complete coverage of the offer-to-cash process for new digital business models that can be integrated…


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Honeywell Division Implements Channel Data Management

Honeywell has selected Zyme’s cloud-based CDM solution to achieve greater visibility into its extended distribution channels around the world, and automate partner incentives validation. The first implementation of the Zyme platform will be rolled out to a Honeywell management facility in the USA. Data collected by Zyme from Honeywell’s global channel will be analyzed and consumed by multiple parts of the organization, including finance, sales operations, channel sales, channel marketing, and product marketing. Honeywell will be leveraging all of the components of the Zyme CDM solution, including the ChannelView Suite, TrueID, Zap Dashboards, and Zyme’s innovative integration with Salesforce.com. “Zyme maintains…


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Op-Ed: Guardian Chronicles Bitcoin Gamble

The ‘internet weirdos’ of bitcoin are changing the way money works.  Read the Guardian article here. Notice that this guy seems uninterested in the fact that the Bitcoin protocol and its anonymity create a lawless zone in which criminals can safely roam. Consider, for example, the New York stock exchange. No one would buy or sell there without the assurance of a certain minimum level of honesty, verified and enforced by the government and the exchange. Even extreme free marketers accept these rules as necessary to bring into being the immense liquidity of that great market. Or the real estate market…