Highlights: IT in the Press

Feature Article | April 5, 2013 by Heather McIlvaine

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Mark Zuckerberg wants to make phones about people, not apps, according to a report in The New York Times. To do so, Facebook is introducing a new bit of software, called Facebook Home. Available for Samsung and HTC devices running on Google’s Android operating system, Facebook Home completely takes over the home screen, making your friends’ status updates and new photos the first thing you see when you glance at your phone. Ads, for the moment, are nowhere to be seen. But don’t expect them to stay hidden for long.

The days of being able to produce ever smaller and more powerful transistors at an ever lower cost, also known as Moore’s Law, are coming to an end. Really. The report on CIO.com  acknowledges that such predictions have been made before, but it has reason to believe that the end of Moore’s Law is just ten years away.

At Hewlett-Packard, the chairman of the board, Ray Lane, will step down after winning re-election by a narrow margin. Too narrow to indicate widespread support from shareholders, said Lane, who will continue to serve on the board. Ralph Whitworth will take his place, reports TechCrunch.

In some companies’ worst nightmare, a startup provider of cloud services was found to be leaking private customer data to other customers. According to the startup, DigitalOcean, only a small number of customers (3%) was affected and the issue has already been resolved. Wired explains how it happened.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is “bowing to reality” by allowing corporations to communicate with investors via social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, says The Wall Street Journal. Previously, SEC guidelines stipulated that companies disseminate information via approved channels, such as an official filing, news release, or on the company Web site. With 200 million people using Twitter and 1 billion using Facebook, the SEC’s new ruling is only likely to make corporate news more widely and readily available to the public.

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