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Today’s Scuttlebot: Cyberwarlord for the U.S., and Power Strips on the Road

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. More Scuttlebot can be found here. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into CyberwarWired | For years, Gen. Keith Alexander has been building a secret army capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. — Ashwin Seshagiri The Road… Read more →

TOTVS, GoodData eye Latin America big data growth

Latin America’s largest enterprise software company, TOTVS, invested in the latest venture round of GoodData in a move that highlights how cloud big data and analytics will play a big role in the region. TOTVS’ venture arm this week joined in a $22 million series D funding round for GoodData, which provides big data analytics… Read more →

Google faces EU antitrust probe over Android licensing

Google faces yet another antitrust probe in the European Union: this time Android is on the cards, specifically how the search giant dishes it out to device makers. According to documents seen by the Financial Times (paywall), the Android maker is currently under a preliminary spotlight to determine if it had struck anti-competitive deals with… Read more →

Strategic communications: From self-delusion to listening carefully

Conventional wisdom and research studies both say that communication is necessary to gain successful project outcomes. However, some (too many) executives use their public relations and communications departments as a megaphone to broadcast one-way directives in the name of “dialog.” This behavior represents self-delusion and not genuine communication. Image credit: iStockphoto A Project Management Institute… Read more →

Sweden tells council to stop using Google Apps

Sweden’s data protection authority has told a local council to stop using Google Apps and is now looking into whether it will tell schools to back away from Google’s cloud.  Sweden’s Data Inspectorate “Datainspektionen”, which oversees the nation’s Personal Data Act, this week ruled that the Salem Municipality in Stockholm must stop using Google Apps… Read more →

Tech Pushes to Keep Its Spoils in Immigration Bill

Charles Dharapak/Associated Press Steve Case, co-founder of America Online and now chief executive of the investment firm Revolution, spoke about immigration reform outside the White House on Tuesday. Keen to hold on to its winnings in a landmark Senate immigration bill, the technology industry this week put on what one lobbyist called “a full court press” on Capitol Hill, dispatching… Read more →

Acquisition signals another shift in cloud delivery models

Typically, wholesale distributors of technology and IT components such as Ingram Micro or Arrow Electronics are at least one step removed from the customers they serve — they sell to VARs and other IT solution providers that provide the direct touch to the customer, although those distributors might actually be the ones getting the technology… Read more →

A hands-on look at Microsoft Office for the iPhone

Summary: At long last, Microsoft has released a version of its Office suite for iOS. The new app targets the iPhone and closely resembles the Office app that’s built into Windows Phone 8. Here’s what you’ll find in the new app, which is available from the App Store immediately. By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report | June 14,… Read more →

Microsoft rolls out Office Mobile for iPhone

Microsoft is making an mobile version of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint products available for iPhone users via its Office 365 subscription plan. The roll-out begins, starting June 14, in the U.S., with additional availability in 136 additional markets and 27 languages to follow next week. The Office Mobile for iPhone suite is available in… Read more →

New MacBook Air: Haswell ups the game (review)

Image credit: James Kendrick/ ZDNet Apple unveiled the new MacBook Air a few days ago and while similar to the previous generation it has two significant upgrades under the hood. The new Intel Haswell processor with its much-improved graphics is significant enough, but paired with new SSD technology it is enough to get me to… Read more →

Google retiring Chrome Frame plugin for old IE

Google is retiring Frame, a browser plugin for Internet Explorer (IE) that run Chrome’s rendering engine on sites or web apps that Microsoft’s browser didn’t support. Google released Frame in 2009 as a way to help developers who used modern web technologies to reach IE users without having to re-write their web apps for Microsoft’s… Read more →