Why Nokia could get big bucks for its Here digital mapping business

Maps have become a crucial centerpiece of a host of digital technologies and businesses, ranging from smartphones to cars. Now there’s a major bidding war pitting software companies, Internet firms, and automakers against one another to acquire one of the foremost mapping companies in the world.

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The Cloud's Threatening Legal Storm

With the ever-increasing use of the cloud by more and more businesses, there is good reason to be concerned about legal risks, which are an inherent part of the cloud. The term “cloud” may be relatively new, but the concept of remote computing started more than 60 years ago, when Dartmouth University first launched “time-sharing.” The remote computing risks have not abated. In fact, the risks have increased with the Internet, as cloud systems are found in countries around the globe.

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Apple Maps Connect services branch out to Italy, Mexico, Switzerland

Apple on Monday expanded the reach of its Maps Connect service for small businesses to three more countries, namely Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland.

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Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new Indiana anti-gay law

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

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Square Reshapes Itself for Small Businesses

Square on Monday introduced two new services for small businesses: instant deposits; and protection for disputed purchases. Square, which six years ago began offering square-shaped mobile credit card readers for smartphones and tablets, has shifted its focus away from point-of-sale operations and toward data collection. The company processes millions of credit card swipes daily. Square has faced increased competition from Amazon, First Data and PayPal, all of which provide credit card readers and accompanying services.

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Apple targeting independent merchants for Apple Pay, adds new FAQ and telephone support

As Apple seeks to expand the network of businesses that accept Apple Pay, recent updates to the company’s marketing collateral for the mobile payment system have begun to focus on recruiting independent merchants, answering a number of frequently-asked questions and offering a telephone support hotline.

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China May Write New Rules for US Businesses Selling Tech to Banks

A group of organizations representing American businesses last week requested urgent discussion and dialog with China’s government. They expressed concern about the possible adoption of a policy to ensure that any Internet and information communications technology products Chinese banks purchase from companies outside of China are secure and controllable. The group sent a letter to the Chinese Communist Party Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, which reportedly is headed by China’s president, Xi Jinping.

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The modern hacker takes on a new role

Perceptions of hackers have changed over the course of the last decade. While businesses once viewed hackers as dangerous threats that needed to be kept at arm’s length, today, they are highly sought after by everything from private companies to intelligence agencies.

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Banks, Businesses Scramble to Smash Bash Shellshock Bug

Banks and businesses toiled over the weekend to crush a bug in a widely used open source operating system. The flaw has been in Unix for some 25 years, but it was revealed just last week. If exploited, the vulnerability in BASH could be used to inject malicious code or take command of a system or device. “This BASH vulnerability is going to prove to be a much bigger headache than Heartbleed was,” said Mark Parker, a senior product manager at iSheriff. Heartbleed, a recently discovered defect in OpenSSL, sent shock waves through the Net.

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IBM leaves the x86 market at long last: Lenovo’s $2.1 billion acquisition approved (updated)

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IBM is exiting the server market and the last of its x86 businesses. Does this mean rocky times and low margins are looming for Intel’s core business?

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Giving Your B2B Customers an Experience That Fits

Just as businesses used to fool themselves into believing they controlled the customer conversation, many businesses today think they define the customer experience. They think that by assembling the right combination of processes, environment and people, they can develop an experience that will delight the customer. In most cases, however, and especially in B2B scenarios, the customer has a well-defined experience in mind long before the business has a chance to start building it.

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5 Myths of Virtualization Security: You May Be More Vulnerable Than You Think

Businesses increasingly are relying on virtual machines to handle more critical data and tasks than ever before. The reality is that virtualization is growing as a platform for managing customer data, financial transactions and the applications that businesses use. Simply put, virtualization is a core component of today’s mission-critical IT infrastructure. However, while the increased reliance on virtualization is very real, many businesses are misguided about their security needs in this environment.

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Patent Troll Reforms Crash and Burn

IT groups and a wide range of other businesses are so divided on proposed changes to U.S. patent law that a key lawmaker abruptly terminated work on patent reform legislation last week. The legislation addresses IP protection practices, known as “patent trolling,” that overwhelmingly affect computer software and IT components. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, removed patent law reform legislation from the committee’s calendar “because there is not sufficient support behind any comprehensive deal.”

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Destination Cloud: Are We There Yet?

There is growing interest in the cloud. It sounds absolutely perfect for both consumers and businesses. Some are jumping in — so why isn’t everyone? There are many pros and cons. Many use it successfully to build and manage their growing business, but many others fall victim to problems. What, exactly, is the cloud? That’s the first problem. “The cloud” is a general term that means many different things. The cloud actually has been around for years. Back up your computer to Carbonite or Mozy? You use the cloud.

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Facebook Seeks Better Fit With Small Biz

Small businesses have been an elusive market for sellers of online advertising. That’s because the value proposition of those ads is a tough sell. Facebook hopes to reduce some of the resistance in the small business community to advertising online with a series of summer boot camps, dubbed “Facebook Fit,” that combine business advice with a soft sell for Net marketing. “We’re creating Facebook Fit so SMBs can achieve success in every aspect of their business,” said Dan Levy, Facebook’s director of small business.

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