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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Money market mayhem sees return of pump-and-dump scams
Symantec have identified the comeback of a form of spam designed to entice traders into greedy gains (whatever next…?). There is a link to Symantec’s August intelligence report, but as a rule of thumb: if it looks too good to be true, guess what…? Read it, here.

Why major IT projects are more likely to fail than any others
Horror stories abound about large IT projects; this article puts some facts and figures into the mix. Suggestions are made to address this – for the umpteenth time as they seem to be routinely ignored. Read about some eye-wateringly wasteful spending, here.

Steve Jobs quits as Apple chief
I would be remiss if I neglected to mention the retirement of the gentleman whose company was responsible for the proliferation (or infliction) of mobile ‘devices’. Whether it will be ‘business as usual’ in his absence remains to be seen. Read the story, here.

Understanding the laws of the land
Thought provoking blog about the slippery subject of security and integrity of data stored in the cloud. It concludes, very sensibly, with the recommendation that all concerned need to consider the implications and communicate the conclusions. Read it, here.

And finally…
Diggers and social media: A match made in heaven
File this under ‘you couldn’t make it up’. I’m really not convinced that watching battling diggers was among the prominent reasons for the creation of t’internet. Wonder about the quality of Finnish pastimes, here.

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