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Silicon Valley Loses Best-Workplace Luster After Job, Pay Cuts

By Ryan Flinn

March 29 (Bloomberg) — Talk about bad timing: Within weeks of being named the best place to work last year, NetApp Inc. announced plans to cut about 6 percent of its workforce.

It was February 2009, during the worst days of the recession. Customers had slashed their spending budgets, leaving the company with no choice but toeliminate jobs, NetApp said at the time.

NetApp’s woes may have signaled the end of Silicon Valley’s dominance of the best-workplace rankings. When the list came out this year, the Sunnyvale, California-based company dropped to No. 7. And for the first time since 2006, all three of the top companies were outside the region.

Read more at B;

Top 5 Ways CRM Decision Makers Go Astray

By Christopher J. Bucholtz

CRM Buyer

03/25/10 5:00 AM PT

An astonishingly large percentage of companies build the CRM selection team around the people least likely to use the system on a daily basis — the IT director, the CMO, the CIO, and perhaps the vice president or director of sales. While the input of these players is critical, it’s also vital to have input from the rank-and-file sales, marketing and service staff.

Tolstoy wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” CRM failures are very similar — the ones that work do so for the same reasons, but those that go awry manifest a collection of diverse symptoms, so that the term “CRM failure” is but a catch-all.

CRM fails for a lot of reasons — all of them avoidable, and many of them traceable to the original decision-making process. The technology lets the users down on occasion, but the vast majority of problems come not from the technology but from the human decisions that resulted in the wrong product, process or people being employed.

Read the full article at CRMBuyer.com

Sneaking Into the Transport Layer With a Fake ID

By Scott M. Fulton, III

Betanews

03/28/10 5:00 AM PT

Government agencies can acquire false intermediate certificates for SSL encrypted trust connections, and it may be the most serious defect in the SSL system, according to recent research. In the researchers’ scenario, governments can compel certificate authorities to provide them with phony certificates which can be swapped out for the originals during renegotiation.

The most powerful deterrent against the use of man-in-the-middle attacks against SSL/TLS-encrypted connections may be how much easier it may be to simply attack from the endpoint. Certainly “man-in-the-middle” sounds more sophisticated, and as a pair of well-known academic researchers are preparing to report, the phrase has actually become a “starburst” marketing point for the sale of digital surveillance equipment to government agencies.

Read more at TechNewsWorld.com

US concerned by Australian Internet filter plan

 By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press Writer

CANBERRA, Australia – The United States has raised concerns with Australia about the impact of a proposed Internet filter that would place restrictions on Web content, an official said Monday.

The concerns of Australia’s most important security ally further undermine plans that would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world’s democracies.

“Our main message of course is that we remain committed to advancing the free flow of information which we view as vital to economic prosperity and preserving open societies globally,” a U.S. State Department spokesman Michael Tran told The Associated Press by telephone from Washington.

Tran declined to say when or at what level the U.S. State Department raised its concerns with Australia and declined to detail those concerns.

“We don’t discuss the details of specific diplomatic exchanges, but I can say that in the context of that ongoing relationship, we have raised our concerns on this matter with Australian officials,” he added.

Internet giants Google and Yahoo have condemned the proposal as a heavy-handed measure that could restrict access to legal information.

Read more at Yahoo! News