Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments. Think you're in control? Think again. Facebook and OKCupid admitted they manipulated user experiences. But they're not the only ones studying unsuspecting customers. Retailers do much the same. The position of chief customer officer is becoming "a staple of modern business" as companies look for new ways to sell, increase revenues and beat the competition, a new study finds. It just got easier for businesses to use Google Hangouts. The tech giant no longer requires a Google+ profile for its video conferencing service. That's a big plus for sales calls and many other business uses. In a flurry of activity, Oracle has announced a number of new offerings for enterprise users. Latest news involves Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Project Procurement, Oracle Linux 7, and Oracle Data Cloud.
USB Security Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack PCs Hackers can use the firmware that controls USB functions to take control of computers, say security experts. That means there may be a new class of attack for which there are no defenses.
Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.