The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation interrogated representatives of Google, Apple and Facebook on privacy issues, in preparation for drafting a bill concerning online-privacy protections.
More IT professionals are adopting green business practices, such as virtualization of servers, but those decisions are driven by cost efficiencies rather than environmental motives, according to a report from Forrester Research. The survey found that 90% of respondents said they have either rolled out a server virtualization and consolidation plan or plan to do so by the end of 2011. But a majority said they had not yet taken steps such as removing redundant software or switching to direct-current electricity, Forrester found.
Body language can be a powerful management tool, Nick Morgan writes. Try mirroring your colleague's body positioning or, if they're being adversarial, try moving so you both face the same direction. "These gestures won't remove the need for hard verbal bargaining, of course, but they can begin to defuse tense situations more easily," Morgan notes.
A Google plug-in, Google Alarm, will notify you when your personal information is dispatched to Google, in theory allowing users to keep track of just how much privacy they're giving up. "I was blown away to discover that 80+% of websites I visit have some kind of Google tracking bugs on them," says developer Jamie Wilkinson.
Microsoft is lobbying the IT industry and security experts investigating flaws to adopt a coordinated security vulnerability disclosure strategy in which security risks are shared with hardware and software makers first so a solution can be provided before the exploit becomes public domain.