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Good to Know…Week of November 8, 2010

ELECTION NEWS

First-Time Candidates Use AdWords and Facebook to Win Out-of-State Cash
It used to be essentially impossible for a congressional candidate in one state to raise money from potential supporters in other states in any kind of cost-effective way. It was time-consuming and expensive to identify potential targets and send them mail solicitations. Even email appeals were costly–in manpower, if not in dollars. With Google AdWords and Facebook, everything changes.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

TECH NEWS

IBM to Launch Cloud Computing Platform for Local Governments
IBM
will collaborate with local governments on the pilot of a new cloud
computing service that the participants say will better integrate
government data and provide a more efficient way to handle constituent
services, the company announced Monday, Nov. 1.

To read this article, go to: Govtech.com

Microsoft Goes to Baghdad
A new certified training center, courtesy of a collaboration with the Pentagon, will help accelerate economic growth and stability in Iraq–and make sure the country is Microsoft-ready.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

Are Cyberattacks Against DOD on the Decline?
A new report says the number of attempted attacks on Defense Department computer networks seems to have decreased compared with the rate of attempts last year. However, the finding will hold only if the trend recorded in the first half of the year continues through the end of the year–and it conflicts with statements of DOD officials who say the number of attacks and probes is on the rise.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

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