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Canadian Ban on Three-Year Wireless Contracts Proposed

Welcome to the Monday edition of the IP news roundup. Here are the latest headlines in telecommunications, cloud and big data:

  • Could three-year cellphone contracts become a thing of the past? The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) received over 500 complaints from consumers who are tired of being “held hostage” by 36-month contracts. The Canadian Press reported that the CRTC is expected to release a draft of a national code of conduct for wireless services by the end of January “so Canadians could have a better understanding of their rights as consumers, and so wireless companies would clearly know their responsibilities.” After the code of conduct is released, consumers will have the opportunity to voice their opinions online again and attend public hearings.
  • Avoid the biggest cloud pitfalls. The Data Center Knowledge blog ran an article stating that cloud security is a growing concern: “As cloud computing becomes more popular, cloud infrastructure will become the target of more malicious attacks. No single environment is safe and every infrastructure must be controlled with set policies in place.” In addition to security, IT managers should be prepared to address data loss, compliance and other key cloud issues. For more information on the biggest cloud risks, be sure to see the Data Center Knowledge article.
  • Big data can match ideal candidates with jobs. GigaOM ran an article on how big data and data science can fix many problems in the recruiting process. According to the article, “The current system is set up to deliver the wrong people to prospective employers,” as job seekers can fill their resumes with keywords to get noticed by recruiters. Meanwhile, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing each resume to weed out unqualified applicants. However, by going through applications so quickly, recruiters can overlook ideal candidates. The article states, “Big data tools such as modern distributed file systems and map/reduce/clustering techniques make large data sets accessible and more easily analyzed,” allowing recruiters to “find subtle patterns reflecting a current candidate’s qualifications.”
  • Your 2013 cloud predictions are here. It’s that time of the year again: time to look ahead at how cloud will shape business in the coming year. According to CloudTimes, cloud and mobile technology will merge, as “[n]owadays, there’s very little value in a mobile app that can’t call out through the Internet to back-end services. These back-end services will live in the cloud, since putting them in your datacenter will leave your infrastructure open to an unpredictable flood of traffic.” In addition, cloud will no longer be considered a commodity, as “[t]here are many cloud companies that are supported by top-of-the-line hardware that offers GPUs, SSDs, and others. In the next few years, we may witness the growth of these options as cloud providers start leveraging them in order to meet the needs of the consumers and to get ahead of the competition.” For more predictions, be sure to see the CloudTimes article.

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