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This week’s headline story: IBM’s 5 in 5

The SwamiIBM released its 5 in 5 – five predictions about technologies that will dramitacally change our lives over the next five years. The company says that in the future, everything will learn. The first prediction is that…

1. The classroom will learn you

The classroom of the future will learn about each individual student over the course of their education, helping them master the skills that match their goals.

2. Buying local will beat online

The technology trends will move us back to brick and mortar—but with a difference. In the future, retailers will layer increasing levels of engagement and personalization on top of the shopping experience, ultimately merging the instant gratification of physical shopping with the richness of online shopping and making same-day delivery a snap.

3. Doctors will routinely use your DNA to keep you well

Today, full DNA testing to help make treatment decisions is still rare. But cognitive systems and cloud computing may make this form of treatment mainstream.

4. A digital guardian will protect you online

Security is evolving from being based on rules, like passwords, to being automatic and made stronger through us just being us. This guardian will have your back, trained to focus on the people and items it is entrusted with based on a 360 degree of an individual’s data, devices and applications. It will make inferences about what’s normal or reasonable activity and what’s not, ready to spot deviations that could be precursors to an attack and a stolen identity.

5. The city will help you live in it

For citizens, smart phones enabled by cognitive systems will provide a digital key to the city. People can have fingertip access to information about everything that’s happening in the city, whether an experience is right for them, and how best to get there. Because these learning systems have interacted with citizens continuously, they know what they like—and can present them with options they might not find easily.

and elsewhere in Tech News.

  • U.N. Votes To Protect Privacy in Digital Age [NewsFactor]The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age on Wednesday in the most vocal global criticism of U.S. eavesdropping. The resolution “affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, including the right to privacy.”
  • Google’s Top Searches Peer into Society’s Mindset [NewsFactor]Google has released the top searches of 2013.
    1. Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this month
    2. “Fast & Furious” movie star Paul Walker, who died in a Nov. 30 car crash
    3. The iPhone 5S, the latest upgrade in Apple’s most popular product line
    4. “Glee” TV series cast member Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July
    5. The “Harlem Shake,” a song that inspired a procession of amusing dance videos
    6. The Boston Marathon bombings in April that killed three people
    7. The “royal baby” Prince George, the heir to England’s throne
    8. The Samsung Galaxy S4
    9. PlayStation 4, Sony Corp.’s newest video game console
    10. North Korea, whose saber-rattling has become a source of international tension
  • Delta Squashes In-Flight Cellphone Call Idea [Ecommerce Times]The FCC may soon lift its ban on inflight cellphone conversations, but that doesn’t mean the airlines will buy in. Delta for one, has announced that it will not allow in-flight cell phone use for phone calls due to concerns for passenger safety. In an emergency situation, cellphone use would drown out announcements and distract from life-saving instructions from the crew.
  • Federal Judge Rules NSA Phone Snooping Unconstitutional [NewsFactor]A federal judge has ruled that NSA phone snooping is unconstitutional. Plaintiffs in the Klayman v. Obama case have a legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the U.S. government’s bulk collection and querying of phone record metadata, a federal judge ruled on Monday. The court also ruled that the plaintiffs demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their Fourth Amendment claim, and that they will suffer irreparable harm without preliminary injunction relief.
  • Google Transparency Report Says Censorship Way Up [NewsFactor]Google’s Transparency Report shows a whopping 68 percent increase in government requests to remove content from its services over the past year.

and in Information Security news this week..

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Twitter Nearby Could Trigger Major Marketing Opportunities [Ecommerce Times]Twitter Toys with Offering Nearby Tweets from Strangers [NewsFactor]Twitter is launching a feature that will allow users to receive tweets from others that are nearby. The Nearby service will display tweets from people within a certain range, whether the user is following them or not. The feature may also serve to provide businesses with a means to communicate with nearby potential customers.
  • Facebook’s Donate Button Spurs Social Giving [Ecommerce Times]Facebook has announced a new feature that allows users to donate money to nonprofit organizations through the site, a move that it says is designed to help raise both funds and global awareness for the charitable causes. The feature may also lead consumers to store their credit card info with Facebook, a first step in supporting Facebook as an avenue for ecommerce.
  • Facebook Gently Shoves Silent Video Ads in Users’ Faces [Ecommerce Times]Facebook Plans New Autoplay Video Ads in News Feed [NewsFactor]Facebook has announced the rollout of video ads in news feeds. The video ads will play automatically without sound when viewed, and will stop playing when the user scrolls the ad off the display.
  • Facebook, Zuckerberg Selling Off Billions in Stock [NewsFactor]Now that Facebook is getting ready to join the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, the social network has announced that it is selling off millions of its shares. In total, the massive sale of 70 million shares will be used to open up more shares on the new index and it may net Facebook and its executives as much as $3.9 billion.
  • Report: Banks Working To Fund Sprint’s T-Mobile Bid [NewsFactor]The Wall Street Journal is reporting that at least six banks are working up proposals to finance a Sprint buyout of T-Mobile. The deal which would give Sprint and TMobile a more equal footing with AT&T and Verizon, could be worth more than $20 billion.

and finally…

  • As NORAD Tracks Santa, Critics Track NORAD [NewsFactor]Last year, 22.3 million unique visitors from around the world tracked Santa’s sleigh at the website provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command known as NORAD. While millions love the fun Christmas traditional provided by NORAD, this year a children’s advocacy group is criticizing the site saying the animated video on the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site injects militarism into Christmas by showing fighter jets escorting Santa’s sleigh. NORAD defends the video as nonthreatening and safe for kids.

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