Message From Roger London

2013 was a whirlwind of a year. As the new year begins, we can't help but reflect on the exciting 2013 developments that TechMATCH and ASC have experienced, including new clients, new partnerships and new software. Of course, none of this would be possible without your continued support and dedication to innovation. We anticipate an even better year in 2014 and from everyone at ASC, we wish you a Happy New Year.

Chinese Company to Build World's Tallest Building in 90 Days (via Business Opportunities)
"It took Dubai more than five years to build the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. But the Chinese construction company Broad Sustainable Building has announced their plans to beat that height record and build the world's tallest building in 90 daysThough it sounds unlikely the company has built a 15-story building in six days and a 30-story one in 15 days..." Read More

NSA Job Application Flowchart (via Joy of Tech)
Separating Hype From Reality on Amazon's Drones (via Technology Review)
"Amazon says it wants to offer 30-minute drone delivery. But companies actually working on the technology outline the limitations. Amazon's plans to deliver packages by drones, which it predicts "will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today," has been widely dismissed as little more than clever self-promotion. Yet, in some..." Read more

Smarter, Shadier and Stealthier Cyber Crime Forces Industry to Dramatic Change (via CSO)
"In 2014 Sophos predicts greater focus from cybercriminals on high quality and convincing phishing and social engineering to compensate for harder to exploit operating systems like Windows 8.1; embedded devices (such as POS systems, medical systems and new 'smart' infrastructure) will open old wounds as security mistakes eliminated in the modern PC environment are carelessly re-implemented; attacks on corporate and personal data in the cloud will continue to..." Read more

DARPA Gears Up For Cyber Grand Challenge (via FCW)
"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a competition aimed at the next generation of high technology: automated cybersecurity that defends networks in real time. It's the stuff of dreams for anyone charged with securing digital assets, public or private, and the end-game that federal officials..." Read more  
House Overwhelmingly Passes Landmark Patent Reform Bill--But Not Without Dissent (via Venture Beat)
"The Innovation Act is a comprehensive bill aimed at neutralizing patent trolls. The initial bill had six key parts, as outlined by the EFF, which called it the "best patent troll-killing bill yet." Provisions include requiring the loser in a patent case to pay the winning side's costs and fees, and heightening requirements for filing suits in the first place..." Read more

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