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Big Data and the Future of Business
The basis of commercial enterprise is information. That hasn’t changed in thousands of years.
MIT tests ‘software transplants’ to fix buggy code
Like visiting a junk yard to find cheap parts for an aging vehicle, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a way to fix buggy software by inserting working code from another program.
Using a system they call CodePhage, the researchers were able to fix flaws in seven common open-source programs by using, in each case, functionality taken from between two and four “donor” programs.
Fixing such errors can help make code more secure, since malicious hackers often exploit flaws to gain entry to a system. CodePhage can recognize and fix common programming errors such as out of bounds access, integer overflows, and divide-by-zero errors.
Three Questions for the CEO of Messaging App Line
How the Japanese company Line turns free messages into real revenue.
The killer app for the cell phone was SMS. For smartphones it’s using your data connection to send short messages for free. Messaging apps such as WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, and Line, based in Japan, top the charts of most popular apps around the world and are used daily by billions of people. WhatsApp alone ferries 30 billion messages a day—significantly more than the global SMS system.
Google’s Cars are Now Smarter, and Slower
Custom-made, and painfully slow, self-driving cars are now roaming the streets of Mountain View.
If you find yourself stuck behind a car driving at excruciatingly slow speeds around Silicon Valley in the coming weeks, there may be little point honking your horn.
CIOs seek cybersecurity solutions, bigger voice in C-suite
Issues like cybersecurity might keep CIOs up at night, but in Northern New Jersey, at least they know they’re not alone.
Mark Sander co-founded the North Jersey CIO Roundtable under the aegis of that state’s chapter of the Society for Information Management, aiming to bring together tech leaders in a series of meet-ups pegged around issues like security and the role of the CIO in the C-suite.
“There’s a great exchange of information,” Sander says of the meetings.
“It’s lonely as the CIO,” he adds. “It’s nice to talk to your peers and learn from them.”
Sander explains that he initiated the roundtable sessions in a bid to engage CIOs from larger firms in the region just outside New York City, offering a venue free from the distractions that too often arise at industry events billed as networking opportunities.