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These are the headlines from some of the web sources that I follow.

  • How GitHub Apparently Ended Up In The Crosshairs Of Chinese Hackers
    The big code repository GitHub is currently fighting off a large, prolonged denial of service attack—apparently in part because China or its sympathizers took exception to dissidents who use GitHub to host software for routing around China's Great Firewall.No group has taken responsibility for the attack, but several indications suggest that its perpetrators are retaliating against China's perceived enemies. Some of the main GitHub pages targeted in the attack are repositories that specifically aim to help Chinese nationals get around the government's firewall.One such repo belongs to Greatfire.org, an organization that tracks online censorship in China. Its GitHub repository includes both links for individuals who want to access sites banned in China and software that website owners can use to redirect people to unblocked versions of their sites. Another targeted repo provides mirror links to the New York Times’ Chinese language site, which is inaccessible in China.Another clue: The majority of attack traffic is coming from users of Chinese search engine Baidu, which denies involvement in the attack and claims it has not been compromised. In its official statement, GitHub appears to be referring to hijacked Baidu users when it described the attack as using “sophisticated new techniques that use the Web browsers of unsuspecting, uninvolved people to flood github.com with high levels of traffic.”China has apparently issued no statement on the attack. GitHub described the attack's target only in the most delicate terms: “Based on reports we've received, we believe the intent of this attack is to convince us to remove a specific class of content.”The attack began around 2am UTC on Thursday, and is still going four days later. While the site has been unavailable during some of the time over the course of the attack, it’s up now despite ongoing traffic onslaughts. One of the reasons GitHub is having trouble mitigating the attack is because engineers say the attacker's techniques are evolving in unspecified ways. See also: India Unblocks GitHub, Three Other WebsitesGitHub’s global reputation as a place to store code without fear of censorship has repeatedly made it a target for countries that would restrict free speech. In January, India blocked the site in an apparent effort to curb ISIS propaganda directed at its citizens, although it almost immediately reversed itself following protests from Indian developers who depend on GitHub.Photo via GitHub
  • Tech Execs to Indiana: Discrimination is Bad for Business
    Credit Marc Benioff for making the first move. As soon as Indiana passed the RFRA (Religious Freedom and Restoration Act), which for all practical purposes, serves as a license to discriminate, particularly against LGBT people, the Salesforce CEO took to Twitter. Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination. http://t.co/SvTwyCHxvE— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 26, 2015 Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
  • Glip Wants You to Hear What It's Saying About Collaboration
    Glip has wasted no time making news in 2015. It’s also wasted little time calling out competitors. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based vendor released version 2 of its enterprise collaboration software platform last month. Today, Joomla, an open source content management system powerhouse, signed on to use the Glip platform. Meanwhile, Glip CEO Peter Pezaris, in an interview with CMSWire, called out at least six competitors as inferior. "Hall, HipChat and Slack are all cool messaging apps," Pezaris told CMSWire. "But Slack solves one problem — it replaces email." Pezaris also cited Basecamp, Asana and Trello as "cloud-based project management solutions" that are "universally pretty poor at messaging." "Some of them have some sort of built-in message board but you never consider them as a replacement for how you communicate with co-workers," he added. Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
  • Community Interview with Steve Cichosz
    In the latest Tiki Community Interview, we talk with Tiki community member Steve Cichosz about the benefits of using the Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware. Steve is a 30 year veteran of the technology industry and the founder of Technology Advocates, a company established to help the average person navigate the Internet Superhighway. Steve started working with large scale computers back when punchcards were the norm. Throughout the years, Steve has consulted internationally with major corporations, worked in startups, and been employed by the Fortune 500 companies. This video, part of an on-going series, highlights members of the Tiki Community, is produced by Daniel Gauthier. Daniel is a video producer entrepreneur and has been a Tiki Community member since 2009. You can see the full interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU90DJbOpfk
  • Sunny Days: Hyatt Credits OpenText Cloud for 'World Class' Intranet
    Mike Cohen remembers the early days of the Hyatt Hotels "internal portal" about 10 years ago. Sometimes he tries to forget them. The hotel chain’s director of communications systems recalled a small internal portal that grew into a company-wide collection of HTML pages.And you needed to work with an IT administrator to produce content. "It lacked the ability to search for information and didn’t give people the ability to share content or collaborate with other individuals," Cohen said during a CMSWire webinar last week. So, Hyatt went to work. The result? A better intranet at the Chicago-based hotel chain — and a 500 percent increase in intranet use among its 75,000-employees over the last five years. The improved intranet today is powered by Waterloo, Ontario-based provider OpenText’s cloud infrastructure. Hyatt partnered with OpenText a couple years ago because of its upgrade help, licensing model, content management experience and 24/7 support Hyatt needed as intranet use increased. Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
  • Are You Ready for Market Consolidation and MarTech Spending?
    Foundation Capital General Partner Ashu Garg predicts that over the next 10 years, marketers will spend 10 times what they currently spend on marketing technology. Specifically, he wrote in “MarTech and the Decade of the CMO,” that the $12 billion that CMOs currently spend on martech will grow to $120 billion by 2025. For CMOs, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. We all know that the need for organizations to drive superior customer experiences is greater than ever. Brands need to be personal and contextual, while at the same time being efficient and finding new ways to innovate and differentiate. Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job


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