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AOL and Time Warner Couldn’t Dance

From the NYTimes:;=print

January 11, 2010

How the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong

A decade ago, America Online merged with Time Warner in a deal valued at a stunning $350 billion. It was then, and is now, the largest merger in American business history.
The Internet, it was believed, was soon to vaporize mainstream media business models on the spot. America Online’s frothy stock price made it worth twice as much as Time Warner’s with less than half the cash flow.
Lessons to learn from…

Military Can’t Cope with Flush of Data

Military Is Awash in Data From Drones

Published: January 10, 2010
HAMPTON, Va. — As the military rushes to place more spy dronesover Afghanistan, the remote-controlled planes are producing so much video intelligence that analysts are finding it more and more difficult to keep up.

And, I thought I had problems digesting it all…!! 😛

IA Bits: On Privacy at Work + Intercepted Drone Feeds

Two cases highlighted in Slate today remind us that we are still sorting out the law when it comes to our sense of privacy.
In one case, the Supreme Court takes up a case on the Privacy of Text Messages at work:
The other news flash comes from a finding that our drones in the Middle East are being hacked using cheap software tools–when isn’t it the case?
Insurgents can easily hack drones:
I got to thinking the other day that CISO’s should always be invited at the design strategy sessions for any new information system solution, lest the value created in the application is lost when someone discovers an unrecognized back-door mechanism through which the system could be compromised. I say this because chances are that the hackers of the drone planes were exploiting a radio control option created in case someone had to take over an unruly drone from a mobile unit on the ground.