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Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.

Red Hat CEO: Open Source Spurs User-Driven Innovation

It’s not just that open source enables innovation, it’s that “innovation happens first with open source.” This was the observation of Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst at North Bridge Venture Partners’ recent “Startup Secrets” event in Boston.

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Kill the password - privacy on the web - Dan Callahan from Mozilla Persona

Today's "social sign-ons" as offered by Facebook, Google, Twitter and others, offer users a fast, password-free login experience across sites, but have a significant problem. As Dan puts it, "The cost there is that I have to send all of my data, all of my logins through some central third party, usually an American advertising company. We think we should be able to find a way to give you the same login experience as Facebook or Google, but with the ability to still choose who you are."

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Viral may be Disruptive, but is it Future-Proof?

There are a plethora of viral videos to choose from today ranging from those that feature Miley Cyrus twerking to anything seemingly cat-related. While that may spike site traffic and gain an abundance of social shares, the disruptive nature that is viral may not be future-proof or even recommended for your brand. viral success may not guarantee the future of the brand.

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Recruiting is Marketing – 4 Lessons Your HR Team Can Learn From the Marketing Department

Today’s companies find themselves in one of the most challenging times to build sustainable and strong organizations. Between automation and software, it’s never been easier to start a company. But it’s the employees that ultimately make the company, and true talent in today’s marketplace is scarce and fickle. Finding and keeping those employees have become a company priority, which has demanded a shift in how recruiters approach their jobs.

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I bought some Bitcoin and here is why

Over the past twelve months, I’ve become a bit of an obsessive follower of Bitcoin. It started after I read Satoshi Nakamoto’s original Bitcoin paper. It was a fascinating read and my first introduction to crypto-currencies. I even had a couple of lunches in Boston with Gavin Andresen, Bitcoin’s current project lead.

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IT Builds New Revenue Streams on Cloud

Richard Sanchez, president of Miami-based cloud-computing company 0NL9, Inc., is no longer surprised to see IT skills applied in new -- and potentially profitable -- ways.

One of his clients is a company that leases storage containers in over a hundred locations across Canada and Europe. Recently, an IT pro on staff, "who was previously doing things like fighting computer viruses," took the initiative to develop an online calculator that allows prospective customers to price their lease online, based on the size and availability of the container.

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A few other notable stories include: Twitter for non Internet phones, Why Brands Need a CDO and Whether or not LinkedIn can survive the social media bubble.

Stay tuned for weekly wrap-ups, and be sure to subscribe to DigitalDisruption.com’s RSS feed for innovative examples of business change in the digital age.

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