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Hackers increasingly zero in on small businesses

The percentage of targeted attacks aimed at small businesses doubled in the first half of 2012, an indication that hackers are dedicating more resources to what they see as the most vulnerable marks, a major security vendor said.

In the first six months of the year, more than a third of targeted attacks on businesses were pointed toward companies with fewer than 250 employees. That was twice the percentage of attacks aimed at similar sized companies at the end of 2011, Symantec said in its mid-year Intelligence Report.

Gartner: Top 10 emerging infrastructure trends

Gartner kicked off its Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit here today with a "top 10" list of the most significant emerging trends that will impact data centers and information technology used by businesses and government from now into the next four or five years.

The list was presented by Gartner Chief of Research Dave Cappuccio in a keynote address, in which he explained there's often a cascading effect as one trend such as employee mobile devices and cloud use affects others such as helpdesk operations.

Apple elbows out Android for enterprise mobile app dev, opens door for Microsoft

Concerns about Android fragmentation and malware could give Microsoft and Windows 8 an opportunity in enterprises

In the battle for the hearts and minds of enterprise mobile developers, Apple's iOS has taken a commanding lead as businesses show concern over Android, according to a recent survey of mobile developers by Appcelerator and IDC. Does Android's weakness in the enterprise open the door for Microsoft to get back in the game?

Hosted IP telephony maturing for mainstream enterprise adoption

IP telephony adoption has progressed slowly for more than a decade, but with hosted voice vendors now offering modular consumption models and shifting away from simply viewing hosted voice as a way to sell broader unified communications (UC) solutions, organizations can now pursue IP telephony services as a highly scalable stand-alone service.

Instagram passes 80 million users

Less than three months after announcing its last milestone of 50 million users, Instagram has passed the 80 million user mark. This means the app has managed to increase its user base by more than 10 million users on average per month.

Make no mistake: the timing of the announcement today isn't accidental; Facebook, which announced in April that it is acquiring Instagram, is today releasing its first earnings report as a public company.

Facebook: Over 955 million users, 543 million mobile users

In first-ever earnings report, company points to more than 955 million monthly active users, over 552 million daily active users in June 2012, and more than 543 million monthly active users on mobile.

Three months ago, Facebook revealed it had more than 901 million monthly active users, and 526 million daily active users, and 488 million monthly mobile users. Now, during the company's Q2 2012 earnings report, the social-networking giant has updated those figures to 955 million, 552 million, and 543 million, respectively.

Visa: Mobile payments will hit mainstream in the U.S. in 2 to 3 years

There's still a lot of work to be done to get consumers aware of the benefits of paying with a smartphone, the head of Visa's mobile business tells CNET.

While there are trials and select deployments of payment terminals and cash registers that can accept mobile payments, the method won't hit the mainstream in the U.S. for another two to three years, according to Bill Gajda, head of mobile for Visa.

China's online population rockets to 538 million

The number of Chinese online was already huge, and it's soared over the past year by more than 50 million thanks to an upsurge in mobile Internet access.

China has seen a massive growth in online users, an 11 percent increase on a year ago, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.

The government-sanctioned group's report published online showed the number of Internet-connected users in China rose to 538 million by the end of June, up from 485 million in 2011.

Worldwide IT spending to shoot past $3.6 trillion in 2012

Corporate spending on technology goods and services will rise just 3 percent this year, says Gartner.

Gartner: 1/3 of consumer data will be stored in the cloud by 2016

Consumer adoption of cloud services will continue to increase in the coming years, with one-third of personal data being stored in the cloud by 2016, Gartner predicts.

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