Yahoo swears it isn’t going to screw up Tumblr — but how realistic is that promise?

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As the dust begins to settle from one of the most significant acquisitions in web-land since the Facebook/Instagram deal (s fb), the warm glow of euphoria created by Yahoo’s (s yhoo) $1.1-billion takeover of Tumblr has given way to the harsh reality of blending — or, more importantly, not blending — two vastly different companies and cultures. In a statement about the deal, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer promised not to “screw it up,” a comment undoubtedly aimed at the sensitive community of Tumblr fanatics. But is it even possible for Yahoo to keep this promise?

Even before the news was confirmed on Monday, critics with long memories were reminding anyone who would listen about Yahoo’s track record with acquisitions, which has some rather notorious bumps in it, including two major ones known as GeoCities and Flickr. Those two deals alone have made many question whether Yahoo will be able…

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A Brief Definition and History of Information Management

We live in the era of high speed, also applied to the exchange and management of information. Our era has its own language, its own jargon, if you’d like. For instance, we abbreviate a lot, expressing our logic focused on saving time and energy and on enhancing speed and efficiency. If I were to ask someone born in a different era than ours what IM stands for, for instance, what would that person reply? That it stands for ‘I am’? Maybe. That it stands for ‘important message’? That could also be an available option. But someone – anyone – living in the here and now might actually give the correct answer applied for the nowadays context, that correct answer that solves today’s puzzle: namely, that IM definitely stands for ‘information management’.

What is information management? Well, grosso modo, information management deals with compiling information received from one or various sources and redistributing it efficiently to audiences. What seems to be a rather simple procedure at the first sight actually acquires many more facets when considering the implications. Information management implies the organization, categorization, coordination, control, structuring and planning of information and the material it stands for, not to mention the processing, evaluation and rendering of accurate reports on what is actually going on during the process. Without all these, corporate functioning would not be possible today, as the whole tertiary system today depends on nothing else than information and the efficient management of it – this is what it is made of!

Information management has its own history, connected closely with the post-industrial society, the end of an era set on production and the beginning of the corporate era, set on service providers which base their activity on the exchange of information. In the 1970s it’s when the ‘nowadays’ were officially on; in other words, when the corporate era was officially on. It is when the working class heroes and small town boys became history and the corporate men in suits took over, from their glass and steel offices well-set in the global city, in the skyscrapers that reach towards the sky and endlessly, stubbornly try to defy it, never giving up. But back then it was only the beginning – and the beginning of information management as well. Back in those days, information management was in its germ phase, still bearing the meaning of file management. The 1970s were not digitalized; the world was still lying on paper – but not for long! Gradually, the miracle happened and the offices got stuffed not with writing machines, but with computers!

Switching to computers as the main working tool meant also a great change in what was called information management. Information was contained in a box, managed from a box, sent to another box and companies started to need more and more qualified employees to manage to play with this new ‘toys’ that seemed capable of doing anything at a press of a button in high speed as well. If in the 1970s anyone could have done information management – which actually translated back then as ‘file management’ -, in the 1990s things were already getting more complicated.

If in the 1990s information management could have still be dealt with by highly qualified employees of some companies, nowadays, in the 2000s and on, information management is already a service by itself provided by specialized  in data protection companies to fellow companies in the purpose of increasing efficiency and guaranteeing the high quality of the services provided, the security of the procedures and, of course, the high speed of the process as well.

Also, information itself changed in its nature and became what we know as data. Data in the computer is turning the information in mechanically, objectively, without the sprinkle of feeling and subjectivity that basically stand for the human error. Since the information once dealt with by humans, with their incumbent or recurrent uncertainties and insecurities that could have left way for mistakes, has been gradually turned into data through the intensive use of computers, nowadays information management also changed its course and stands for an activity on its own, also knows by some already as data management.

Information management (or data management) so much grew in importance that it is a field of expertise that stands on its own already. In case you care about the well-being on your company, you already know that you will need to contract the services of a specialized company in data management services, as data is the air that companies breathe today, just as information is what we feed ourselves on today as well.

I can only wish the reader to enjoy the present and embrace the future, while taking care of their data first!

What means more to your business: staying secure, or being as competitive as possible?

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In a tough economic climate, businesses investing in technology may be increasing their security risks to give them a competitive advantage, with analysts predicting an increase in cybercrime on mobile devices in 2013.

With cybercrime affecting up to 1.5 million people a day, the rise in personal and mobile devices in the workplace is fuelling an increase in cyber-attacks. But with cybercriminals increasingly turning their attention to mobile networks, enabling a mobile staff may increase opportunities for hackers to gain access to company networks.

With Android devices suffering a higher rate of malware attacks than PCs last year, according to end-user protection service Sophos, the adoption of high speed networks is adding to the risk with 3 and 4G networks increasing opportunities for cybercrime.

With up to half of people unaware that mobile devices have security software, it’s up to CIOs to brief workers on the security systems in place…

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Special Bonus Video: What’s Your Favorite Records Management Joke?

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As you know, we recently published the five central videos from our interview series, “5 Questions About Information Governance in 5 Minutes.” In this series, we asked 30 IG experts a number of definitional and serious questions about IG. Our experts were prepared for that. However, right at the end of the interview, I slipped in one surprise question. Since many of our interviewees have experience with records management, and records management isn’t known as the most light-hearted, spontaneous profession , I thought I would ask, “What’s your favorite records management joke?”

So that’s what I did. I love this video because it shows that this community has a great sense of humor and does not take itself so seriously –  a sure sign of health.

Next week we will be posting full interviews with each interviewee as well. You can also check out the six videos we…

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Google combined Gmail, Google+ and Drive in 15GB Shared Storage

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screenshots_0000_consumerNow, three services from Google such as, Gmail, Google + and Drive become one. Before that, the three services from Google have their own storage. From 10 GB capacity for Gmail and 5 GB for Drive and google + Photo, now you will get 15 GB  of unified storage. With this new combined storage space, now you can save all the documents without limitation in difference services.

with this  new combined, you won’t have to worry about how much you’re storing and where. For example, if you a Gmail active users, but you don’t really save much photos or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2GB in Gmail. Now, it doesn’t matter at all, because you can use your storage the way you want,” writed by Clay Bavor, Director of Product Management Google from Official Google Drive Blog.

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Digitize it!

We like to store things. As a matter of fact, not only that we like to store our things, but we’re also forced to. If you want to preserve anything valuable – whether it is of sentimental value or, more likely, of monetary value -, you have to store it carefully. Along with living in the digital era, the idea of storing and preserving becomes even more urgent. We live in times when information travels faster than the speed of light… or at least faster than Superman, let’s say – if we want to be sensible on this!

Information, in its digital forms, does not only that travel fast, but it is also more vulnerable. However, document archiving offers unimaginable capabilities that can keep up with the times we live in and latest transformations, so that it can actually take the human habit of gathering, storing and taking care of things to the next level and to a different extent. The idea of digitalizing all of the world’s libraries, for instance, is not new; it was born in 1971 when Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, first talked about his vision. Could you even imagine how brilliant it would be for this great idea to come to life? This way, there would never be a disaster such as the burning of the Library of Alexandria ever again! Plus, Alexandria wasn’t the only temple of knowledge the world has lost… The destruction of the world’s largest and most important storage of knowledge makes me think of how privileged we are to live in the era of digitalization. To put it simply, while we haven’t eliminated all possible dangers, we certainly live in times of unlimited possibilities.  Let’s make the best out of it!