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Social networking security: What, us worry? Jennifer Leggio: Recent surveys reveal lukewarm concern in the enterprise toward Web 2.0 security risks. In fact, only 3 percent of respondents see their companies "seriously affected" by recent Facebook and Twitter phishing attacks. But do enterprise users understand the real risks?

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Enterprise data in a radically open, Web-based world Dion Hinchcliffe: If the U.S. government can open its databases, why can't your organization? Open data promises instant connectivity between ad hoc partners while reducing integration costs, improving transparency, harnessing external innovation, and even creating entirely new business models.

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Microsoft blunders with a confusing Windows 7 upgrade chart Ed Bott: Someone at Microsoft is secretly working for Apple. That's the only possible explanation I can come up with for why they released a "Official Windows 7 Upgrade chart" that tells a horrifying story: Upgrading to Windows 7 will be hideously complex.

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Cisco CEO Chambers: IBM a friend; HP a foe Larry Dignan: As the tectonic plates shift below the data center, the vendor lines are becoming more clear. HP and Cisco are on a collision course and IBM appears to be playing Switzerland's neutral act nicely.

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SmartPlanet: Is your work-life balance off-balance? Joe McKendrick: Work to live, or live to work? Former GE CEO Jack Welch recently said that ?There's no such thing as work-life balance," adding that it's not a matter of "balance," but a matter of "choice." Really?

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