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March
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The clich Everything is bigger in Texas now applies to high-tech exports. For the first time ever, as confirmed by a report from TechAmerica, a trade association that represents the technology sector, Texas has surpassed California as the nations leader in high tech exports. In 2012, the Lone Star state sent more than $45.1 billion in American-made innovation to overseas markets, a 7.3 percent increase from 2011. Energy exports are still the states top exports, but the top billing for high tech is great news for our states 500,000-person-strong high-tech workforce, more than 65 percent whose jobs depend on trade.

- Dallas Morning News, March 3, 2014

August
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A new study by Jones Lang LaSalle ranks Dallas and surrounding communities as the No. 13 city for high-tech. Were in a very strong position, said George Brody, member of the executive committee for the Metroplex Technology Business Council. There is a very rich set of companies with a lot of innovation going on here. Dallas was labeled in the growing early stage, which according the study is the second of four development stages. Dallas took the No. 3 spot for total number of high-tech jobs, employing 136,097, with 6.6 percent annual growth.

- Dallas Business Journal, August 26, 2013

September
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More Buyers Looking at Homes on Mobile than Desktop

Aint no secret where buyers are looking for houses these days: on their telephones! This week we heard about the new Iphone 5 as if it were a movie star in effect, it is! The three big boys Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com all know this and thats why they got smartphone apps early on. In August, the CEO of Zillow, Spencer Rascoff, told Realtors that in the second quarter 2012, for the first time, more homes were viewed on Zillow through a mobile device or a tablet than on a desktop computer.

- Candys Dirt, September 12, 2012

July
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Good news for your email inbox: You'll be seeing less spam in it now, thanks to a global takedown effort that knocked one of the world's biggest spammers offline this week. "About 50% of the worldwide spam is gone," says FireEye senior scientist Atif Mushtaq, who participated in the demolition. The dramatic decrease is the result of a coordinated attack by security firms and Internet service providers around the globe that took down a network of infected computers known as "the Grum botnet." Grum, one of the world's most prolific spammers, generated around 18 billion emails a day, by FireEye's estimates. A botnet is a collective of computers infected with malware -- typically without the computer owner's knowledge -- and taken over by an outside attacker. Criminals who gain control of botnets use them for malicious activities like pumping out massive volumes of spam or launching denial-of-service attacks on targeted websites. The bigger the botnet, the more firepower the cybercrimal has at their fingertips. Grum was an especially vast and nasty spammer. First detected in early 2008, its malware infected several hundred thousand computers around the world and churned out huge amounts of pharmaceutical spam advertising cheap drugs.

At its peak, Grum was the world's most prolific spam machine, though researchers recently dropped it to the number three spot on their ever-changing list of the world's largest botnets. The tale of its demise reads like a high-tech thriller. The brain of a botnet is what's known as a "command and control" server. Grum had several of those servers scattered around the globe in countries including Russia, Panama, and the Netherlands. But it also had a fatal weakness: The network had no recovery mechanism if all of its command servers were simultaneously knocked offline. A Dutch Internet service provider yanked the plug Tuesday on two of Grum's primary command servers. A Panamanian server went down next, leaving just one main server -- in Russia -- coordinating the entire Grum swarm. Mushtaq alerted collaborators around the global, including a cybersecurity team in Russia that quickly went after the new servers' Internet providers. Within a few hours, they persuaded key providers to cut the connection. By 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the entire system was dead. "We are confident that it can't recover," Mushtaq told CNNMoney on Thursday morning. "I've been monitoring Grum for four years. Right from the start we knew that it doesn't have any fallback mechanism."

Grum was responsible for 35% of the Internet's spam volume last week, according to monitoring statistics from security firm Trustwave. Its demise is having ripple effects. The spam volume from another major botnet, Lethic, plunged overnight, Mushtaq said. He thinks the operators of that botnet have "gone underground." Cumulatively, killing Grum and wounding Lethic has instantly cut the worldwide spam volume in half, FireEye estimates. Grum recently averaged 120,000 infected computers a day generating spam, but immediately after the takedown, that number dropped to 21,505, Spamhaus reported. On Thursday, Spamhaus's latest data showed zero infected machines sending messages.

- CNN Money, July 19, 2012