Feeling Vulnerable?

Palamida has released its list of the top five most overlooked open source vulnerabilities.

Often, developers embed popular open source code while developing applications that do not fall in the normal software procurement process. Businesses and users need to take ultimate care to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest patches in order to reduce uncertainty and secure their software from security attacks.

Open source code is "not any more vulnerable than commercial software" and in some cases, less so, said Palamida CEO Mark Tolliver. Open source projects tend to acknowledge their vulnerabilities and fix them promptly, he added.

Home Is Where the Home Network Is

Dean Takahashi highlights the importance of home networking at this year's CES show in Las Vegas. (By the way, Takahashi quotes an analyst from Iconoculture, a Walden portfolio company.)

The idea of home networking has been around for more than a decade. But now 34.4 million homes in the United States have computer networks, according to International Data Corp. Of those, 12.4 million homes have living room devices (game consoles, video recorders or set-top boxes) that are connected to the Internet.

That represents a big market opportunity and, as a result, gadget designers are more aggressive about designing Internet connectivity into their gadgets. It allows them to claim that the era of convergence - when computers, communications and consumer electronics are linked - has truly arrived, said Jonathan Steuer, an analyst at consumer research firm Iconoculture.

The Customer Is Always Right

Interesting article in today's Wall Street Journal about the changing face of online ads. Here's an excerpt:

The Web's emergence is forcing ad executives to succumb to marketers' demands that agencies reinvent how ads are created, and forgo their TV-centric approach. Clients are even calling for changes in the way ad firms are structured. But until now, few advertisers have spent more than 5% to 10% of their marketing budgets online. With the growth of online video and social networking, ad experts expect that percentage to jump significantly this year.

Softness in the economy also will likely drive more money to the Internet, which can be cheaper than other media and has a reach that is easier to measure, which is attractive to advertisers in slower times. Merrill Lynch predicts overall ad spending in the U.S. for 2008 will grow 2.3%, while the portion of that spending on the Web will increase 18%. Publicis Groupe's ZenithOptimedia says it expects the amount spent on Internet advertising to overtake spending on radio in 2008, and spending on magazines in 2010.