Archive for December 22nd, 2011


Microsoft’s BlueHat Prize: $200K for the Next Security Technology

December 22nd, 2011

Microsoft's BlueHat Prize contest [image courtesy Microsoft Corp.].Seeking to motivate the development of novel solutions to serious computer security threats, Microsoft Corp. has launched an inaugural BlueHat Prize contest, offering a grand prize of $200,000 to the most innovative submission. In particular, Microsoft aims “to challenge security researchers to design a novel runtime mitigation technology designed to prevent the exploitation of memory safety vulnerabilities.”

According to the contest website, submissions must:

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IBM’s “Five in Five” for 2011

December 22nd, 2011

IBM is out with its sixth annual “Five in Five” list, specifying five technology innovations that have the potential to change the way we live, work, and play over the next five years. It’s a list that has met with some success over the years — for example, a 2007 prediction that “cell phones will be wallet, ticket broker, concierge, bank, shopping buddy, and more” has largely come to fruition.

So what’s on this year’s list of science fiction stories that could be reality by the year 2016? Find out after the jump…

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