1. Gone are the days when only government leaders and top tax bracket dwellers had to worry about ransom notes. Ron Condon over at Security Bytes reports on a ransomware that encrypts files and demands $120.
2. Everybody’s talking about WikiLeaks, which allows quieter internal leakers to go unnoticed: Google Cache and lax security practices at the United States Marine Corps. Our very own Michael Morisy reports on how Google Cache is the new WikiLeaks.
3. With the holidays approaching, you’ve got some important decisions to make before finishing up your shopping. Ed Hardy over at Brighthand Bytes helps you figure it out which is better: Apple iPad vs. HP Slate.
4. What are the Voices of CRM talking about now? Barney Beal’s is discussing what an HP defection to Salesforce.com would mean for Siebel.
5. Todd Morrison has been keeping up the SAP Watch with the latest in SAP vs. Oracle – McDermott: “I am sorry.”
6. Dave Raffo questions if Amazon S3 should be shaking in its boots as object storage newcomer Scality looks to conquer the cloud.
7. Dev/test took another hit this month when Microsoft squashed IE on Spoon causing users to tweet their displeasure.
8. Getting cloudy signals from Microsoft? The Virtualization Room’s Colin Steele tries to make sense of PaaS vs. IaaS: What’s Microsoft’s private cloud vision?
9. David Vasta made a call for suggestions; he needs some…Lotus training.
10. Colin Steele points out some of the differences in taste between America and Europe, which includes virtualization as well. Hyper-V finds its niche in Europe, study says.