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Best of the Tech Blogs: Can Cisco Successfully Develop Software for Its Networking Hardware?

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This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology from around the Web each day.

ZDNet
Link: Cisco's Legacy Hurts Its Virtual Networking Strategy

"Cisco's (CSCO) commitment to hardware has forced it to take an Oracle-like approach to the disruptive technologies of software-defined networking.

"The networking giant released better-than-expected fourth-quarter results on Wednesday, but trouble may lie ahead for Cisco as businesses, universities and start-ups begin adopting software-defined networking. This is because the technology decouples the management and orchestration of a network away from switches and onto commodity hardware, making it easier for datacentre operators to spend much less on datacentre kit."

Mashable
Link: Sony's New E-Reader Adds Facebook Integration

"The e-ink reader battle just got a little more interesting as Sony (SNE) updated its Sony Reader line Thursday with the new PRS-T2, which packs a faster processor and adds new social media features, like Facebook (FB) and Evernote integration.

"The 6-inch device comes in white, red, and black and has a glare-free updated touch screen designed for long-term reading, 2GB of built-in storage for storing your books, and a whopping two months of battery life with Wi-Fi turned off."

AllThingsD
Link: Apple's New TV Plan: Same TV, Different Box

"The latest from my corporate cousins at the Wall Street Journal: Tim Cook is now more interested in a TV box than a TV set. Certainly plausible - just ask Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes, who was predicting this a month ago.

"But the bottom line hasn't changed. Apple (AAPL) keeps poking at the TV industrial complex, and keeps concluding that it's better off playing along than playing a new game.

"To spell that out: If Apple really wanted to change the way people watched TV, it would change the way people paid for TV. And that would involve setting up new arrangements with the people who make TV content."

Forbes: Technology
Link: Google Doubles Down On Rewards For Bug Reports With $2 Million In Hacking Prizes

"If Google (GOOG) hadn't made the message clear enough already: It really, really wants you to hack its software.

"On Wednesday the company announced that it's holding another competition for hackers to target its Chrome browser, following the Pwnium competition it held in Vancouver last March, where it offered a total of $1 million in hacking prizes. This time the company's putting a total of $2 million in rewards on the table for anyone who can find bugs in its browser, exploit them, and tell Google's security team the details of their techniques."

VentureBeat
Link: Nokia Sales Head Warns Samsung: "Take Note" of Upcoming Lumias

"Nokia (NOK) yesterday finally confirmed it would be debuting new Windows Phone 8 devices on September 5th, and that seems to have emboldened Chris Weber, the company's executive vice president of global sales and marketing.

"In a tweet last night, Weber said, 'Samsung (SSNLF) take note, next generation Lumia coming soon.'

"While the tweet doesn't seem like much on the surface, it's actually pretty rare for phone makers to call each other out directly (outside of court disputes). It's also a direct shot at Nokia's biggest competitor - don't forget that Samsung toppled Nokia's 14-year run as the world's top phone maker back in April. In terms of overall phone sales last quarter, Samsung held 21.6 percent, while Nokia lagged slightly behind at 19.9 percent, according to Gartner."

Mashable
Link: Sony's New E-Reader Adds Facebook Integration

"The e-ink reader battle just got a little more interesting as Sony (SNE) updated its Sony Reader line Thursday with the new PRS-T2, which packs a faster processor and adds new social media features, like Facebook (FB) and Evernote integration.

"The 6-inch device comes in white, red, and black and has a glare-free updated touch screen designed for long-term reading, 2GB of built-in storage for storing your books, and a whopping two months of battery life with Wi-Fi turned off."

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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