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Recently speaking at the Interop IT conference, PayPal’s chief information security officer, Michael Barrett, stated that passwords and PINs were operating on borrowed time. Barrett hopes to replace online security keys with a setup that’s a blend of software and hardware-based identification. He also serves as president of the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO) — the organization’s focus is to combine an effective mix of software (passwords and plugins) and hardware (USB drives and fingerprint scanners) for user authentication.
PayPal’s technology boss didn’t allude to his company adopting these new types of security systems for its customers anytime soon. Instead he announced that FIDO-enabled devices will be hitting the market sometime this year. Progress, yes, but until this hardware becomes more widely available, it’s likely that you’ll be spending more time getting acquainted with two-step logins.
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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is unveiling proposed changes to the City of San Francisco’s open data legislation today, creating more structure around how the city’s data is shared with the public.
You can read the proposed revisions here, but the big change appears to be the addition of a Chief Data Officer, who will be “responsible for sharing City data with the public, facilitating the sharing of information between City departments, and analyzing how data sets can be used to improve city decision making.” Each department would also designate a data coordinator to work with the CDO.
We’re hearing that Nils Puhlmann, the cloud security expert who has worked as Zynga’s Chief Security Officer since 2009, resigned from the company yesterday, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Details on Puhlmann’s supposed departure are scarce at the moment, and we’ll update this story with more information we receive. When contacted this morning, a representative for Zynga declined to issue a confirmation or denial, and said the company was “not commenting” on the matter…
Zynga announced today that Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu will leave the company after three years to lead his own startup. This might raise questions for some investors, as Verdu has been a driving force behind Zynga’s success over the years.
But, it’s not a complete separation. Zynga will “be on the ground floor” and be an investor in Verdu’s new startup. Verdu’s new company has not yet been announced.
Social ad startup Unified just announced that it has hired Calvin Lui as its president and chief strategy officer.
Lui was formerly president and CEO of online ad startup Tumri. He also served as chief operating officer for Internet marketer Connexus and SVP of sales and marketing for Ticketmaster. At Unified, Lui says he’ll be looking at companywide strategy, as well as corporate and business development. He’ll report directly to CEO Sheldon Owen, who will oversee day-to-day operations and sales.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Considering how 2011 progressed for Netflix, it’s not entirely surprising to hear some changes are in store at the top when it comes to marketing and communications. The video rental giant announced that its Chief Marketing Officer of the last dozen years, Leslie Kilgore, will be taking a position on its board as a “non-executive director”, replaced in the interim by Jessie Becker as it conducts an external search for a permanent replacement. Also shifting positions is Jonathan Friedland who will be the new Chief Communications officer, and both Becker and Friedland will report directly to CEO Reed Hastings. Netflix’s relationships with its customers were definitely damaged by last year’s price hike and the shocking Qwikster spinoff announcement / unannouncement that followed, with a slate of original content on the way and some changes in store for its content licensing, we’ll see if it can get the magic back in 2012 — we’re not so sure that the latest round of ads featuring beavers and hamsters (one’s embedded after the break) are the way.
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HP has just announced that its executive vice president and chief strategy and technology officer Shane Robison will be retiring, effective Nov. 1.
Robison, an 11-year HP veteran, also served as a member of the company’s Executive Council. In his role, he was responsible for shaping HP’s corporate strategy and technology agenda. He helped lead HP’s research and development and has led many of the company’s largest merger and acquisition activities. HP also announced that it will not be replacing the role of chief strategy and technology officer.