5 Technology Observations to Start Your Day, Nov 25

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news observations, insights, gossip, chatter and rumors to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2015.

Actually, today's entry involves six updates.

6. HP Earnings: Hewlett-Packard's latest quarterly results should arrive later today. Aside from the dollars and cents, will Meg Whitman offer an update on the company's proposed breakup? We'll be listening.

5. Healthy Startups: Much like our readers, I'm closely tracking a range of IT healthcare startups. I'm also watching incubators and accelerators that help to fund and build such businesses. With that thought in mind, checkout the New York Digital Health Accelerator Demo Day on Dec. 4 at 2:30 in Manhattan. Roughly seven startups are expected to offer updates on their businesses.

4. Have You Heard?: Do you dream about quitting your big enterprise or corporate job to launch a business? Cisco Systems veteran Lisa Marie Jenkins turned that very dream into a reality. Our latest Good Evening, I.T. Entrepreneurs podcast (www.AfterNines.com/CEO) features Jenkins describing her journey from big business to startup. It was set to launch tonight but we took it live a little early.

3. Time to Rebuilt Customer Confidence?: The Home Depot faces roughly 45 civil lawsuits related to a data breach earlier this year. Of course, some of the lawsuits could involve ambulance chasers. But the bigger reality is undeniable: Consumers are tied of deep pocketed retailers getting hacked and giving up customer data. In response, Home Depot now encrypts customers' point of sale data in all US stores. Similar technology will soon come to Home Depot Canada. Home Depot has payed about $28 million in pretax expenses related to the hack, and took out a $100 million insurance policy last year related to potential data breach risks -- following the Target hack.

2. UK Data Privacy?: The United Kingdom could require Internet service providers (ISPs) to track what computers and smartphones their customers use. The government, in turn, could potentially request that information from the ISPs, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read between the lines: It seems like every country has their own version of the NSA these days.

1. Retreating to the Enterprise: Microsoft's Windows 10 app store will be built with businesses in mind -- reinforcing statements from the company that the new operating system has key features for IT departments and enterprises. 

Quick reminder: I'm on vacation. This blog was written at an undisclosed date and time. If the IT world (or any of the companies mentioned above) changed drastically while I was out, I'll be sure to make updates upon my return.

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