Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago HUD Secretary Fudge: ‘I Can’t Wait to Get Started’ Home / Daily Dose / HUD Secretary Fudge: ‘I Can’t Wait to Get Started’ Previous: March’s DS News: Forbearance, Technology, Legal Matters, and More Next: Homeowners Gained $1.5 Trillion+ in Equity About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Marcia L. Fudge on Wednesday was sworn in as the eighteenth Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).The Senate on Wednesday afternoon confirmed President Biden’s nominee in a 66-34 vote.”As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Fudge now leads a federal department with wide reach throughout the United States, including the Offices of Housing, Community Planning and Development, Federal Housing Administration, Public and Indian Housing, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Policy Development and Research, Field Policy and Management, Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships,” according to HUD.She delivered an introductory message:Video remarks as delivered:A good home shapes nearly every part of our lives. It’s where we start and end each day. It’s where we raise our families and come together in times of joy. It’s where we find shelter and comfort during times of hardship.The past year has reminded us just how important it is to have a safe and stable place to call home. But, right now—for millions of Americans—that sense of security and peace of mind is out of reach.Our country has an immense responsibility—and profound opportunity—to address the housing crisis facing so many people.To provide relief for those struggling to pay their rent or mortgage as a result of the pandemic.To ensure every American experiencing homelessness has a roof over their head.To revitalize our communities—and help more Americans achieve their dream of homeownership. To break down the barriers of injustice that still limit the futures of far too many young people.Every community faces unique challenges that require its own unique solutions.We all want and deserve the same basic things: a safe place to live and an opportunity to succeed with dignity, with grace, and with hope.I’m Marcia Fudge—and I’m honored to serve as the 18th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.I am proud to join a group of public servants who work with compassion and determination to change the lives of those in need. And I can’t wait to get started. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago March 11, 2021 1,375 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Media, News Print This Post 2021-03-11 Christina Hughes Babb Subscribe
Share via Shortlink The landlords who participated in the suit, who manage both rent-stabilized and market-rate apartments in Manhattan and the Bronx, claim they have seen financial losses due to the rent law, which has made it more difficult to convert apartments to market rate. They also allege that the new law is unconstitutional because it does not allow them to manage their apartments as they see fit.The new law applies to rent-stabilized New York City apartments, and among other changes, made it more difficult for landlords to take those units out of rent regulation.But the judge dismissed the landlords’ claims as moot, stating that they have no “constitutional right to an unregulated market.”It’s the fifth lawsuit brought by landlords since the new rent law was signed into law two years ago.[Daily News] — Keith Larsen Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink A Manhattan judge dismissed a lawsuit from five New York City landlords to overturn the rent reforms. (Getty)A Manhattan judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by five New York City landlords challenging the constitutionality of the 2019 rent law.Judge Edgardo Ramos of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled against the landlords, who sought to overturn the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, according to the New York Daily News.The ruling adds to a number of decisions upholding the controversial rent reforms, which passed in the state legislature and were signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2019.In his decision, Ramos said the landlords “knowingly entered a highly regulated industry,” according to the report.Read moreLawsuit challenges New York eviction bans constitutionSenate assembly hit real estate industry in budget proposalsSupreme Court shift could favor rent law challenges Andrew CuomoPoliticsReal Estate Lawsuitsrent regulation
Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver a lecture titled “The Constitution and the Question of Power” at 1 p.m. Sept. 19 in Emerson Hall, Room 101. The event is free and open to the public.The lecture commemorates Constitution Day, the annual celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. In accordance with a bill signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004, all educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the Constitution.The Constitution is the central instrument of American government and the “supreme law of the land.” It is the oldest written constitution in the world still in force. It outlines the structure and powers of the three branches of the federal government, and the division of power between the federal and state governments. The Constitution, which took effect in 1789, has served as a model for similar documents in many other nations. The original document, covering four pages, is housed in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.Feldman specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2003 he was senior constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on drafting the Transitional Administrative Law, or interim constitution.
We’re in the midst of a busy time in esports competition, with Dota 2’s Kiev Major set to get underway next week and the inaugural CS_Summit commencing last night. Credit: BTSWhilst there’s just four matches to choose from such is the format of the Summit, it’s an intriguing tournament from multiple standpoints. Last night’s events saw wins for SK Gaming, Cloud9, Team Liquid and Gambit Gaming. Although there’s no group stage in the tournament, the double elimination format means we’re in for another four great games this evening. Two teams will be removed from the tournament by virtue of losing their second game whilst six will battle on.The tournament is different from recent CS:GO action for a multitude of reasons. The first, and arguably the best from a spectator standpoint, is that we get to see some of the brightest minds in Counter-Strike give their opinions in the informal casting format. Yesterday, for example, Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo provided fascinating insight alongside some more familiar talent from the CS scene. We look forward to seeing more of the same. The other interesting aspect is the lack of Astralis, Natus Vincere, North and more of the top top teams. The CS_Summit has a clear favourite in SK Gaming but other than that the other teams are fairly well bunched and it gives them a chance to showcase their ability to the wider world. ESI’s Ollie Ring previewed the tournament here and tipped Gambit to go well. Their resounding 2-0 victory over GODSENT yesterday stands them in good stead. Here’s a look at the four matches today and what to expect:EnVyUs versus OpTic GamingIt’s safe to say that the Frenchmen EnVyUs got the worst possible draw when paired up against massive pre-tournament favourites SK Gaming in their first match. They suffered a 2-0 defeat but that’s not to say that they played particularly poorly. SK are heads and shoulders above most, if not all of this field and thus there was no shock when they swept the French aside.OpTic on the other hand faced C9 who are playing this tournament with a stand-in player. They were fairly underwhelming and unimpressive when falling by a 2-0 scoreline in their match yesterday and didn’t show much to make us believe they’ll mount any sort of challenge out in Los Angeles. EnVyUs at 1.55 on Betway seems a safe one for an accumulator or those more daring can go with the French with a -1.5 handicap at odds of 2.60. GODSENT versus Ninjas in PyjamasBetway’s very own NiP have continued their astonishing tumble from the peak to but a damp squib in the CS scene. Whilst there’s no shortage of fans wanting the Ninjas to go well, there’s also no lack of disappointment for those loyal supporters. Although they took a map from Team Liquid last night, a 2-1 loss in a match for which they were favourites is far from ideal. The couch jested that NiP would be doing a lot of casting as they’ll be knocked out early and early signs suggest that could well be the way they’re heading. Luckily for them, they face GODSENT who did not perform at all well in going down with barely a fight against Zeus’ Gambit Gaming yesterday. It’s a tough one to call, as every time we back the Ninjas they tend to let us down. We’re going to steer clear of this one, although if we had to say something it would be GODSENT to win at least 1 map at 1.50 on Betway. SK Gaming versus Cloud9SK looked assured in their victory over the French yesterday and looked to warrant the low price offered on them pre-tournament. Cloud9 also looked dominant, despite being a man light of their traditional roster.Whether or not it was in the ineptitude of OpTic that allowed C9 to look in such good shape or it was the North American’s ability remains to be seen. If there’s one team where chemistry is all important it’s SK. They will piece apart and capitalise on mistakes better than most in the world and therefore SK to win at 1.35 on Betway seems another one to put in the accumulator. They’re only 1.95 to win 2-0 but the 1.35 seems considerably safer. C9 could spring a surprise with their map pick, after all.Gambit Gaming versus LiquidThe final match is an intriguing contest. Liquid looked good when beating NiP on the Ninja’s map pick Nuke before dropping their own choice, Inferno in the second game. The performance on Cobble was comprehensive though and if EliGE- is firing then they’ve every chance of winning against the best of teams. Gambit are an interesting proposition as they’ve shown glimpses in the past of being up there with the best in the scene. Liquid’s great performance on Cobble last night may give them a false sense of security and if they let the map through they can wave goodbye to the game. There’s no better team on Cobble than Gambit so they would be foolish to do it.We anticipate this could be a close affair, with either team snatching it 2-1 but we’re going to stick to our guns and go with the CIS boys Gambit at 1.65 on Betway. ESI Treble: Gambit, SK, EnVyUs @ 3.45 on BetwayESI quad: Gambit, SK, EnVyUs, GODSENT to win a map @ 5.17 on Betway.
Brede Hangeland and Ashkan Dejagah both missed great chances to put Fulham in front during an even first half at the Liberty Stadium.Swansea started well with Wilfried Bony seeing a header loop on to the roof of the net and Jonjo Shelvey firing wastefully over the bar when well-placed.But Fulham grew gradually into the game and Hangeland wasted a golden opportunity when he was found unmarked by Kieran Richardson’s free-kick, but the big centre-half couldn’t get over the ball and headed over from close range.Dejagah later sent a header too close to Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel after Alex Kacaniklic’s fine cross.Five minutes before half-time, Shelvey sent a curling effort smashing off the Fulham crossbar with Maarten Stekelenburg beaten and shortly afterwards the Whites keeper kept out Bony’s header.While Swansea finished the half strongly, Fulham had the last word with Clint Dempsey getting a shot away which Tremmel was equal to.After the draw with Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Sunday, Rene Meulensteen has reverted back to the eleven who started the last league game against Arsenal, meaning Dan Burn keeps his place in defence.Fulham (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Parker, Sidwell; Dejagah, Dempsey, Kacaniklic; Berbatov.Subs not used: Stockdale, Hughes, Duff, Christensen, Rodallega, Tankovic, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
51; How do white blood cells know where to go when infection strikes? The cells have tiny little feet and crawl like millipedes, against the blood stream, if necessary, following signals from the infection site. When they arrive, more signals tell them where to slip through the cells of the blood vessel to get to the job. This amazing story was reported by Science Daily based on a press release from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel (see Wiezmann Wonder Wander). Here’s how they described this phenomenon:How do white blood cells – immune system ‘soldiers’ – get to the site of infection or injury? To do so, they must crawl swiftly along the lining of the blood vessel – gripping it tightly to avoid being swept away in the blood flow – all the while searching for temporary ‘road signs’ made of special adhesion molecules that let them know where to cross the blood vessel barrier so they can get to the damaged tissue. In research recently published in the journal Immunity, Prof. Ronen Alon and his research student Ziv Shulman of the Weizmann Institute’s Immunology Department show how white blood cells advance along the length of the endothelial cells lining the blood vessels. Current opinion maintains that immune cells advance like inchworms, but Alon’s new findings show that the rapid movement of the white blood cells is more like that of millipedes. Rather than sticking front and back, folding and extending to push itself forward, the cell creates numerous tiny ‘legs’ no more than a micron in length – adhesion points, rich in adhesion molecules (named LFA-1) that bind to partner adhesion molecules present on the surface of the blood vessels. Tens of these legs attach and detach in sequence within seconds – allowing them to move rapidly while keeping a good grip on the vessels’ sides.The press release went on to say that these legs don’t just walk. They act as probes as they press into the epithelial tissue lining the vessels. The force of blood actually forces them to embed their little legs into the tissue as a way to sense the location of the damaged tissue and make their way to it. “The scientists believe that the tiny legs are trifunctional:,” the article said: “Used for gripping, moving and sensing distress signals from the damaged tissue.”A reader found an animation of this at Harvard BioVisions. Click on the media file labeled “Extravasation” and it will show you some of the parts and processes involved. It’s uncanny how the actions of these cells lacking a brain, muscles or central nervous system can act so precisely and effectively, they can be compared to multicellular organisms with all those systems. You can almost visualize these cells like ambulance crew members or soldiers in specially designed vehicles able to cling to attachment points against the flow of traffic. They seem so well trained and effective, it looks like they do what they do on purpose. What a concept.(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
22 July 2011In a first for a South African bank, First National Bank has launched the FNB Banking Application, an “app” that gives users of smartphones and tablet computer devices easy access to their accounts online.South Africa currently has an estimated 16% smartphone penetration, which according to information technology research company Gartner will ramp up to 80% by 2014. Global sales of tablet computers and smartphones are predicted to exceed PC, notebooks and netbooks in 2011.The app market is also predicted to grow by 60%.The FNB Banking App is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices, with an app for devices running the Symbian platform expected before the end of August.“At FNB we are constantly looking at ways to improve on our innovations, staying one step ahead of our competitors and consistently adding value and choice for our customers,” FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan said in a statement this week.“In an increasingly digital world in which smartphones, tablet devices and apps are changing the way we communicate and live, the introduction of the FNB Banking App will enable us to widen our offering allowing us to provide our customers with convenient banking solutions and great user experience.”Immediate secure accessThe app gives users immediate and secure access to their bank accounts, allowing them to view account lists and detailed transactional histories, perform transactional services like transfers between accounts, as well as pay beneficiaries.“The solution will give our customers a convenient, anytime, anywhere digital banking solution, rich in user experience,” said Jordaan. “We are glad to say that this App is a home grown creation and has been developed in house by FNB Connect, the bank’s internal internet service provider.”Value added servicesIn addition to banking services, a few of the value added services include allowing customers to find FNB branches and ATMs using location based services, as well as access to an immediate FNB branch list directory, making free calls to any FNB contact centres and cheap outbound calls to other numbers.The Banking App also has functionality for users to view foreign exchange rates.“We understand the demand for instant and ‘on the go’ banking from our customers and our App provides easy access to banking through a single sign on process. One step is all it takes to safely access your bank account,” said FNB Connect’s Farren Roper.“The App was designed for quick deployment into new and existing markets as it works off any network and off a 3G or WiFi access medium. Smartphone and tablet device users and require mobility and multi-functionality and we designed our App with this user profile in mind.“The App gives the multi-tasker a quick, one stop and convenient banking experience.”To use the service, customers who have Apple devices can download the App from the Apple App store, Android customers from the Android Market, while Blackberry customers can get the App from the Blackberry App World.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
“Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion,” said South African President Jacob Zuma. (Image: The Presidency)South African President Jacob Zuma is set to meet university management and student leaders on Friday 23 October to discuss the countrywide stalemate over fee increases.The meeting will be held with university vice-chancellors, chairpersons of councils and student leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, with a view to finding a solution to the impasse.This will be Zuma’s second meeting with university management this month. His consultation with vice-chancellors and council chairs on 6 October resolved to set up a task team to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges.Zuma said the government fully understands the pressure and difficulties confronting students from poor and working class households.“It is important that we work together to find solutions,” he said. “Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion.“Even in the January 8 statement of the governing party this year, we stated that the escalating cost of university education had become another source of exclusion for the poor and vulnerable South African child. All parties should allow space for this matter to be discussed in a manner that will enable us to find a solution.”In a statement released today, the South African government reiterated its commitment to funding for both basic and higher education, and to overcoming funding shortfalls.“Since 1994 government has prioritised education,” the statement reads. “This has translated into substantial funding for both basic and higher education. But given the legacy of the past there is a funding shortfall in higher education.“The current student protests over higher fees which began at Wits University and have since migrated to other campuses are of serious concern to government. The issues raised by the students are legitimate and government is sympathetic to their cause and are in line with our own priorities of ensuring quality and affordable education.“Government is committed to working with student leadership, university management and unions to find a solution to the current impasse and is working towards a long term solution to student funding in South Africa.”
It’s the largest and hottest province in South Africa, taking up a full third of the country’s land area. But the Northern Cape is also wild and empty, mostly desert and semi-desert. Under 2% of South Africa’s people live there.The 60-metre Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. The original Khoikhoi inhabitants named the falls “Ankoerebis”, or “place of big noises”. Later Afrikaner settlers then derived the name “Augrabies”. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Mary AlexanderIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”.To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The vast wilderness of the Nortern Cape holds weird lunar landscapes, exotic plants and animals, the Richtersveld World Heritage site and the Big Hole diamond mine, possibly the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.In early spring the barren Namaqualand sees a sudden, brief and brilliant bloom of flowers carpeting the landscape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Sister Januar outside the Catholic Cathedral in the Northern Cape town of Pella. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Arri Raats, a member of the Khomani San Bushmen, at Boesmansrus camp in the Kalahari. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Canoeing on the Orange River at sunset in Vioolsdrift, in the Richtersveld region of the Northern Cape. The Orange is the longest river in South Africa, rising in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho and flowing westwards to empty in the Atlantic Ocean. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Brilliantly coloured Augrabies flat lizards are endemic to the Northern Cape, and common on the granite walls of Augrabies Falls National Park. In summer they delight tourists with their acrobatic leaps to catch black flies swarming near the falls. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A seal colony on the rocky shores of the Namaqua National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Crafts for sale at a tourist market in Pofadder, Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Donkey cart drivers in Andriesvale in the Kalahari. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Arnie Braam in Klein Pella, Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Desert dunes in Witsand – “white sands” – Nature Reserve near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A farm in Vioolsdrift. Irrigation from the great Orange River and from groundwater allows farmers to produce crops in the desert. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Quiver trees – kokerboom in Afrikaans – in the Kalahari. San Bushman hunter-gatherers used the trees to make quivers for their arrows. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Sutherland Observatory on a starry night. There is little light pollution in the remote Northern Cape, making the province ideal for major international astronomy initiatives such as the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Meerkats in the desert of the Kalahari Red Dune Route in the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An old shipwreck rusts into the shore of the Namaqua National Park on the West Coast. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Inside the McGregor Museum, an important cultural and natural history research institute, in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Palm trees against the late afternoon sun in Klein Pella, on the banks of the Orange River. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The mountainous desert landscape of the Richtersveld. The region is the only arid biodiversity hotspot on earth, with an amazing variety of plant, bird and animal life. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Big Hole in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape, is thought to be the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. Once an open-pit diamond mine, some three metric tons of diamonds were extracted from the hole – displacing 22-million tons of earth – between 1872 and 1914. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A massive communal sociable weaver bird’s nest envelops an acacia tree in the Kgalakgadi Transfrontier Park in the north of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Steenbok amid indigenous desert vegetation in the Namaqua National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The local maritime museum in the West Coast town of Port Nolloth. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A dog sits with its driver as they make their way through Vioolsdrift in the Richtersveld. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts klint finley Tags:#predictions#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor’s note: Every December the ReadWriteWeb team looks into the murky depths of the coming year and tries to predict the future. How did we do last year? Well, Facebook didn’t go public, Google Wave didn’t make a comeback, and Spotify didn’t make it to the U.S. But our forecasts for Google Chrome, cloud computing, Facebook and something we called the “iTablet” were spot on. What’s in store for 2011? All this week we’ll be posting our predictions. Let us know your prognostications in the comments.1. Predictive analytics will be applied to more business processes, regardless of whether it helps.Netuitive is applying predictive analytics to IT system monitoring. This is an ideal use for predictive analytics. But Theresa Doyon has written about how survival analysis can be applied to customer attrition and employee turn-over. We’ve also covered how one company is trying to use predictive analytics to match customers with customer service representatives with similar personalities. In some cases, companies may be able to put these sorts of analytics to good use. Other times, it will actually lead to worse decisions. None the less, analytics will be rapidly adopted in the coming year for many purposes regardless of the outcome.ReadWriteWeb’s 2011 Predictions:2011 Staff Predictions2011 Predictions: Klint Finley2011 Predictions: Curt Hopkins2011 Predictions: Sarah Perez2011 Predictions: Mike Melanson2. The U.S. will add new provisions to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to include leaked classified information. Alternately, new international agreements will surface that attempt curb leaking and punish leakers.3. Despite this and other measures taken by governments and corporations, leaking will continue. Governments and companies will continue to try to do better at keeping secrets and intimidating would-be whistle blowers rather than curbing the sorts of actions that make whistle blowers feel the need to leak documents in the first place. This will lead to far more leaks, despite crack downs. Completely above board organizations may still have disgruntled employees that leak sensitive information, but will have far less to worry about. I don’t mean to suggest that “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” or any such nonsense. Many organizations have legitimate reasons for keeping information secret. But as long as organizations give employees reasons to become disillusioned, leaking will not only continue but increase. 4. Cybersecurity hype of 2011 will dwarf that of 2010. Emboldened by the likes of Anonymous, Jester and Gnosis we’ll see more aggressive “hacktivism” in 2011 from the left, right and non-Euclidean. Meanwhile, we’ll see more of the high-profile cyber-espionage started by Project Aurora and Stuxnet. The result will be far more hype than what we heard this year – which was a lot.5. We’ll see more CouchApp clients for popular web services. And CouchOne will do a better job of making these easy for non-technical users to adopt. If users and developers actually do start using them, we’ll have the foundation for a more resilient Web. The best case scenario is that an existing client like HootSuite, Seesmic or TweetDeck will integrate CouchDB, but I’m not sure how likely that is.6. Almost all the big social enterprise players will have some sort of “app store” offering. By the end of 2011, every social enterprise vendor will have a store like the one promised by Jive. The most successful will be the ones that make it easiest for both customers and developers to integrate apps deeply with the host platform’s offerings.7. Adobe will try to acquire Joyent. This year, Adobe announced that it will acquire the content management system vendor Day Software, which just happens to be one of the biggest contributors to the popular open source Apache web server. Joyent is the sponsor company of Node.js, a popular framework for building lightweight web servers and other server-side applications.It makes sense that Adobe would want to be close to Node.js, but the acquisition would be about more than just acquiring the flavor-of-week development framework. I’ve written about how Adobe is building its own stack. Both Node.js and Joyent’s core Infrastructure-as-a-Service business would fit into this strategy. Acquiring Joyent would put Adobe in the cloud computing game, which is something every big vendor wants to be in on. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market