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Egencia to Host "Consumer-to-Business: The Modern Shift Facing Corporate America" Egencia[umlaut], the business travel division of Expedia, Inc. (EXPE), is hosting an industry event titled "Consumer-to-Business: The Modern Shift Facing Corporate America" on Wednesday, June 12 at 3 p.m. at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta. Egencia's Mark Hollyhead, senior vice president of the Americas, will moderate the panel discussion featuring representatives from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), Randstad Professionals, United Technologies Corp. and Duke Energy, who will share best practices and highlight how they are successfully bringing the consumer experience into their respective organizations. "Consumer markets are emerging as the primary driver of technology innovation," says Hollyhead. "Smart businesses are taking action and implementing change throughout the enterprise, from IT to finance-to HR and corporate travel, in order to meet employee expectations and support recruitment efforts." Event panelists include: Greeley Koch, executive director of ACTE Sarah Moon, procurement manager at Randstad Professionals Michael W. Lyons, global travel manager at United Technologies Corp. Christine Wyche, director of support services at Duke Energy From next-generation mobile technology to exceptional customer service, to personalization and gamification, to rewards and recognition programs, attendees will walk away with a true understanding of how to modernize their business practices and delight employees-including modern business travelers and Millennials, now the country's largest generation. Event registration is required. The panel discussion runs from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a cocktail networking reception immediately following. To register: Jun 15, 2013

GameStop may offer $2.5B in credit for console, game trade-ins For customers who want to trade in their existing consoles and games for Microsoft's Xbox One or Sony's PlayStation 4, GameStop could offer a total of nearly $2.5 billion in credit, according to Colin Sebastian of Baird Equity. "Used inventory tends to increase into platform launches, and we estimate that GameStop could create nearly $2.5 billion in credits for consumers upgrading to new platforms," he reports, after meeting with GameStop management. Jun 15, 2013

NTSB wants wind-test towers marked, registered As the wind-energy industry grows, the towers it uses to evaluate the potential of sites for power generation pose a growing hazard to aviation, the National Transportation Safety Board said, issuing six safety recommendations to stakeholders. Citing three fatal accidents in which aircraft collided with meteorological evaluation towers (METs), the NTSB said the time has come for all such towers to be registered, marked, and lighted where feasible. Jun 15, 2013

Price to acquire loyal gamers went up in April, data show The average cost of acquiring a loyal game player was $1.50 in April, up 10% from $1.36 in March, according to Fiksu, a data-tracking firm. It also reports iPhone owners in the U.S. downloaded a daily average of 5.61 million free applications in April, an 11% increase from the prior month. Jun 15, 2013

Foxconn, Mozilla teaming up to push into smartphone market Firefox-maker Mozilla and Foxconn, which makes Apple's iPhone, are joining forces to build smartphones and other devices that use the Firefox OS. Mozilla is eyeing the low-end-device segment with this partnership, Lorraine Luk writes. "We see huge opportunities in the emerging markets where the customers and carriers crave for affordable smartphones," Mozilla's Li Gong says. Jun 14, 2013

More students pursue cybersecurity degrees as demand for talent soars

Increasing demand for cybersecurity specialists is leading to an increase in the number of colleges offering network security programs and a renewed interest in the field among students. In addition to traditional degree programs in computer science and information technology, schools are adding data science majors and certificate programs designed to give graduates a foothold in the lucrative cybersecurity field. "This isn't a fad," said Richard Harknett, a University of Cincinnati political science professor. "We keep doubling down on this. We're doubling down on an insecure infrastructure for convenience and efficiency." Jun 14, 2013

Nvidia could make acquisitions where appropriate, CEO says Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said his IC design company would consider...

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