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Cloud first.
TechAmerica Foundation Releases "Cloud First Buyer's Guide" -- TechAmerica's government cloud computing buyer's guide charges all Federal agencies to comply with the administration's "Cloud First" policy. The guide was authored by the Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2). In March, the commission was given a three-month mandate is to provide the Obama Administration with recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and for public policies that will help drive U.S. innovation in the cloud. The buyer's guide includes recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership of the cloud in the commercial space.

Shoddy design/planning can always lead to tragedy.
Chinese Officials Blame Design Flaws in Deadly Train Crash -- Chinese have flooded microblogging sites with furious complaints about breakneck development without heed to safety. Many also expressed fears of a cover-up, especially after reports that despite the investigation, one train car had been buried at the site and later had to be excavated. On Wednesday, more than 100 relatives of victims protested at the Wenzhou South station, demanding to know the truth about what happened, according to the Global Times, an English-language newspaper affiliated with People's Daily, the Communist Party's official paper.

Come fly with me, we'll fly, we'll fly away...
JetBlue Offers Unlimited Travel Package -- JetBlue Airways Corp., refining an earlier product offering, said it would sell a flexible three-month travel pass designed for business customers on selected flights out of Boston and Long Beach, Calif. The Forest Hills, N.Y., discount carrier is trying to woo business travelers and their higher ticket purchases as it struggles, like the rest of the industry, with costly fuel prices and an uncertain economy. The BluePass, which went on sale Thursday and can be purchased through Aug. 31, covers travel between Aug. 22 and Nov. 22, normally a time when summer leisure travel dies down and airlines have more seats to sell. Two of the three versions target passengers in Boston, a large and growing JetBlue destination, and the third is aimed at fliers who use JetBlue's services out of Long Beach.

The perfect balance...
Tech supply chain faces excess inventory -- Fears of shortages in the global technology supply chain are turning into worries about excess inventory as precautionary stockpiling after the Japan earthquake has coincided with waning consumer demand in Europe and the US. Far from the doomsday scenarios in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that there would be shortages – thereby making components pricier and delaying production – the biggest problem now facing global technology manufacturers is how to clear overstocked warehouses.

- Sheena Moore

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