Afternoon Coffee: SEC’s Conflict Mineral Ruling, Contract Migrations Webinar, Password Security

Tune in tomorrow at 10am for the SEC's ruling.
SEC's Upcoming Conflict Minerals Ruling: What It Will Mean for Manufacturers -- On Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10 am, a committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will consider "whether to adopt rules regarding disclosure and reporting obligations with respect to the use of conflict minerals to implement the requirements of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act."

Join Seal Software for a webinar on 8/28.
Save time and money with effective Contract Migration -- Moving your contract documents, and the associated metadata, from an existing system, or even systems, to a new Contract Lifecycle Management platform is a daunting proposition. If you're managing anything but the very smallest volumes of contracts, you're going to need to automate the process to a greater or lesser degree. Your existing system may only have a small number of metadata items for each contract, with a great deal information locked away in the contract document itself.

No horses...
No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer' -- Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer. Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is "not possible" to eliminate positions. Union rules have turned the department into a government jobs program, some critics say.

Change your passwords, change 'em often.
Why passwords have never been weaker--and crackers have never been stronger -- In late 2010, Sean Brooks received three e-mails over a span of 30 hours warning that his accounts on LinkedIn,, and other popular websites were at risk. He was tempted to dismiss them as hoaxes--until he noticed they included specifics that weren't typical of mass-produced phishing scams. The e-mails said that his login credentials for various Gawker websites had been exposed by hackers who rooted the sites' servers, then bragged about it online; if Brooks used the same e-mail and password for other accounts, they would be compromised too.

- Sheena Moore

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