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Pearson, the educational publisher, today made a move to beef up its international professional IT testing business: it announced that it is buying Certiport, a developer, marketer and distributor of certification exams and practice tests for IT and digital literacy skills, for $140 million in cash from the private equity firm Spire Capital Partners.

The deal will give Pearson's VUE unit, where Certiport will sit, much further reach into the retail distribution of testing services in markets outside of the U.S. and UK: Certiport currently sells its certifications and assessments thr
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ough a network of 12,000 testing centers operated by 70 partners in 150 countries, serving the range of skills in the world of IT. In all, it delivers 225,000 exams in 27 languages every month, and generated revenues of $48 million in 2011.
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The ever increasing popularity and usage of social networking sites, blogs, and instant messaging services in the workplace--while beneficial in many cases--is the cause of many security concerns for IT and security specialists. Human mistakes, such as disclosing private information through these portals and accepting malicious content via file transfers, coupled with newly enacted regulatory compliance which force many companies to record all of their electronic transmissions, stress the need for a new solution to combat these challenges. FaceTime's newest
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product which is launching today, Unified Security Gateway 3.0, hopes to be this solution.

The product, which I have aptly dubbed "The Regulator," moves FaceTime from their niche, Instant Messaging Compliance, where they track over 230 Instant Messaging Applications, to the overarching web security domain. Unified Security Gateway 3.0 will still monitor these IM applications, as well as web mail, social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook, and blogs.
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In a previous Hub, Health Savings Accounts - A Solution to the Health Care Crisis. I described how Health Savings Accounts work. In the interests of space and desire to focus on how the Health Savings...

This is post was written by TecCrunchIT guest author Rick Nucci, the Co-founder and CTO of enterprise integration technology company Boomi. Prior to forming Boomi Inc., Rick worked for EXE Technologies.

A robust application programming interface (API) has become essential for today’s successful SaaS independent software vendors (ISVs). As a SaaS vendor, you should expect that a majority of your customers are going to require interoperability
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with other SaaS applications, web services, and legacy systems. As demonstrated by internet pioneers Google, Amazon, and Facebook, an open application strategy facilitates deeper customer usage and enables new revenue streams. Integration is critical for SaaS vendors, and developing a reliable API strategy is the first step toward achieving that goal.

Unfortunately, many ISVs still treat their API as an afterthought or merely a “checkbox” on their project list rather than a core feature of their solution. As a result, APIs are not well designed or properly built and wind up costing both the vendor and its customers tens of thousands of dollars in ongoing maintenance due to infrastructure costs and the drain on engineering resources. After reviewing hundreds of actual SaaS APIs, many up to par and others distinctly subpar, it is clear that there are a number of common mistakes made when developing an API. Fortunately, each of them can be easily remedied by following best practices.
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SwingVine, a site that lets you see what content is trending on the web, is adding real-time functionality. SwingVine aggregates data and news from across the web, analyzes the volume of online buzz and the reputation of various sources, evaluates user interactions on the site itself, and other information to surface the the most popular and noteworthy content on the web. It’s a hybrid of an aggregator of information on pop culture and news and an analytics site that actually measures what people are looking for on the web.

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ing the ability to see trends and buzz on the web in real-time makes complete sense for SwingVine. The startup determines trends based on factors such as volume, recency, and growth rate of web news, sales data, critic reviews, onsite pageviews, clicks, and other data points around topics. Swingvine is also launching a Facebook app to mine and aggregate trends from your existing Facebook friends, incorporating social results into your trends. You can connect SwngVine with Facebook via Facebook Connect.
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