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Dassault Systemes (DS) recently announced its intention to acquire the majority of stock in Munich based Real Time Technology (RTT). RTT has approximately $84M in revenue and more than 700 employees. The company is best known for its portfolio of software products that assist in translating geometric models from 3D design systems into photo realistic interactive models that can be used in marketing – from web sites to television advertisements.

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Three days in a row this week. Yesterday Chase reported a mid-summer breach of 465K pre-paid card accounts. Together with digital identity losses reported on the 4th by Facebook, Google, and Twitter (2,000,000 hacked accounts), and the debit and credit card system failures at RBS and NatWest on the 2nd that affected thousands of banking customers in the middle of peak shopping hours (not enough IT, says CEO Ross McEwan), traditional identity systems and networks based on cards, PINs, passwords, SSN, firewalls, and marginally successful security strategies (PCI DSS 3.0 for one) continue to fall prey to IT complexity gremlins and hackers.

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James Taylor's line, Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines in Pieces on the Ground seems like such an apropos title for today's post with Jeff Bezos announcement last night on CBS's 60 Minutes that Amazon wants to fly drones to deliver packages, in the context of the Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend that culminates today in what we refer to as CyberMonday. The song line is apropos, because of the great free marketing exposure Amazon got on the eve of the busiest Cyber-shopping day of the year, and the mixed sales results reported by organizations including the National Retail Federation (NRF).

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