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CIO weekly wrap-up: Tweetie app acquired, iPad clones and cloud news

Twitter exploded over the weekend with reports that the microblogging platform had acquired Atebits, the maker of the Tweetie app for the iPhone and Mac, leading other Twitter app developers to freak out over the implications. Meanwhile, word on the streets is that Google is looking to build an iPad clone – another clash of the titans that will continue to entertain long after the film leaves theaters.

At SearchCIO.com, we’re welcoming a new features writer, Laura Smith, into the fold, and we’re so lucky to have her! Check out her pieces on cloud computing interoperability and security, as well as Senior News Writer Linda Tucci’s piece on the CIO role in an M&A:

Cloud interoperability standards aim for vendor independence — Standards groups are developing cloud interoperability, portability and security standards in an attempt to ease the switch from one cloud provider to another.

Cloud security best practices foster rapid deployments — CIOs are developing their own cloud security best practices, such as auditing, risk assessment and contractual obligations, while the cloud industry plays catch-up.

Role of CIO in mergers and acquisitions in focus as M&A activity rises — With mergers and acquisitions expected to rise in 2010, the role of the CIO is increasingly important. In M&A activity, what separates successful from unsuccessful CIOs?

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