Design Con 2015
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4D-Printed Medical Devices Move Closer to the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
12/18/2014   (1) comment
4D printing is hitting real-world applications in the medical industry. In addition to being a great boon to medicine, these advances will likely put pressure on supply chain practices.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
Rick Merritt  
12/17/2014   (1) comment
The startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Make in India Taking Vision to Reality for Indian Semiconductor Manufacturing
Apek Mulay  
12/17/2014   (5) comments
India's Make in India push has resulted in two new semicondcutor fabs in the country. It's a good start, but the country will have to move carefully to ensure economic success.
Fostering a Spirit of Supply Chain Innovation
Logical Link  
12/17/2014   Post a comment
We talk about innovation, but we need to ask ourselves what it really means for the supply chain.
G.fast Now on Fast Track
John Walko  
12/16/2014   Post a comment
Chip vendors are gung-ho about G.fast, the standard that promises data delivered in 1 Gbit/s over existing cooper.
Apple & GT Advanced: Working With a Hot OEM, Suppliers Sometimes Get Burned
Tam Harbert  
12/15/2014   (3) comments
When Apple tapped GT Advanced Technologies to provide synthetic sapphire for its displays, it seemed like a dream come true. The relationship ended in a flameout -- a contentious and highly publicized divorce.
Stop! Recycle Those Old Batteries!
Max Maxfield  
12/12/2014   (7) comments
Around 3 billion batteries are discarded in the United States each year, releasing all sorts of unpleasant substances -- including mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel -- into the environment.
DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence
R. Colin Johnson  
12/11/2014   Post a comment
DeepDive is a free version of IBM's Watson, developed in the same Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, but it is being made available free and open-source.
8 Places Wireless Charging Is Hitting Mainstream
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/11/2014   (12) comments
Soon wireless charging will be one of those "how did we ever live without it" technologies. Today, applications are cropping up everywhere.
Do P-Cards Really Benefit Procurement Executives?
Priyanka Potdukhe  
12/10/2014   (3) comments
Procurement cards have some real benefits and some real downsides.
iPhone EarPod Packaging Misses the Design for Environment Boat
Pamela Gordon  
12/10/2014   (5) comments
Apple makes great products, as the popularity of all sorts of iDevices proves. The packaging, though, of the recently-released EarPods misses some basic Design for Environment principals.
Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future
Jessica Lipsky  
12/9/2014   (4) comments
Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different than the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply or to reason and make inferences.
Avnet Electronics Marketing Leverages Supplier Ecosystem to Create New MicroZed Embedded Vision Carrier Card Kit
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Avnet Electronics Marketing released a new MicroZed Embedded Vision Carrier Card kit to help engineers deploy solutions incorporating the MicroZed System-on-Module.
Avnet, Inc.'s Marianne McDonald to Present at American Supply Chain & Logistics Summit
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12/9/2014   Post a comment
Marianne McDonald, vice president of global transportation at Avnet Inc., will give a presentation on leveraging big data at the 12th Annual American Supply Chain and Logistics Summit.
How SMT Component Packages Affect Manufacturing
Michael Allen  
12/9/2014   (4) comments
Reels, mini-reels, cut tape, trays, tubes, bulk… Here's how your choice of SMT component package impacts manufacturing.
IDC Reveals Worldwide Internet of Things Predictions for 2015
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12/8/2014   Post a comment
Within the next five years, more than 90% of all IoT data will be hosted on service provider platforms as cloud computing reduces the complexity of supporting IoT "Data Blending."
IC Foundry Sales Will Keep Hitting Records Through 2018
Latest Research  
12/8/2014   Post a comment
New 2015 Foundry Almanac shows 37% of IC sales now come from foundry capacity
IPC APEX EXPO 2015 Keynote Presentations Will Inspire, Enlighten & Entertain
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12/8/2014   Post a comment
IPC APEX EXPO 2015 will feature Robbie Bach, former president of entertainment and devices at Microsoft.
4 Phases of Supply Chain Finance: A Tale of One Company’s Journey
Dan Juliano  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Often, an example is better than a lecture. We're tracing one company's journey through its supply chain finance mistakes and final success, to offer a pointer to those who are starting down this path.
Big Data & Analytics: Core to Next-Gen Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
With the help of big data and analtyics, companies can produce a more efficient and agile supply chain driven by valuable data. But research suggests that Asia-Pacific manufacturers might need a little push.
2014 Top 10 Robotics Projects on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2014   (9) comments
Take a look at the newest robots coming down the pike. These inventors are making everything from educational toys to industrial tools.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
Junko Yoshida  
12/4/2014   (2) comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
Introducing the New City, Running on the IoT
Logical Link  
12/4/2014   (5) comments
The electronics industry has its eye on the Internet of Things. As the number of devices explodes, a new customer is coming onto the scene: smart cities.
Catcher Drones to Geo-Fence Industrial Sites
Julien Happich  
12/3/2014   (1) comment
Once more in October, drones were making the headlines in France, with unidentified units reportedly flying over the country's state-operated nuclear power plants.
Know What High-Tech Online Shoppers Want
Change in the Chain  
12/3/2014   (21) comments
Electronics OEMs need to pay attention to consumer experience in order to win the race to capture customer loyalty.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
Jessica Lipsky  
12/2/2014   (1) comment
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Poor Planning & Lack of Staffing Threaten Manufacturing Growth
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/1/2014   (13) comments
Manufacturing is a growth industry, but a huge talent gap might slow things down, a new survey said.
Mobile Payment Technology Reaching Critical Mass?
Rich Pell  
11/27/2014   (11) comments
Long predicted but always seeming to be "just around the corner," mobile payments may finally have arrived.
The 10 Commandments of Attracting Millennials to Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/24/2014   (1) comment
Our industry doesn't have to be caught in the upcoming worker shortage. Start early, with these 10 easy rules, and attract the best and brightest workers of the millennial generation.
Industry Growth Pushes Demand for Global Services & Certified Quality Laboratories
Kirk Wehby  
11/24/2014   (1) comment
There's been a steady increase in demand from electronics manufacturers and OEMs for dedicated, customized inventory management solutions and international logistics solutions.
What Are You Wearing?
David Blaza  
11/21/2014   (13) comments
The wearables market is at $6 billion this year and is expected to rise to $33 billion by 2019. What are you wearing? What will you be wearing soon?
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
Rich Pell  
11/20/2014   (7) comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Savi Powers Complete In-Transit Visibility With Savi Tracking 3.0
EBN Newswire  
11/20/2014   Post a comment
New mobile capabilities deliver operational intelligence and on-demand access anytime, anywhere
Semiconductor Companies Bloated by Unhealthy Business App Diet
Chanan Greenberg  
11/20/2014   (3) comments
Many semiconductor and component manufacturers are very focused on watching those pennies while the dollars slip away. A close look at business app potentially yields huge savings.
Rochester Electronics Replicated Processors Are the Reliable Alternative to Emulations
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11/19/2014   Post a comment
Rochester Electronics is offering replication of processors through its Semiconductor Replication Process.
Make Money With the Internet of Things
Sherly Mendoza  
11/19/2014   (5) comments
For the IoT to take off, there must be profit in it somewhere. Here are some tips.
Gartner's Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Planning Lists NeoGrid as Sample Vendor
EBN Newswire  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
Global supply chain management solutions provider is a sample vendor in Supply Chain Information Hub and Integration Brokerage categories
Why Net Neutrality Preserves a Free-Market Economy for IoT Success
Apek Mulay  
11/19/2014   (16) comments
Mass capitalism-based reforms offer a free-market solution to achieve net neutrality for the IoT with minimal government intervention, a smaller government, and lower taxes on individuals.
3 Ways to Enhance Supplier Relationships for a Stronger Supply Chain
David Riffel  
11/18/2014   (2) comments
A focus on the "relationship" aspect of supplier relationship management yields excellent results for the supply chain.
Crowdfunding the Future of Hardware: Small Volume, Big Impact
Sam Wurzel  
11/17/2014   (3) comments
Crowdfunding is driving innovation in small volume manufacturing.
Augmented Reality Coming Soon to a Supply Chain Near You
Logical Link  
11/17/2014   (2) comments
More than just a gimmicky technology, augmented reality has the potential to change the way logistics and supply chain activities are handled. A new report from DHL explores how AR can support warehouse, transportation, and delivery management.
Have You Ever Been Blindsided by Your Own Design?
Aubrey Kagan  
11/15/2014   Post a comment
While reading a book that referenced an encrypted communications system used by the Argentinians during the Falklands War, Aubrey Kagan realized he'd had a part in designing this system.
Modified Corvette Allows Quadriplegic to Drive Again
Patrick Mannion  
11/14/2014   (7) comments
Ex Indy driver Sam Schmidt, paralyzed in a race car accident, talks about being able to drive again via a specially modified Corvette that responds to his head movements using infrared sensors.
Mobile Impacts Logistics More Than the PC Revolution
Jim O'Reilly  
11/14/2014   (4) comments
Mobile changes all of our interactions -- with people and with data. The logistics impacts are immense.
Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
Patrick Mannion  
11/13/2014   (3) comments
Semiconductor company CEOs on an Electronica panel see hardware-based security as an opportunity.
$400 Noise-Cancelling Headphones vs. $25 Earmuffs
Max Maxfield  
11/12/2014   (7) comments
How do $400 noise-cancelling headphones compare to $25 earmuffs in an airplane environment?
Gizmos & Gadgets From Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular
Alison Dorantes-Garcia  
11/11/2014   (2) comments
A portable satellite hotspot, the first commercially available facial recognition for home monitoring devices, and other interesting technologies all make an appearance at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular in San Francisco.
Freescale & Intel Processors Reintroduced by Rochester
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Freescale and Intel processors are now active at Rochester Electronics
Live Chat 11/12: Secure the Supply Chain From Hackers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/11/2014   (9) comments
Cyberthreats may be one of the biggest risks that the average electronics OEM, CM, or component manufacturer needs to manage. Join us for a live chat to discuss the reality of these threats and what to do about them.
Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up
Rick Merritt  
11/10/2014   Post a comment
The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.
Waste Not, Want Not: Sustainability in the Supply Chain Pays Off
Change in the Chain  
11/10/2014   (9) comments
Electronics OEMs have a bunch of reasons to build sustainability into the supply chain. Being a good corporate citizen is just the tip of the iceberg.
London Comms Museum Ticks All the Right Boxes
John Walko  
11/7/2014   (1) comment
London's Science Museum communications and IT sectors tick all the right boxes.
Live Chat 11/06: Enterprise Risks, Intellectual Property & Supply Chains
EBN Dialogue  
11/6/2014   (129) comments
Enterprise risk management (ERM) frameworks can be useful and effective in identifying, assessing, and managing intellectual property (IP) risks, including the risks that arise in supply chain compliance. Craig Moss, COO of Create.org, will be on hand to provide real-world examples and strategies for organizations to mitigate those risks.
Freescale Brings the Internet of Things to a Safer Vehicle
Carolyn Mathas  
11/6/2014   Post a comment
Two recent announcements by Freescale ensure the reality of an IoT car and a safer vehicle through tire-pressure sensing.
20,000 Companies Using iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform
EBN Newswire  
11/6/2014   Post a comment
iPoint-systems consolidates its market leadership in the field of Conflict Minerals reporting software
E2open to Present at November 2014 OAGi Plenary Meeting
EBN Newswire  
11/6/2014   Post a comment
Oagis expert to highlight real-world successes in aerospace, consumer goods, oil and gas, technology, and telecommunications industries
Startups & Their Supply Chain Fit
Logical Link  
11/6/2014   (1) comment
The high-tech startup scene is, undoubtedly, worth watching from a supply chain planning perspective, since its promise or failure could boost or hurt your own business or logistics operations.
Address Supply Chain Challenges With Cloud Technology
Udaya Shankar  
11/6/2014   Post a comment
Especially along the global supply chain, cloud-based solutions offer clear value, from increasing speed and agility to cutting costs.
5 Most Common Social Media Problems & How Procurement Pros Can Solve Them
Peter Friedman  
11/5/2014   Post a comment
OEMs will increasingly turn to social media for both corporate branding and solid supply chain information.
This Shirt Could Save Your Life
Ariella Brown  
11/4/2014   (29) comments
For heart attacks, a rapid response to any danger signs can make the difference between a full recovery and permanent damage.
Internet of Things Set to Transform Logistics in Supply Chains
Chris Power  
11/3/2014   (4) comments
The advent of low-cost sensors is bringing the Internet of Things to the logistics industry. Organizations that can figure out how to collect and analyze the right data will be well ahead in the job of streamlining logistics activities.
Scaling Social Media Programs to Maximize Value: What Procurement Professionals Need to Know
Peter Friedman  
10/30/2014   (13) comments
Social media is becoming a critical tool for businesses, but these organizations may need some professional help getting started.
Battery Progress Reality Check: Good & Bad News
Bill Schweber  
10/29/2014   (35) comments
A balanced assessment of battery tech shows solid progress is being made but no real breakthroughs are imminent.
CREATe.org Launches Whitepaper to Help Protect IP Through ERM
EBN Newswire  
10/29/2014   Post a comment
Cyber security threats and today's global, connected economy increase IP risks that can be addressed with existing ERM programs
Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?
Max Maxfield  
10/28/2014   (3) comments
Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by the constraints of yesteryear?
5 Tips for a Streamlined Supply Chain
Jennifer Bosavage  
10/28/2014   (10) comments
Smart and successful supply chains are leveraging a few strategies that allow organizations to get their supply chain to provide high quality for the lowest cost and to collaborate more effectively.
The IoT Ecosystem Meets the Supply Chain
Art Swift  
10/27/2014   (3) comments
The explosion of the Internet of Things market will change the business climate for semiconductor firms and OEMs alike.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
Junko Yoshida  
10/24/2014   Post a comment
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Infographic: Electronics Consumers Excited by New Tech
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/24/2014   (1) comment
Tablets, smartphones, and laptops are technology table stakes for most American consumers -- so let the buying continue. A recent survey traces plans and wishes for electronic toys.
Wearable Sensor Market to Expand Sevenfold in Five Years
Latest Research  
10/23/2014   Post a comment
The worldwide market for sensors in wearables will expand to 466 million units in 2019, up from 67 million in 2013.
Reflections on Autonomy & Anonymity (of Cars & People)
Blaine Bateman  
10/23/2014   (9) comments
Inter-car connectivity is bound to skyrocket, but will your privacy prevail?
Wireless Tech & the New Wave of Wearables
Christian DeFeo  
10/23/2014   (10) comments
Watches are just the tip of the iceberg with the explosion of the Internet of Things. Wireless technology and smart design will be a critical part of that growth.
SSD Changes Storage Buying Patterns
Jim O'Reilly  
10/23/2014   (2) comments
Users are tired of expensive storage. The cloud is driving open source, COTS hardware, and a new attitude.
Data Overload: The Challenge of Managing Supply Chain Analytics
Frank Cavallaro  
10/21/2014   (2) comments
Companies know supply chain analytics can yield great insights, but many question how to make sense of the deluge of data.
SaaS Eases Supply Chain Pains
Mary E. Shacklett  
10/20/2014   (2) comments
SaaS comes to the rescue of the global supply chain.
Live Chat 10/16: Applying a Macroeconomic Lens to the Supply Chain
EBN Dialogue  
10/16/2014   (84) comments
Apek Mulay, EBN Blogger and CEO of Mulay's Consultancy Services, brings his expertise in macroeconomics and the US semiconductor industry to bear as we discuss how the decentralization of the electronics supply chain and mass capitalism have the potential to benefit the industry. This approach, he believes, will socio-economic reforms, reduce taxes, and help improve collaboration between businesses. Join us with your thoughts and questions.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV -- Really?
Jonah McLeod  
10/16/2014   (10) comments
What's driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts' answers range from China's growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product on to eager consumers worldwide.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
Bernard Murphy  
10/15/2014   (4) comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
UL Supports OEMs in Conflict Mineral Reporting Efforts
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/15/2014   (9) comments
A new offering from UL's Information & Insights (I&I) division hopes to help the industry streamline reporting while increasing compliance around conflict minerals.
3D-Printed Instruments Used in Live Concert
Amy Norcross  
10/13/2014   (8) comments
A professor from Lund University in Sweden "brought the band back together" and hosted a first-of-its-kind concert using only instruments he created with a 3D printer.
Infographic: Startups in the High-Tech Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/10/2014   (8) comments
High-tech startups are critical to the electronics supply chain for innovation and flexibility. Organizations need to look closely at the reality of working with these emerging firms.
Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
R. Colin Johnson  
10/9/2014   (7) comments
Three Japanese-born researchers (one a professor at UCSB) will share the $1.1 million Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the blue light-emitting diode that has made possible the white solid-state lighting that has obsoleted both incandescent and fluorescent.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum
R. Colin Johnson  
10/8/2014   (8) comments
Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
Semiwiki Bloggers Misinformed About Foundry Business
Apek Mulay  
10/8/2014   (28) comments
The fabless foundry model, which may make economic sense for many semiconductor manufacturers, may have negative ramifications for the US economy.
Myo: More Muscle for Wearables?
Thomas Claburn  
10/7/2014   (3) comments
Myo armband aspires to become the mouse of the mobile world, but it has a way to go to get there.
Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?
Bill Schweber  
10/6/2014   (20) comments
How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s. Now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
Avnet Technology Solutions Introduces High-Performance Workload Solution for the Mid-Market
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10/3/2014   Post a comment
Avnet Technology Solutions announced a new solution for midsized companies in Latin America, based on Oracle's high-performance database technologies.
INTTRA Survey Reveals Global Shipping Professionals' Top Technology Priorities & Challenges
Latest Research  
10/3/2014   (1) comment
Survey on the State of Technology in Ocean Shipping Reveals Top Priority Is Improving Supply Chain Visibility Capabilities for Higher Quality Data.
IDC Manufacturing Insights Evaluates Worldwide Global Trade Management Vendors in New IDC MarketScape
Latest Research  
10/3/2014   (1) comment
GTM key area of interest as companies recognize the traditional, manual, approach to trade management is not effective in a global market.
Occupancy Sensor Market Projected to Reach $4.67 Billion by 2020
Latest Research  
10/3/2014   (1) comment
The Occupancy Sensor Market is estimated to reach $4.67 Billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 18.36% from 2014 to 2020.
Global Industrial Robotics Market Expected to Reach $44.48 Billion in 2020
Latest Research  
10/3/2014   (1) comment
Transparency Market Research finds that the global industrial robotics market was valued at %28.93 billion in 2013 and is estimated to reach $44.48 billion in 2020.
$196B Wireless M2M Market & IoT Industry 2020 Forecasts and Analysis
Latest Research  
10/3/2014   Post a comment
The wireless M2M market to account for $196 Billion in revenue by the end of 2020, following a CAGR of 21% during the six year period between 2014 and 2020.
Wearable Electronics and Technology Market Worth $11.61 Billion by 2020
Latest Research  
10/3/2014   Post a comment
The overall wearables market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 24.56% from 2014 to 2020.
Infographic: Past, Present, & Future of IoT
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/3/2014   (11) comments
The Internet of Things is set to grow at an astonishing pace. Is the supply chain ready to support the increased demand?
Collaborative Sourcing Reduces Costs & Time
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/2/2014   (11) comments
Procurement departments that throw out the spreadsheets and turn to a collaborative sourcing platform can reap substantial savings.
Missing Datasheet Details Can Cause Problems
Glen Chenier  
10/1/2014   (3) comments
A lack of information on a datasheet lead to system crashes from a hot-swap controller.
3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain: Collaboration, Big Data & Sustainability
Donna Fritz  
10/1/2014   (1) comment
Smart midmarket OEMs are leveraging collaboration, big data, and green/sustainable supply chains to ensure the best results.
Record iPhone Sales: Recycle Electronics October 4 With Arizona Technology Council
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9/26/2014   Post a comment
Statewide community effort supported by Data Doctors and Westech Recyclers. A portion of equipment is donated for Arizona education
Today's Lithium Battery Transport Rules Govern New Drone Technologies
EBN Newswire  
9/26/2014   Post a comment
Companies should be aware of the stringent transportation regulations applicable to the lithium ion batteries that power virtually every UAV
Infographic: Emerging Market Growth Depends on Smart Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/26/2014   (25) comments
Emerging markets can be a lucrative target for electronics OEMs, but it's critical to put strong supply chain practices in place to capture the best results.




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Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.
Live Chat 11/06: Enterprise Risks, Intellectual Property & Supply Chains
Enterprise risk management (ERM) frameworks can be useful to identify, assess, and manage intellectual property (IP) risks that arise in supply chain compliance. We'll look at real-world examples and strategies for mitigating those risks.
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