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Software Bugs We Don’t Want to See Repeated in 2015—or Ever Again

Security breaches happen, from Target to Sony, but sometimes it’s not malicious hackers causing pain points for consumers, society, and companies. Occasionally, bugs in the software are to blame. Here is a look at some of the more infamous software bugs that we hope don’t get repeated in 2015.

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Cameron Philipp...
IBM Supercomputer Watson Now a Customer Service Agent

Watson, IBM’s supercomputer that was introduced to the world on Jeopardy!, is trying out a new gig as a customer service agent. The artificial intelligence system will use its capacity to respond to natural language by answering call center customer service requests from everyday people.

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Beth Romanik
Zapier Provides Outage Status Board for Nearly 200 APIs

There are service dashboards that track larger APIs, such as those for Google, Amazon, and Dropbox. But Zapier, a startup that integrates APIs and online services, is sharing its status board for nearly 200 online services, with millions of API requests performed a month—a big help for developers.

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Beth Romanik
SCM Problem Shuts Down Chicago Trading System

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) trading system recently was shut down for part of a day due to a software glitch. Some inside the CBOE are looking to recent configuration changes, requirements tracking, and testing as possible culprits.

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Bob Aiello
Behavior-Driven Development: The Outside-In Approach

Behavior-driven development (BDD) is a software development practice that is utilized by many agile teams. BDD is an evolution of test-driven development but with an important distinction—it is outside-in. Scott Sehlhorst provides a business analyst’s understanding of BDD.

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Scott Sehlhorst
Every Second Counts: Leap Second Wreaks Havoc with Software

Time stood still for a second on Saturday, June 30, 2012, as the official global clock was adjusted to better align time with the Earth’s rotation. This “leap second” wreaked havoc on many big-name websites and even some software platforms as they struggled to adjust to the time change.

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Heather Shanholtzer