: LinkedIn resumes more honest — in some ways
NEW YORK (AP) — A new study says people are less likely to lie about big things on resumes they post on the professional network LinkedIn compared with traditional resumes.
But the study, from researchers at Cornell University, says people are actually more deceptive about their interests and hobbies — things that are more difficult to verify.
The study says that websites such as LinkedIn can lead to greater honesty when it comes to resume claims such as experience and responsibilities. That's because claims are more easily verified in a public, online setting, so liars are more likely to get caught.
That said, people "still found ways to make themselves look better," by fibbing about harder-to-verify claims such as personal interests, said Jamie Guillory, graduate student at Cornell and lead author of the study. After all, it's not easy to check whether you really like skydiving, as your resume says, or prefer sitting on the couch with your cat eating potato chips, as the truth might be.
Overall, lies were common no matter what resume format people used. On average, the study's participants, all college students, lied nearly three times in their profile. About 92 percent of the participants lied at least once and the highest number of lies they told was eight. But Guillory said these were not so much "outright lies" such as making up false information, but more like exaggerations or leaving things out.
The study was published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking this week. The researchers followed 119 college students aged 18 to 22. Each was randomly assigned to create a traditional resume, a private LinkedIn resume or a public one.
— Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer
Leap signs up as customer of new Clearwire network
NEW YORK (AP) — Clearwire has signed up Leap Wireless, the parent of the Cricket cell service, as a customer for its next-generation network.
Clearwire's "LTE," or Long-Term Evolution network, which it hopes to fire up next year, will be a supplement to Leap's own LTE network.
The company's goal is to provide phone companies wholesale access to its networks. Its existing WiMax network is already used by Sprint Nextel Corp. for its "4G" service for smartphones, offering faster downloads than Sprint's own network.
Leap Wireless International Inc., based in San Diego, has 5.9 million subscribers. It previously signed up to use an LTE network being built by LightSquared, a startup. But LightSquared's network looks doomed because regulators say it interferes with GPS navigation devices.
Clearwire Corp., of Kirkland, Wash., has vast spectrum holdings but poor finances. Its shares rose 8 cents, or 3.7 percent, to $2.22 in midday trading.
Analyst Kevin Smithen at Macquarie Capital said the deal should add "a few hundred million dollars per year" to Clearwire's earnings. He's been assuming that it would land larger carrier MetroPCS Communications Inc., which has a business model similar to Leap, and still sees that as a possibility.
Dell to buy SonicWALL, network security provider
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Computer maker Dell Inc. has agreed to buy network and data security provider SonicWALL Inc. for an undisclosed sum.
Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said Tuesday that SonicWALL's lineup of firewalls complements its security solutions portfolio and broadens its product lineup.
The company has more than 130 patents, registered and pending, and develops its own security products. More than 300,000 customers use SonicWALL products, including firewalls and secure remote access, along with email security, backup and recovery, Dell said.
SonicWALL was founded in 1991 and is based in San Jose, Calif. Its 950 workers are expected to join Dell, the company said.
The deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions, was approved by the boards of both companies. It's expected to close in the second quarter of Dell's fiscal year 2013.