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Social changes brought about by the Internet & Technology

Darkreading.com reported that “Almost every retail store in existence has at least one point-of-sale (POS) machine to quickly process credit cards and allow their customers to make transactions. Some of the largest retailers may have hundreds of machines in a single location, or thousands of them deployed worldwide.” The December 14, 2018 article entitled “Retailers: Avoid the Hackable Holidaze” included these comments about attacks to POS devices: One of the easiest scams is…
The New York Times reported that Apple “would build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Tex., where it could eventually employ 15,000 people, amid a broader expansion that will create thousands of jobs in several American cities.” The December 13, 2018 article entitled “Apple to Add $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Tex., in Broad U.S. Hiring Push” included these comments from Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook: Apple is proud to bring new…
The New York Times reported that “Frequently, location data companies make packages of code that collect phones’ whereabouts. Developers who add this code to their apps can get paid for location-targeted ads, or earn money for providing the location data, or get free mapping or other services for their apps.”  The December 10, 2018 article entitled “How The Times Analyzed Location Tracking Companies” included these comments: Reporters tested both the Android and iOS…
The Washington Post reported that Walmart “The robots look fairly one-dimensional in nature, but their onboard sensors allow them to collect useful analytical data, the company said. The data may prove useful, providing the company with information about peak shopping hours or “which shelves are empty,”.”  The December 4, 2018 report entitled “Walmart’s latest hire: Robotic janitors that clean floors and collect data” included these comments about the “robot custodians are powered by…
The Washington Post reported that “Superpedestrian — a Cambridge, Mass.-based micro-mobility company known for making electric bicycles …that the company plans to begin producing an “industrial grade e-scooter” capable of operating on a single charge for several days and self-diagnosng mechanical issues, removing itself from circulation using “vehicle intelligence.””  The December 3, 2018 article entitled “An MIT-born startup has a bold new claim: An electric scooter that repairs itself” included these comments Superpedestrian…
The New York Times reported that “one in five recipients actually talks to the fake tech-support centers, and 6 percent ultimately pay the operators to “fix” the nonexistent problem, according to recent consumer surveys by Microsoft.” The November 28, 2018 report entitled “That Virus Alert on Your Computer? Scammers in India May Be Behind It” included these comments: You know the messages. They pop up on your computer screen with ominous warnings like,…
The Washington Post reported that “Japan’s cybersecurity minister, ….has now admitted he’s not that familiar with the whole cybersecurity…” which is an update to my recent blog “What’s wrong with this news? Japan’s Cybersecurity Minister has never used a computer!”  The Washington Post November 23, 2018 article entitled “Japan cybersecurity minister who doesn’t use computers now admits he doesn’t get cybersecurity either” included these comments about Yoshitaka Sakurada (Japan’s cybersecurity minister…
BlockchainNews reported that the comments of Daria Generalova  (Managing Partner at ICOBox) that “I believe there are several reasons for the latest market collapse. First, there was a massive cryptocurrency selloff, which was partly related to the news of the hardfork of Bitcoin Cash.” The November 21, 201 report entitled “A Review of this weeks Market Collapse, this was one of the Most Dramatic Daily Selloffs in The Entire Year” included these…
BlockchainNews reported that “‘Big Four’ accounting firm KPMG highlights a dire need for the global financial system to make radical changes, including through the adoption of digital currency in place of antiquated interbank payment and settlement structures.”  The November 20, 2018 report entitled “Big Banks Finally See That Finance Is Due a Revamp, but Is It Too Late” included contributions from Bank of England, Bank of Canada, HSBC, among other that “shows is…
The New York Times reported “Japanese lawmakers were aghast on Wednesday when Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, the minister who heads the government’s cybersecurity office, said during questioning in Parliament that he had no need for the devices, and appeared confused when asked basic technology questions.” The November 15, 2018 Report entitled “Minister in Charge of Japan’s Cybersecurity Says He Has Never Used a Computer” included these details: Asked by a lawmaker if nuclear power…