Sunday, October 05, 2014

Will Privacy protections continue to expand? Somehow I doubt it.
Karen Kleiss reports:
In a precedent-setting decision, Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench has ruled the province’s Health Information Act protects any information broadly connected to a patient’s care, even if that information is about another person.
The sweeping decision from Justice Thomas Wakeling last month overturned a ruling from Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, and called the earlier decision “irrational” and “unreasonable.”
Read more on Edmonton Journal.

Oh how not politically correct (and how refreshing!) On the other hand, I have seen more pictures (non-nude) of Jennifer Lawrence since that beach than I have seen of any other celebrity, ever. Could this all be the work of one really good social media publicist?
Nude selfie celebs were 'dumb', EU commissioner says
Günther Oettinger was highly criticised for comments including: "Stupidity is something you can only partly save people from."
He will become the EU's digital economy and society commissioner in November.
… Before making the comments Mr Oettinger said he was being "semi-serious".
After hesitating, he went on to say: "The fact that recently there have been an increasing number of public lamentations about nude photos of celebrities who took selfies - I just can't believe it.
"If someone is dumb enough as a celebrity to take a nude photo of themselves and put it online, they surely can't expect us to protect them.

Convergence. The next generation of computers (desktops and laptops) will sound like a character in a game and act more like your phone.
Microsoft continues giving Cortana a personality, adds support for pictures and Klingon
Cortana is an artificial intelligence in the Halo universe. It is also the name of Microsoft's personal assistant on Windows Phone (and coming soon to Windows 10).

So you want to be an entrepreneur?
Low-profile Zulily billionaire Mark Vadon on why fast-growing startups should avoid the limelight
… Vadon — who has built one of the most powerful e-commerce companies in Seattle since — consciously avoided press in the early days so as not to tip off competitors to the success they were seeing in the business.
“In a startup, if things are going well, you want to be really quiet,” he said.
… Vadon did admit that there were moments when other “mediocre” companies in the flash sales arena were grabbing headlines. At those moments, he and CEO Darrell Cavens discussed raising Zulily’s profile. But Cavens responded that everyone would find out how Zulily was doing when they filed to go public, which happened last year and showed a company with more revenue at the time than high-profile Twitter.
… Zulily is now valued at $4.6 billion, with Vadon holding 31 percent of the company at the time of the Nov. 2013 IPO.

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