Thursday, April 09, 2015

With these Apps, everyone can “broadcast” video in real time. Beyond the concerns of the MPAA (video from theaters) RIAA (videos of rock concerts) there are implications for Privacy and the infrastructure of the Internet.
CIO Journal: MLB to Monitor Use of Video-Streaming Apps
Major League Baseball will be monitoring the way fans use new live-streaming apps, such as Meerkat and Periscope, during games.
Games are licensed content and MLB policy prohibits fans from taking live video. Credentialed media are limited to 120 seconds or less of video, the policy says. “Fans don’t have the right to emulate the game. Live streaming doesn’t change that,” said Bob Bowman, president of business and media for the league.
… The Meerkat and Periscope apps allow smartphone users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices. The apps are competing to become the dominant self-broadcasting software on social media.

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015
Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56%) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often.

You have personal data, therefore you must be working with the NSA!
Facebook hit by class action lawsuit focused on data privacy
A privacy lawsuit brought against Facebook by 25,000 people begins today, with the social network being accused of illegally tracking user data.
The class action case also alleges that the tech giant took part in the NSA’s PRISM programme, which raked personal data from the servers of major US companies with their apparent agreement.
While Facebook denies any involvement, the claimants hope the case will improve tech companies' attitudes to data protection.
Campaigner Max Schrems said in an AFP interview: “We are asking Facebook to stop mass surveillance, to [have] a proper privacy policy that people can understand, but also to stop collecting data of people that are not even Facebook users.

(Related) What I want my lawyer to learn.
Linn Freedman writes:
We have been closely watching the class action suits against PF Chang’s (and other retailers) relating to the bistro’s data breach last year. In December, a federal district court in Illinois dismissed a proposed class action against PF Chang’s because the plaintiffs were unable to show that they had suffered actual harm as a result of the data breach and therefore, did not have standing to pursue the claims. The plaintiffs appealed the dismissal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and on March 20, 2015, PF Chang’s requested that the Seventh Circuit affirm the lower court’s dismissal.
Last week, a Washington federal judge followed suit and dismissed another proposed class action against PF Chang’s in Washington federal court because the plaintiff was unable to show that he has suffered any appreciable harm as a result of the data breach.
Read more on JDSupra.

For my Excel and Data Analytics students.
Host Analytics Intros Modeling Cloud
Finance departments are increasingly seeking more sophisticated analytics, self-service analytics and improved access to financial and operational data.
Yet Excel spreadsheets remain the analytic tool of choice for most finance professionals. "Our recent research shows that most companies still use spreadsheets exclusively for budgeting and operational planning, and their plans end up less accurate as a result," said Robert Kugel, senior vice president and research director at Ventana Research.
The main reason users favor spreadsheets, Kugel said, is their ease of use. "… Software vendors have been historically challenged to deliver a modeling environment to match that ease of use," he said.
Host Analytics has introduced Host Analytics Modeling Cloud, a new module in its cloud enterprise performance management (EPM) suite that is designed to allow finance pros to create data models in Excel spreadsheets or via a Web browser or mobile device with a patent-pending "write once, run anywhere" architecture.
Analytical views and reports are saved in a common, cross-platform format, the company promises. So users can create a report in Excel and view it unchanged on a mobile device, or create a report in a Web browser for a power user to analyze in Excel.
… Available now, Host Analytics Modeling Cloud incorporates several buzz-worthy technologies, including HTML5, NoSQL, in-memory computing and a patent-pending cloud-based calculation engine.
Discussing Host Analytics' use of NoSQL, Walter said it provides a "schemaless" database structure so organizations can store models and calculations in optimized structures rather than force-fitting them into the traditional table structures of relational databases.

Your Excel formulas cheat sheet: 15 tips for calculations and common tasks

For my students who take notes. (Take note, students!)
OneNote Is Now Truly Free with More Features Than Before
… For a while, the cross-platform note-taking app Evernote was the de facto standard. That’s not true anymore. While Evernote is still a remarkable app, Microsoft recently upped their game when they announced that OneNote would be more free than ever before.
… When OneNote first went free in 2014, it was only cause for semi-celebration. Sure, it meant that anyone could download it and start taking notes right away, plus it was also made available for Mac at that same time.
But there were still a few killer features that were held behind a premium version only available to Office 365 and Office 2013 customers. With their most recent announcement, Microsoft has removed all restrictions from the free version of OneNote.
… Not sure where to start? Check out these OneNote tips for beginners. And if you’re still yearning for more, keep going with these advanced OneNote tips.

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