Friday, January 22, 2016

Will this ever happen in the US? Credit Card companies here seem to have insulated themselves pretty well.
The Korea Herald reports the latest development in a massive data leak first reported at the end of 2013:
A local court on Friday ordered three credit card-related companies, hit by a massive data leak in 2014, to give 100,000 won ($83) to each victim, a ruling that could set a precedent for other similar lawsuits.
The Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of a total of some 5,000 customers who filed four separate suits against KB Kookmin Card Co., NH Nonghyup Card Co., and a credit rating agency, the Korea Credit Bureau.
Read more on The Korea Herald.
Some of the past coverage on can be found here. The government regulators had suspended three firms’ ability to take on new customers as part of the consequences of a massive data leak affecting 15-20 million consumers – a suspension that was estimated to cost firms $117 million. And now the court awards money to the customers who sued after their data was leaked? This may be one of the most damaging insider breaches involving a contractor that I can recall.

Extreme over-reaction or ulterior motive? Interesting that he was authorized to delete everything. Who was in charge of security?
I’m not sure I understand what’s gone on here, but MidHudson News reports:
City Manager Michael Ciaravino’s decision to wipe out all of the data on Newburgh’s cloud has prompted Councilwoman Cindy Holmes to demand an investigation.
Holmes noted that as a result of the manager’s decision, she lost her two years of city information and personal notes.
Ciaravino said he had reason to order the information from all council members deleted.
“It had to be done immediately,” Ciaravino said during a workshop session of the council Thursday night. “This had been going on for months. I would look on my own devices and I was told my location was being shared by Michael Vatter, my location was being shared with Cedric Brown, my location was being shared with other select council people. I would reset my own settings on my own phone and turn around and it was changed again. This had gone on for a number of months where I kept asking for it to be addressed.”
So a city manager just wiped out all the city’s data? Do they have local backup?
Read more on MidHudson News.

Perhaps they could ask someone who has some technical knowledge? Perhaps they should stop watching movies and learn a bit about Internet usage?
Republicans to FCC: Even Netflix doesn't require Internet speeds that high
In a letter sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the six senators pointed out that popular video streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon only require a fraction of the 25 Megabit per second (Mbps) Internet speeds that the FCC has set as the baseline limit to classify as broadband Internet.

Trying to explain how Google makes money.
Google Paid Apple $1 Billion to Keep Search Bar on IPhone
… Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according to a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google. The search engine giant has an agreement with Apple that gives the iPhone maker a percentage of the revenue Google generates through the Apple device, an attorney for Oracle said at a Jan. 14 hearing in federal court.

(Related) Google never said, this is Oracle's best guess.
Oracle Says Google Made $31 Billion In Revenue From Android. What Does It mean?
… Last week, an Oracle lawyer said in court that Google had made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit from Android, according to Bloomberg. Google then urged the court to seal portions of the transcript of the public hearing, because the information was extremely sensitive and based on confidential financial documents obtained by Oracle during the litigation.

Perspective. Perhaps this explains how Uber is crushing the Taxi business that has been operating since Thurn and Taxis started carrying the mail in the 1500's. I think it is the same explanation as Paul David offered in his 1989 paper, The Dynamo and the Computer.
The Most Digital Companies Are Leaving All the Rest Behind

Because we've been discussing this in class.
How Facebook’s Plan To Give The World Free Mobile Internet Went So Wrong

For broadband 'zero rating,' it doesn't have to be all or nothing
… the economics are clear: Giving people an additional option for accessing websites they value at a lower price — zero in this case — makes them better off. And while it would be naive to think that Facebook has purely altruistic motives, it makes sense that a program to bring the poorest online would focus on a service like Facebook, for which there is extraordinary demand, at least at a nominal price of zero.

What would you do with this?
Diary of Anne Frank published on both a blog and a website citing end of EU copyright protection
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jan 21, 2016
Via Swissinfo: “The Diary of Anne Frank has been put online by a French politician and an academic, who cite EU law and the importance of intellectual freedom. The Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation is considering legal action, saying it still holds the copyright. “Anne Frank died in 1945 [in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany], therefore her diary should enter the public domain on January 1, 2016,” argues Olivier Ertzscheid, a lecturer at the University of Nantes, who has published the original Dutch text on his blog. At the same time, Isabelle Attard from the French Green Party put it online on her website. According to French law, which conforms to an EU directive, a work falls into the public domain on January 1, 70 years after the death of its author or last surviving author in the case of multiple authors. But as copyright law is determined at a national level, each country has its own rules, resulting in differences in protection periods.”

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