Monday, July 11, 2016

Data for sale is the most common value proposition for hackers.  Giving it away is just bragging.
Waqas writes:
A Ukrainian hacker going by the handle of Pravy Sektor has breached the servers of Poland’s telecom company Netia SA and stole a massive trove of data a couple of days ago and posted it for public access on an underground forum.
Netia SA has acknowledged that faced a cyber attack from the hackers but claimed that only specific amount of data has been stolen.
Read more on HackRead.

Goes to Architecture.  “If you can’t build it, they won’t come.”  
The Global Information Technology Report 2016
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 10, 2016
“Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the United States are leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in information and communications technologies (ICT), according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2016.  On average, this group of high-achieving economies at the pinnacle of the report’s Networked Readiness Index (NRI) economic impact pillar scores 33% higher than other advanced economies and 100% more than emerging and developing economies.  The seven are all known for being early and enthusiastic adopters of ICT and their emergence is significant as it demonstrates that adoption of ICTs – coupled with a supportive enabling environment characterized by sound regulation, quality infrastructure and ready skills supply among other factors – can pave the way to wider benefits.”

Perspective.  Would I be better adding to that or asking my students to avoid screens?
Americans average 10 hours each day at a screen
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 10, 2016
Nielsen Total Audience Report, Q1 Report (requires download) – “While the front sections of the quarterly Total Audience reports typically dive deep on media usage by certain demographics — age, ethnicity, income, etc. — the first-quarter 2016 report focuses on tables and exhibits typically included in the back of the report that provide comprehensive data on media behavior.  The report examines large trends in penetration, users and usage across all platforms; shows how different demos and race/ethnicity groups spend their media time; and explores the contributions of heavy users.  One of the key findings of this quarter’s report?  An important milestone in U.S. media has been reached: availability of SVOD programming (Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime) is now equal to DVR penetration, with both available in 50% of U.S. TV households…”
  • Via CNN – The average American spends nearly half a day staring at a screen.  A new Nielsen Company audience report reveals that adults in the United States devoted about 10 hours and 39 minutes each day to consuming media during the first quarter of this year…  About 81% of adults in the United States have smartphones, according to the report, which are used about one hour and 39 minutes daily on average to consume media…”

Interesting.  How far can you go?  Is there enough information on the Internet to answer reasonable questions about anyone? 
How Uber secretly investigated its legal foes — and got caught
When a young labor lawyer named Andrew Schmidt first filed suit against Uber in December of last year, he couldn’t have predicted it would make him a target.  Schmidt’s suit was a legal longshot, alleging that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick coordinated surge pricing in violation of anti-trust laws — but those legal arguments would soon be overshadowed by something much stranger.
A few weeks after the case was filed, Schmidt found out he was being investigated.
   That investigation has turned into a legal disaster for Uber, and the presiding judge has already ruled the evidence constitutes "a reasonable basis to suspect the perpetration of fraud."  The result is a rare window into how one of the most powerful and litigious companies in the world responds to a major class-action lawsuit.  As Uber continues to attract new lawsuits and accusations, the investigation into Schmidt and his colleagues shows just how far the company will go to defend its position, both inside and outside the courtroom.

How much is one of those free smartphone games worth?
Pokémon Go's success adds $7.5 billion to Nintendo's market value
Nintendo's stock continues to skyrocket following the release of Pokémon Go.  After an increase of 9.3 percent with the game's launch last week, the company's share price rose 24.52 percent on Monday to ¥20,260 ($193) — its highest one-day surge since 1983, adding $7.5 billion to the firm's market value.  The game has topped app download charts in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, and according to some market researchers, has already been installed on 5 percent of all Android smartphones in America.
That's a pretty substantial win for Nintendo, but it's worth remembering that the game is not solely made and overseen by the Japanese gaming company.  The app is created by Niantic, an augmented reality game maker spun off from Google in October 2015, and it was built in collaboration with the Pokémon Company.  Nintendo is an investor in both Niantic and the Pokémon Company (which receives around 30 percent of Pokémon Go's revenue, says The Financial Times), but the app is free to download, with Nintendo's revenue generated by in-game microtransactions

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Is now the time for a third party based on charisma only?  Could Oprah be president? 
Pew – 2016 Campaign: Strong Interest, Widespread Dissatisfaction
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 10, 2016
“As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their party conventions later this month, a new national survey paints a bleak picture of voters’ impressions of the presidential campaign and the choices they face in November.  Overall satisfaction with the choice of candidates is at its lowest point in two decades.  Currently, fewer than half of registered voters in both parties – 43% of Democrats and 40% of Republicans – say they are satisfied with their choices for president.  Roughly four-in-ten voters (41%) say it is difficult to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton because neither would make a good president – as high as at any point since 2000.  And just 11% say the choice is difficult because either would make a good chief executive, the lowest percentage during this period.  The presidential campaign is widely viewed as excessively negative and not focused on important issues.  Just 27% of Americans say the campaign is “focused on important policy debates,” which is seven points lower than in December, before the primaries began…”

So easy, even a student could do it? 
How to Build Your First Slack Bot with Python
A bot is a piece of software designed to execute scripts to automate tasks that you would normally do on your own, such as make a dinner reservation, or update calendar appointment information.  While they have been around for a while, running various tasks wherever they are needed, bots are increasingly being used to simulate conversations as ‘chatbots’.
Often deployed inside messaging apps, chatbots are a popular way of handling customer service requests.  As an example, Taco Bell released a bot that allows customers to place and pay for orders via an automated conversation.  In this tutorial on Full Stack Python, Matt Makai shows followers how to build their first bot using the Slack API and Python.

I have got to start marking these important dates on my calendar. 
7-Eleven Free Slurpee Day 2016: All Of The 7-11 Freebies Available The Week Of July 11
Every year on July 11 7-Eleven gifts their customers a free frosty beverage and 2016 is no exception!  Ahead of Monday’s celebration we’ve got a rundown of all of the freebies you can snag during the week at participating locations. 
So, how do you get a complimentary cup of sugary, cold goodness?  Those interested in participating in 7-Eleven’s annual promotion only need to visit one nationwide location on Monday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Just walking in the door will get you a free, small size Slurpee of any flavor free of charge.

Chick-fil-A®’s 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day event on July 12: customers invited to wear their spots and receive free entree
Adult customers who dress in any type of cow attire, whether it’s “head-to-hoof” or sporting a cow-spotted accessory, will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-A entrée of their choice, such as an Original Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap or Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit.  Children can receive a free Kid’s Meal for dressing in a cow costume.  The Cow Appreciation Day celebration will last from store opening through 7:00 p.m. local time (check local store listings for individual store opening hours).

This could help my international students.  
How You Can Master Business English with Free Lessons
   When you are just entering the business world, English could be your second language.  When you begin to move up in your career, mastering business English could be the one skill that sets you apart from the rest of the pack.

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