Saturday, December 10, 2016

I am not going to say, “I told you so!” 
Gabe Friedman reports:
A federal judge on Friday unveiled a long sealed proposed class-action complaint that accused the law firm, Johnson & Bell, of failing to take adequate steps to protect the data on its servers.
The case is currently proceeding in confidential arbitration and the complaint was filed in April by the plaintiff’s firm Edelson P.C. on behalf of two of Johnson & Bell’s onetime clients, Jason Shore, a California resident, and Coinabul, a Wyoming limited liability company.
Read more on Bloomberg Law.

I don’t think they mean hacking as we know it.  They seem to think that millions of Russians were shipped into the US Midwest and voted for Trump.  Or perhaps they just think it wasn’t fair that Democrats were hacked and Republicans were not? 
Obama Orders Investigation Into Election-Related Hacking
President Obama asked intelligence officials to perform a “full review” of election-related hacking this week, and plans will share a report of its findings with lawmakers before he leaves office on January 20, 2017.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Friday that the investigation will reach all the way back to 2008, [See?  It’s not just Trump.  Bob] and will examine patterns of “malicious cyber-activity timed to election cycles.”   He emphasized that the White House is not questioning the results of the November election. 

CIA 'believes Russia intervened to help Donald Trump win Presidential Election - and now has the proof'
   Last night, the Washington Post reported CIA sources as saying the agency now believes it has evidence individuals with connections to the Russian government were behind a number of hacks targeting the Democrats.
   CIA agents allegedly say it is now "quite clear" that electing Trump was Russia's goal..

Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes
American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials.
They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks.

Is Verizon assuming Samsung’s liability here? 
Verizon Won’t Brick Galaxy Note 7 Citing Conflicting Dedication To Customer Safety
Well, we were definitely wrong, because Verizon Wireless has just issued a statement saying that it will not send the death ROM update to Galaxy Note 7 devices.  Interestingly enough, the company says that it is taking this precaution in order to ensure the safety of its customers in the case of an emergency.  The statement reads:
Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.
For starters, this wording is a bit curious, as no one is going to be boarding a flight domestically or from the U.S. to a foreign destination with a Galaxy Note 7 in tow — they’ve been banned from all airlines.  And the part about not being able to contact emergency responders is a bit comical considering that you wouldn’t be able to call anyway if your Galaxy Note 7 is on fire.

Is Detroit ready for this? 
Michigan Just Embraced the Driverless Future
The Wolverine State just became one of the first in the country to formally give the thumbs-up to autonomous cars on public roads, with no driver in the front seat.
Friday, Governor Rick Snyder put his signature on bills permitting automakers to operate networks of self-driving taxis in the state.1
   “As near as I can tell from the language and the context, what’s going on is a specific effort to implement a specific regime for a specific company,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a legal scholar with the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies self-driving vehicles.

I have a couple of friends (I do, honest!) who speak better French than I do.  Perhaps this will allow me to catch up?
While the world waits on Apple, Molotov brings the future of TV to France and raises $23 million
   Molotov is a free app that allows users to watch any of the 70 basic free channels in France.  It works in partnership with French TV stations, so it’s all perfectly legal.  And no cable subscription is required to access the stations.  It is a big step toward making those over-the-top (OTT) dreams a reality.
   Molotov’s app has been available on almost all iOS, tvOS, Windows, and Android platforms. It allows for a continuous viewing experience across all those platforms. But it also solves the problem of needing a dozen apps for each channel to catch what limited live streams may be available.

I can’t help it, I love lists!
Friday Reads: Best Books Lists
It’s that time of year again, when the “Best Books of the Year” lists begin to flurry like snowflakes.  There’s the august New York Times’ 10 Best Books of the Year, many of which also appear on the year-end round ups by Publisher’s Weekly, BuzzFeed Books, NPR, BookRiot, the user-generated lists on Goodreads…and the list of lists goes on and on.

Hack Education Weekly News
   Via Inside Higher Ed: “The number of complaints filed last year with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights soared to a record 16,720, according to a report the department released Thursday.  The number of complaints was a 61 percent increase over the previous year’s total.”
   Via Inside Higher Ed: “After months of review, the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday approved the proposed $1.14 billion sale of Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, to a group of three private equity firms.”  The sale comes with conditions, including: 1) the Department of Education demands a letter of credit valued at 25% of the company’s federal funding allocation; 2) the company cannot add or change its educational offerings or open new locations until 2018; and 3) enrollment must be maintained at or beneath current levels.  More via The Chronicle of Higher Education and via Bloomberg.
   Via The Guardian: “ To Kill a Mockingbird removed from Virginia schools for racist language.”
   Common Sense Media surveyed parents on their own digital media habits.  “On any given day, parents of American tweens and teens average more than nine hours with screen media each day.”

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