Friday, March 24, 2017

Simple if not elegant.  I wonder how many schools or companies have not noticed similar changes yet.
Lisa Gresci reports:
Coastal Carolina University continues to work to recover money that was stolen from the college in a phishing scam.
A release from CCU stated an individual who claimed to represent a company under contract with the university contacted its financial services via email and requested to change the company’s bank account information.
Thanks to quick action, university officials said they’ve recovered more than $564,000 of the more than $1 million taken.  On campus, additional “cybercrime safeguards” will be installed to make sure nothing like this happens again.
Read more on WMBF.

Isn’t it strange that no one has noticed this until now?  Makes me think that “offensive” was their target audience… 
Advertisers Flee YouTube Over Offensive Ad Placements

I’ve been thinking about this.  Actually, I asked my AI to think about this.  It came to the same conclusion. 
Will AI Create as Many Jobs as It Eliminates?
The threat that automation will eliminate a broad swath of jobs, across the world economy is now well established.  As artificial intelligence (AI) systems become ever more sophisticated, another wave of job displacement will almost certainly occur.  
It can be a distressing picture.
But here’s what we’ve been overlooking: Many new jobs will also be created — jobs that look nothing like those that exist today.
In Accenture’s global study of more than 1,000 large companies already using or testing AI and machine-learning systems, we identified the emergence of entire categories of new, uniquely human jobs.  These roles are not replacing old ones.  They are novel, requiring skills and training that have no precedents.  
More specifically, our research reveals three new categories of AI-driven business and technology jobs.  We label them trainers, explainers, and sustainers.

Interesting stuff.  Another Chinese company crashes.  Not the best way to encourage investment.  Perhaps that is what is driving venture capital money to the US? 
Huishan Dairy, Muddy Waters Target, Sinks 85% in Hong Kong
Shares of China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co. sank by a record 85 percent in Hong Kong before the company halted trading.
The sudden crash wiped out about $4.1 billion in market value.  A record 779 million shares in the Shenyang-based company changed hands, the most on Hong Kong’s exchange.
   The move is also a vindication for Carson Block, whose Muddy Waters Capital LLC said in December it was shorting Huishan Dairy and the company was “worth close to zero.”

Perhaps a tool for my students.
Social Media Info Guide to Tumblr
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Mar 23, 2017
The Social Media Information Blog Investigator’s Guide to Tumblr – “Founded in 2007, Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website.  The platform, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2013, allows users to share text, images, quotes, links, video, audio, and chats.  Tumblr’s appeal is that it allows users to be creative and build independent content on a personalized page with little effort.  How does Tumblr work?  A large part of Tumblr’s appeal to its users is the simplicity and ubiquity of the features it offers.  In fact, they claim on their website that “Tumblr is so easy to use that it’s hard to explain.”  Despite that statement, we will give it a try anyway.  Registering for Tumblr requires only a valid email address.  After creating a username & password, users are provided a URL for their blog which is associated with “”  Depending on how the user wishes to utilize Tumblr, they are now able to follow other users and post original content to their tumblelog.  Social interactions between users may vary widely.  While there is certainly overlap, most Tumblr users fall into one of two categories:
  1. Social Networking – These users are primarily interested in using Tumblr to curate content.  Their usage is concentrated on interacting with other users and the content they’ve shared – commenting and connecting.
  2. Self-Publishing – These users value Tumblr’s low barrier to entry for microblogging.  Their activities typically focus on publishing content to their personal pages.
Both categories of user share potentially valuable information on Tumblr. Investigators should be aware of the differences and temper their expectations based on which grouping their subject aligns themselves…”

Just a suggestion students.  If you do this, be sure to shut off your phone before that job interview!

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