Thursday, July 13, 2017

I gave my students this breach to research.  It will be interesting to see what they conclude.
IANS reports:
In a major relief to Reliance JIO customers, an initial police probe has found there was no theft of data by a computer engineer arrested from Rajasthan, a top investigating official said here on Thursday.
“According to our probe so far, no data has been leaked or stolen.  But investigations are still in the initial stage and we will learn more after the accused is brought here late on Thursday night,” Navi Mumbai Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Tushar Doshi told IANS.
Read more on Business Standard.

Reliance Jio admits to systems breach in police complaint
   The complaint is the telecom company’s first official acknowledgement of a systems breach. Jio has so far denied media reports and user accounts of a leak.
   Several local news sites reported late on Sunday that names, telephone numbers and email addresses of Jio users were visible on a site called ‘Magicapk,’ which was subsequently taken down.
   Experts say India has inadequate data protection laws that do not mandate companies or agencies to notify clients if their personal data has been breached.  Advocates for stronger data protection laws say this results in data leaks often going unreported.
“There is a clear stigma attached to being hacked, or data being stolen,” said Akash Mahajan, a web security consultant in Bengaluru, adding this is why companies in India often do not admit to data breaches.

Deny, deny, deny.
Verizon Downplays Leak of Millions of Customer Records
Cyber resilience firm UpGuard reported on Wednesday that its researchers discovered an unprotected AWS S3 bucket containing information on as many as 14 million Verizon customers, including names, addresses, phone numbers, PINs used for identity verification purposes, customer satisfaction data, and service purchases.
The data, which appears to represent daily logs collected over the first six months of 2017, was not exposed by Verizon itself, but by NICE Systems, an Israel-based partner that provides call center services.  UpGuard reported the leak to Verizon on June 13, but the exposed database was only protected on June 22.
   In a statement published on its corporate website, Verizon downplayed the incident, claiming that the details of only 6 million unique customers were exposed.  The company blamed the leak on human error, and pointed out that no one other than UpGuard had accessed the unprotected cloud storage area.
   Willy Leichter, vice president of marketing at Virsec, believes “this will be a heated board-level issue for a $1 billion company like Nice, and a $125 billion-plus company like Verizon.”
“If the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was in effect (it is starting in May 2018) there could be a fine as large at $5 billion (4% of annual revenue) for this single incident,” Leichter said.

Backups are good!  Easy backups are better!
Google launches a new Backup & Sync desktop app for uploading files and photos to the cloud
As promised last month, Google has today launched its new “Backup and Sync from Google” tool, which aims to help users more easily back up the files and photos on their computer.
   The new tool offers a simple user interface, where you’ll first sign into your Google account, then select the folders you want Google to continually back up to Google Drive.
   Both products‘ websites are currently hosting the updated software, which is a free download for consumers.

If there is even a hint of something to do with AI, companies are snapping up start=ups. 
Google acquires India’s Halli Labs, which was building AI tools to fix ‘old problems’
Some more M&A news in the world of artificial intelligence.  Today it was made public that Google has acquired Halli Labs, a very young (its first public appearance was on May 22 of this year) startup based out of Bengaluru, India, that was focused on building deep learning and machine learning systems to address what it describes as “old problems.”
   It’s not clear whether or not Halli Labs was funded.
   It’s also not clear how many more people were working at Halli Labs.  We’re trying to find that out too.

The world, she is a changing…
It is barely 20 years since Sergey Brin and Larry Page registered the domain name, and only 10 years since Steve Jobs walked onto a stage in San Francisco and introduced the iPhone.  Yet in this short period, digital technologies have upended our world.  We introduced the Digital Evolution Index in HBR in 2015 to trace the emergence of a “digital planet,” how physical interactions — in communications, social and political exchange, commerce, media and entertainment — are being displaced by digitally mediated ones.  We identified many hotspots around the world where these changes are happening rapidly and other spots where momentum has slowed.  Two years on, depending on where we live, we continue to move at different speeds toward the digital planet.

Honesty?  That’s a concept? 
Minnesota attorney general sues CenturyLink over billing
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued CenturyLink on Wednesday as she alleged that the internet, phone and cable television provider frequently billed Minnesota customers at higher rates than its sales agents quoted.
Flanked by Minnesotans who have filed some of the “hundreds” of complaints about charges they say they didn’t agree to, Swanson said she’s asking a judge to impose civil penalties, order the company to change its sales practices and require that CenturyLink pay restitution to customers who were misled about their purchases.
   The lawsuit, filed in Anoka County District Court, accuses Louisiana-based CenturyLink of committing consumer fraud and engaging in deceptive trade practices.  It cites 37 specific cases in which people were overbilled by the company and denied the opportunity to reduce those charges — even when they had the original offer in writing. 

No doubt Google googled “tax breaks.”
Why Europe can’t beat Google on corporate taxes
Google isn’t liable for 1.1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) of back-taxes after all, a French court has decided.  That won’t be the last battle the U.S. search engine faces over how it arranges its profits.  Giant technology companies will always have an advantage over local tax authorities, though.  Unlike competing European countries, they can put their global interest first. 
  A big company might argue, as Google has, that its UK business merely offers marketing services to an Irish-based sales company, which means that profit from actual sales is rightly taxed in Ireland.  In some cases, it might be possible to argue that certain staff members in Britain were effectively engaging in sales.  Even then, though, the principle that tax is payable where profit is booked – not where the customer is based – is still intact.

For my students.  Remember, there’s a downside to every new technology.  Think of this article when the doomsayers predict that robots mean the end of all jobs.
What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From the Bicycle
In 1896, the bicycle was a thrilling and newfangled invention.  But not everyone was impressed.  A writer named Joseph Bishop went around interviewing angry business owners, who claimed their sales fell as a result of the two-wheeler.  “Before the bicycle craze struck us,” one barber said, “the men used to come in on Saturday afternoons and get a shave, and a haircut, and maybe a shampoo, in order to take their lady friends to the theater, or go out somewhere else in the evening.  Now they go off on a bicycle and do not care whether they are shaved or not.”
Booksellers said people weren't reading as much, because they were cycling.  Saloon owners complained that they weren't selling as much beer, because bicyclists drank more refreshing beverages.  The cigar trade was in a panic, claiming that it was shrinking at the rate of one million fewer cigars sold a day.  Shoe-makers raised the alarm, because nobody was walking anymore.  And hatters, Bishop reported, “say they are injured because bicyclists wear cheap caps and thus either save their more expensive ones or else get on without them.  One irate member of the trade proposes that Congress be asked to pass a law compelling each bicycle-rider to purchase at least two felt hats a year.”

Making “cut & paste” easier? 
Internet tool that removes everything from a web page except for its text
by on
“The text-only internet tool Textise is a new way of looking at the Web.  It’s an internet tool that removes everything from a web page except for its text.  In practice, this means that images, forms, scripts, pretty fonts, they all go, leaving plain text.   
How to use this page:
1) Type or paste the URL of a web page into the box below and click “Textise”.  A text only version of the web page will be displayed.
2) Type a search term into the box, select a search engine from the drop-down list, and click “Search”.  You will be taken to a text only version of the search results.
Textise will also display search forms on selected sites (for example, if enabled on the Options page.
3) Read more

Could help me map my students.  
See all your Google Contacts on a Google Map
   The Map My Contacts script is open-source and the source code is published under the MIT License.  The app does not store or upload your data anywhere – read privacy policy.

Another set of tools for my students.

Resources for my students…
It’s not always easy to find podcasts you want to listen to, especially ones about technology.  It seems comedy and crime are the two vogue genres of the podcast world at the moment.
So when a fresh podcast comes along, it’s certain to grab our attention — and the new .future podcast from Microsoft has done exactly that.  If you love tech talk, it won’t disappoint you.  I promise.
   The new .future podcast marks a second official venture, but this time Microsoft products are not the focus.
   If you want to subscribe, you can find it in the iTunes Directory or by using the RSS link.  The first episode aired on June 28, so make sure you download the old episodes first.

An important correction!  (Fortune got it wrong!)  You must buy a dozen at regular price before getting a dozen for 80 cents. 
7/14 get an 80 cent Original Glazed dozen when you buy any dozen

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