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Friday
Jun232017

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’

[NyTimes] : "NEWARK — There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness.<p>On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corporation, with two cyberweapons that had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Mr. Ben-Oni, the global chief information officer …"

Friday
Jun232017

‘Nobody is Perfect’: Some Uber Employees Balk at Travis Kalanick’s Exit

[NyTimes] : "Uber and its investors are facing a backlash over Travis Kalanick's departure as chief executive — particularly from employees.<p>Starting late Wednesday, Uber employees circulated a petition asking the company's board of directors to bring back Mr. Kalanick in some operational role. More than 1,000 …"

Wednesday
Jun212017

How Hollywood Got Hacked: Studio at Center of Netflix Leak Breaks Silence

[Link] : <i>“Hello Rick.” “Hello Jill.”</i><p>This story first appeared in the June 20, 2017 issue of Variety.<p>Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and …
Tuesday
Jun202017

A Netflix Show Asks Viewers to Sit in the Director’s Chair

[NyTimes] : "It is choose your own adventure, Netflix style.<p>Netflix, the streaming service, on Tuesday released a new episode of the animated show “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” with an interactive twist. About a half-dozen times during the episode, viewers — most likely children — will be prompted to choose …"

Tuesday
Jun202017

AT&T Design VP: “Great Design Gets Into Our Heads”

[Link] : “Sharp visuals are no longer enough.”<p><b>Andrea Sutton is vice president of design technologies at AT&T. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women, a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry.</b><p><b>Doreen Lorenzo: So how did you find your way into this whole design thing?</b><p>I was …
Tuesday
Jun202017

This tiny iPhone speaker could revolutionize workspace conference calls

[Link] : Boardroom meetings in the office look a lot different today than they used to. With new tech like video calling, iPhones, etc, it's easier now than ever to call into or broadcast a conference meeting. But the age old conference question still stands: can everybody be heard?<p>Now, tech company Pioneer …
Tuesday
Jun202017

Google’s powerful job search tool is going live today

[Link] : Google is rolling out new features that will make it easier for jobseekers to connect with employers, straight from the search page.<p>Here’s how it works. Jobseekers can simply type queries like “jobs near me” or “retail jobs” in the search box and Google will return a list of available positions. It …
Tuesday
Jun202017

ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

[Link] : ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, …
Sunday
Jun182017

Jay Walker on Why Leaders Don’t Always Make Good Managers

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Jay Walker</b>, chairman of <b>Walker Digital</b> and founder of <b>Priceline</b> and <b>Upside</b>, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.<p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I grew up in Yonkers, N.Y. From an early age, I was an entrepreneur. I delivered papers. I shoveled driveways. I sold greeting …"

Sunday
Jun182017

The Decline of the Baronial C.E.O.

[NyTimes] : "FAIRFIELD, Conn. — They bestrode the business world, or at least the suburban corporate campus, like a colossus.<p>Sitting behind burnished wooden desks, in glass-walled corner offices like the one Jeffrey R. Immelt occupied at General Electric's former headquarters here, a select group of American …"

Sunday
Jun182017

Whole Foods Deal Shows Amazon’s Prodigious Tolerance for Risk

[NyTimes] : "Joke all you want about drone-delivered kale and arugula. Amazon's $13.4 billion bet to take on the $800 billion grocery business in the United States by acquiring Whole Foods fits perfectly into the retailer's business model.<p>Unlike almost any other chief executive, Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, …"

Saturday
Jun172017

Beyond Blades of Grass

[NyTimes] : "The other night, mowing my lawn for the first time this spring, I was instantly transported back to my childhood. “I love that smell,” I later said to my fiancée, and didn't have to explain; we were two suburban-raised Minnesota kids for whom the scent of freshly cut grass has long confirmed …"

Saturday
Jun172017

In Whole Foods, Bezos Gets a Sustainably Sourced Guinea Pig

[NyTimes] : "When big tech companies make big moves, it's natural to see the news in earthshaking terms.<p>So it was no surprise that Amazon's deal to buy Whole Foods for $13.4 billion generated many fantastical predictions: For instance, Amazon could use every Whole Foods store as a distribution center or even a …"

Friday
Jun162017

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

[NyTimes] : "Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows? As driverless car technology develops, companies, design institutes and researchers are asking the question: What does the car of the future look like on the inside?<p>With companies like Google, Uber and …"

Friday
Jun162017

Lorde Learns She Can’t Party Away Her Melancholy on ‘Melodrama’

[NyTimes] : "Four years between albums, and Lorde makes it sound as if all she did was party. Not that she was having much fun.<p>On “Melodrama,” her second album, Lorde's nights out are a swirl of drunken flirtations and reckless hookups, where she tries to forget herself but ends up more lonely and …"

Friday
Jun162017

The Amazon-Walmart Showdown That Explains the Modern Economy

[NyTimes] : "With Amazon buying the high-end grocery chain Whole Foods, something retail analysts have known for years is now apparent to everyone: The online retailer is on a collision course with Walmart to try to be the predominant seller of pretty much everything you buy.<p>Each one is trying to become more …"

Friday
Jun162017

Amazon to Buy Whole Foods in $13.7 Billion Deal

[NyTimes] : "Amazon said on Friday that it had agreed to buy the organic supermarket chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, in the online retailer's latest push into the grocery business.<p>Under the terms of the proposed deal, Amazon would pay $42 a share, a 27 percent premium to Thursday's closing price."

Wednesday
Jun142017

Divide and conquer: How Microsoft researchers used AI to master Ms. Pac-Man

[Link] : Microsoft researchers have created an artificial intelligence-based system that learned how to get the maximum score on the addictive 1980s video …
Tuesday
Jun132017

Star Crash Rating in Every Category

[Link] : We engineered Model X to be the safest SUV ever, and today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that after …
Tuesday
Jun132017

Apple undercuts Facebook in the augmented reality platform war

[Link] : Facebook may be the world’s most powerful app, but it’s still just an app on Apple’s operating system.<p>Facebook’s grand vision for augmented reality was that it would make it easy for any developer to build and distribute an AR experience — as long as it lived inside Facebook’s app. But Apple has …