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This week in the world of technology, Bluetooth announced new upgrades for IoT, Facebook appealed the European ruling on data privacy, four were indicted in the biggest cyber attack ever uncovered, Microsoft planned to build new data centers, and Google open sourced its AI technology.
IoT Rise Paves The Way To Faster Bluetooth With Four Times Wider Range In 2016 – Tech Times, November 12
Bigger, better, faster, stronger. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) just announced a series of major updates for Bluetooth in order to keep up with the high demand for connectivity. Bluetooth connections allow for smooth transfers between devices, but it appears that it’s current standard is not at the level it needs to be. With the number of connected devices quickly increasing, the need for Bluetooth to perform at a more advanced rate is critical. The new changes will bring two times faster speeds and four times longer ranges and are set to go into effect in 2016.
Key takeaway: The new updates to Bluetooth prove that the company is working to be an innovative leader in IoT. Not only do manufacturers and producers look to the company as a trusted connectivity source, but Bluetooth’s updates will help accelerate and grow IoT by allowing smart gadgets to run more efficiently through quicker data transfers and extended connection.
Facebook Vows to Appeal Belgian Ruling on Data Privacy – The New York Times, November 10
Facebook isn’t hitting the like button this week. The social networking company is facing daily fines of $270,00 if it does not comply with Belgium’s recent data privacy ruling. The ruling announced that Facebook can no longer collect and save personal information and online data from individuals in Belgium who do not have a Facebook account, and, therefore, have not given consent to accumulate data. The company did collect data from both users and non-users through tracking cookies, but it’s arguing that they have used cookies for the past five years without any prior allegations. Additionally, the company claims that cookies are an important security measure for Facebook users and helps differentiate legitimate versus illegitimate users.
Key takeaway: With a recent series of data protection cases against tech companies, this ruling further proves Europe’s strict position on citizen’s digital privacy. Facebook is appealing the ruling and agreed to take immediate action to stop gathering online information about Belgian individuals who are not Facebook users. The company made it clear, however that they’re working to limit any disruption to active Facebook users in Belgium.
Four Indicted in Massive JPMorgan Chase Hack – WIRED, November 10
Labeled the largest cyber attack ever uncovered, federal prosecutors described the international, multi-year hack of a dozen companies and the theft of personal information on 100 million of their customers. The result? A horrible case of manipulation, online gambling, and fraud. Prosecutor’s didn’t identify the elaborate scheme until last year, during its investigation of JPMorgan’s Chase computer hack. It didn’t take long until investigators unearthed a string of 75 shell companies, hackers in multiple countries, and multiple false passports. After years of pulling off a successful hacking scheme, four men were charged this week with hacking into multiple financial firms and conducting illegal operations that earned them a whopping 100 million.
Key takeaway: The scale and size of the data breach is so astonishing that prosecutor, Preet Bharara, described it like “securities fraud on cyber steroids.” It wasn’t a large breach, but one that the conspirators looked at as a “business model.” The truth of the matter is that cyber-related crimes will continue being problematic as enterprises become increasingly more software-defined, which is why the need to protect individuals and companies from such breaches is more important than ever.
Microsoft builds two U.K. data centers to keep data within Europe – Digital Trends, November 10
With the Safe Harbor agreement ruled out, tech companies are scrambling to figure out how to handle foreign data (legally). The answer? Build international data centers. This week, Microsoft announced its plans to open two new data centers in the U.K. next year, as part of the company’s continued efforts to expand data centers regions outside the U.S. While the new additions will speed up services for both U.K. and European clients, the decision was made to ensure the company complies with European laws. By keeping the data within European borders and governed by local regulations, Microsoft avoids facing any legal consequences by transferring the data to the U.S.
Key takeaway: The decision comes just weeks after Safe Harbor was deemed unlawful and Germany’s announcement to investigate U.S. tech companies. It appears to be a strong move for Microsoft, as they look to push for more cloud adoption in the U.K. and look to further address “data residency” issues. The move, however, doesn’t come as a surprise, as many tech companies continue to increase the number of data centers. It’s been a race to build the most, but which tech giant will win?
Update: Microsoft just announced plans to build additional data centers in Germany (The Hill).
Google Just Open Sourced TensorFlow, Its Artificial Intelligence Engine – WIRED, November 9
Google just got a whole lot smarter. For years, the tech giant has been working on machine learning technology to make its apps smarter and now its artificial intelligence (AI) tool is making its way into products, such as Google Photos. TensorFlow, an open source software system, is designed to improve and adapt to products more rapidly and is increasingly more advanced than the company’s previous deep learning infrastructure, DistBelief. While the system is an exciting new development, the discussion stems from Google’s rare move to open source its technology. Meaning, that outside researchers and developers have the ability to test, exchange, and collaborate on new ideas using TensorFlow. But don’t think Google is sharing all of its code, the company is withholding some (and for good reason) to maintain a competitive advantage.
Key takeaway: Google’s open source offering comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the company works incredibly hard to not share its code. However, the company hopes that open sourcing its technology will bring product improvements, innovative contributions, and accelerated research. But it’s not just about personal gain, the company hopes to give back to the larger machine learning community by granting access to its software (freely) and providing a highly sophisticated hub to foster new ideas.
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