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This week in the world of technology, two major coding schools merged, Amazon launched a new secret cloud weapon, the government threatened Apple to hand over its source code, and major tech companies announced their efforts in enhancing encryption.
Fullstack acquires Chicago’s Starter League coding school – Chicago Tribune, March 16
The Starter League, a pioneering coding academy, has been acquired by its larger competitor, New York City-based bootcamp, FullStack Academy. Formerly called Code Academy, the Starter League was launched in Chicago in 2011 by Neal Sales-Griffin and Mike McGee when the concept of coding education was progressively evolving. With accelerated demand and a booming market, coding bootcamps are becoming increasingly more popular – and with popularity comes competition. Consolidating the new brands will allow the two leading bootcamps to expand into new markets, enhance their offerings, and reach a larger audience. According to David Yang, CEO of Fullstack Academy, the merger will provide them “the opportunity to scale our dream of teaching the world to code.” Details of the acquisition have yet to be revealed, but classes will begin this spring.
Key takeaway: The coding education industry is currently experiencing incredible growth, with hundreds of national coding academies and a widespread determination to implement computer science into the educational curriculum. With the space booming in terms of demand, it seems that coding schools are popping up virtually every week, which is why some technologists are hesitant of the true value they offer. However, leave it to these two industry leaders to differentiate themselves from the pack by holding high admission standards and only accepting amateur programmers, instead of beginners. It will be interesting to see which coding schools succeed and the employment outcomes they produce over time.
Amazon launches tool to ease database migration into its cloud – The Seattle Times, March 15
It was only a matter of time until Amazon launched its next secret weapon. On Wednesday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced a new cloud migration tool that enables large companies to easily move its databases into Amazon’s cloud computing environment. Migrating databases can oftentimes be a tedious and pricey process, forcing a company to be offline for an extended length of time or cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for the right tools. However, Amazon promises a smooth transition, offering a reasonably priced tool with “virtually no downtime.” The demand is there – with many companies having already migrated more than 1,000 databases using an earlier version of the new tool. Amazon may be the first to offer a new version of its tool, but the competition is likely to heat up quickly, as Microsoft already announced its next version to include a similar tool.
Key takeaway: As more enterprises move their big data workloads to the public cloud, the launch couldn’t come at a better time. With the recent explosive growth in the cloud computing market, stiff competition is heating up among major players, including Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce. Amazon is currently in the lead, but which competitor will catch up?
Apple fight could escalate with demand for ‘source code’ – Reuters, March 14
It appears the government doesn’t take “no” lightly. According to the latest court filing, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) suggested that it can force Apple to provide both its products’ underlying “source code” and “signing key” that validates software as coming from Apple. Observers of the case described the demand as a “carefully calibrated threat” and “nuclear option” that would give the government the resources and power to essentially create its own version of iOS and trick any iPhone user into installing it. The DOJ had refrained from initially making this request due to their belief that “such a request would be less palatable to Apple.” Apparently, Apple isn’t taking the threat too seriously, but little is known on whether the government’s demand for the source code would succeed. Many believe the iPhone battle will go as far as the Supreme Court – the question is, which powerhouse will win?
Key takeaway: Technologists and security experts voiced their concerns that if the DOJ were successful, it would create a deadly precedent for foreign governments to require equal power to do the same. But just how far is the government willing to go to seize Apple’s code? Regardless, one thing remains certain— the debate is no longer about one iPhone.
Facebook, Google, Snapchat, And WhatsApp To Expand User Data Encryption – Fast Company, March 14
We hear more about encryption these days than about Donald Trump’s hair (thankfully). With the highly publicized and intense legal battle brewing between Apple and the FBI, several major tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and Snapchat, are strengthening encryption of user data. Meaning? Tech giants are working to ensure customer data is as protected as possible from snooping eyes— including the eyes of the U.S. government. Facebook-owned instant-messaging service, WhatsApp, already encrypts its text messages but is now aiming to expand its current encryption to group messages and voice calls. It’s rumored that Facebook is also beefing up the security of its Messenger tool. According to sources, Snapchat is working to develop a more secure messaging service, but specific details have yet to be announced. Lastly, Google is looking into its existing encryption technologies used for its End-To-End project, to determine if it can be applied to the company’s other products and services.
Key takeaway: Encryption is an incredibly controversial (but hot) topic right now—one that won’t be going away anytime soon. With much of the tech industry backing Apple and enhancing encryption for their own products and services, the need to distinguish privacy versus security in the ever-evolving world of technology is only becoming more pressing.
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