Pirate avoids lawsuit after hitting 200,000 video views

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A convicted software pirate has been handed an unusual punishment.  The man, named only as Jakub F, was told he would be spared having to pay hefty damages as long as a film denouncing piracy he was made to produce got 200,000 views. Source: BBC Tech news Date: November 30th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34932628 Discussion 1) These were major… Read more »

Report finds apps regularly ‘spy on users’

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Apps on Apple and Android smartphones leak lots of users’ information to third parties, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Carnegie-Mellon universities have found.  They studied 110 apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store and found 73% of the Android apps shared users’ email addresses, and 47% of the… Read more »

Facebook quizzes: What happens to your data?

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Recently 17 million users visited an app via Facebook which offered to provide them with a word cloud of their most used words on the social network.  A few days later, freelance journalist Paul Bischoff wrote a piece for Comparitech entitled “That most used words Facebook quiz is a privacy nightmare” which outlined the huge amounts of data… Read more »

We Visited a Coding Bootcamp for a Day, and We Would Totally Sign Up

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Intensive programs like Dev, which says it’s the longest running coding bootcamp, are designed to morph you into as a job-ready, full-stack web developer, and immerses students into coding, starting with the very basics. Source: Cambio Date: November 26th, 2015 Link: http://www.cambio.com/2015/10/27/dev-coding-bootcamp-girls-tech/ Discussion 1) “I was just convinced that everyone was going to be coding on the… Read more »

Making online dating a lot more female friendly

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Whitney Wolfe, a co-founder of dating app Tinder, says she wants her new company to disrupt the sector, and cut back on the amount of online harassment directed towards women.  She describes her start-up Bumble as a “feminist dating app”, where men are typically more polite, because women make the first move. Source: BBC Tech Date: November… Read more »

How data is shining a light on global property markets

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The chief executive of Dutch software company GeoPhy, believes his company’s data analytics software program could blast open the closed real estate market, starting with commercial property, a global market worth about €22.5tn (£15.7tn), according to the European Public Real Estate Association. Source: BBC News Date: November 11th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34531638 Discussion 1) The article says “the program crunches lots… Read more »

Instagram-tracking app actually stole your password

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Ever wondered who viewed your Instagram profile? There was a popular iPhone app for that … until it was caught stealing your Instagram password. Source: CNN Date: November 19th, 2015 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/12/technology/instaagent-instagram/index.html?iid=ob_article_hotListpool&iid=obinsite Discussion 1) The article says that the InstaAgent app stole a user’s Instagram password, which might be the same as the user’s other site or… Read more »

HBO’s CEO brings in the “tech whizzes” to teach him

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When HBO started thinking about selling subscriptions via the Internet, the network’s CEO Richard Plepler brought in tech whizzes as teachers.  “I went to school,” he says. “I brought in all kinds of people who knew an enormous amount, much more than I did about this… and made sure that we had the right people… Read more »

Former Lyft Driver: “My Backseat Looked Like I Transported Farm Animals”

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Source: LinkedIn Date: November 16th, 2015 Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/former-lyft-driver-my-backseat-looked-like-i-farm-caroline-fairchild?trk=prof-post Discussion 1) Lyft and Uber are widely seen as darlings of the new “app economy” and how the world is being democratized by connecting individuals to better use high-capital items such as your car and your home (AirBnB).  This article suggest that things are not as rosy as you might… Read more »