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Telecom lobbyists have stalled as many as 70 privacy bills, Apple’s answer to Congress, Insider threat, MongoDB vulnerability hits Telemedicine, Verizon’s VPN is not so private afterall

Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

There is a reason why ISPs and telecom companies are reaping huge profits by selling your real-time data. The US government or the state governments can't do anything about it because everytime a law is framed to prevent the telecom companies from selling your data, the lobbying firms employed by US telecom companies to successfully stall them. In fact, the lobbyists were able to stall as many as 70 state-level bills this year that would prevent ISPs from selling customer data. Read more about how telecom companies lobby to kill privacy bills on Motherboard.

Apple responds to Congress' letter on data security and privacy

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce last month sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Larry Page asking about the companies' data security and privacy practices. The Apple CEO has responded to Congress' inquiry on privacy and security with a 19-page letter that covers location tracking, microphone use, and more. In the letter, Apple has reiterated that it values user privacy and collects as little data as possible as a practice. Source: Cnet.

The Missing Link In Developing A Cybersecurity Strategy

Everyone talks about cybersecurity strategy. The need is apparent and the risks are real -- for both external and internal threats. Internal breaches have escalated and now make up 75% of cyber attacks. Stemming from the hands of employees, people talk about insider risk less despite the rising numbers, and prevention strategies may tend to focus more on the wrongly perceived bigger dangers of malicious external hackers. Read Brad Noe take a look at how companies are overlooking insider threat in their cybersecurity strategy on Forbes.

Telemedicine Breach Highlights Database Vulnerabilities

Each day, it seems, brings another major data breach, many involving human errors such as ensuring that security and privacy settings are properly configured before data is exposed to “the wild,” that is, the internet. The latest in a long line of examples came earlier this month when a MongoDB database was exposed online, reportedly containing the detailed health care information on more than 2.3 million patients in Mexico. Read how a misconfigured MongoDB database led to a data breach at Telemedicine on Datanami.

Verizon Didn’t Bother to Write a Privacy Policy for its ‘Privacy Protecting’ VPN

Verizon is rolling out a new Virtual Private Network service called Safe Wi-Fi it developed in conjunction with McAfee. According to Verizon, the $4 per month service “protects your privacy and blocks ad tracking, creating a secure Wi-Fi connection anywhere in the world.” However, Verizon's current privacy policy says that states that McAfee and Verizon have the right to collect an ocean of data on the end user, including carrier data, Bluetooth device IDs, mobile device ID, mobile advertising identifiers, MAC address, IMEI data, and more. The policy explicitly says that browsing history can be used to help target ads to the user. Looks like Verizon's VPN is more likely to leak your data than protect it. Read more on Motherboard.

Tesla is dumping Nvidia chips for in-house ones, Media has got AI horribly wrong, UCLA’s AI tool that mimics human brain, AI and e-commerce

The following are some of the Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data topics we are tracking:

Tesla says it’s dumping Nvidia chips for a homebrew alternative

Tesla's driverless cars will be powered by a completely new AI chip which is faster than Nvidia chips that Tesla currently uses. CEO Elon Musk said during a call with investors on Wednesday told them that the new AI chip for Autopilot will be incorporated next year and will be backward compatible with current-gen Tesla vehicles. Tesla's chip efforts have been spearheaded by Pete Bannon, an engineer who oversaw the development of the A5 chip at the heart of the iPhone 5 and worked on a number of iPhone chips since then. Source: Ars Technica.

'The discourse is unhinged': how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong

Is AI a villain in disguise? Is AI the gateway to doomsday? No, not really says Oscar Schwartz. He blames media for negative AI coverage. According to Schwartz, the mainstream and social media has misinformed and sensationalized AI for decades, leading to unrealistic expectations and distracting from the actual consequences of AI. Read his full article on The Guardian.

UCLA Researchers Develop Optical AI Device That Mimics Human Brain

A team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has built a gadget that can detect and classify images at the speed of light. The device, which the researchers have dubbed a “diffractive deep neural network,” is able to use light bouncing off an object to identify it almost instantaneously. It’s built from a series of polymers wafers with uneven surfaces that is able to diffract light in such a way as to enable a trained network to recognize what it’s “seeing.” Read more about the diffractive deep neural network on Top500.

4 Powerful Ways Artificial Intelligence is Molding E-Commerce

One field that AI is being used extensively is e-commerce. According to marketing guru, Seth Godin, “Artificial intelligence does a job we weren't necessarily crazy about doing anyway, it does it quietly, and well, and then we take it for granted.” A similar thing is happening in e-commerce where AIis enhancing the entire buy-sell experience for both buyers and sellers. Read how AI is helping e-commerce companies serve their customers better on Forbes.

AI is Vodafone’s go-to for better customer retention (VB Live)

Like e-commerce, telecom companies are also deploying AI for better customer retention. Vodafone pours buckets of money into customer service, engagement, and retention because the telecom game in India is very competitive right now. There are four major telecom players in India — Vodafone, Idea, Airtel, and Jio — which means an ongoing price war in the market, as well as instant churn. An unhappy consumer can immediately switch to a competitor that will be happy to welcome them with open arms. To beat this competition, Vodafone has turned to AI for analyzing consumer behavior across a wide variety of channels to uncover which is the customer’s most preferred communication channel — the RFM analysis, or recency, frequency, a monetary analysis. Read how Vodafone is relying on AI in India to retain customers on Venture Beat.


How will AI affect nation states, Social media battle against fake news using AI, Walmart and Microsoft team up to take on Amazon, AI won’t be taking away your jobs

These are some of the AI stories we are tracking:

The ascent of Artificial Intelligence: How will AI change the nation-state?

We often talk about how artificial intelligence and machine learning will change the way we think about technology but how will it affect the human race as a whole? More specifically how AI will affect nations? Today, as different nation-states make choices around data, AI is shaping the privacy rights and governance rhetoric. Conversely, the “data” policies that nation-states form are also shaping the type of AI that emerges. Prerna Sharma of Brookings Institute takes a look at how artificial intelligence will change the way countries look at data on Brookings Institute Blog.

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI battle over your social lives

Facebook, Twitter, and Google have been worst abused by left wing and right wing groups to spread fake and hate news. Now all three are using artificial intelligence to manage abuse on a massive scale never seen before. They are getting help from humans to identify false positives which is still a problem area for AI. But on the whole, from removing fake accounts to identifying hate news, social networks are using AI weapons to stop online abuse. Source: CNet.

Amazon Foes Walmart and Microsoft Deepen Tech Partnership

With Amazon gaining almost 50 percent of the e-commerce space in the United States, its rival, Walmart has been left with no choice but to innovate. And innovating it is with the help of Microsoft. Walmart had signed a strategic partnership deal with Microsoft to use its cloud technology, AI, machine learning, and other services. The partnership is a win-win situation for both as Walmart is competing with Amazon in e-commerce space while Microsoft is battling it out with AWS in cloud services space. Read about the strategic partnership between Walmart and Microsoft to defeat the common foe Amazon on Wall Street Journal.

AI Won't Kill The Job Market But Keep It Steady, PwC Report Says

Ever since artificial intelligence came into being, various doomsday type scenarios have been played out. Many top tech pundits have come out with their own version of how AI could destroy the human race. Rhetoric apart, one area in which AI could really impact is the job market. However, a new report from PwC says that AI won't affect the job market. In fact, it would keep the job market steady. Read about the new report by PwC about AI affect on job market on Forbes.

Apple combines machine learning and Siri teams under Giannandrea

Apple is really looking to steal the AI march from Google. It has confirmed that it will be combining machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Siri teams under John Giannandrea, who was hired from Google earlier this year. Apple last week released Core ML. Now it has announced a combined new artificial intelligence/machine learning team to bring together its Core ML and Siri teams under one leader in John Giannandrea. Source: Tech Crunch.

Facebook lets Mail.Ru access to sensitive user information, Macy’s mega data breach, Apple insider stole driverless car secrets, YouTube’s Incognito Mode

The following are some of the cybersecurity related topics we wanted to bring to your attention:

Russian company had access to Facebook user data through apps

Facebook's woes continue! Facebook apps from Mail.Ru are being reviewed as part of Facebook's probe into user data misuse. Even after the huge public outcry for letting Chinese phone companies access sensitive user information, Facebook reportedly gave a six month extension to two apps to collect data. One of the Apps was Mail.Ru. Read more about Facebook's latest Mail.Ru problems on CNN.

Macy's data breach exposes customers' credit card info

Another day another data breach. This time is the online retailer, Macy's servers were breached by unknown hackers. The hacking attack occurred over roughly six weeks between the end of April and the beginning of June before being shut down, affected consumers registered on Macys.com or Bloomingdales.com. Logins and passwords were taken from sites unrelated to the retailers and then used to access data on both sites. Read more about the Macy's data breach on CBS News.

Former Apple Employee Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets Related to Autonomous Car Project

It seems that an Apple insider was passing out trade secrets of the upcoming autonomous car to a Chinese startup. FBI today filed a charge sheet against former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang for alleged theft of trade secrets related to Apple's autonomous car efforts. Zhang was hired at Apple in December of 2015 to work on Project Titan, developing software and hardware for use in autonomous vehicles. Zhang specifically worked on Apple's Compute Team, designing and testing circuit boards to analyze sensor data. Source: Mac Rumours.

YouTube’s Incognito mode for private watching is widely rolling out on Android

Who could have thought about this but Google? From now on you can view YouTube videos in an incognito mode without the fear of being snooped if you own an Android smartphone. Google rolled out the new YouTube incognito mode, which hides search and viewing history for Android smartphones. Read more about YouTube's Incognito Mode on 9to5 Google.

Timehop admits that additional personal data was compromised in breach

Timehop now stated that unknown hackers may have access to additional personal identifiable information such as date of birth and gender. The company first acknowledged the breach on Sunday, saying that users’ names, email addresses, and phone numbers had been compromised. Today it said it that additional information, including date of birth and gender, was also taken. Source: Tech Crunch.

Apple sued for creating iOS monopoly, Microsoft acquires Flipgrid, 5G standalone standard approved, Foxconn coming to the US

The following are some of the enterprise tech stories we want to bring to your attention:

U.S. top court mulls Apple's App Store commissions in antitrust case

Every one using iPhone knows that iOS App market is a virtual Apple monopoly unless you jailbreak your iPhone and void the Tech Titan's warranty. Now the US Supreme Court has taken cognizance of this fact and will hear the matter of Apple monopolizing the iOS App market. The US supreme court will be hearing Apple's appeal against an earlier lower court order which said that that iPhone maker can be sued for monopolizing iOS app market, allegedly leading to inflated prices. Source: Reuters. This deals with perhaps the most important platform in both commercial and enterprise IT is is something we will keep tracking.

Microsoft extends education push with the acquisition of Flipgrid, a student video discussion platform

After GitHub, the global software giant, Microsoft has turned its attention to student video platform Flipgrid. According to Verge, Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used by 20 million students and teachers in 180 countries. Flipgrid is a platform that allows students to discuss and reply to topics with video clips at home or in the classroom. Flipgrid is similar to the popular process of creating a YouTube reaction video to a particular subject or news and is free for schools to use. Read more about Microsoft's acquisition of Flipgrid on The Verge.

Foxconn announces North American headquarters in Wisconsin

After a decade of supplying iPhone parts to Apple, Foxconn has finally come to America. Foxconn said in a press briefing that it will be establishing its North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This follows Foxconn's earlier announcement of building a $10 billion LCD plant in the state last year. This should bring some cheer to President Trump who has been quite vocal about the ballooning trade deficit with China. Source: Reuters.

Samsung Told to Pay $400 Million in FinFet Patent Dispute

The Samsung patent infringement woes continue. A US federal jury has ordered the global electronics giant to pay $400 million for willful infringement on a patent for FinFET chip manufacturing technology owned by a South Korean university. The jury held that the South Korean company infringed a patent owned by the licensing arm of a South Korean university. Other two respondents in the case were let off without any penalty. Qualcomm Inc. and GlobalFoundries Inc. also were found to have infringed the patent but weren’t told to pay any damages to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, one of South Korea’s top research universities. Read more about the patent infringement case on Bloomberg.

Mobile industry completes 5G standard by approving the standalone 5G spec

Now cellular companies can deploy 5G without worrying about cross-compatibility with the current 4G standard. Cellular standards organization 3GPP has approved 5G standalone specifications, allowing for the development of 5G products that don't depend on 4G. This move will kickstart the commercialization of 5G standard for mobile telephony. The 5G standard is expected to be deployed in the United States this year, and elsewhere next year. Source: Venture Beat.