As a new week dawns, we wanted to release this courtesy of the team at Wired :
We've rounded up all of this week's security news, from the Senate's questioning of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to the prosecution of two men behind the popular malware development tool Scan4You https://t.co/ipti45tLbL— WIRED (@WIRED) May 20, 2018
Please also enjoy this "Snapshot" Courtesy of the team at Abudance 360:
What it is: Circle, the same Goldman Sachs-funded startup that purchased crytoexchange Polinex earlier this year, just launched the USD Coin, a cryptocurrency tied to the value of the US Dollar. Built on top of Ethereum, the USD coin appears to be an open-sourced Venmo, which basically allows you to buy things without needing a debit or credit card.
Why it's important: This reiterates the backing of digital currencies by large, technically savvy financial institutions. Circle could facilitate an easy entry point into the crypto market for newbies, and spur the actual use of crypto coins as currencies versus speculative investments. Share on Facebook
What it is: Google's Project Jacquard, a connected commuter jacket launched last year in partnership with Levi's, released an update with a bevy of features that replicate core smartphone functionality. With a simple tap or brush of the cuff, wearers can screen phone calls, control music, get directions, and even get alerts from Uber or Lyft on upcoming rides. A new Aware mode by Bose offers location-intelligent noise reduction.
Why it's important: We're increasingly seeing devices dematerialize into our clothing and ambient surroundings (like the touchscreen wall paint we featured last month). This release is further evidence of how sensors, networks and haptics are making the screen redundant.
What it is: Fast Company writer Larry Robertson analyzes Jeff Bezos' most recent Amazon shareholder letter. A key theme: how Amazon is proactively training its employees for jobs in industry segments outside Amazon's current businesses. The Career Choice program, which 16,000 Amazon associates have experienced, gives hourly employees up to $12,000 in tuition to pursue degrees in almost 40 fields -- including nursing and aircraft mechanics.
Why it's important: Amazon shareholder letters are always worth reading -- and this one in particular signals how Jeff Bezos is thinking about the future of work, and his workforce. With the Career Choice program, Amazon incentivizes its employee base to expand their skills, which in turn gives Amazon an unfair advantage as it inevitably expands into adjacent industries.