Surely, Cybersecurity Must Have Your Attention Now

Security and privacy need your attention, if they do not already have it.

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[tc_dropcap]As 2014 came to a close, we got a front row seat to the horror show that was the Sony hack.[/tc_dropcap] As if we needed a case study to show us, we saw, with vivid clarity, what can happen when hackers run amok inside servers and start sharing confidential business content with the world — and we learned it gets ugly in a hurry.

We’re less than a week into the new year and already we’ve seen a major Bitcoin attack. You know that it’s only a matter of time before we hear about the next catastrophic system assault. It’s a bit like cybersecurity roulette. We keep spinning the wheel to find out who the next victim is.

The question is, why are we still so vulnerable, and why is the industry not banding together to solve this once and for all? Security matters to everyone from governments to finance to private sector companies of all sorts. Nobody wants…

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When Is Twitter Is Adding That Promised Group DM Feature?

Well, when ? #twitter

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Private group messaging is a feature Twitter is supposedly working on and that many have been waiting to come out for a while, but we’ve yet to see.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo alluded to private group messaging in an interview with Bloomberg about ‘Whisper Mode’ earlier last year, “There are frequently public conversations that you would like to grab hold of and take into whisper mode with a friend and say, hey, this thing has happened. Look what these people are talking about. What do you think about this, with a friend or more than one friend,” he said.

Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto also mentioned the feature was coming back in September at the Citi 2014 Global Technology Conference:

And…

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Rethinking Work-Life Balance

Tricky to get right, but if if is completely out of balance it could destroy a business.

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[tc_dropcap]We all know that having a healthy work-life balance is critical for startup employees – and have read the cautionary tales of how dangerous it can be to have no work-life balance. It’s something we should all strive to achieve. [/tc_dropcap]

It’s also a worthless concept as it’s typically presented.

Everything I’ve read on the subject isn’t helpful for entrepreneurs and startup employees because it starts with the assumption that you have an evil boss forcing you to work unreasonable hours.

Usually, that’s not the case if you’re at a startup. You may not have a boss – and most of us love our jobs. Personally, I want to do mine 24/7 and I hate that that’s impossible.

Furthermore, (and this is likely exacerbated if you’re a founder and/or CEO), I experience intense guilt when I do anything that isn’t work-related. Many people (investors, team members, etc.) have put their faith in me to…

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Twitter Releases New Suite Of Anti-Harassment Tools, Promises Faster Response Times For Dealing With Abuse

About time we trashed the trolls ! #trolls #cleanupthenet Twitter, well done

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Twitter this morning has released a new set of anti-harassment tools that make it easier for users to flag abuse on the network, as well as describe more specifically why they’re blocking or reporting a Twitter account.

Twitter had made it fairly simple to report spam, but the new tools allow users to report a variety of troubles, including impersonations, harassment, and even self-harm or suicide. In addition, users can report the harassment on behalf of other users, even if they’re not the target themselves, which is a big change.

When “harassment” is chosen as the option in the new abuse reporting workflow, users are asked to choose “who is being affected?” and can answer “I am” or “Someone else is.” They can then choose from a menu where they’re asked to describe what the abuser is doing, with options like “being disrespectful or offensive,” “harassing me” or “threatening violence or physical…

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These Cool Robots Are Processing Your Amazon Orders

Oh that’s where it is, getting some overtime at Amazon ! #selfie #robot #tech #Simon

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Amazon may be developing drones for the future, but here’s something for the here and now. A veritable feast of robots that will appeal to anyone who is into technology.

Today the e-commerce giant lifted the lid on the advanced (and frankly damn right cool) little machines that make its latest, eighth generation fulfillment centers tick.

Robots from Kiva Systems, a company Amazon bought for $775 million back in 2012, are the standout star at the center. Scurrying around the warehouse floor, they move your precious orders and look like a domesticated version of a Star Wars character or perhaps a space station bot from Wall-E.

Amazon isn’t just about cutting-edge robotics, the company invests in people power too. This year, it said it plans to hire 80,000 employees to cover the seasonal rush, that’s 14 percent more than last year. As ever, it expects “thousands” of these short-term recruits to move into full-time roles once the…

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Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

Another photo company takeover

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Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo.

It’s been a long road to this exit. Cooliris was founded back in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content.

It also created a platform for mobile ads called Adjitsu, which it sold to Singtel’s Amobee division last year.

More recently, the company focus shifted to a mobile app (also called Cooliris and with an interface reminiscent of the old 3D wall) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Flickr, and Dropbox. The team told me last year that it was seeing particularly rapid growth in Asia thanks to partnerships with companies like Renren, Yandex, and Baidu.

This summer, Cooliris also launched a photo messaging app called BeamIt.

The company has raised a total of $27.6 million in funding from investors…

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Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox

Love this – there is life without #google

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Starting in December, Firefox will use Yahoo as its default search engine in the United States on mobile and desktop. As a part of this five-year deal, Yahoo will also launch a new search experience for Firefox users in the U.S., which should go live at the same time Firefox makes the switch away from Google.

The new search experience will feature “a clean, modern and immersive design that reflects input from the Mozilla team.” Here is what that will look like:

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In Russia, Mozilla will use Yandex Search and in China, it will use Baidu as the default. Google, DuckDuckGo and a number of other local search engines will remain as built-in alternatives.

The Mozilla Foundation has long made most of its money through its search partnership with Google, which has always been the default in Firefox. Indeed, in 2012 — the last year we have data from —…

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