Weekly Industry News Round-Up – Edition 24

A hack that exposes 500 million people’s personal data out on the internet, Mark Zuckerberg refusing to turn up to more important meetings, and much more. Make sure that you’re up-to-date with all the latest from the tech world by reading Tuesday News Day.

The Marriott Hotel’s record 500 million hack

Last week we saw a new record for the largest hack of the data of 500 million people who have visited a Marriott International Group hotel. The hack involved details and information regarding guest reservations of the group’s Starwood division. Reports are showing that the breach of the Starwood database was due to an unauthorised party.
After an internal investigation, the group has stated that the investigation found an attacker that has possibly been able to gain access to the Starwood network since 2014.
It is believed that over 327 million guests have now had their personal information leaked out onto the internet. The personal information includes:
Name
• Address
• Phone number
• Email address
• Passport number
• Account information
• Date of birth
• Gender
• Arrival and departure information

If you believe that you have been affected by this hack, then please ensure that you change certain account information such as your passwords.

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Where’s Mark Zuckerberg?

Members of Parliament from nine different countries decided to meet in a Westminster committee room to discuss and talk to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. However, there was one issue with this plan – Mark Zuckerberg never showed up and instead sent Facebook’s European Policy Chief in his place.
This led to an extremely awkward three-hour session in which the members of Parliament focused their questions on the whereabouts of Mark Zuckerberg.
One of the hardest accusations Richard Allen (the European Policy Chief) faced was from a Canadian MP who said, “Our democratic institutions have been upended by frat boy billionaires from California, and Mr Zuckerberg’s decision not to appear speaks volumes.”
We think it’s going to be very interesting to see how Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg will respond to the negative press regarding his decision not to attend important meetings. We know from recent articles, that Mark Zuckerberg has a bit of an issue with turning up to important meetings, so hearing this story really doesn’t surprise us.

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How Microsoft became the most valuable company in the world

Last week we reported on the major drop in stock price for all FAANG companies. Well an unexpected result of this news, Microsoft become the most valuable company in the world. On Monday 26th November, Microsoft’s stock market valuation hit $812.93bn (£633.85bn), compared to Apple’s stock market valuation of $812.60bn (£633.61bn). Now admittedly, Microsoft is ahead by $0.33bn, but to give you of a perspective of how much that is here is a list of things you can buy with that amount of money:

  • M/Y Dilbar Yacht – $331 million (if you have $330 million to spend I’m sure you can find a spare million somewhere)
  • 1000 tickets to board the Virgin Galactic – $315,000 per ticket
  • An entire Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – $333 million
  • Katafanga Island in the South Pacific (and still have over $330 million left over) – $25 million
  • A visit to the moon. TWICE! – $150 million each trip

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Google employee pledge

Employees at Google have pledged a whopping $200,000 (£157,000) to engineers if they decide to go on strike due to Google’s decision to enter the Chinese market with their own censored search engine.
This news has broken since a prominent Google engineer officially stated the fund. This was due to reports suggesting that the fund would dodge internal checks from Google.
It has been no secret that Google employees have been concerned about the development of project Dragonfly, and many Google employees have stated that Google had deliberately ignored concerns during the early meetings of the project.
We think that in order for Google to listen to their employees who are concerned with the development of this project, we need to see either major public backlash, a strike from their main development teams or both. We will just have to wait and see if Google does decide to follow through with Google Dragonfly.

 

No more porn in Starbucks

These days it’s common for people to walk into McDonald’s, Subway or any other main brand restaurant or coffee shop and then automatically pull up their phones to connect to the free Wi-Fi – this applies to customers at Starbucks too. However, from 2019 and onwards, those visitors will find they aren’t able to access porn on the Wi-Fi.
Now I know what you’re thinking, and trust me we’re thinking the same thing too – who’s watching porn in a coffee shop? Twitter also had the same response to this news.
But why the change now? Well, Starbucks has been under scrutiny and pressure from Virginia-based non-profit group Enough is Enough.

 

Daily Mail Online overtakes print in ad revenue

For a very long time, newspapers have been a great place to advertise your product or services. However, with the impressive rise of the internet, more and more marketers have realised the potential that the internet provides them to advertise. Within the past 10 years, we have seen a massive influx of marketers pushing spending over the internet to an all-time high.
Thanks to these marketers making the most of what the internet offers online and print-based publication the Daily Mail now earns more in ad revenue from their online publication than their print-based publication.
This is particularly amazing due to the fact that the Daily Mail has received a drop in unique browsers near the end of September. Even with losing 1.93 million unique browsers, seeing the increase in online ad revenue surpass traditional print only shows the potential and opportunity that the internet provides marketers to display and advertise their products and services.

The end of the ‘admin’ role thanks to GDPR

The admin role has long been an outdated role associated with internet domains. Thanks to Whois registry, the admin role will soon enough be killed off due to new recommendations designed to make the registry compliant with the European Data Privacy Rules (otherwise known as GDPR).
Along with killing off the admin role, the new recommendations also include removing nearly all personal data associated with the domain registration. Email addresses will now be anonymised and all other personal information such as name, age, address and more will be removed from the public domain name database. The only information that will be available will be the country and state in which the domain is registered too.

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