🚙 Mercedes promises to introduce self-driving taxi cabs in three years time. Three years! This means that it might be worth deferring the purchase of a new car for three years, because the market will likely have changed dramatically by then. The inspiring cases of the innovative Silicon Valley companies have definitely spurred rapid progress in the automotive industry
🙊 At F8, Facebook presented and announced a few new products. Apart from aping Snapchat's strategy, Facebook also showed their VR product, Facebook Spaces. Facebook would like to see us wear a VR helmet rather than just FaceTime with our friends. Most peculiar.
👻 In March, WikiLeaks published a list of exploits of popular apps and operating systems put together by the NSA. In May, thousands of individuals and many institutions have suffered cyberattacks. You can't really blame the NSA from compiling such lists – it would be daft not to do it. Neither you can blame tech companies for the fact that software has vulnerabilities. Finally, you can't blame users for not updating their software, because updates often break a perfectly working thing, and people don't like it. The only thing that is certain at the moment is that an effective cyber-security policy in an organisation can be a competitive advantage.
👁 Unroll.me, the popular free-of-charge service enabling users to unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters, sells users' e-mails to their business clients. Thanks to Unroll.me, Uber could estimate Lyft's revenue based on the receipts that people receive after a trip with Lyft. If a product is "free", it means that your data will also become a product.
🚨 It appears that Russian trolls' activity in social media is quite sophisticated. For instance, they take advantage of "gaslighting", a technique in which you influence the behaviour of a victim through lies, manipulation and partial truths. This makes the victim feel as if they had lost touch with reality. Techniques such as gaslighting, when used on a massive scale in social media, can become a powerful psychological weapon.