July 27, 2021
How technology is changing business and lives
Q&A: Zuckerberg imagines an "embodied internet"
Zuckerberg (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
In this interview, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explains his vision for a decentralized metaverse, describing it as an "embodied internet" that is built by multiple companies. Zuckerberg said the keys to success will be corporate collaboration, "interoperability and portability," defined developer and creator standards and public access.
Full Story: The Verge (7/22) 
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YouTube is launching a shoppable livestream pilot test with a select group of unnamed brands, and plans to expand its trials group throughout the year. The move follows tests of product listings underneath videos and advertisements that let viewers try on items using augmented reality.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (7/21),  Social Media Today (7/21) 
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Current and future cybersecurity issues
Google turns to machine learning to prevent DDoS attacks
Google recently revealed a new service that would help businesses protect themselves against distributed denial-of-service attacks, based on the same machine learning technology that the company uses to safeguard its own operations. Project manager Emil Kiner explained that Google Cloud Armor Adaptive Protection identifies suspicious patterns of activity and trains itself to take appropriate action.
Full Story: TechRadar (7/21) 
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A survey of over 1,000 enterprise IT experts around the world has revealed a sharp rise in both attempted and successful phishing attacks this year, with many respondents citing work-from-home protocols as a major factor. Ivanti's Daniel Spicer notes that "even prior to the pandemic, threat actors had targeted and were collecting entire [email] inboxes to gain a treasure trove from which to craft better, more convincing phishing emails with which to infect victims with ransomware."
Full Story: VentureBeat (7/23) 
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Litigation Trends
Intellectual property, lawsuit, privacy and security news
A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has determined that SpaceX can continue launching broadband satellites. The ruling comes in response to an effort by Viasat to halt the launches pending review of a lawsuit accusing the Federal Communications Commission of improperly allowing them.
Full Story: Ars Technica (7/22) 
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Governance and Regulation
Policy developments, legislation and regulatory news
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved by voice vote eight measures aimed at protecting against cyberattacks. The bills, which garnered bipartisan support, are aimed at directing the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to take a series of actions to beef up security programs at their agencies.
Full Story: The Hill (7/21) 
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Pay it Forward
How technology companies are improving the lives of others
Jeff Bezos' Courage and Civility Award "recognize[s] leaders who aim high, and who pursue solutions with courage and who always do so with civility" by giving each recipient $100 million to award to nonprofits of their choosing. Political commentator and Dream Corps founder Van Jones and chef Jose Andres are the first two recipients, with Andres pledging his $100 million share to his nonprofit, World Central Kitchen.
Full Story: Eater (7/21),  USA Today (7/21) 
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Aon News
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many companies discovered significant vulnerabilities in their supply chains, remote working capabilities, IT management and beyond. Together, these vulnerabilities created a stress test for companies' business continuity management strategies.
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Listen to Aon Cyber and Ransomware experts discuss cyberthreats, and how to protect energy companies against ransomware attacks, data breaches and other business interruptions related to cyber and ransomware events. The speakers highlight the costs associated with attacks, emerging risks, and explore how Aon's leading edge cyber and ransomware solutions team helps energy companies navigate these risks on a proactive and reactive basis.
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