Weekly Article Highlights

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By Phil Keys

Friday Highlights provides a weekly review and analysis of a variety of articles that highlight what happened this past week in the world of digital trust, privacy, and security. Here are this past week’s top  privacy, security, IoT, and content stories from last week.

Privacy and Security

Personally Identifying Information (PII) is an industry term that refers to personal information held by organizations which can be used to identify an individual. No matter how you feel about what has been happening in Ferguson, Missouri, this tale of how PII is being used in a way which could put lives in danger is a cautionary tale of the importance of protecting PII.

PII as a Weapon


You’ve probably seen the neighborhood cat wandering around. Well, she just might be looking for vulnerable Wi-Fi routers using outdated encryption.

How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi


The European Commission is thought of as being leading edge when it comes to privacy. Here is one case where an important constituency sees them as perhaps going too far.

Scientists say EU data bill to harm research


On our side of the pond, the FTC is showing it is taking more of an interest in the privacy and security of mobile commerce apps.

Privacy and Information Security Alert: Federal Trade Commission Recommendations for Companies Providing Mobile Shopping Applications


Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT continues to be a hot buzzword here in Silicon Valley. Here are a couple of financial deals which probably guarantee we’ll continue to hear about IoT for a while.

Internet of Bling: Samsung Buys SmartThings for $200 Million


Electric Imp Raises $15M From Foxconn & Others To Make The Internet Of Things A Thing

Electric Imp Raises $15M From Foxconn & Others To Make The Internet Of Things A Thing

Some of the more interesting apps for IoT involve using technology to solve really hard problems. Parkinsion’s Disease is a great candidate.

Intel’s Big Data to Fight Parkinson’s Disease


Content Industry

In the US, the vast majority of households get their television content, most through cable television networks. If it is more profitable for cable companies to sell broadband connections, how long will they stay in the video business?

Cable companies now selling more broadband than video. Duh.


In the US, OTT (over the top TV aka broadband delivered video) is part of the trend showing different TV viewing patterns in US geographical markets.

TV Markets Report Big Differences In Live Vs. Time-Shifted Viewing


Shark Week!

Well, because last week was Shark Week of the Discovery Channel (http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/#!/finfest).

Google wraps its trans-Pacific fiber cables in Kevlar to prevent against shark attacks