STLR Link Roundup – November 3, 2017

Climate Science Special Report On November 3rd, The White House released a Climate Science Special Report written by 13 federal agencies. The Report concludes that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence. This report comes as a Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 27, 2017

Listeria-Based Recall In US and Canada California-based vegetable supplier Mann Packing has issued a voluntary recall of certain “minimally processed” vegetable and vegetable-containing products from its customers across the US and Canada. According to the company announcement posted on the FDA’s website, the distributor made the decision after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found “a single positive result” of Listeria monocytogenes in one of their products. All products covered in the recall carried “best if used by” Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 22, 2017

CBI Calling for Commission to Research Artificial Intelligence Impact The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for the government to create a commission to examine the potential impact that artificial intelligence will have on industry in the UK. The lobby group has said that nearly half of the firms involved are planning to pool their resources into AI, with twenty percent already beginning the process. However, even with all this investment, two-thirds of these Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 13, 2017

Equifax Data Gets Breached On September 7, 2017, Equifax publicly announced that criminal hackers had carried out an attack on its servers and gained unauthorized access to personal information of “nearly 44% of the U.S. population.” To make matters worse for Equifax—whose key officers retired immediately—its support team sent a link to a fake site to the victims of the data breach. At a hearing before the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 6, 2017

iPhone X’s new Face ID raises questions Face ID is one of the two signature features of the new iPhone X released in September 2017. It is enabled by a tiny Kinect camera and sensor setup to perform the same functions like Touch ID more naturally. The facial recognition system is usually 20 times more secure than Touch ID, except for users under 13 years old or twin siblings. Another security concern is whether someone Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 31, 2017

Congress Repeals FCC Privacy Rules  On March 28, house lawmakers voted to overturn an Obama-era privacy rule* that required telecommunications firms to get customers’ permission to market their app and web-browsing history to third parties. Following the House’s decision, the White House issued its support for the bill. The reversal of the rule was considered a major win for broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, because they are expected to take advantage of the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 24, 2017

Blog Follow-Up – SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF Recently STLR published a blog post about the SEC’s forthcoming decision on whether to approve a necessary rule change to allow public trading of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. On March 10, the SEC rejected the rule change. The SEC cited concerns about the lack of regulation of the Bitcoin market and the lack of a “surveillance-sharing agreement” which could help weed out fraud or manipulation. The value of Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 17, 2017

Intel’s Acquisition of Automotive Tech Company On Monday, Intel announced a $15.3 billion agreement to buy Mobileye, an Israel-based technology company that specializes in digital vision technology for advanced driver assistance systems. The deal is one of the most expensive acquisitions in the technology industry in recent decades, and the second-largest acquisition for Intel. Although Intel chips are already in several vehicle models and autonomous test vehicles, this strategic alliance between Intel and Mobileye will Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 3, 2017

JP Morgan’s New Contract Processing Software Since June, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been using a computing program called COIN, for Contract Intelligence, to interpret their commercial loan agreements. This program will replace 360,000 hours of work by lawyers and loan officers each year. This comes as part of the company’s push to enhance their technological capacity, driven by COO Matt Zames and CIO Dana Deasy. JPMorgan is investing $9.6 billion in its tech budget, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 24, 2017

Snapchat Goes Public Earlier this month, Snap Inc. filed the necessary disclosures with the Securities and Exchange Commission to take the social media giant, Snapchat, public.  The tech company is estimated to raise $3 billion in its initial public offering—an important indication for the value and viability of other technology and social media startups.  The IPO is expected to happen later next week.  The market valuation of the company is expected to be somewhere between Continue Reading →