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Category Archives: E-Commerce

Pew – Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing

24% of Americans report earning money from the digital ‘platform economy’ in the past year. The extra income they make is a luxury for some, but a necessity for others. “From neighborhood handymen to freelance computer programmers, Americans have long taken on piecemeal work in lieu of (or in addition to) traditional salaried employment. But… Continue Reading

FTC “Sharing Economy” Report Explores Evolving Internet And App-Based Services

“A Federal Trade Commission staff report released today provides an in-depth assessment of evolving business models that rely on internet and app-based “sharing economy” platforms used by millions of Americans. The report summarizes a June 2015 FTC public workshop and highlights a number of competitive benefits and potential consumer protection challenges posed by disruptive business… Continue Reading

100,000 android smartphones have backdoor hacking your data sending it to China

Secret Backdoor in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say – “For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software… Continue Reading

Amazon sues resellers of counterfeit goods

WSJ – “Amazon.com Inc. this week filed lawsuits targeting sellers allegedly listing counterfeit goods on its website, publicly cracking down on an issue that has caused increasing friction. The two lawsuits, Amazon’s first legal challenge against its third-party sellers for bogus products, pertain to fake versions of the Forearm Forklift, a strap system that allows… Continue Reading

Cell phone numbers are new avenue to disrupt privacy and access personal data

New York Times – A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number – Steve Lohr – “A mobile number can be even more valuable than a Social Security number, since it’s tied to so many databases and connected to a device you carry with you.” Continue Reading

Vanity Fair – Welcome to the Dark Net

Welcome to the Dark Net, A Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free “…Definitions. A vulnerability is a weakness in a network’s defenses. An exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability. A zero-day exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability that… Continue Reading

Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note7 Smartphones Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards

Consumer Product Safety Commission: “This recall involves the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone sold before September 15, 2016.  The recalled devices have a 5.7 inch screen and were sold in the following colors:  black onyx, blue coral, gold platinum and silver titanium with a matching stylus. Samsung is printed on the top front of the phone… Continue Reading

NextGov – Who’s in Charge of Regulating the Internet of Things?

Via NextGov – “The “internet of things” refers to a group of technology so vast the term is beginning to lose meaning. The internet of things hints at a vision of a ubiquitous network of electronics: refrigerators pinging their owners’ smartphones if they’ve run out of eggs, wearable devices that can detect the tell-tale vibrations of… Continue Reading

The Independent – full list of 98 different datapoints that Facebook stores about people

“Facebook reveals every creepy bit of information that it stores on its users. There are 98 different things – including some of the most personal information there can be about a person…” Continue Reading

Pay It Forward Investigating a Sustainable Model of Open Access Article Processing Charges for Large North American Research Institutions

University of California Libraries, June 30, 2016, Revised July 18, 2016. Pay It Forward Investigating a Sustainable Model of Open Access Article Processing Charges for Large North American Research Institutions “As the global open access movement continues to grow and evolve, the question of whether a wholesale shift of the scholarly journal publishing system to… Continue Reading

New Google Chrome 55 will boost use of HTML5 over Adobe Flash

Flash and Chrome – August 9, 2016. “Adobe Flash Player played a pivotal role in the adoption of video, gaming and animation on the Web. Today, sites typically use technologies like HTML5, giving you improved security, reduced power consumption and faster page load times. Going forward, Chrome will de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5. Here’s… Continue Reading