By Henry Clifford I usually reserve Fridays for writing, running, flying, and otherwise not doing anything involving the day-to-day of Livewire, IntegrateU, or Parasol. Most weeks this intentional effort yields some of my best ideas. Having the space to think and step back is something I’ve always needed and tried to carve out for myself. This past Friday didn’t work out this way.
The phone call from the "Mountain" to Mission Control in Houston came at just about the worst possible time. It was the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning in 1991. Up in space, the crew members on board space shuttle Atlantis were sleeping. Now all of a sudden, Lead Flight Director Milt Heflin faced a crisis.
WHY THIS MATTERS: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day 2020. This site prank seems to somehow fit the occasion. For yourselves and your loved ones, I hope you have things to be thankful for and strength for what you may be grieving. -Cynthia Wisehart
Twitter will relaunch its verification process early next year with new guidelines for users wanting the site's blue checkmark badges. The company will release the final policy on verifications Dec. 17, and it is working on a system that includes new account types and labels to help users identify themselves.
Artificial-intelligence-powered contract analysis tool Kira has a new feature -- an algorithm that allows collaboration while blocking partners from reverse-engineering confidential data. Alexander Hudek, Kira's chief technology officer, says this differential privacy approach is the only one "that can guarantee the privacy required by law firms."
Attorney/blogger Nicole Black started the year writing about virtual legal assistants, not knowing how much tech would come to the forefront with the pandemic. This is a summary of her 10 columns of 2020, with the last covering how the brand names stack up in analytics software powered by artificial intelligence.
The adoption of legaltech in Japan has taken a step forward with a move by top law firm Nishimura & Asahi to invest an undisclosed amount in Reynen Court, which advertises itself as an "app store." Reynen Court CEO Andrew Klein says the deal shows "the significant role our platform can play in speeding the spread of legal technology across borders."
Cybercriminals and their burgeoning enterprises have put a bull's-eye "squarely on our nation's businesses," writes Steve Morgan of Cybersecurity Ventures. Morgan quotes experts including Jack Blount, CEO of Intrusion, who notes the most sophisticated threats come "from an AI algorithm running on a supercomputer and it's going night and day attacking every IP address it can find on the Internet."
UK-based cybersecurity provider RapidSpike urges e-commerce companies to be cautious ahead of Black Friday because "trust is very difficult to be regained in such a competitive time for online retail," says CEO Gav Winter. RapidSpike expects the sellers of tech, fashion, cosmetics and houseware goods to be the biggest targets.
Copycat models of the biggest names in smart doorbells aren't secure because they send data back to the manufacturers, report security consultancy NCC Group and UK consumer organization Which?. "The most surprising finding was seeing some of the doorbells sending home Wi-Fi passwords over the Internet and unencrypted to remote servers," says Matt Lewis of NCC Group.
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