The Global Tech Wrap for February 2015

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The Global Tech Wrap for February 2015

In the US, the FCC voted to enshrine net neutrality, but it is likely to be challenged by ISPs.

Kaspersky Lab unveiled a couple of big information security developments, the first that it had found a sophisticated system it called Carbanak that was siphoning off millions from global banks. The second was that the Equation Group which is alleged to have nation state links (the US being the commonly linked country).

Then there was the Great SIM Heist that in our view should be making everyone nervous: claims were raised that the NSA and GCHQ stole the encryption keys of SIM cards from Gemalto. The company subsequently tried to claim that yes the agencies had hacked them, but there was nothing to worry about - claims that were quickly derided by security commentators.

IT was also widely reported that Yahoo’s security chief clashed with NSA leaders over the US efforts to get backdoor’s built into technology. And Google is pushing back against rule changes that says could give the US government sweeping new powers over searching computers, databases and networks in the same way Microsoft has done. It’s one of several welcome push backs by US tech companies against what should be worrying government surveillance activity and requests.

Meanwhile, Samsung faced accusations of Big Brother Orwellian activity of its own when an analysis of its privacy policy showed that its Smart TVs can sometimes – when enabled by the user – listen in on conversations and send this data to a third party.

MIT Technology Review had a strong piece around recent commentary around artificial intelligence. It came just before it was revealed that Google’s AI has mastered Space Invaders. (It is also in Nature although a subscription is needed.)

MIT also touched on another inevitable development: automation of data scientists.

Meanwhile HBR talked about when strategy fails and what to do about it.

Reports emerged that Apple is looking to create an electric car (behind a paywall).

The HTTP protocol is getting an upgrade.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11th, Falcon 9 lifted off from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. carrying the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite on SpaceX’s first deep space mission.

INSEAD has a short piece on using design thinking as a catalyst for innovation, including with technology.

IHS put out a short, methodology absent, infographic on what it says the global tech forecast will be.

An interesting piece in Nature magazine drawing correlations between corruption and innovation levels in given countries. Interestingly though no mention of what “innovation” actually means was given (but may be provided in associated research) and whether it is total volume or a percentage of a given countries population or GDP.

EY released a global corporate development study (PDF). Notably it focuses on the CDO, meaning the chief development officer, not the chief digital officer. But it notes that big data and analytics will be one area, among many, of key focuses for corporate development. Acquiring new tech is a top 3 objective for any deals.

Brand Directory came out with its most valuable global brands list, which featured tech-driven firms at the top.

HBR had a piece on digital readiness It comes from research done at Tufts University and they have the option of downloading all data over six years. The results are also used by Mastercard and DataCase in an interactive site.

OECD’s “The Metropolitan Century” is an in-depth view of urbanization.

Universum put out a global study of Millennials in collaboration with INSEAD and the HEAD Foundation. Thankfully it acknowledge the diversity in views across the world and didn't lump everyone in together.

IBM and ARM announced a starter kit for the internet of things worth exploring the possibilities, especially if you have an emerging technology team.

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