False Security


How Human Psychology Undermines Cybersecurity

Why do we ignore information that could improve our ability to predict the odds of a personal cyberattack? Our human psychology is working against us, Scientific American says, lulling us into a false sense of security. We think of ourselves as less vulnerable than others and disregard other people’s experiences and testimonies when considering our own risk.


Why Microsoft Want to Buy TikTok


Microsoft may not have seemed like a likely suitor to acquire TikTok from its Chinese owner, ByteDance. But the quirky video app offers Microsoft something its key rivals have that it lacks: a video service. And Microsoft could use the data culled from its videos to better compete against its AI rivals, the Washington Post reports. 


Finding Opportunity Amid the Pandemic

The Rochester region’s businesses could have a competitive edge in the new environment shaped by the coronavirus pandemic, Dwaiter director of operations Andrew LaManna writes in the Rochester Beacon. Distance and location, he says, are less of an obstacle than ever before.


Meet Reels, Instagram’s New TikTok Clone

The internet is abuzz over Reels, Instagram’s new feature for short video clips, Fast Company reports. Reels lets users record and edit 15-second video clips. Clips can be strung together into a longer series and can be shared with followers via your Instagram Feed. In short, Reels is nearly a carbon copy of TikTok.


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A Fund Focused on Black Entrepreneurs Makes Its First Investment 


Too often, Black founders are locked out of Silicon Valley before they even have a chance to get started, Marceau Michel, founder of venture capital firm Black Founders Matter, tells TechCrunch. Black Founders Matter has raised about $1 million for the fund and last month made its first investment.


Why Mailchimp Is Turning to Outside Developers

The marketing service is a platform now, and it’s spending $1 million to encourage developers to integrate its tools with other services across the web, Fast Company reports. The firm wants to incentivize programmers to create software that can pull in data from elsewhere to help Mailchimp customers track more information about their customers and use it to customize marketing campaigns.


Google Adds Smart Compose to Docs, Sheets, and Slides


Google this week announced it’s bringing a slew of updates to its Docs, Sheets, and Slides mobile apps — among them Smart Compose, reports The Next Web. While the feature has been available in Gmail for years, and in the web version of Docs for a while as well, this will be the first time it’ll be available in the mobile apps.


The Big Risk in Google's Plan for Chrome 

Google is working to dramatically increase the power of web browsers, reports CNet. There's one big problem: The plan, which would let browsers communicate directly with hardware devices through USB ports, and over Bluetooth and NFC wireless links, could create new security problems that undermine the web. 


No In-Person Events Until Late 2021, Marketers Say

Professional marketers are embracing online-only events, saying it is unlikely they would attend an in-person conference during the COVID-19 pandemic that could stretch deep into 2021, Marketing Land reports. One bright spot has been the level of attendance and satisfaction with online events that have sprung up to replace canceled conferences.


Robotic Baseball Fans


With their stadium devoid of fans due to coronavirus restrictions, the Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks has come up with an imaginative replacement: dancing robots. SoftBank’s humaniod robot “Pepper” and others on four legs like a dog, stamp and shimmy in a choreographed dance that is usually performed by the Hawks’ fans before games in the 40,000-capacity Fukuoka Dome, a Reuters video report shows.