The Return of Industrial Espionage and the Building New Wave of Scandals


As powerful men drop like flies due to their inability to resist abusing their authority, it’s clear that the problem is widespread. Similarly, it’s likely that we’ll find the problem of alleged industrial espionage is not limited to Uber. You see, when people misuse authority — and the sexual harassment problem is a massive misuse of authority — folks typically don’t just misuse it in one area.

For some time, I’ve suspected that the harassment issues were just one aspect of a bigger problem. The allegations that Uber aggressively moved to steal intellectual property from Google and colluded to cover up evidence of the theft may be indicative of another area in which executives have been abusing their authority.

Rather than wait for the next scandal to surface, I thought it would be interesting (since I’m an ex-internal auditor who has been through a cycle like this before) to look at the other areas where we likely will find that executives and others who wield authority have been doing scandalous things. I’ll close with my product of the week: one of the few security offerings that could prevent against a significant amount of this immoral behavior, Varonis.

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OnePlus caught collecting identifiable user data without permission

You might think true privacy is becoming increasingly hard to come by in this ever-more connected world, but most companies at least ask or warn that they’ll be collecting data.

However, OnePlus though has been found collecting device and user data, and has been accused of doing so without asking permission.

Software engineer Chris Moore discovered as much, posting on his blog that the domain has been collecting data and sending it to an AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud account.

The data collected includes both device information, such as wireless network IDs, his cellular number, serial number and MAC address, and user data, which includes the likes of timestamps showing when specific applications were opened and closed, as well information about when the screen was on and when the phone was charging.

Moore claims that not only did OnePlus not get permission to collect this data, but some of it, such as serial numbers, can potentially be tied back to the user, so it’s not anonymous.

Here’s how Google sees you using ARCore


There’s a big battle brewing in the tech world, and no, it’s not iPhone 8 vs Google Pixel 2. At least, not directly.

Rather, augmented reality (AR) is shaping up to be a major area of contention for tech’s top rivals, as Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore are poised to go head-to-head very soon.

On the eve of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 launch and impending release of iOS 11, Google is giving regular folks a closer look at what its AR framework can do.

The search giant today published six experiments cooked up by Daydream Labs, showcasing how AR in mobile Android devices will give users a whole new way to interact with the world around them.

LG V30 camera gets glowing review from Game of Thrones director of photography


With smartphone owners shooting more video than ever before, video recording capabilities in phones are becoming ever more important. They’re a key feature of the LG V30 – and its camera just got a huge endorsement from a pro film maker.

David Franco, director of photography for high-profile shows including Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, talked about the smartphone on stage at IFA 2017, and he couldn’t speak highly enough about it.

“When I don’t have a camcorder or DSLR I use my smartphone to film, but they often don’t have the quality,” said Franco, who appeared at the smartphone’s launch event in Berlin.

“I was intrigued by the V30 having cinematic capabilities, and was able to use it to shoot my daily life – my kids, my family – with the V30 before anyone else.

“I’ve got to say its video capability is top-notch. It definitely impressed me.”