Skyway Recommended November 4th to 10th

This week: Check for AdobePassword Leak; Internet of Things Overhype?; Cloud Computing Matters; Facebook’s Failure; Berners-Lee Appalled at Spy Agency Encryption-Cracking; Gates scolds Zuckerberg

Each Monday we’ll pass on links to articles we thought were well worth reading from the previous week, for those who live where we do (British Columbia, Canada), work like we do (high speed business internet), and think about things we do (internet trends, internet privacy, internet censorship, cutting-edge technology, etc.). If you don’t want to wait ’til Monday, we usually tweet and link to these as we come across them

The GuardianDid your Adobe password leak? Now you and 150m others can check

Nearly 150 million people have been affected by a loss of customer data by Adobe, over 20 times more than the company admitted in its initial statement last week. Owing to the proliferation of Adobe products in use throughout the world, from the Flash browser plugin, to the Acrobat software used to create PDFs, to the AIR framework used to make software like Tweetdeck and the BBC iPlayer desktop application, many users have Adobe accounts which they have since forgotten about (including 50% of the Guardian technology desk). Read More…

ReadWrite | The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge—Just Not As Huge As The Hype

The Internet of Things promises to bring a new level of convenience to our lives. Could it bring trillions of dollars worth of convenience? Not likely, but that’s not stopping a lot of prognosticators out there. The level of hype around the financial promise of the Internet of Things is truly gargantuan. A May 2013 report from the McKinsey Institute suggests that connecting billions of ordinary devices to the Internet will add between $2.7 trillion and $6.2 trillion a year to the global economy by 2025. Read More…

GigaOm | 

Amazon Web Services’ second-annual user conference is around the corner, but its scale is as much about AWS’s platform as it is about the ecosystem of developers and applications it has enabled. Read More…

Medium | The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s go back.

I am signed into Facebook right now. At a quick glance, the entire list of posts on the first screen are irrelevant to me. If I scrolled down I can find 4 stories I actually care about, from a list of about 30. The most important page on Facebook has more than three-fourths of absolutely useless content. Read More…

The Guardian | Tim Berners-Lee: encryption cracking by spy agencies ‘appalling and foolish’

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer scientist who created the world wide web, has called for a “full and frank public debate” over internetsurveillance by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart,GCHQ, warning that the system of checks and balances to oversee the agencies has failed. Read More…

The Atlantic Wire | Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet Won’t Save the World

When Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his intention to provide Internet to the two-thirds of the world without online access, he asked, “Is Connectivity a Human Right?” On Friday, Bill Gates strongly criticized the idea of the Internet as a world savior. “As a priority? It’s a joke,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times on Friday. Read More…


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