“Cambridge Analytica Is Shutting Down”

https://gizmodo.com/cambridge-analytica-just-shut-down-all-its-us-offices-1825698536

Good afternoon, everyone. I just found out about a minute ago, Cambridge Analytica is finally shutting down and closing it’s doors. On Wednesday, Cambridge Analytica employees learned that its parent company, the SCL Group, was shuttering the business, with American-based workers directed to return their key cards immediately, according to documentation reviewed by Gizmodo.

The news was announced during a conference call led by Julian Wheatland, the current chairman of the SCL Group who was reportedly tapped to take over as Cambridge Analytica’s next CEO. Both Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections (the SCL Group subsidiary connected to Cambridge Analytica) will now close their doors. During the call, Wheatland said that the board determined that re-branding the company’s offerings in the current environment is “futile.”

Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group have offices in London, New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The conference call was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, but was repeatedly pushed back until early Wednesday afternoon, ultimately getting rescheduled more than half a dozen times.

Screenshots from the company’s internal chat service obtained by Gizmodo show a darkly comic mood in anticipation of the call. One employee shared bleakly titled Spotify playlists in Slack featuring songs like “High and Dry” by Radiohead, “The End” by The Doors, and “Help!” by The Beatles. Another employee posted a still from Titanic showing the ship’s band playing their instruments as the vessel sinks. So please check this important website and let the ITKAN community know if you have any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you and have an wonderful and spectacular week.

 

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” EU General Data Protection Regulation”

https://www.eugdpr.org/eugdpr.org.html

Good afternoon, everyone. The other article I had mentioned the General Data Protection Regulation from Europe, well I have checked their website and their website is very interesting to read and explore what they do and how they became an protection between USA and Europe. ​The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years – they’re here to make sure everyone is prepared​. This website is a resource to educate the public about the main elements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance may face heavy fines. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy. The key articles of the GDPR, as well as information on its business impact, can be found throughout this site.

So please check their website as well and if you have any questions or concerns, please let the ITKAN community know and we provide you with any guidelines or example they may have. Thank you and have a wonderful and spectacular week.

“Bring Screen Capture to Microsoft Edge with the Media Capture API”

https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2018/05/02/bringing-screen-capture-to-microsoft-edge-media-capture-api/#B2p0uFGduMwzWcXi.97

Good Afternoon, everyone. Microsoft just release the screen capture to Microsoft Edge with the Media Capture API. Beginning with the EdgeHTML 17, Microsoft Edge is the first browser to support Screen Capture via the Screen Capture API. Web developers can start building on this feature today by upgrading to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, or using one of our free virtual machines.

Screen Capture uses the new getDisplayMedia API specified by the W3C Web Real-Time Communications Working Group The feature lets web pages capture output of a user’s display device, commonly used to broadcast a desktop for plugin-free virtual meetings or presentations. Using Media Capture, Microsoft Edge can capture all Windows applications–including including Win32 and Universal Windows Platform applications (UWP apps). So, please check this website out and let the ITKAN community what are your thoughts or questions you may have. Thank you and have a wonderful week.

“How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/europe-apos-apos-breakthrough-apos-070109038.html

Good Afternoon, everyone. Last night on Channel 7 on abc7 news, I was watching the news and that Facebook and Google are testifying in court due by the group from Europe called General Data Protection Regulation. General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they collect data and consent from users – with huge fines for those who don’t comply.

It is a regulation that requires companies to protect the personal data and privacy of residents of EU countries. It replaces an outdated data protection directive from 1995 and restricts the way businesses collect, store and export people’s personal data. So I have 2 links for everyone to see check it out. One is about Facebook and Google and the other blog will be The General Data Protection Regulation. Let if you have any thoughts or concern you may have. Thank you and have a wonderful week.

“A new IP strategy for a new era of shared innovation”

 

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/04/04/a-new-ip-strategy-for-a-new-era-of-shared-innovation/

Good Afternoon, everyone. Microsoft has found a new IP strategy for a new era of shared innovation. Please check this link out and share your thoughts with ITKAN and if you have any questions or concerns, I’m here to assist and provide any guidelines or suggestions. Thank you and have an beautiful and warm week.

“Every company today is becoming in part a software company – we see this every day at Microsoft. Whether it’s auto manufacturers, retailers, health care providers or financial services firms, our customers are not only transforming their own business operations with our software but collaborating with our consultants and engineers to create new digital products and services that run on our platform. As we look to the future, advancements and the adoption of cloud services, data analytics and artificial intelligence will only accelerate this phenomenon.

That’s why today we are announcing Microsoft’s Shared Innovation Initiative. It is based on a set of principles designed to address co-created technology and intellectual property (IP) issues that give customers clarity and confidence regarding their work with Microsoft. The initiative is designed to strike a healthy balance that will both help our customers grow their business through technology and enable Microsoft to continue to improve its platform products.”

Brian Smith – Microsoft President and Chief Executive Officer

“Acelerating digital transformation with the spring 2018 release for the Dynamics 365 and Business Application Form”

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/03/21/accelerating-digital-transformation-with-the-spring-2018-release-for-dynamics-365-and-business-application-platform/

Good Afternoon, everyone. Microsoft announces the new release digital platforms: Dynamics 365 and Business Applications. Please read this interesting article what Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Business Application are providing, supporting and offering this spring.

“Today I’m thrilled to announce the spring 2018 release for Microsoft Business Applications. We’re unleashing a wave of innovation across the entire product line with hundreds of new capabilities and features in three core areas: new business applications; new intelligent capabilities infused throughout; and transformational new application platform capabilities.

As I talk with business leaders to learn what draws them to Dynamics 365, the answer is almost always the same: they want to digitally transform and believe Microsoft is uniquely capable of helping them succeed on that journey. Microsoft is the only provider of a modern, unified and intelligence-infused family of business applications that span the breadth of business processes – across marketing, sales, service, operations, finance, talent and commerce; all powered by a business analytics and application platform, built atop a common data model, on Azure, our planet-scale public cloud, connected to Office 365 and the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn.

It is this collection of integrated capabilities spanning the Microsoft Cloud that supercharge Dynamics 365, creating what we believe is an unmatched platform for digital transformation.”

James Phillips – Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Applications Group

“Using intelligence to advance security from the edge to the cloud”

 

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/04/16/using-intelligence-to-advance-security-from-the-edge-to-the-cloud/

 

Hello, everyone. Microsoft has a new technology software called Azure Sphere to expanded and secured the Internet and to advance security from the edge to the cloud. Please read this article and see what is interests you.

“We are living in a world where almost everything is becoming connected, whether it’s the electrical grid, phone system, our cars, or the appliances that heat our home or chill our food.  As this Internet of Things (IoT) continues to proliferate, so does the threat of debilitating cyber-attacks, like last year’s devastating ransomware attacks that damaged, destroyed and disrupted systems around the world. And these attacks are only growing more sophisticated – and commonplace.”  

“We recognize that we and others in the tech sector have the first responsibility to address these issues. After all, we build the products.  We operate the platform.  We unfortunately are the battlefield in many ways.  We are the first responders.  At Microsoft and at many of our peers, our security professionals are the ones that answer the call, scramble onto airplanes, and stay by our customer’s side until their issues are resolved. Trust is the underpinning of our relationship with our customers, and we recognize that we must earn and maintain that trust every single day.”  

Brad Smith, Microsoft President and Chief Executive Officer.