The FCC announced a $120 million fine to a robocalling agency for using “neighborhood spoofing” in an attempt to scam nearly 100 million people into buying exclusive travel packages. Snapchat’s newest feature – Snap Maps – is location based function where users can share their location in real time with their friends. The feature is coming under attack from personal privacy and child safety groups. Sears, J.C. Penney, and many more companies are closing hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores as they attempt to reduce costs, become more profitable, and adapt to the online shopping experience. And finally, BioCatch is using personal biometrics and specific user behavior to fight fraud and authenticate user behavior, a trend that is growing in the changing world of cyber threats and security.
On Episode 359 of The Waves of Tech, it is all about unpacking and breaking down Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cash. Amazon is now directly positioned to heavily influence the grocery and market industry by owning nearly 500 brick-and-mortar grocery stores. Amazon may immediately look to introduce integration with their distribution channels and offer up delivery services for fresh foods and produce. Amazon has tinkered with highly automated store fronts, which means less jobs and a new look and feel to the stores. We are all anxious to see how the shopping experience will be transformed and whether that means lower prices at the checkout counter. We conclude the podcast by discussing the tech leaders that went to Washington D.C. to consider cybersecurity, failing infrastructure, and future tech trends and by sharing our stories of how a recent email migration went.
We kick off the show with the news that Verizon now wholly owns Yahoo after spending $4.5 billion. Oath, the new company, will now boast 50+ media partners, several former Yahoo companies, and a consumer base of over 1 billion. Yahoo will now become a part of the tech history books. In tech, we usually speak of cloud and flash storage, but not today. Clutter, a tech-based storage company, raised $64 million in venture capital funds and is looking to expand beyond their primary focus of 10 cities. We’ve all read stories of the inner workings and Uber and they have been confirmed with whistle blower stories and internal auditing expenses. Uber is experiencing a major shakeup as CEO Travis Kalanick takes a leave of absence and the Board works on restructuring the company and fixing its image. And finally, we touch on how electronics and technology in live music is changing to way we see our past.
We kickoff the podcast by sharing some of the exciting announcements from WWDC, which includes a new iMac Pro, HomePod, and ARKit. Following up that discussion, we debate as to whether the lack of diversity in the top 5 tech firms is something to be bothered and worried about and whether it spells trouble in the near future. Next, we breakdown a case heading to the Supreme Court as they will decide how law enforcement may collect location data associated with criminal activity from a person’s smartphone. And finally, we share some cool details about collection air pollution data using Google Street View cars and how that approach is changing data and decisions.
We are covering everything from job searching and drone registration to teen smartphone addiction and brick-and-mortar stores. We kick off the show dissecting Google for Jobs. Google is diving into the job search industry and may have found a way to connect the job seeker to job opportunity. Next, an appeals court struck down the FAA’s push to register recreational drones stating that the statute only regulates commercial drone use. In a shocking survey, 59% of parents state that their teenage is addicted to the smartphone and 50% of teens state that they are in fact addicted to their smartphone. We examine the potential issues of addiction and offer solutions. We wrap up the podcast sharing a recent trip to Best Buy, where we focus on how the consumer electronic store has remained relevant. Thanks for tuning in!
The FCC, on a 2-to-1 vote, introduced a rule to effectively end net neutrality and roll back regulations of ISPs as a utility. In an interesting move, IBM is bringing back nearly 400,000 employees back to office as they attempt to consolidate and build directed, focused working teams. Believe it or not, Silicon Valley is not the only hotbed for startups. Cities such as Madison, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City are thriving by becoming attractive landing homes for tech innovation and vision. And finally, Biz Stone is back with Twitter and is positioning himself to work on the company’s overall reputation and standing in social media.