Reid Forgrave, a writer based in Minnesota, has an very interesting article The Man Who Cracked the Lottery in The New York Times Magazine. This is a story about when the Iowa attorney general’s office began investigating an unclaimed lottery ticket worth millions, an incredible string of unlikely winners came to light – and a trail that pointed to an inside job.
The New York Times reports Credit Card Signatures Are About to Become Extinct in the U.S. by the end of April 2018. It reports that major credit card processors don’t require signatures to complete transaction if the card transaction was made chip enabled card readers. For small retailers, it would still remain as optional.
Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook’s users’ personal profile data in political campaign use has created lot of buzz and has triggered flood of investigations by US Congress, FTC and British Government. However this Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing from Harvard University blog is a wake-up call what is coming next.
The New York Times reports that Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future, an 1800 sq ft mini-market, is opening on Jan 22, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Amazon was reported to be working this type of cashier free stores in 2016. If this technology is adopted by other major retailers then this will definitely disrupt job employment scenario.
The Washington Post reporter Simon van Zuylen-Wood has an article How robo-call moguls outwitted the government and wrecked the Do Not Call list. In this historical article, the reporter discusses how robots have completely wrecked the Do-Not-Call-List, a most popular public policy in the country.
Year 2017 was Year of #MeeToo social movement and created lot buzz about sexual harassment in workplace. The article I Started the Media Men List My name is Moira Donegan by Moira Donegan is an powerful story about how women helped protect themselves from sexual harassment & assault through whisper network.
Reporter Evan Osnos of The New Yorker has an interesting report Making of China Again, where he writes how China’s President Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces as President Trump surrenders America’s global commitments. In the same vain reporter Fareed Zakaria writes in his The Washington Post opinion column The decline of U.S. influence is the great global story of our age.
Year 2017 remained a good and productive year. Like last year I made good progress in my technological skill development. For Year 2018, I have set myself very ambitious goals and hoping that it will be another productive learning and skill-enhancement year with many new opportunities.