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Chrome will soon block autoplay videos with sound and SpaceX might name its satellite broadband internet service ‘Starlink’. Cyber security, no one is safe? Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!

Hooray for online ad blockers, but by Google??

Google announced earlier this year that they are going to implement a built in ad-blocker for Chrome, the most popular web browser. Already this year they will start blocking autoplay videos to some extent. This sounds great in many ways, “fewer annoying ads means fewer people shutting them off, more revenue for publishers, more impressions for advertisers, and happier users browsing.” So what’s the problem with “cleaning” the web you ask? Well, the effort could “easily be interpreted as a disguised move to further solidify Google’s monopoly”.  A legal spokesman is calling it a cartel orchestrated by Google.” When it comes to adtech for instance, it will be hard to compete with Google if Chrome will eventually be blocking all ads that aren’t essentially made for (by) Google..

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Space race update

More than 2 years ago we wrote about SpaceX, Facebook and a company called OneWeb that were investing to connect the whole world to the internet using satellites. Not much has been said since but as an update, SpaceX recently to trademark “Starlink” which is believed to be intended for this. While there has not been many official statements by SpaceX, OneWeb say they will start by launching 10 test satellites next year.

On similar note Project Loon (Google internet balloons) has been issued an ”experimental license” to provide emergency cellular LTE services in Puerto Rico. Interesting developments, watch out telcos!

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Cyber security, no one is safe?

As mentioned often here on the feed, gone are now the days when companies could pass the headaches of cyber security to the IT department. As businesses are ever more digitized the potential troves for hackers are becoming huge. A recent study on Asian organizations performed by Telstra shows that the 59% of organizations experienced security breaches at least once a month. On a related note, the Equifax breach earlier this year was recently revealed to have included over 10 milling drivers’ licenses. We have said it before, unless decision makers start this more seriously something very bad is bound to happen.

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