Happy Monday, everyone who managed to get on a computer or phone this morning without being hacked. You’re among the lucky ones! Here’s the tech news we’re following today:
Cyberattacks: the next wave
The weekend was very bad for those who were hit by the “WannaCry” ransomware, which spread through Europe starting Friday. Now there’s fears that the attack, which was stopped in its tracks by a security researcher (who was then promptly “doxxed” for his troubles), could return in other forms. Microsoft, which patched up some of its older, more vulnerable software, blamed the stockpiling of exploits from agencies such as the National Security Agency as part of the problem.
Maybe call it “Lyftmo”
The New York Times reports that ride-hailing company Lyft and self-driving spinoff Waymo (from Alphabet) are teaming up, most likely to get Waymo’s fleet on the road to give customers rides and continue helping Waymo with its research. Unless Lyft returns to Austin, though, you’re not likely to see Waymo-powered Lyft cars in the area anytime soon.
Speaking of Alphabet / Google...
The New York Times also has an in-depth piece on how Google used its Chromebooks technology to penetrate the education space, making its hardware ubiquitous right under the noses of Microsoft and Apple. But some parents are worried that Google’s long term plan could include retaining personal data from students as they head into adulthood.
The (fake) Amazon Echo Silver
And in case you missed it, “Saturday Night Live” introduced its (not real) version of the Amazon Echo in partnership with the AARP in a funny fake ad for the Amazon Echo Silver. If you want my thoughts on the sketch, you can read my wrap-up on Previously.tv. Will the Echo Silver hit the market anytime soon? Well, I don’t know about that.
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