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Laurent Haug's newsletter, issue #20

Second summer edition, probably one of the last before August as I will be disconnecting from email a

Laurent Haug

July 19 · Issue #20 · View online
News and thoughts on society's ongoing transformation.

Second summer edition, probably one of the last before August as I will be disconnecting from email and other forms of interruptions for a while. Here’s wishing you are reading this by a pool or ocean with a cocktail in your hand!

A fascinating look into how teens use social technologies
Why and how teenagers use SnapChat. Lots of valuable information on the mindset of the younger generation when it comes to social tools.
“When you get ugly selfies from someone, that’s how you know you’re good friends”.
That’s how you define proximity in the 21st century apparently, the willingness by someone to share a picture where their identity is not exposed in an optimal way.
“I feel like it’s odd if people don’t use Snapchat”.
You’re part of the network or you are a weirdo.
“I’ll never in my life use Snapcash. Snapchat has been hacked one too many times for me to see Snapcash as a viable option for peer-to-peer money exchange”.
“I’d never use that ‘Snapcash’ thing, though. Seems super sketch.”
“I do not and probably will NEVER trust Snapcash”.
Users are OK to use an app they don’t trust for exchanging personal photos, not for sending cash.
“Any sort of personal photos I wouldn’t send through Snapchat. Even if the photo goes away after ten seconds you are still able to screenshot it so it kind of defeats the purpose”.
Further confirming the millennials are very privacy conscious, probably even more than non digital natives.
Would you pay to use Snapchat? “Absolutely not! I think that’s the beauty of a lot of 'social’ apps for phones these days, because they’re free. Paying for a service to send videos/chats/pictures to people just sounds ridiculous.”
“I’m a millennial. I will pay for nothing — just throw in more ads or something.”
Users claiming they won’t pay, asking for more ads because they probably learned how to filter them out a long time ago anyway.
An identity thief explains the art of emptying your bank account
A dive into the business of stealing people’s informations and identity. Beside hacking skills, all you need is good english and a lot of social intelligence.
“A hacker partner did the complex computer work of stealing account data, logins, and passwords; Social Security numbers; and security questions and answers. They would then initiate fraudulent transfers or purchase expensive, easily resold items such as watches or Apple computers. With his conversational English, [identity thief] Naskovets provided the final piece, getting around the toughest security measures—if an outgoing wire required verbal confirmation, say, or a card company called to make sure it was really John Smith buying that $3,000 watch on EBay”.
Naskovets did as many as 30 calls a day, charging about $20 a pop or a percentage of the transaction. For most jobs, customers provided the information he needed, usually culled from credit reports. If a bank asked for ID, Naskovets knew a guy who could e-mail a PDF of a fake driver’s license in seven minutes for $20. If he didn’t know the answer to a security question, or an agent got suspicious, he had a strategy: feign impatience or frustration. American financial institutions focus on customer service at the expense of security, Naskovets says. “Why are you asking me that?” he’d sputter. “I don’t have time for this! I need to get this done!”
News from the health industry
Scientists 'delete' HIV virus from human DNA for the first time
First drug to help you live longer could go on trial next year
Microsoft's HoloLens Might Train the Next Generation of Doctors
Cool stuff
Le compte Nickel fait sauter les banques [in French]
NASA tests underwater drone to investigate jupiter's frozen moon for alien life
Decks from funded startups
Apple, ad blockers and the decline of the mobile Web
Russian government releases selfies safety guide
Did a robot reporter screw up the AP's Netflix earnings story?
Drones deliver abortion pills to women in Poland
Man arrested for charging iPhone on London train
Ramadan Prayers In Mecca Went Viral Thanks To Snapchat
Retweeters of a copyrighted photo just got sued
Confessions of the Underground World of Kindle eBooks
Google's robot cars crash 'surprisingly often', because humans are idiots
This week's link for parents
Hard-core career advice for a 13-year-old
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