Toshiba's Future Imperiled on Nuclear Woes, Dubious Ethics

The future of Toshiba Corp. is imperiled over ballooning costs at its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month. Behind a great Japanese brand’s fall from grace is a fateful decision to bank on an expensive overseas purchase. And no one had calculated on a nuclear catastrophe.

Price drops in oil and natural gas, as well as beefed up safety regulations that kicked in after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, are chipping away at the appeal of nuclear power.

But perhaps more fateful was Toshiba’s corporate culture of chasing big money at the cost of ethics and governance, already brewing as it headed to the 2006 purchase of Westinghouse, according to former employees and observers.

In an embarrassingly unprecedented move, the Tokyo-based company, long synonymous with Japan’s modernization, reported financial results this month without an audit. It had earlier delayed it twice. It projected a 1.01 trillion yen ($9.2 billion) loss for the fiscal year ended in March, and warned of “substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

It was first in the little things that Muneo Morokuzu noticed signs of what he saw as an erosion of accountability at Toshiba. It hadn’t always been that way. During the early decades after he joined Toshiba in 1970, he had been proud of what he called “a spirit of humanity” among the workers.

Toshiba’s history goes back nearly a century and a half, rooted in telegraphs and lamps. Its U.S. history spans more than 50 years. One of the company founders, Ichisuke Fujioka, a samurai’s son, brought the incandescent light bulb to Japan, forging an alliance with General Electric, and came to be known as “the Thomas Edison of Japan.”

People at Toshiba, like Morokuzu, were the chosen of Japan.

But Morokuzu began to see things he found disturbing –…
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VeloCloud CEO To Present on Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 6, 2017 — VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced that VeloCloud CEO and Co-Founder Sanjay Uppal has been invited to present VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN at important industry events this month.

VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables Enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch and end-point implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications. Global Service Providers are able to increase revenue, deliver advanced services and increase flexibility by delivering elastic transport, performance for cloud applications, and integrated advanced services all via a zero-touch deployment and operations model. Both Enterprises and Service Providers benefit from the multi-tenant cloud gateway architecture and the ability to support real-time applications over private, broadband and wireless links. With VeloCloud, The Cloud is the Network™.

Mr. Uppal will present at the following events:

?EU? SD-WAN Strategies for Success; Dallas; where he will participate on a panel titled ?EU?SD-WAN of Many Stripes?EU? on June 6 at 11:45 am CDT. Hosted by Light Reading, SD-WAN Strategies for Success invites industry thought leaders to present the opportunity of the SD-WAN market and the best approaches to delivering SD-WAN to end users.

?EU? Rutberg FM 2017; Half Moon Bay, Calif.; where he will participate on the CEO/Founder Series — Next Generation Telecom Infrastructure panel on June 13 at 10:15 am PDT. Rutberg FM 2017 is an invitation only forum limited to senior executives who are responsible for innovation and strategic partnerships.

About VeloCloud

VeloCloud Networks™, Inc. is the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, a Gartner Cool Vendor, the Frost & Sullivan Product Leader in the SD-WAN Solution Market, and a Best of Interop and Best of VMworld winner. The company simplifies branch WAN networking by automating deployment and improving performance over private, broadband Internet and LTE links for today?EU?s increasingly distributed enterprises. VeloCloud SD-WAN…
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iPhone 5 and 5c Won't Run iOS 11, 32-Bit Apps Going Away

Some older iPhones will not be part of the iOS 11 party scheduled to arrive this fall. According to Apple’s web site, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c, and the fourth-generation iPad cannot handle iOS 11’s 64-bit app requirements, so they will not be receiving the updated operating system. Devices that can run iOS 11 include the iPhone 5s and SE, 6 and 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, and the 7 and 7 Plus. On the tablet front, iOS 11 is compatible with the iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4, the iPad Air and Air 2, the newer iPad, as well as the big and small iPad Pros. The older iPhones in question use 32-bit processors, while every iPhone and iPad released since 2013 uses 64-bit processors (with 32-bit backward compatibility built in.) One of the under-the-hood changes in iOS 11 is dropped support for 32-bit apps, moving all apps to 64-bits. Since the iPhone 5 and 5c can only run 32-bit apps, iOS 11 simply won’t work as intended. Apple has been warning developers to update their apps with 64-bit compatibility for some time. Starting some point later this year, Apple will entirely drop 32-bit apps from the App Store. Such apps have likely not been updated by their developers in years. iOS 11 is available to developers in beta. The final version for consumers isn’t expected to arrive until the fall.

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Vodafone to stop advertising on hate speech and fake news outlets

We’re currently trying to get a list of the outlets involved in this press announcement. Whether it’ll involve tabloid websites is unclear at the moment, however the network has stated that new global rules are now in operation to stop Vodafone adverts appearing “within outlets focused on creating and sharing hate speech and fake news”.

Vodafone to stop advertising on hate speech and fake news outlets

Interestingly, they’re aware that the placement of their advertising is sometimes a little out of their control, with Google Ads and Facebook auto-inserting banner adverts in the most “appropriate” / inappropriate place.

The statement reads…

Recently, the advertising industry and digital advertising providers such as Google and Facebook have developed automated advertising technologies that use algorithms to deliver digital advertising to targeted demographic categories of internet user, serving ads dynamically within individual websites and social media channels as those users browse.

While automated advertising is a powerful tool – allowing advertisers to focus their investment on specific market
segments across almost all digital properties – in a small minority of instances it can also lead to unintended and potentially harmful outcomes including advertising appearing next to offensive content.

Additionally, automated advertising technologies can have the effect of generating revenue for outlets focused on hate speech and fake news.

Advertisers such as Vodafone therefore risk their brands being marketed within outlets that are fundamentally at odds with their values and beliefs as a company while inadvertently providing a source of funding for those outlets.

Vodafone to stop advertising on hate speech and fake news outlets

The Vodafone Group Chief Executive, Vittorio Colao, tells us ..

Hate speech and fake news threaten to undermine the principles of respect and trust that bind communities together. Vodafone has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; we also greatly value the integrity of the democratic processes and institutions that are often the targets of purveyors of fake news. We will not tolerate our brand being associated with this kind of abusive and damaging content.

Vodafone seem to suggest in their announcement that a black / white list will be in operation to control which sites can display Vodafone ads..

The new rules focused on hate speech and fake news outlets are implemented by means of a whitelist-based
approach using content controls implemented by Vodafone’s global agency network (led by WPP), Google and Facebook. Those controls ensure that Vodafone advertisements are only served within selected outlets identified as highly unlikely to be focused on harmful content. These measures will be reviewed regularly by Vodafone and its
global agency network to ensure that the selection of outlets for whitelisting is appropriate and neither too broad nor too narrow.

Does this mean that click-bait sites such as the Daily Mail, which continually peddles hate and pushes a divisive and angry writing style, will be included? Well, we don’t know currently, but Vodafone tell us that sites and “outlets” to be blocked are…

.. defined as those whose predominant purpose is the dissemination of
content that is:

• deliberately intended to degrade women or vulnerable minorities (“hate speech”); or

• presented as fact-based news (as opposed to satire or opinion) that has no credible primary source (or relies on fraudulent attribution to a primary source) with what a reasonable person would conclude is the deliberate intention to mislead (“fake news”).

We’ll bring you more detail when we have it.

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  • BlackBerry KEYone coming to Vodafone, but you’ve got to be determined

    It might just be me, but I’m starting to feel that the BlackBerry ship has sailed. The BlackBerry Work app software has taken over to some degree, and you can get secure email and web access on iPhones and Android devices that way.

    But, if you’re still craving that physical keyboard and that Tic Tac feel, Vodafone will be ranging it. We’re hearing that it’ll go for a “suggested” retail price of £499, but it’ll only be available in “selected” retail stores. Think “big and posh ones”. Like Harrods in Oxford Street and in places like the Trafford Centre and Westfield. Luckily it will be available online too, because your local Vodafone store needs to order the device if you’re interested in it.

    BlackBerry KEYone coming to Vodafone, but youve got to be determined

    Interested? Well, I got my hands on the thing in March. It’s got a 12 megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front, a 3:2 aspect 1620×1080 IPS LCD screen, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a microSD slot.

    Matteo took a look at the thing just the other day too, so take a look if you want to see it in the actual daylight.

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  • Flipp is a Buttonless Remote that Can Connect with Wi-Fi to Your Speakers

    Flipp is a new project on Kickstarter with the single objective of enabling users to easily control their music. There are actually plenty of smart home remotes that are packed with tons of features for controlling all sorts of things in your home; with Flipp, it’s just a device for anyone who just wants a […]
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    Google Details Android Security Patches for June

    Google today provided details about its June 2017 security patches for Android devices. The patches, dated June 1 and June 5, plug a significant number of security holes that threaten all Android devices. Google found dozens and dozens of vulnerabilities, of which it classified several as critical, or able to remotely execute code. Many of the problems are related to specific chipsets and the associated software drivers that control them, such as components from MediaTek and Qualcomm. Google is offering the patches directly to Nexus- and Pixel-branded devices first. Google has already posted factory images for download directly from its web site. Google’s handsets will receive both patches in a single download. Google said that, as far as it is aware, none of these security holes have been exploited. Google has already given the patches to its OEM partners. Individual phone makers are responsible for updating their own hardware with the patches.

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    iOS 11 to Let Developers Access the iPhone 7's NFC Radio

    Apple is about to let iPhone owners use their handsets’ NFC radios for more than just Apple Pay. Apple today introduced the CoreNFC API, which will permit the iPhone’s NFC radio to detect NFC tags and read the information contained therein. Though several iPhone models include NFC radios (6, 6 Plus 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus), functionality is restricted to Apple Pay. The new API gives developers access to the NFC radio so their own apps “can read tags to give users more information about their physical environment and the real-world objects in it. For example, your app might give users information about products they find in a store or exhibits they visit in a museum.” Based on the documentation published on Apple’s developer web site, only the iPhone 7 and Phone 7 Plus will gain the ability to interact with external NFC tags. Android devices have long been able to use NFC radios and tags for varying purposes. The CoreNFC API is part of iOS 11, which dictates that the expanded NFC functionality for the iPhone 7/7 Plus won’t arrive until later this year when Apple releases the final version of iOS 11.

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    Supreme Court to Weigh Accessibility of Cell Location Data

    The Supreme Court today said it will hear a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. As it stands today, the government does not need to get a warrant when seeking location and other information held by phone companies. In a 1979 court case, Smith v. Maryland, the Supreme Court decided that a suspect had no reasonable expectation of privacy (with respect to his location) because he willingly dialed phone numbers into his home phone, thus providing the phone company, a third party, with that data. Personal data held by third parties is not as protected as information held by the actual suspect. This third-party doctrine is still being applied today in lower courts and is what allows law enforcement to seek suspects’ historical movements from cell phone companies without obtaining a warrant. Since the 1979 case, the Supreme Court has ruled that the government needs a warrant to seek GPS data, as well as to search cell phones of suspects. A new case, Carpenter v. United States, argues that the third-party doctrine is, essentially, outdated and that law enforcement seeking such data should be required to obtain a warrant as it would for GPS data. More specifically, Carpenter alleges that gleaning location data from a third party without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment. Given the varying decisions on this matter from lower courts, the Supreme Court will hear Carpenter v. United States to provide the needed guidance moving forward.

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