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Despite safety being part of Equifax's sales pitch, company's strategy of gathering as much personal data as possible amplified the consequences of the breach (New York Times)

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Despite safety being part of Equifax's sales pitch, company's strategy of gathering as much personal data as possible amplified the consequences of the breach  —  Equifax's chief executive had a simple strategy when he joined more than a decade ago: Gather as much personal data as possible and find new ways to sell it.

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M&T Shop Building: Sheathing the Roof and Packing Up

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Friday morning was the first day of fall and, boy, did it feel like it. The characteristic crisp nip in the air, the breeze, and even geese migrating overhead: All of it was right on cue. John had to head back to Vermont and Mike went to the Common Ground Fair with his family so Luke, Isaac, Matt, and I attached the roof sheathing to the rafters. We spent all day nailing these gorgeous 200-year-old hemlock boards in place. Because they had already cut, fit, and labeled the boards before bringing them up, the process went smoothly.

The patina in these boards is sacred to this crew. Because they’ve worked so hard to de-nail, power wash, repair, straighten edges, and lay these boards out they are very careful not to scratch the beautiful interior show surfaces. They explained that their process involves standing all the boards in a circle to organize them by color and select them for optimal placement on the roof system. They do their very best to hide all shadow lines from their original rafters. For this project, the crew was pleased to find they were able to hide all but a few of the faintest shadows on a few boards. (In case you haven’t noticed yet, this is not regular carpentry, this is more akin to art.) Just before dark last night, the last bit of tar paper was laid over the sheathing and the crew left for dinner.

They’re coming back this morning to tidy the site and load their trailers for the drive home. Although I am so happy that the frame is now up, I’m sad to see this week end. We’ve gotten so close with everyone on this crew and will miss their company. I’m usually such an independent person that hiring someone else to do something I think I might be able to pull off on my own has felt strange. On this side of the raising, though, I know that there is no way on earth I could have done anything close to what these guys have done. I’ve learned so much this week working alongside them and in our discussions about the next steps of the project.

Thank you, Luke, Matt, Isaac, and John for your hard work this week as well as during the weeks leading up to this raising. This frame is not a play house. It’s not a silly “man cave” or pool house that we feel indifferent about. This building is the future of our business, the new home of Mortise & Tenon Magazine. All our articles will be written and edited here, our videos will be filmed here, and our workshops will happen here. Many years of hand tool woodworking will take place within these walls, guys. Thank you for the care you’ve taken with this restoration. Your conscientious workmanship honors the craftsmen who built it over 200 years ago. We hope M&T’s use of it will continue to honor the work of their and your hands.

- Joshua

 

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brico
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New life for an old frame. Even the sheathing is stunning, loving work. I have much admiration for the m&t project.
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SAP is buying identity management firm Gigya for $350M

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 SAP, the German enterprise software giant, today announced an acquisition to strengthen its hybris e-commerce division. It has acquired Gigya, a firm that helps online properties manage customer identities and profiles. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed officially, but our sources tell us it is for $350 million. This was the same figure that was reported yesterday when the news leaked… Read More




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Gigya up in value...
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iPhone 8 Plus best performing smartphone camera ever, iPhone X expected to be better

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While the new iPhone 8 did very well beating all other manufacturer's devices in testing by DxOMark, the iPhone 8 Plus is the undisputed champion of all other smartphones ever produced.
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Is it safe to give your genetic data to 23andMe?

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CEO Anne Wojcicki explains the DNA testing company’s privacy protections on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.

23andMe has been around for more than 11 years, but it’s just now getting to “critical mass,” CEO Anne Wojcicki says, thanks in part to a recent $200 million funding round.

But as the personal genomics company grows, convincing more and more people to send their spit off to a lab in exchange for data about their DNA, what is it doing about privacy? We got a lot of questions to that effect when we announced that Wojcicki would be talking with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask.

“Privacy and your ownership and control of your genome is the most important — it’s the foundation of this company,” Wojcicki said. “If you were to participate in a research study at, let’s say, UCSF — once you participate, you can’t easily pull your data out. At any point in time, you call 23andMe, or you email in, and say, ‘I want to delete all my data,’ we’ll delete all your data. We can’t undo a research project or something we’ve done, but you can delete your data at any time.”

She stressed that the company does not work with insurance companies in any way, but does partner with universities and pharma companies, offering the data of customers who have explicitly opted in to help with genetic research.

“Usually, those are people who have a specific disease, and usually, they’re very enthused,” she said. “... People who have Parkinson’s Disease, they want us to do programs all day long because they want to advance the disease [research].”

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On the new podcast, Wojcicki also addressed questions about what might happen if 23andMe changed ownership, or if it was attacked by hackers, a la Equifax. She said its databases are built such that DNA info is “totally separate” from personally identifiable info — but she also questioned whether the company would really be of value to hackers.

“Knock on wood, we’ve never been hacked,” Wojcicki said. “I doubt there will be interest in it. Your bank account is inherently interesting, your passwords are inherently interesting.”

“If I come and get your DNA: ‘Oh! Kara’s not great at basketball! And she’s got brown eyes and she’s European!’ There’s the interest element and what I’ve seen is that privacy breaches happen more within a family, where people will say, ‘I want to see, is my sibling related to my other sibling?’”

Have questions about 23andMe or personal genomics that we didn’t get to in this episode? Tweet them to @Recode with the hashtag #TooEmbarrassed, or email them to TooEmbarrassed@recode.net.

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Google celebrates “West Side Story” anniversary with virtual museum

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The iconic musical is now 60 years old, and Google is celebrating its birthday in conjunction with Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Museum of the City of New York. The organizations have set up a special website hosting a virtual …

The iconic musical is now 60 years old, and Google is celebrating its birthday in conjunction with Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Museum of the City of New York. The organizations have set up a special website hosting a virtual museum containing images and video of the Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical. The content features looks at the original production as well as various other editions across the decades. And if you don a virtual reality headset, you can even explore some of the real-world locations that inspired the musical’s sets, as well as watch Riff telling the Jets to wait for the rumble to fight with the Sharks in 360º video.

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