Why Companies Should Not Attack Back At Hackers—Data Sheet

Live events, when they succeed, deliver epiphanies. Here are some I enjoyed on the last day of Brainstorm Tech in Aspen, Colo., Wednesday: Steven Mollenkopf, CEO of mobile-phone chip designer Qualcomm, gave an impressive, confident, and authoritative interview to Aaron. Consider, he urged the audience, the innovations like Uber that came from relatively simple technological […]

What’s Missing in Democratic Debates About Russia and Election Security—Cyber Saturday

Cybersecurity received short shrift at this week’s debates between Democratic contenders for president as they jockeyed for an early lead ahead of next year’s election in the U.S. But one related topic did catch a modicum of airtime: Russian election interference. During the first night’s verbal brawl, only New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio […]

The Real Surprise of Jony Ive’s Exit From Apple Isn’t the Exit—Data Sheet

Sometimes a surprise departure isn’t much of a surprise. But the aftermath sure could be. Aaron in for Adam at week’s end, contemplating the “surprise” departure of Apple design chief Jony Ive. Although Ive joined Apple in 1992 while Steve Jobs was occupied elsewhere, the amiable Brit became one of the genius CEO’s most trusted […]

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Not Apologizing For That Fake Nancy Pelosi Video—Data Sheet

Aaron in for Adam today. You may have read over the past day that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the fake Nancy Pelosi video that went viral on the social network in May and maybe even that he said it was a mistake not to remove it immediately, as Google’s YouTube did. No such […]

Trump’s Trade War Takes Aim at Tech—Data Sheet

Clay Chandler here filling in for Adam. Tech investors began the week chuffed by the prospect that President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping would revive stalled trade negotiations when they meet this Saturday in Osaka, Japan on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Their optimism was kindled last Tuesday by a Trump tweet revealing […]

Amazon Sends Stocks of Yet Another Segment of Retailers Crashing—Data Sheet

Amazon’s ability to disrupt profitable businesses tends to alarm investors whenever news or a rumor emerges of its next target. It doesn’t always turn out quite so badly for the industry in question, but on Monday it was stocks in the makeup and beauty product sector that got smudged. Amazon issued a surprise press release […]

Why Microsoft’s Ban of Rival Slack May Be a Mistake—Data Sheet

Happy Monday. Aaron here, back from vacation, essay writing and curating this week, as Adam goes off on a break. Catching up on all the tech news while I was away, I was sent spiraling down memory lane by Friday’s GeekWire scoop that Microsoft maintains a list of “prohibited and discouraged technology.” Said list is […]

Investors Go Phishing For Gold In Cybersecurity—Cyber Saturday

Greetings. This is Jonathan Vanian, filling in for Robert Hackett and Jeff John Roberts. Investors see a potential gold mine in combating one of the oldest tricks by hackers. Three cybersecurity startups specializing in technology to prevent phishing attacks raised nearly $140 million in venture capital in the past week, according to Crunchbase. In a […]

Investors Go ‘Phishing’ For Gold In the Cybersecurity Market—Cyber Saturday

Greetings. This is Jonathan Vanian, filling in for Robert Hackett and Jeff John Roberts. Investors see a potential gold mine in combating one of the oldest tricks by hackers. Three cybersecurity startups specializing in technology to prevent phishing attacks raised nearly $140 million in venture capital in the past week, according to Crunchbase. In a […]

What Big Banks Say About Being ‘Screwed’ By Technological Change — Data Sheet

Adam Dell, the head of product for the Goldman Sachs consumer bank Marcus, delivered a zinger to the Brainstorm Finance audience in Montauk, N.Y., Thursday afternoon. “There are only two kinds of banks,” he said. “There are banks that are screwed. And banks that don’t know they are screwed.” Dell can be smug because his […]