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Okta's Latest Hack Fallout Hits Cloudflare, 1Password Cloudflare and 1Password experienced attempted hacks linked to a recent breach at Okta’s support unit. Although the intruders targeted their systems, no customer data or sensitive systems were compromised. The incident was connected to Okta's breach, where hackers broke into its customer support unit, stealing files used for diagnosing technical issues, potentially compromising user credentials. Okta confirmed that about 1% of its corporate customers were affected. The breach is the latest in a series for Okta, impacting its stock price.
Apple's 'Scary Fast' Event Apple has announced a "Scary Fast" virtual event scheduled for October 30, hinting at the debut of new Macs, potentially featuring the new M3 chip. The event is expected to focus on hardware compatible with macOS Sonoma, with speculations about new MacBook Pros and iMacs. There are rumors about supply chain constraints possibly delaying the new M3 until 2024, but recent buzz suggests the imminent unveiling of an M3 MacBook Pro and a 24-inch iMac.
Humane AI Pin's Features Humane is set to launch its first gadget, the AI Pin, on November 9th. The device, featured as one of Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2023,” attaches magnetically to clothing and uses a mix of proprietary software and OpenAI’s GPT-4. It features a “Trust Light” indicating when it's recording data. The AI Pin, hyped for months, promises various features from making calls to translating speech, all without requiring a smartphone. Despite the excitement, many details about the device's functionality remain unclear.
Tech Layoffs: A new wave of tech layoffs that contradicts the expected economic recovery. In October, several companies, including Nokia, Qualcomm, Qualtrics, LinkedIn, Flexport, Stitch Fix, and Hopper, announced significant layoffs. The reasons behind these layoffs are complex, involving individual company circumstances and broader economic conditions. Despite economists' predictions avoiding a recession, the recovery has been slow, contributing to these unexpected job cuts.
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Equals' Dashboards and Reports Equals offers a platform that turns spreadsheets into dashboards, allowing for the automatic distribution of up-to-date reports. It emphasizes ease of use, with features similar to familiar tools like Excel, and capabilities for pulling data from various sources. Users can create visualizations, schedule reports, and send them through different channels. The tool integrates with numerous services and databases, providing a comprehensive business intelligence solution.
Galxe: A Universe for Web3 Communities Galxe emerges as a pioneering platform in the Web3 space, designed to foster community building around various blockchain projects and initiatives. It serves as a bridge connecting over 11 million unique users with groundbreaking projects across ecosystems like Optimism, Polygon, and Arbitrum. The platform's essence is its reward-based loyalty programs, which have significantly contributed to the growth of more than 3000 partners.
Pill Extension on Chrome Web Store: Pill is a Chrome extension designed to enhance users' browsing experience by providing chill music at the click of a button. It aims to create a relaxing atmosphere to help users focus, whether they are working, studying, or just browsing. The extension does not require a login, works offline, and is designed to be non-intrusive, with a minimalist interface. It does not consume significant resources, ensuring a smooth browsing experience.
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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong.
For all that’s been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway.
Instead of buying the myths these companies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions. How did the Four infiltrate our lives so completely that they’re almost impossible to avoid (or boycott)? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company, can anyone challenge them?
In the same irreverent style that has made him one of the world’s most celebrated business professors, Galloway deconstructs the strategies of the Four that lurk beneath their shiny veneers. He shows how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs that have driven us since our ancestors lived in caves, at a speed and scope others can’t match. And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career.
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YC’s first healthcare and biotech-focused Group Partner. In 2018 Surbhi Sarna sold her company nVision for $275 million to one of the world’s leading healthcare companies. But to understand how Surbhi got where she is today, you have to go back to her sophomore year in high school, when a cancer scare upended her life and set her on an entirely new path.
In this episode Surbhi opens up about her health scare, how it impacted her life going forward and how she was able to ignore the people who doubted her along the way. If you've ever felt undervalued or underappreciated, Surbhi's story will provide you with insights and advice on how to overcome those hurdles on your journey to starting a company.
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