Weekend Reads 030620

The operators of DoppelPaymer ransomware launched a site for publishing the data of their victims who don’t pay the ransom. —David Bisson

Leading Chinese technology companies have sold equipment to state governments in the U.S. that can be used by Beijing to obtain sensitive information, according to a security analysis made public Monday. —Bill Gertz

Ever since Google demonstrated the power of Deep Learning AI — first by recognizing images of cats and then, through its subsidiary DeepMind, conquering the classic game of Go—it’s been on a tear. Over the last near-decade, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have stumbled over one another in a race to squeeze dollars out of Machine Learning’s magic hammer. —Brendan Dixon

“I have never seen anything like this,” Coates says. “This is horrendous, what’s going on with supply chains to the factories in China. The worst I’ve ever seen — and we’re only seeing the beginning.” —Will Nicol

Note-taking apps have become a welcome replacement for post-it notes. People frequently use them for quick to-do and grocery shopping lists, but they’re also often used to store more private information.

In 1996, when Congress passed the Communications Decency Act, few would have been able to predict the scale to which websites and social media platforms would grow and the importance they would soon have in our daily lives, even extending into the discourse of our politics. —Alison Kutler

GHG announced this week that it has begun construction of an intelligent satellite production and testing facility that will include modular satellite manufacturing, satellite testing, satellite R&D, and cloud computing centers. —Larry Press

Thanks to an increase in cybercrime and massive data breaches, experts are now working to build un-hackable quantum networks, which are capable of securely receiving, sending, storing, and processing bits of quantum information that are carried on single photons of light. —Kimberley Mok

Connectivity has gone through a fundamental shift as more workloads and services have moved to the Cloud. Traditional enterprise Wide Area Networks (WAN) have been fixed in nature, without the ability to dynamically scale to meet modern customer demands. —Jared Ross

The discussion about the future of the .ORG domain registry has been partly rooted in stewardship. Who will guide the Public Interest Registry (PIR) so it continues to serve the .ORG community? For those of us at Ethos Capital, the company acquiring PIR, this has been a central focus. —Nora Abusitta-Ouri