The Lighthouse IT Podcast - November 17th, 2023
This week, Matt & Griff discuss drugs via drone, unfortunate open-source news, more unfortunate cybersecurity news from both hackers and end users, Disney's latest acquisition, Meta's latest updates, and the Cybertruck.
Not content with the streets, drugs in Cleveland are hitting the skies
Cleveland Clinic has announced its plans to start delivering prescriptions using drones in 2025. This could be very helpful for many people, but could also be abused by many people too.
Open source maintenance minefield
Sonatype recently released a report on software supply chain that found some unsettling details on open-source packages. Specifically that only 11% of open-source packages are actively maintained with vulnerabilities being patched.
Zoomers don't care — bout cybersecurity
There's a notion going around that Gen Z is disillusioned with the world, and boy this isn't helping. A survey found only 69% think it's still worth practicing cybersecurity as their data is "already out there."
Remote IT workers could be hacking you
The Department of Justice has issued a warning that North Korea is using disguised remote IT workers to raise military funds and hack businesses. Make sure you thoroughly vet any IT service provider to ensure they're legit before you employ their services.
Disney is about to own all of Hulu
Currently Comcast still owns a 33% stake in Hulu, but Disney is about to buy them out for $8.61 billion. This doesn't pair well with Disney's recent announcement that they will raise the prices on all their streaming services.
Google's new tools to help businesses during the holidays
SMBs will be able to label themselves as a small business within the Marchant Center, displaying a "Small Business" tag on their digital listings. Additionally, Google is making their AI Product Studio more available and updating their Knowledge Panel listings.
Meta now has A/B testing and audience limits for Reels
Creators will now be able to test different captions and thumbnails on their Facebook Reels to try and create more engaging content. Additionally, Instagram is expanding its Close Friends feature to include feed posts and Reels.
Buy Amazon products right now on a Meta app
Meta previously abandoned an attempt to enable live shopping on Facebook and Instagram. But apparently not willing to give up on the idea entirely, Meta and Amazon have teamed up to enable shopping on Amazon through Meta's social apps.