The Lighthouse IT Podcast - November 3rd, 2023
This week, Matt & Griff discuss a potential breakup between Reddit and Google, Google's latest and upcoming new features, Meta's latest attempt to align with EU regulations, Musk's latest attempt to turn X into something more than a social media platform, an executive order on AI, and official charges against SolarWinds for the 2020 hack.
Reddit seems to think they can survive without Google Search
It's an incredibly bold claim, but with all the debates about generative AI, where that AI gets its data from, and whos getting paid for it, Reddit says they are ready for drastic measures.
Google is proposing an IP protection feature
It's not quite a built in VPN, but if it pans out it could be a good move for user data privacy.
Google Maps new search results makes photos more important
As of this week, when you select a pin corresponding to a location on Google Maps instead of just seeing the name you will also see a photo. Business owners are now highly encouraged to make sure there are quality images of their business available online.
Facebook and Instagram launch a paid ad-free subscription in Europe
This is mostly a response to the EU's concerns about Meta's data collection and ad targeting practices. It'll be €9.99/month on the web and €12.99/month on iOS and Android.
Musk is trying to turn X into the original x.com (PayPal) and beyond
In typical Musk fashion he wants X to fully replace the need for banks, and he wants it accomplished within a years time.
Biden releases yet another executive order, but for AI
AI regulations are a hot and highly contested topic, and this won't solve that, but it is a step in the right direction. Namely that companies are now required to share safety info and develop internal safety systems.
SEC charges SolarWinds & CISO with fraud and internal control failures
Back in 2020 there was a major cyberattack, known as Sunburst, that compromised SolarWinds and its clients via a supply chain attack. The SEC has decided SolarWinds failed to properly perform their due diligence in both fixing the security issues or alerting the public of said issues.