California passes toughest US privacy law
Following in the European Union's footsteps, California just passed the toughest privacy law in the United States.
Similar to GDPR but with a key difference, the new bill goes into effect in 2020, requires online businesses reveal the category of a third-party receiving user data rather than the identity of the company itself.
The law requires that consumers be able to opt out of having their data sold, which is a huge shift for users as it further solidifies why GDPR was so powerful: people are now able to be aware of what's going on behind the scenes and choose what they're exposed to.
Those who are affected by a data breach are able to sue for up to $750 per person, further putting a price tag of user security directly on companies. Screw up, and it'll cost you, whereas today you'll see how little even the giants care with a casual perusal of Have I been Pwned.
This bill passed unanimously despite objections from Amazon and AT&T, marking the largest privacy legislation update since the 90's in the US — at least for Californians. It's likely to be modified a bunch before 2020, but it's a positive step to see others implementing consumer protections too.
Amazon acquired an online pharmacy for $1B
On the road to becoming the everything store, Amazon's going up a notch. PillPack, a online pharmacy that lets US users buy their meds in pre-packaged doses, is joining the company for a cool $1 billion.
I didn't know much about this company being from NZ and living in Europe, where we can already ask for our prescriptions over the internet, but it's huge: operating with a license in 50 states on top of its own custom platform called PharmacyOS for tracking patient data.
Amazon is already pushing into the healthcare business with that partnership across Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan, but it's hoping to become the one-stop shop for grabbing your meds while you're getting a bag of giant gummy bears via Prime too.
Tech continues to overflow into the rest of the business world and disrupting the U.S. pharmacy business, worth about ~$400 billion (and a whopping 45 percent of the global pharmaceutical market), would be one hell of a boon for the company's bottom line, and perhaps one of the easier targets given deep enough pockets.
Twitter is blowing up its org structure (again)
When isn't Twitter reorganizing itself? Jack Dorsey announced a reorganization of the company back around engineering, rather than a per-product approach, this morning to focus on the "next decade." Investors seem impressed by Twitter lately, but having been using it for 11 years now I've been wondering whether or not they're actually going to ship anything.
Disney invented robot stunt doubles
This is wild and explains why Disney has been so interested in animatronics. Just last year Disney debuted an incredible Avatar-themed robot that was so realistic the world ended up questioning if it was real or not. Now, Disney's using robots to do the kinds of stunts that are too dangerous for the average person, and they're beyond impressive.
We're getting another SD card type: "SD Express"
It's faster, fits more storage and leverages PCIe and NVMe technology (the stuff your computer's SSD uses for sheer speed) to get more performance in your SD slot... if you still have one.