EMPIST Tech News Roundup: Friday, October 12, 2018

Top tech news of the week: Google+ finally opens up about an old security bug and Facebook is ready to take video chat to the next level. Discover the home for the new production hub of Netflix and other tech news updates now!

The New Atlanta Billionaires Behind an Unlikely Tech Unicorn

Forbes | Mon Oct 8, 2018 — Mailchimp may not be the hottest tool in email marketing but it is effective and affordable. Several investors didn’t see the growing value in this 2001 company and they were surely proven wrong. The voice of the small business owner is catered to by Mailchimp, which nods to their increasing success. With over $600 million in revenue, sole owners Ben Chestnut and Dan Kurzius are right on track to become two of the most successful entrepreneurs in the game. Read the full story >>

Google+ to Shut Down After Coverup of Data-Exposing Bug

Tech Crunch | Tue Oct 9, 2018 — Google+ had a security bug, giving third-party developers the ability to access Google+ profiles from 2015 and on. When Google discovered the issue in March, they patched it. Many users are upset that Google has kept quiet about the breach until now. Even though 500,000 profiles were at risk from the data breach, Google claimed they saw no evidence of data misuse. Regardless, this incident jumpstarted Google to set more privacy and security settings on all their platforms. Read the full story >>

First Look: Facebook Unveils Portal Video Calling Devices for the Home with Alexa

USA Today | Tue Oct 9, 2018 — The majority of Facebook users are skeptical about this new video feature. After the vast data breaches and privacy issues with Facebook, there is a lack of trust from the users. Purchasing the new Facebook Portal will allow you to video chat with ease. Facebook has ensured that your security and privacy will remain safe while using the Portal. Tech experts say the video portal is impressive, but will Facebook deliver on the promised security? Read the full story >>

Netflix to Open Studio-Production Hub in New Mexico

MarketWatch | Mon Oct 8, 2018 — Netflix is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico! The company plans to open the new production hub to film several movies and tv shows, including Chambers, Daybreak, and new epic drama Messiah. This expansion will bring in up to 1,000 production jobs to the area each year. This new studio space is surely due to Netflix shares rising 82% this year. Read the full story >>

The 10 Most Valuable Tech Companies in the World

Tech Republic | Tue Oct 9, 2018 — In this digital age, there are always new and exciting things happening in the world of technology. The question is, who is making a lasting impact? Apple is currently ranking as the #1 tech company in the world, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Following the lead, we have Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet, and Facebook stealing a spot in the top five. With Apple’s market cap at 1.1 T, their continued growth will be something truly remarkable to witness. Read the full story >>

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