In the news … September 27, 2018

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Google criticized for Chrome change that logs users in without telling them

Security experts are up in arms about an update to Google’s Chrome browser that they say undermines users’ privacy.

The issue is complex, but it revolves around how and when people choose to log in to the Chrome browser (which is different than logging in to Google services like Gmail). In past versions of the browser, this was a voluntary step. Doing so means users can sync information like bookmarks, passwords, and browsing history between devices, a feature Google calls “Chrome Sync.” It also means that their user data is stored on Google’s servers — something that some people are understandably unhappy about.

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Apple acquires Shazam, offering more ways to discover and enjoy music

Apple today announced it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, one of the world’s most popular and highly-rated music apps, used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
“Apple and Shazam have a long history together. Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and has become a favorite app for music fans everywhere,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music. “With a shared love of music and innovation, we are thrilled to bring our teams together to provide users even more great ways to discover, experience and enjoy music.”

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10 Principles of Strategy through Execution

“We are all in the gutter,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “but some of us are looking at the stars.” That is the nature of strategy through execution. You operate deep in the weeds, managing countless day-to-day tasks and transactions. At the same time, you keep a steady gaze on your company’s long-term goals — and on ways you can stand out from your competitors.

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Shopify founder warns about the dangers of U.S. tech giants setting up shop in Canada

TORONTO — Canada has been trying to grow its innovation sector for decades and prove that it can compete on the world’s stage, but Shopify’s founder believes the country shouldn’t be too quick to celebrate when U.S. technology giants head north of the border.

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