The Year of the Hospital Hack, Smartphones Changing Our Brains

The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the ‘Erasable

This month’s news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say
anything to anyone, ever. Don’t do it. Don’t email, don’t text, don’t update, don’t send photos.

At least, don’t do it if you have any expectation that what you say will remain private — a sentiment that’s usually taken for granted
in human communication, but that we should all throw to the winds, at least until we figure out a way to completely rethink how we
store and manage our digital data.

2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack. Health-care organizations often store medical records and other information

Medical organizations across the world are switching to electronic medical records, and computer security is not always a high enough
priority during the process, says Leonard. Easy and fast access to medical information often trumps security.

Smartphone use ‘changing our brains’

Our brains are adapting to touchscreen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.

They found distinct differences between smartphone users and people who used ‘conventional’ cellphones. Smartphone users had more
attuned fingers and thumbs, based on their EEG readings.

Study author Arko Ghosh, from the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich, said: “I was really surprised by the
scale of the changes introduced by the use of smartphones.”

Socialism in Decline: France waves discreet goodbye to 75 percent

One adviser warned it was a Socialist step too far that would turn France into “Cuba without sun”.

Hollande first floated the 75-percent super-tax on earnings over 1 million euros ($1.2 million) a year in his 2012 campaign to oust
his conservative rival Nicolas Sarkozy. It fired up left-wing voters and helped him unseat the incumbent.

The Finance Ministry estimates the proceeds from the tax amounted to 260 million euros in its first year and 160 million in the

Do you use online reviews? TripAdvisor Fined $610,000 in Italy for
Failing to Prevent Fake Reviews

The Italian authorities had investigated whether negative reviews  on the company’s site had been made by individuals who did not
visit the hotels and restaurants that they had rated, according to a regulatory statement.