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  2. Forget what you've heard about 22-year-old wunderkinds, sitting in the corner offices of their wildly popular Silicon Valley startups—if you want to find the most successful entrepreneurs, you have to go back a few decades. According to a working paper from MIT Sloan professor Pierre Azoulay and Ph.D. student Daniel Kim, the average age of entrepreneurs who've started companies and gone on to hire at least one employee, is 42 years old. "If you knew nothing else, and you had two identical ideas, one proposed by a very young person, one proposed by a middle-aged person, and that's the only thing you have to go on, you would be better off—if you wanted to predict success—betting on a middle-aged person," Azoulay said. To find out the correlation between age and entrepreneurship, Kim and Azoulay went to the government, specifically, administrative data from the Census Bureau's Longitudinal Business Database, and Schedule K-1 business owners data from the Internal Revenue Service. The team looked at data around the 2.7 million people who founded businesses between 2007-14 and went on to hire at least one employee. Along with average entrepreneur age, they also learned those new ventures with the highest growth had an average founder age of 45. The researchers broke out the data into high-tech employment, VC-backed firms, and patenting firms. Across the entire United States, the average founder ages were 43, 42, and 45, respectively for those divisions. The team looked at ages and startups in areas like California, New York, Massachusetts, and specifically Silicon Valley. The closest any founder age got to "young" was in VC-backed firms, where the average age was 39 in New York. Similarly, the average founder age for one of the "youngest" technology sectors—in this case wireless telecommunication carriers—was 39 years old. Kim and Azoulay also found that entrepreneurs were 125 percent more successful if they were previously employed in a particular sector in which they are starting a business. While that might come as a shock—at least to the 20-somethings looking to start companies and the venture capitalists looking fund them—Kim said for economists, that idea shouldn't be much of a stretch. Top 1 percent firms by employee growth after five years. Source: "Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship." Credit: MIT Sloan School of Management "In theory, we know that with age a lot of benefits accumulate," Kim said. "For instance you get a lot of human capital from experience, you also get more financial resources as you age, as well as social connections, all of which will likely boost your odds of success as an entrepreneur." Ambition and entrepreneurship There are other ways of getting information about founders and businesses, such as LinkedIn, Azoulay explained, but Census data "gets a lot closer to the ground truth than anything else. Everything else is a selected sample." "It's not just the Census data, the key thing is it's Census data matched to IRS records," Azoulay said. "People had access to the Census before, but they had no way of determining who's an employee and who's a founder. Now we can do that, this is the first time we can do that." The team collaborated with Javier Miranda of the Census Bureau, and Benjamin Jones, professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Before diving into the data, the researchers had to address several things, such as clarifying self-employment versus entrepreneurship, and narrowing the scope from any and all companies, to ones that have ambition to grow. Many businesses are started with the intention of being successful, but also staying small—think a drycleaner or pizza shop. "There's nothing wrong with that," Azoulay said. "But when you're talking about entrepreneurship, what you conjure is the image of someone who's trying something with the ambition to grow at the time in which he or she starts." That starting point is also something that needed to be set, Kim said. How do you define entrepreneurship? Is it the day you actually hire someone, the day you come up with the idea in your garage, or is it the day you enroll in an accelerator? "There's been no agreement in terms of how you define an entrepreneur; that's been a challenge," Kim said. "We had the opportunity to combine Census data and IRS data that allows us to actually pinpoint ownership of business, combined with people that actually are in the business on day one." Steve Jobs and Bill Gates started their respective companies in their early 20s, as indicated by the vertical lines. But Apple and Microsoft stocks peaked when both were in their 40s. Source: "Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship." Credit: MIT Sloan School of Management What Kim and Azoulay could track was not only who was there on day one, but differentiate between early, non-founding employees, and the entrepreneurs who are there on day one and also own a large stake in the company. "The thing I think is cool in our paper, is it manages to do those two things at once: to find founders and their age, for a set of young companies that most likely have the ambition to build something meaningful at a time at which they start," Azoulay said. Better entrepreneurship So why does age matter in entrepreneurship? It could be the result of human, social, or financial capital, a combination of those, or something else. "The one thing Census doesn't have is good data on education. We can't tell you the founders with Ph.D.s, or a college education. We don't know that. We see a little bit about your experience," Azoulay said. "That's part of what age is about, you know what's happening in the industry, you understand the problems." That's a lesson for both founders and funders, Azoulay said. Right now some ideas that are deserving of funding might not be getting it because their 37-year-old founders are labeled as washed out. That's not to say there aren't some young people who've created "very robust, very large successful businesses," Azoulay said, but that also doesn't mean they're not going to get better with age. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, for example, had more success as 50-year-olds than as a 20-year-olds. As for those 20-year-olds looking to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, Kim said they shouldn't be discouraged by the data, and instead should be confident that they can still be successful and part of improved entrepreneurship. "If you're 22 or maybe just coming out of an MBA program, and there is this social perspective that you should be an entrepreneur right now, rethink that, because you might have a great idea but you might not have the right skills or experience to really propel that idea," Kim said. "Think about career paths as options, not just as absolute paths." < Here >
  3. Prototypes can navigate from room to room like driverless cars Company hopes to start testing bots in homes later this year Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled out the Echo, prompting millions of people to start talking to a computer. Now Amazon.com Inc. is working on another big bet: robots for the home. The retail and cloud computing giant has embarked on an ambitious, top-secret plan to build a domestic robot, according to people familiar with the plans. Codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, the project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division based in Sunnyvale, California. Lab126 is responsible for Amazon devices such as the Echo speakers, Fire TV set-top-boxes, Fire tablets and the ill-fated Fire Phone. The Vesta project originated a few years ago, but this year Amazon began to aggressively ramp up hiring. There are dozens of listings on the Lab 126 Jobs page for openings like “Software Engineer, Robotics” and “Principle Sensors Engineer.” People briefed on the plan say the company hopes to begin seeding the robots in employees’ homes by the end of this year, and potentially with consumers as early as 2019, though the timeline could change, and Amazon hardware projects are sometimes killed during gestation. An Amazon spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.” It’s unclear what tasks an Amazon robot might perform. People familiar with the project speculate that the Vesta robot could be a sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don’t have Echo devices. Prototypes of the robots have advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car. Former Apple executive Max Paley is leading the work on computer vision. Amazon has also hired specialized mechanical engineers from the robotics industry. The project is different than the robots designed by Amazon Robotics, a company subsidiary, in Massachusetts and Germany, people familiar with the project say. Amazon Robotics deploys robots in Amazon warehouses to move around goods and originated as a company called Kiva Systems, which Amazon acquired in 2012 for $775 million. The promise of domestic robots that offer companionship or perform basic chores has tantalized the technology industry for decades. Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari, introduced the three-foot-tall, snowman-shaped Topo Robot back in 1983. Though it could be programmed to move around by an Apple II computer, it did little else and sold poorly. Subsequent attempts to produce useful robotic servants in the U.S., Japan and China over the years have performed only marginally better. iRobot Corp.’s Roomba, which only does one thing -- vacuum -- is the standout in the field and has sold more than 20 million units since 2002. More recently, Sony Corp. and LG Electronics Inc. have shown interest in the category. In January at CES, LG showed off a robot called Cloi in a demonstration that failed multiple times. Sony demonstrated a new version of a robotic dog called Aibo, which it sold a version of until the mid-2000s after first unveiling the concept about 20 years ago. It doesn’t do much other than bark (although Aibo has been programmed to play soccer). The canine bot also costs $1,800, or about the same price as a real dog from a breeder. Advances in computer vision technology, cameras, artificial intelligence and voice activation help make it feasible for Amazon to bring its robot to the marketplace. The retail giant has shown itself willing to partially subsidize the costs of its devices for Prime subscribers who buy more products and subscribe to services through its gadgets. That could also make such a product more affordable for mainstream consumers in the future. The consumer robot market will be worth about $15 billion a year by 2023, according to an estimate from Research and Markets, which would be up from about $5.4 billion this year. < Here >
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  6. A top spy chief warned on Sunday that a serious cyber-attack on Britain is “A matter of when, not if” The head of GCHQ’s cyber defense unit, Ciaran Martin told the Telegraph newspaper that Britain’s security services cannot offer “absolute protection” against Russian hackers. She said that Britain’s Security service will focus on combatting the attacks that will “have most impact on our way of life” rather than aiming to stop every single breach. Senior officials from Internet, transportation, utility firms as well as from the National Health service have started to attend intelligence briefings at the National Cyber Security Center. These briefings are related to how Moscow might target UK’s infrastructure. Mr. Martin, the head of NCSC, confirmed that GCHQ is on “heightened alert” for “follow-up-activity” after the attack in Salisbury which Britain blames Russia for. He said that, “Turning off the lights and the power supply by cyber-attack is harder than Hollywood films sometimes make out. But we’ve seen enough malicious cyber-attacks across the world, including against UK health services by a North Korean group last year, to know how services can be disrupted.” Mr. Martin claims that complete protection is “neither possible nor desirable”. He says that their priority is on having “more resilience in the systems we care about the most”, which include country’s transport networks, power, water supplies and internet along with the National Health Service. Mr. Martin also added saying that, “We have said that it is a matter of when, not if, the UK faces a serious cyber-attack. So last week we presented detailed plans to Government departments about the priority areas where the NCSC will work with industry and law enforcement to improve the cyber resilience of the most important systems.” NCSC has written to the government regarding some urgent steps for civil servants to take which will help protect them from cyber-attack. The advice includes basic cyber-preventive measures as well as some specific and technical precaution for different departments. These warnings from Mr. Martin are the latest updates since UK and USA blamed Russia for ther malicious activity. Last week British and US intelligence services issues a joint statement claiming that Kremlin is behind these cyber-attacks. Russia however, dismissed these warnings as “groundless” and President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that, “We don’t know what these new accusations are based on.” < Here >
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  12. The Ad Blocker that you have installed in your browser may actually be malware. The co-founder of Ad-blocker AdGuard recently has audited a number of ad blockers on the Google Chrome Web Store. Most of these extensions are styled to look legitimate but they are actually carrying malware in their code. Meshkov said “Basically I downloaded it and checked what requests the extension was making,” Meshkov told me over the phone. “Some strange requests caught my attention.” He also discovered AdRemover extension for Chrome had a script loaded from the remote command server, giving the extension developer the capability to change its functionality without updating the existing code. Motherboard has asked Google about this and the company has since removed the extension. Although Meshkov didn’t immediately notice what the extension was actually collecting the data for, he said that having a link to a remote server is dangerous because it could change the way your browser behaves in many ways. He also said that the extension could alter the appearance of the web pages that a user visits. The Google Chrome store has a history of approving sketchy extensions to its store. While this code couldn’t do anything it could definitely allow for malicious behaviour. “For instance, the extension could probably man-in-the-middle all the requests coming from your browser, but it can’t, for instance, read your browser’s encrypted password database, because that is not a privilege that extensions can have,” Zhu explained over a Twitter direct message. Google has since removed the following malicious ad blocker extensions from its Chrome Store: AdRemover for Google Chrome™ (10 million+ users) uBlock Plus (8 million+ users) [Fake] Adblock Pro (2 million+ users) HD for YouTube™ (400,000+ users) Webutation (30,000+ users) < Here >
  13. A recent survey of 2,205 regular users has proven once again that most people don't update router firmware, don't change default credentials, and don't generally know how to secure their devices. For the past two-three years, there has been a deluge of news articles and research papers detailing large botnets built by exploiting router vulnerabilities and by hijacking devices still running default login credentials. These are the two main methods exploited by attackers. The results of a survey carried out by fellow tech site Broadband Genie confirmed what most security researchers suspected, painting a clear and depressing picture of how careless or clueless some users are about keeping their router safe from hackers. 86% of respondents have never updated the router's firmware According to Broadband Genie, only 14 percent of the 2,205 respondents have updated their router's firmware and only 18 percent have changed the device's default admin account password. That means that approximately five out of six routers are never updated with new firmware and four out of five devices run with factory credentials, becoming cannon fodder for modern botnets. These botnets are known to aggressively mass-scan the Internet for new devices to infect, and unless internet service providers get involved in filtering the traffic that tries to exploit their router fleet, most of these devices are most likely infected with malware that has corralled them inside a botnet. Users are confused by the settings, are clueless about security Further, only 31 percent of users changed the WiFi network password (which is different from the router's admin password), and only 30 percent checked the router's admin panel to see what other devices are connected to their router. All in all, more than half never —51 percent— did not do any of these things. The reasons why users didn't bother with changing any of these settings are explained in the answers to a subsequent question. According to Broadband Genie, 34 percent of respondents said they weren't sure how to execute any of these operations, 6 percent said they could not find clear instructions to execute any of these operations, 3 percent said the software was confusing, and a whopping 48 percent said they didn't know "why [they] would need to" change these settings in the first place. The problem is on both sides This latter set of answers shows failings on both sides of the "router problem." First, device makers fail miserably at designing their software, and second, users show little interest in educating themselves about the devices they own. To fix these basic shortcomings, router makers should be providing one-click interfaces for updating the device firmware, and default device passwords should be unique per device, preventing botnets from automating attacks. Furthermore, devices need to ship with simple how-to guides containing basic instructions about how a user could keep his device secure. Users should be clearly told that routers infected by a botnet usually work slower and lose their performance, as they also relay traffic for malicious actors. Users would then have an active interest in securing their device. But until things change, users looking to keep malware off their routers can check out the Router Security portal for comprehensive how-to guides on properly configuring their devices, or alternatively this Vice piece. < Here >
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  20. Another relevant article: "Viewpoint: The pitfalls of India's biometric ID scheme" More than a billion Indians now have the biometric-based 12-digit personal identification number called Aadhaar, which means foundation in Hindi. What started as a voluntary programme to tackle benefit fraud has now grown into the world's most ambitious, and controversial, digital identity programme. Mishi Choudhary writes on why most advanced countries are not adopting similar identification programmes. If Aadhaar is such a wonderful technology platform, why are the most technologically advanced countries not scrambling to adopt it or similar structures for their people? In many of the other highly-developed societies in Europe and North America - and in the view of many computer scientists and policy-makers who study and advocate for policy in this area - using single number identity systems for everything is simply not a good idea. In 2010, the United Kingdom abandoned a similar scheme of a national identity card linked to biometric information. Israel has a smart card identification system with no fingerprints where data is not stored in any centralised database but stays only on the card. The US has no such nationwide, all-encompassing program and only two states - California and Colorado - fingerprint driving licence applications. Biometric information is collected by most of these countries only for visitors but not for their own citizens. Connecting bank accounts and voter registration to biometrics is a trend seen only in China, some countries in Africa, Venezuela, Iraq and the Philippines. Centralised government-controlled databases of biometric and genomic data create high levels of social risk. Any compromise of such a database is essentially irreversible for a whole human lifetime: no one can change their genetic data or fingerprints in response to a leak. 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These are not merely theoretical concerns of Luddites or anti-innovation activists but already being perfected by countries like China. The Xinjiang region of China, which has long been subject to tight controls and surveillance has seen vast collection of DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types of people aged 12 to 65. This information is then linked to residents' hukou, or household registration cards. This system limits people's access to educational institutions, medical and housing benefits. Combined with facial recognition software, CCTV cameras and a biometric database, the unprecedented level of control being attained is being presented as an example of the great technological strides the country is making. The fact that Aadhaar has expanded beyond its original goals and that comprehensive surveillance profiles of citizens are already being offered by companies, confirms the fears about misuse of data for surveillance. At the same time the risks of catastrophic failure are difficult to manage in a centralised single-number system and the problems of ordinary operation are non-trivial as well. If an ordinary retail transaction is verified by "secure" authentication over a single-number system for instance, the seller need only surreptitiously retain both the number and the confirming biometric data in order to be able to seamlessly forge future transactions. An inexpensive thumbprint reader meant for a market vegetable vendor, for example, can be inexpensively modified to remember all the thumbprints it scans. Several thousands of instances where beneficiaries have been denied benefits like pension and food assistance because of failed authentication are being reported everyday from different parts of India. To several entrepreneurs eying "data-based innovation", these are merely "teething problems" of a system that once matured will reduce all kinds of identity fraud and weed out corruption. Multiple approaches But to several others, it is a matter of daily survival and deprivation of subsidised food and rations that was the original intent of this scheme. For these reasons, European and North American technologists and policy-makers prefer solutions that treat identity as a probabilistic - based on or adapted to a theory of probability - quantity. In their decentralised approaches, multiple data sources and forms of identification are overlapped to get as high a probability of correct identification as necessary. This means not relying on only one form to confirm a person's identity and allowing for different forms to be used to enable diversification of risk that comes from having one centralised structure. India's Supreme Court is currently hearing a batch of petitions challenging Aadhaar. The court had ruled through interim orders passed earlier that Aadhaar registration cannot be made generally mandatory, yet it has before it numerous petitions concerning large numbers of social services for which Aadhaar registration has been made mandatory. We are all waiting for this powerful court speaking for the world's largest democracy on issues now coming to the fore in all societies. Let's hope that once again the Supreme Court places India in the vanguard of the constitutional democracies and presents an example to democratic societies. < Here >
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