Ikea’s Marcus Engman founds design agency Skewed Productions


“I want to show there’s an alternative to marketing, which is actually design,” says Engman.

“And if you work with design and communications in the right way, that would be the best kind of marketing, without buying media.”

Source: Ikea’s Marcus Engman founds design agency Skewed Productions

LinkedIn Racks Target Edge Nets | EE Times

LinkedIn contributed as open-source hardware a set of designs for computer racks to the Open19 Foundation that it helped form. They aim to raise the flexibility while lowering the cost and time to build both large data centers and an emerging class of smaller edge-network hubs that carriers and others are planning.

The designs define deep 19-inch cages linked by data and power cables to a 3.2-terabits/second (Tbits/s) Broadcom-based switch. It initially provides two 25-Gbits/second Ethernet links to 400-W chip-agnostic servers.

Source: LinkedIn Racks Target Edge Nets | EE Times

Capacity Media | Deutsche Telekom unveils 5G investment plans


CEO Tim Hottges announced the German telecoms giant’s investment plans at a press conference in Berlin, saying it will reach 90% with 5G coverage by the same year. In the announcement, Hoettges revealed it will hit the same numbers with LTE by 2021.

The announcement followed the revelation that around 80% of Deutsche Telekom’s 27,000 mobile sites are now linked to fibre connectivity, which will support its 5G plans. The German incumbent has already laid over 500,000km.

Source: Capacity Media – global telecoms news, events and community

October 2018 – 5G in the US: Will Satellite and Mobile Industries Finally Work in Unison? | Via Satellite


The rollout of 5G in North America is happening at a good pace.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made a series of significant announcements this year, as it looks to get the 5G revolution up and running in the United States.

It is a pivotal time for the satellite industry as it looks to maximize its revenue opportunities through C-band spectrum and 5G.

Intelsat has made proactive moves, firstly getting together with Intel and then with SES and Eutelsat to get backing for proposals that will see new solutions come to the fore.

Intelsat made huge headlines in the satellite industry proposing to expand the use of the 3700-4200 Megahertz spectrum from satellite services to terrestrial mobile services.

Source: October 2018 – 5G in the US: Will Satellite and Mobile Industries Finally Work in Unison? | Via Satellite

5 Stages of an IoT Deployment | EE Times

An IoT deployment is a process. Unless a business undertakes and completes each part of the process, the deployment will be rich with problems as well as data.

It begins with planning that has little to do with the technology of the IoT and everything to do with what the business is trying to achieve.

Unless the management team are united and have a clear understanding of what it intends to deliver the whole project is doomed to get off to a slow start and an unsatisfactory finish.

Source: 5 Stages of an IoT Deployment | EE Times

The challenge of providing a common defense in cyberspace | FCW


The release of the White House’s National Cyber Strategy last month received little attention, but it marks a significant milestone with its recognition of the lawlessness of cyberspace.

The strategy states of adversaries: “They hide behind notions of sovereignty while recklessly violating the laws of other states by engaging in pernicious economic espionage and malicious cyber activities, causing significant economic disruption and harm to individuals, commercial and non-commercial interests, and governments across the world. They view cyberspace as an arena where the United States’ overwhelming military, economic, and political power could be neutralized and where the United States and its allies and partners are vulnerable.”

Source: The challenge of providing a common defense in cyberspace — FCW

DHS, FBI chiefs say cyber inflects every security and criminal threat | FCW


Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen also said that threats from nation-state adversaries like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are at the highest levels since the Cold War, largely but not exclusively due to leveraging cyber to conduct espionage and influence operations and disrupt services.

Christopher Wray, director of the FBI, agreed, telling the committee in his opening statement that “virtually every national security and criminal threat the bureau faces is cyber-based or technologically facilitated.”

Source: DHS, FBI chiefs say cyber inflects every security and criminal threat — FCW

Google Withdraws Plans to Bid for DoD’s JEDI Cloud Contract

Google has dropped plans to compete for the Defense Department’s potential 10-year, $10B Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud procurement contract, Federal News Network reported Monday.

Some sources told the publication that Google’s withdrawal from the competition leaves Amazon Web Services, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) as likely bidders for the contract.

Source: Google Withdraws Plans to Bid for DoD’s JEDI Cloud Contract

Large Majorities Dislike Political Correctness | The Atlantic


On social media, the country seems to divide into two neat camps: Call them the woke and the resentful.

Team Resentment is manned—pun very much intended—by people who are predominantly old and almost exclusively white. Team Woke is young, likely to be female, and predominantly black, brown, or Asian (though white “allies” do their dutiful part).

These teams are roughly equal in number, and they disagree most vehemently, as well as most routinely, about the catchall known as political correctness.

Reality is nothing like this.

Source: Large Majorities Dislike Political Correctness – The Atlantic

Equity could become the gig economy’s next benefit | Axios


Airbnb made headlines last week for sending a comment letter to the SEC, asking it to allow the home-sharing company to give equity to its hosts.

Why it matters: The number of gig economy workers continues to rise, but monthly payments have been on a lumpy decline path, according to a new JPMorgan study. This could become an attractive new benefit.

To be clear, this isn’t going to happen overnight. The SEC comment period officially closed this past Monday, but I hear that some gig economy companies are still working on comment letters that they’ll just submit late. Then the SEC must review the letters, possibly issue a new rule and likely then open up yet another comment period.

Source: Equity could become the gig economy’s next benefit – Axios