Welcome to the Halloween Edition of the Actuator! It’s the Halloween Edition because of the date, not because the stories are scary. Although you may be concerned that the data is coming from inside the house.


As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


Red Hat Cloud Prowess Drives $33 Billion IBM Deal

You want scary? Here’s IBM rising from the grave to buy the largest open source company in the world. Red Hat was set to make $3 billion this year selling software that runs on top of Linux, which is free. But hey, as long as they aren’t Microsoft, it’s OK for someone to profit, right?


Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal

In other news, our federal government made a decision that favored consumers. Yes, I’m scared, too.


"Smart home" companies refuse to say whether law enforcement is using your gadgets to spy on you

[NARRATOR VOICE]: They are totally spying on you.


Tim Cook calls for strong US privacy law, rips “data-industrial complex”

"Profits over privacy," well stated and I agree. We need better laws here. Sadly, our elected officials lack the necessary experience to make this happen.


Hubble Telescope’s Broken Gyroscope Seemingly Fixed After Engineers Try Turning It Off and On Again

Houston, have you tried turning it off and back on again?


GM’s data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz

If you thought the ads at the gas pump, or inside taxis in Vegas and NYC were horrible, just wait until you see them in your own car.


Minds, the blockchain-based social network, grabs a $6M Series A

Yet another waste of time and money on an idea with Blockchain in the title. If this company is worth $6 million in funding, my Bacon Blockchain idea is worth at least $600 million in the first round.


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