It was a back-to-work week after the previous week’s time off. In addition to what you see here, I filed a USA Today column that should go up tomorrow morning and a thousand-word feature that won’t run for a few more weeks.
8/15/2017: How companies leave your data online without your knowledge, Yahoo Finance
This post was the product of my one work appointment while on vacation in the Bay Area, a conversation with data-breach detective Chris Vickery.
8/17/2017: These college students are vying to build Elon Musk’s hyperloop, Yahoo Finance
I drove up to College Park Tuesday morning to see the test hyperloop pod that this UMD team is taking to a SpaceX-hosted hyperloop competition at the end of this month, then used part of my resulting writeup to discuss the overall feasibility of the hyperloop concept for transporting people. In the process, I got to employ a quote that I’ve had sitting in Evernote since last November.
8/18/2017: You got phished. Now what?, USA Today
This ran about a week after I filed it, thanks to my original e-mail not being addressed to the right editor and the right editor a) missing my re-send of that e-mail and b) being really busy. Fortunately, phishing and e-mail security in general are both evergreen topics, so this summary of the advice I gave to a friend’s dad was at no real risk of getting scooped.