5 Technology Observations: 29 June 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, gossip and plenty more to start your day for Monday, June 29, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves eight items to sip on.

8. Banks Closed?: Imagine if U.S. banks closed for a week amid and ATM withdrawals were limited to $66 per account per day. That's the scenario unfolding now in Greece, where the government is striving to avoid a complete collapse of the banking system. Scary times... 

7. Conflict of Interest?: Do Google search results unfairly favor Google's own services? Researchers from Harvard University and Columbia Law School claim exactly that. The research findings could undermine Google's legal defense in Europe's antitrust investigation against the company. Still, the research was sponsored by Yelp -- which has filed a complaint with EU antitrust authorities over Google's search practices.

6. Planes, Trains and Automobiles -- and Hackers: An FAA advisory committee is working to protect airplanes from cyberattacks. Similarly, automakers want to leverage public key infrastructure to protect communications between connected cars. And what about railroads? Check out the Secure Rail conference, which appears to be planning a 2016 event to follow up on this year's Feb. 2015 gathering...

5. Your Very Own "Wayne's World": You can now embed a Meerkat Livestream into your website. Hmmm...

4. Sophos Goes Public: The security company started trading on the London Stock Exchange on Friday, June 26. That move comes only a few weeks after Sophos acquired Reflexion Networks -- the email security and reliability company...

3. So Which Is It?: Today's Wall Street Journal has an opinion piece describing why this tech bubble is less scary (then the dot-com implosion, I assume) -- but the very next article in the lineup opening asks if cybersecurity shares are too hot. Hmmm... I'm becoming a bit risk-averse in today's market...

2. Ten Ways to Stumble with VCs: Want to raise money? Address these 10 concerns before you reach out to VCs, according to Techcrunch. My favorite on this list is No. 8 -- "Who is the CEO?" You'd be surprised by how many startups have multiple founders in control. What you really need is one leader who represents the overall view of the co-founders during the early days. That CEO loyalty (i.e., fiduciary responsibility) will shift from the co-founders to a broader base of shareholders once the shareholders are in place...

1. What Comes After Social Networks: Apparently, the answer is a market network -- which blends the best of social networks (i.e., Facebook) and marketplaces (i.e., AirBnB) into a new type of platform, notes TechCrunch. For an example, check out HoneyBook, which just raised $22 million in Series B funding. Here's why I care.

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