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GDPR’s first anniversary: A year of progress in privacy protection

Microsoft Blogs – 5.21.19 (5.20.19)

May 25 marks one year since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation officially went into effect. GDPR is a groundbreaking privacy framework that empowers residents of the EU to control their personal information so they can use digital technologies to engage freely and safely with each other and with the world.

Read more: GDPR’s first anniversary: A year of progress in privacy protection – Microsoft on the Issues

Are we being downgraded? Interview with Justin Hendrix & Dr. Jess Carbino about our complicated relationship with tech

IBM Blog – 5.21.19 (5.20.19)

How have our relationships been impacted by emerging technology? Is technology respecting our human dignity? Should it creep us out that our devices may understand our emotional state? In this episode of thinkPod, we are joined by Justin Hendrix (Executive Director of NYC Media Lab) and Dr. Jess Carbino (Relationship expert & former sociologist for Tinder & Bumble).

Read more: Are we being downgraded? Interview with Justin Hendrix & Dr. Jess Carbino about our complicated relationship with tech 

Celebrating 10 Years of Minecraft

Microsoft Blog – 5.20.19 (5.17.19)

This is an incredibly exciting time for Minecraft. Ten years ago today, the game launched on PC. Now, Minecraft has sold more than 176 million copies to-date in virtually every country in the world. As a way to celebrate 10 years for the franchise, we announced today a brand-new Minecraft game – Minecraft Earth.

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Learning from the History of Loyalty Programs

Bumped Blog – 5.16.19 (5.15.19)

In ancient Egypt, money hadn’t been invented yet. But ancient Egyptians did have something very similar to today’s loyalty programs: commodity tokens.

Citizens, workers, and slaves all earned these tokens for completed work and temple time; the most common tokens were for beer and bread. Those in higher-authority positions were often awarded double-tokens—not dissimilar to elite flyers in most frequent-flyer programs. They could then be redeemed for items other than bread or beer. Just like how a loyalty program may offer rewards for flights, but also iPads or magazine subscriptions in addition to travel.

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