Fitbit to Be Acquired by Google

Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google LLC for $7.35 per share in cash, valuing the company at a fully diluted equity value of approximately $2.1 billion.

“More than 12 years ago, we set an audacious company vision – to make everyone in the world healthier. Today, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved towards reaching that goal. We have built a trusted brand that supports more than 28 million active users around the globe who rely on our products to live a healthier, more active life,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “Google is an ideal partner to advance our mission. With Google’s resources and global platform, Fitbit will be able to accelerate innovation in the wearables category, scale faster, and make health even more accessible to everyone. I could not be more excited for what lies ahead.”

“Fitbit has been a true pioneer in the industry and has created terrific products, experiences and a vibrant community of users,” said Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President, Devices & Services at Google. “We’re looking forward to working with the incredible talent at Fitbit, and bringing together the best hardware, software and AI, to build wearables to help even more people around the world.”

Fitbit pioneered the wearables category by delivering innovative, affordable and engaging devices and services. Being “on Fitbit” is not just about the device – it is an immersive experience from the wrist to the app, designed to help users understand and change their behavior to improve their health. Because of this unique approach, Fitbit has sold more than 100 million devices and supports an engaged global community of millions of active users, utilizing data to deliver unique personalized guidance and coaching to its users. Fitbit will continue to remain platform-agnostic across both Android and iOS.

Consumer trust is paramount to Fitbit. Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit’s DNA since day one, and this will not change. Fitbit will continue to put users in control of their data and will remain transparent about the data it collects and why. The company never sells personal information, and Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.

The transaction is expected to close in 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Fitbit’s stockholders and regulatory approvals.

Qatalyst Partners LLP acted as financial advisor to Fitbit, and Fenwick & West LLP acted as legal advisor.

About Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT)

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Fitbit’s diverse line of innovative and popular products include Fitbit Charge 3™, Fitbit Inspire HR™, Fitbit Inspire™ and Fitbit Ace 2™ activity trackers, as well as the Fitbit Ionic™ and Fitbit Versa™ family of smartwatches, Fitbit Flyer™ wireless headphones, and Fitbit Aria family of smart scales. Fitbit products are carried in approximately 39,000 retail stores and in 100+ countries around the globe. Powered by one of the world’s largest databases of activity, exercise and sleep data and Fitbit’s leading health and fitness social network, the Fitbit platform delivers personalized experiences, insights and guidance through leading software and interactive tools, including the Fitbit and Fitbit Coach apps, and Fitbit OS for smartwatches. Fitbit’s paid subscription service, Fitbit Premium, uses your unique data to deliver actionable guidance and coaching in the Fitbit app to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Fitbit Health Solutions develops health and wellness solutions designed to help increase engagement, improve health outcomes, and drive a positive return for employers, health plans and health systems.

Fitbit and the Fitbit logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fitbit, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Additional Fitbit trademarks can be found www.fitbit.com/legal/trademark-list. Third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed acquisition, Fitbit will file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a preliminary and definitive proxy statement. Promptly after filing the definitive proxy statement, Fitbit will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to the stockholders of Fitbit. FITBIT’S STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) CAREFULLY WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Stockholders of Fitbit will be able to obtain a free copy of these documents, when they become available, at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov or free of charge at www.Fitbit.com.

Additionally, Fitbit will file other relevant materials in connection with the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google pursuant to the terms of an Agreement and Plan of Merger, by and among Fitbit, Google and Magnoliophyta Inc. (the “Merger Agreement”). Fitbit and its directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Fitbit stockholders in connection with the proposed acquisition. Stockholders of Fitbit may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of Fitbit’s executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading Fitbit’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on March 1, 2019 and the proxy statement for Fitbit’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 11, 2019. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by going to Fitbit’s Investor Relations website at www.Fitbit.com. Information concerning the interests of Fitbit’s participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different than those of Fitbit’s stockholders generally, will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement relating to the proposed transaction when it becomes available.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve risks and uncertainties. In some cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of terms such as “expect,” “will,” “continue,” or similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: any statements regarding the expected timing of the completion of the transaction; the ability of Google and Fitbit to complete the proposed transaction considering the various conditions to the transaction, some of which are outside the parties’ control, including those conditions related to regulatory approvals; the expected benefits and costs of the proposed transaction; any statements concerning the expected development or competitive performance relating to Fitbit’s products and services; any statements regarding Google’s future intention with Fitbit; any other statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. A number of important factors and uncertainties could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements, including without limitation: the failure to satisfy any of the conditions to the consummation of the proposed transaction, including the adoption of the Merger Agreement by Fitbit’s stockholders and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Fitbit related to the Merger Agreement or the proposed transaction; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction; the occurrence of a Company Material Adverse Effect (as defined in the Merger Agreement); and other risks that are described in the reports of Fitbit filed the SEC, including but not limited to the risks described in Fitbit’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, and that are otherwise described or updated from time to time in other filings with the SEC. Fitbit assumes no obligation to update the information in this communication, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

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Investor Contact: Tom Hudson, (415) 604-4106 investor@fitbit.com
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8 spooky things Alexa can do on Halloween

Spook the heck out of the kids this Halloween with these Echo tricks (and treats).


It’s that time of year again — the holiday where kids dress up as monsters and Alexa comes out to scare. Yes, that’s right, Amazon’s voice assistant can help turn your smart home into the best Halloween house in the neighborhood.

Not only can you conjure up Halloween music and creepy sounds with Alexa, but you can also set up a haunted house-themed light setting. Here are all the ways Amazon Echo ($70 at Amazon) can make your home spooky on All Hallows’ Eve.

Play spooky sounds

It’s not Halloween without spooky sounds, and there are many Alexa skills that are designed for that purpose.

  • Spooky Halloween Sounds will play a continuous loop of spooky sounds until you tell Alexa to stop. Just say “Alexa, start Spooky Halloween Sounds” to get started.
  • Spooky Sounds plays 50 minutes of original spooky sounds (in a continuous loop), complete with an audio easter egg hidden within. Say “Alexa, open Spooky Sounds” to begin.
  • Spooky Scream will play a random scream after a set time of your choosing. Say “Alexa, ask Spooky Scream to start in five minutes.” Turn up the volume and wait for your unknowing victim to fall right into your trap.

You can also request audio like the Spooky Sounds for Halloween EP on Spotify.

Play Halloween-themed games

If you’re looking for an eerie game to play, there are quite a few Alexa skills to choose from.

  • The Magic Door is a popular interactive adventure game. If you take the Dark Forest Path, it will lead you to the Witch’s mansion in search of the Wise Wizard.
  • Ghost Detector is exactly what it sounds like. You must detect and capture ghosts to earn Ghost Bux, which will let you purchase “improvements, gadgets and missions” to further gameplay.
  • Haunted Adventure is just one of several spooky adventure games.
  • Halloween Feel The Pressure is a spin-off of Feel The Pressure with a Halloween twist. You must answer questions based on a letter of the alphabet. You need 10 correct answers in a row to “save your soul.”

Tell scary stories

Want to hear something chilling, yet kid-friendly? Simply say “Alexa, tell me a spooky story” and you’ll hear a short story voiced by an actor. They’re pretty cheesy, so they are best for younger ears.

If you want to hear something a bit scarier, you can try the Scare Me skill. Just say “Alexa, ask Scare Me to tell me a scary story.” It’ll read you a short, two-sentence scary story.

Play Halloween music

Of course, one of Alexa’s best tricks this Halloween is thematic party music. You can easily make (or follow) a playlist with all your Halloween favorites on Amazon Music or Spotify — like this Halloween Party Soundtrack — and ask Alexa to play it. Or you can use the Halloween Music skill.

Check who’s at the door

Did the doorbell just ring, or was that the TV? Check if there are trick-or-treaters waiting with Alexa.

For this, you’ll need a video doorbell — like one from Ring, August Home or Nest — and a device where you can watch a video feed, such as the Echo Show or Echo Dot. If you have an Amazon Fire TV, you can use it to show live video feeds on your TV.

When you hear the doorbell, or think you hear it, ask Alexa to “Answer the front door” or “Show [camera name]” to see who’s there.

Create your own spooky scene

If you have smart bulbs and other smart devices around the house, you can use a SmartThings hub or a service like Yonomi to create scenes that turn your house from normal to Halloween-ready in seconds.

For instance, you could create a scene called Haunted House that:

  • Turns the lights orange
  • Toggles on a smart switch with a decoration plugged into it
  • Plays a specific Halloween playlist over Sonos speakers

Then you just need to say, “Alexa, turn on the Haunted House.” Here are a few more recommendations from Yonomi.

Get costume ideas

If you still haven’t come up with a solid costume idea, Alexa can help. The Halloween Costume Ideas skill will serve up ideas until you find the right one.

Just say, “Alexa, open Halloween Costume Ideas.” Then answer the “yes” or “no” questions until you come across the perfect costume idea.

Tell Halloween jokes

Alexa has a few thematic jokes up its sleeve. Just say, “Alexa, tell me a Halloween joke.” One of the ones it gave me was, “What’s black and white and dead all over? A zombie in a tuxedo.”

These jokes won’t knock you off your feet, but your kids will probably like them.

When Halloween’s over, dive into the 10 weirdest things your Amazon Echo can do and read how Amazon Echo’s auto features will make your day smooth as buttah.



via:  cnet


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Amazon axes $14.99 Amazon Fresh fee, making grocery delivery free for Prime members to boost use

Amazon is turning up the heat once again in the world of groceries, and specifically grocery delivery, to make its services more enticing in the face of competition from Walmart, as well as a host of delivery companies like Postmates. The company announced that it would make Amazon Fresh free to use for Prime members, removing the $14.99/month fee that it was charging for the service up to now.

The move is part of a bigger effort that Amazon is making into grocery delivery, which now covers some 2,000 cities when you combine Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh delivery locations. Alongside free delivery, Amazon is giving users one and two-hour delivery options for quicker turnarounds, and it’s making users’ local Whole Foods inventory available online and through the Amazon app.

Prime members who were already using Amazon’s grocery delivery services — either for Amazon’s own-branded service or to get Amazon-owned Whole Foods shopping delivered — will continue to get these, now free.

But Prime members who might be interested in trying this out for the first time will have to sign up here and wait for an invite. (“Given the rapid growth of grocery delivery we expect this will be a popular benefit,” Amazon explained about the waitlist.) It seems that the footprint for Amazon Fresh is currently quite small — around 20 cities — with the rest of that 2,000 covered by Whole Foods, so the sign-up process could also be one way for Amazon to decide where to roll out Amazon Fresh next.

“Prime members love the convenience of free grocery delivery on Amazon, which is why we’ve made Amazon Fresh a free benefit of Prime, saving customers $14.99 per month,” said Stephenie Landry, VP of Grocery Delivery, in a statement. “Grocery delivery is one of the fastest growing businesses at Amazon, and we think this will be one of the most-loved Prime benefits.”

Making Amazon Fresh free is the latest price tinkering (and reduction) that Amazon has made to drive more usage of the grocery service, while at the same time expanding the sweeteners it gives to consumers to lure them into Prime memberships. The $14.99/month fee was introduced back in 2016, itself a reduction on a $299/year fee that Amazon previously charged Amazon Fresh customers. Before that, Amazon charged a $99/year subscription plus separate delivery fees to use the service.

It’s not clear how many customers are already using Amazon Fresh, or whether the service is profitable for the company at this point. Notably, despite the boost of Amazon owning the Whole Foods chain of supermarkets, analysts earlier this year estimated that while Amazon was still seeing its grocery service growing, that growth was slowing. (To add to that, we’ve seen some consolidations that point to Amazon looking for ways to simplify — and reduce the cost of — its overall food and beverage offerings.)

Despite all this, in the U.S., about a year ago it was estimated in a separate report that Amazon accounted for about one-third of all grocery delivery in the U.S.

Grocery delivery is a tricky business, much more perishable than delivering a book or a piece of clothing or consumer electronics. But if done right, it represents a frequently recurring line of revenue. To add to that, Amazon has made fast and free delivery one of the major cornerstones of how it grows its business and attracts customers away from using other online shopping options, or visiting actual brick-and-mortar stores (an area where it looks like it may be expanding, too).

In other words, regardless of whether it is profitable or not, it makes sense that Amazon would invest in ways of trying to boost its grocery delivery service, making it free being perhaps the biggest boost yet (next stop: cash back when you use it?).

Simply put, it fits with the company’s more general economies-of-scale approach: bring in more users buying more groceries, and make up the margins in the latter to offset losses from the former.

But the move to make deliveries “free” — free, that is, for those who are already paying $12.99/month or $119/year for Amazon Prime — is a classic Amazon move not just to boost its own usage numbers of the service.

The company is facing persistent competition from a number of other companies also providing online grocery shopping and delivery. In the U.K., just about every large grocery chain offers this service directly (or through another non-Amazon partner). And in the U.S., Walmart announced just last month that it would be expanding its $98/year Delivery Unlimited service, which up until today would have been a cheaper deal than Amazon’s. Both Postmates and Doordash are among the delivery hopefuls who also have ambitions to make a dent in this area.


via:  techcrunch


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Ford’s electric Mustang-inspired SUV will finally get its debut

Ford provided its first peek of a Mustang-inspired electric crossover nearly 14 months months. Now, it’s ready to show the world what “Mustang-inspired” means.

The automaker said Thursday it will debut the electric SUV on November 17 ahead of the LA Auto Show.

Not much is known about the electric SUV that is coming to market in 2020, despite dropping the occasional teaser image or hint. A new webpage launched recently, which provides few details, namely that Ford is targeting an EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles. The look, specs and price will have to wait until at least the November 17 debut date.

What we do know is that Ford’s future (and certainly its CEO’s) is tied to the success of this shift to electrification. The Mustang-inspired SUV might not be the cornerstone to this strategy (an electric F150 probably deserves that designation), but it will be a critical piece.

Ford has historically backed hybrid technology. Back in 2016, Ford Chairman Bill Ford said at a Fortune event that he viewed plug-in hybrids as a transitional technology.

A lot has changed. Hybrids are still part of the mix. But in the past 18 months, Ford has put more emphasis on the development and production of all-electric vehicles.

In 2018, the company said it will invest $11 billion to add 16 all-electric vehicles within its global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles through 2022.

Ford unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show a range of hybrid vehicles  as part of its plan to reach sales of 1 million electrified vehicles in Europe by the end of 2022.

It also invested in electric vehicle startup Rivian and locked in a deal with Volkswagen that covers a number of areas, including autonomy (via an investment by VW in Argo AI) and collaboration on development of electric vehicles. Ford will use Volkswagen’s MEB platform to develop “at least one” fully electric car for the European market that’s designed to be produced and sold at scale.



via:  TechCrunch


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America’s pension tension persists as GE freezes 20k retirement plans

General Electric, one of the few big businesses that still pays out private pensions, said it will freeze pension plans for 20k US employees and offer pension buyouts to another 100k former employees.

Pensions are a pricey problem for GE: Its pension programs face a roughly $22B deficit. Icing these pensions will reduce that deficit by $8B, the company says.

Private pensions used to be HOT

American Express became the first US company to offer a private pension in 1875. By 1930, many of the country’s largest companies — Standard Oil, AT&T, Goodyear, GE — offered pension programs to their ’ployees.

Pensions — AKA “defined benefit” plans — became popular among both employers (who didn’t pay federal corporate income tax on them) and employees (who liked getting predictable retirement checks).

In 1975, 88% of private-sector employees with retirement plans had pensions — they were the rocks upon which Americans built their Jimmy Buffett-inspired retirement dreams.

But then prevalence of pensions plummeted: By 2005, just 33% of private-sector employees with retirement plans had pensions.

So, where-oh-where did all the pensions go?

To put it bluntly: They were 401(k)illed.

Pension-pocalypse came about largely by accident: In 1978, Congress added a new provision to the tax code — subsection 401(k) — that allowed wealthy executives a tax-free option to defer compensation.

The change was aimed at the 1% — and NOT meant to replace pensions — but the cost-saving benefits inadvertently inspired the Great Pension Pivot: In 5 years, nearly ½ of big biz was offering 401(k) programs — which were cheaper than pension programs.

Then, pension programs started FREEZING

In our new, 401(k)razy world, employees — not their employers, as before — are at risk when the markets take a turn for the worse.

This leaves pension-payers like GE with huge costs: GE’s pension obligations are the worst in corporate America, and last year it contributed $6B to try to reduce its deficit.

By freezing its pension program, GE will stop paying out benefits to 20k formerly pensioned employees in 2021 and force them to join its 401(k) program instead (it stopped accepting new pension participants in 2012).

GE joins a number of other big businesses that have rolled back their pension promises in recent years: UPS, AIG, IBM, Boeing, and The Washington Post all changed pension plans since 2014.



via:  thehustle.co


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THE BEST PLACES TO LEARN TO CODE FOR FREE OR NEARLY FREE

If you’re brand new to the world of coding and web development, it makes sense to start by teaching yourself using all the free coding resources online.

By taking advantage of these resources as you learn to code for free, you can discover what you like and don’t like before investing money into a certain coding language or set of courses. Once you’ve gone through enough free coding lessons to find that direction, you’ll be able to channel your passion to continue learning coding online most efficiently.

However, there are so many free coding resources and classes and books to choose from. How do you know which are the best places to learn coding online?

Well, I did some research to save you the time! Here are some of the best websites to learn coding for free–from simple coding tutorials to full free online coding courses. 

Please note: all information, topics taught, etc., have been taken at time of updating and are definitely subject to change. Thanks!

 

Classpert

Classpert is a search engine that helps you find and compare online courses in computer science, data science, business, and more. With over 140,000 free and paid courses from more than 30 course providers, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can even watch course previews and compare syllabuses side-by-side to find the best course for you..

 

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1. Codecademy

Codecademy is where most people who are new to coding get their start learning programming online, and its reputation is well-deserved. The platform revolves around interactive learning; that is, you read a little, type your code right into the browser, and see results immediately.

What free coding lessons they offer: HTML & CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Angularjs, The Command Line, and more

 

2. freeCodeCamp

This free online coding school teaches coding first through an established curriculum (approx. 800 hours total), then by giving you hands-on experience working on projects for nonprofits. It’s perfect for learners who want to learn code online by getting practical, hands-on experience that will do some good and look impressive on a resume.

Free coding certifications on offer: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, data visualization, DevTools, QA testing, Node.js, React, jQuery, and more

 

3. Coursera

Coursera is one of the best places to learn to code for free, with its professional and versatile course options. The site is a large online course library where classes are taught by real university professors. All courses are free of charge, but you have the option to pay for a “Coursera Verified Certificate” (prices range between $30-$100) to prove course completion. Sometimes paying for a certificate also grants access to content not available in the free versions. Coursera also offers “Specializations,” which are collections of courses on a specific topic, typically with a capstone project at the end.

coursera

What free coding courses they offer: Many (far beyond your basic coding/computer science topics)

 

4. edX

EdX is an open-source higher education program governed by MIT and Harvard, making it another high-caliber resource where you can learn to code for free online. The site offers 107 great courses under the “computer science” category, teaching various coding languages.

Free programming courses offered: Java, C#, Python, and many more

 

5. Codewars

Codewars offers a fun and unique way to learn coding. With a martial-arts theme, the program is based on challenges called “kata.” Complete them to earn honor and progress to higher ranks. This is a fun way to learn programming online if you’re motivated by a little gamification!

Coding challenges they offer: CoffeeScript, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Java, Clojure, and Haskell

 

6. GA Dash.

This is General Assembly’s free online learning platform. It’s entirely project-based–you build a “project” with each walkthrough–making it ideal for those who like to get hands-on while learning to code online.

They are one of the very few free coding resources that have a course on how to build a Tumblr theme from scratch. Read my review of it here.

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What free coding projects they offer: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, responsive design

7. Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers tons of subjects (as their front page says, “You can learn anything”), including many on computer programming. A few courses are offered for younger kids, too–so the whole family can learn to code for free!

Coding resources they offer: JS, HTML/CSS, SQL, much more

 

8. MIT OpenCourseware

Competition to get into MIT may be stiff, but accessing their course material online has no tuition or minimum SAT score. They maintain an online library of every subject they teach, with no account required for access; just browse for a course and start reviewing the material. Yep…you can learn programming for free at MIT. What a world.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a great initiative undertaken by MIT. As part of this platform, all the study materials of the MIT undergraduate and graduate-level courses are brought online so that you can study them at anytime and anywhere with free access to all.

Apart from the other subjects offered, this platform offers free online courses related to computer science.

Some of the introductory programming courses include online learning for Java, Python, C and C++, and MATLAB programming. You can browse through these free courses to search for one that meet your requirements.

 

9. The Odin Project

Modern-day warriors can set sail for learning to code with the Odin Project. It’s made by the creators of Viking Code School—a premier online coding bootcamp—and the Odin Project is their free, open-source version. While you learn to code for free with their programming tutorials, you can check in for support from other students using the online chat group!

Topics available: HTML, CSS, JavaScript & jQuery, Ruby programming, Ruby on Rails

 

10. Udacity

Udacity offers individual free coding courses, as well as “nanodegrees” that train you for specific careers like front-end web developer or data analyst. Course materials are free, but nanodegrees require a tuition fee.

udacity

What free tech programs they offer: Many (not just coding)

 

11. SoloLearn

SoloLearn is a social platform where anyone can learn to code. It’s different than other course providers because it’s mobile-based: learn coding on the go, on any device. With bite-sized lessons, achievements to unlock and interactive quizzes, it makes learning to code fun, and it’s free to download.

Coding lessons they offer: Many

 

12. The Code Player

A compilation of video-based online coding tutorials to help you walk through a process from start to finish. Good for learning code online with “smaller” projects/tasks one at a time.

Free coding tutorials available: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, Regex, JQuery

 

13. Bento.io

Their mission is to inspire people to become programmers by making code accessible, affordable, and fun. Given that they offer over 200 topics, anything you’ve been thinking about learning, you can find here.

bento

Web development tracks to choose from: Many

 

14. Udemy

They offer both paid and free courses. Note that on Udemy, courses can be created by anyone, so make sure to read reviews. Coupons can also be easily found, too, and sales are frequent. Check out their development courses here.

Free coding courses they offer: Many

 

15. Code.org

Code.org provides learning materials specifically dedicated to increasing the rates of female and minority students entering computer science careers. Their free coding courses are designed for K-12 students, but can be useful to all ages. Start out with their quick Hour of Code tutorials, or build projects in lab courses.

Coding courses offered: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, block programming

 

16. Scotch.io

This free coding website covers lots of topics related to web development and workflow. The platform features short courses, tutorials, guides, blog posts, and videos.

Free coding resources available: Angular, node.js, laravel, Sublime Text, and more.

 

17. Hackr.io

This isn’t a platform itself, but it’s a great list of community-curated programming resources. Simply search for the language you want to learn and you’ll get a list of the best online courses, tutorials, and books recommended by coders.

hackr

Free coding lessons they offer: None, but they recommend many

 

18. W3Schools

Perfect for beginners, W3Schools is the world’s largest web developer site, offering free coding tutorials and reference materials for learning just about every aspect of web programming. You can also test your skills with quizzes and complete coding exercises using their online editor.

What free coding tutorials they offer: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, PHP, jQuery, and more

 

19. Coderbyte

Learn to code by doing it! Coderbyte teaches you the basics of popular programming languages and lets you build up your new skills using their library of 200+ coding challenges and solutions.

Free coding coding challenges: JavaScript, Ruby, Python, HTML, CSS, Node.js, and more

 

20. Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Virtual Academy’s Learning Paths are curated free coding courses designed to help you build valuable skills through video tutorials, demos, assessments, and more. You’ll also get access to free e-books, helpful downloads, and a community support forum.

Free learning paths available: MEAN stack, SQL, Azure, ASP.NET, HTML

 

21. Edabit

Edabit is “like Duolingo for learning to code,” offering bite-sized coding challenges that simulate what programming is like in the real world.

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Topics their challenges cover: Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, C#, C++, Ruby, Swift

 

22. Launch School Open Book Shelf

Written to supplement Launch School’s software engineering curriculum, these free books will help you learn the basic foundational building blocks of popular languages.

What free coding topics they cover: Git and GitHub, the Command Line, Ruby on Rails, SQL

23. Datacamp

Learn Coding with DataCamp

Featuring free access to Python, SQL, Git, and much more. More than 100 classes, coding tutorials, practice challenges, data projects, and more.

24. QuickCode

Learn to Code with Quick Code

QuickCode offers free trials for classes in a number of various programming languages. The most popular project on QuickCode is the opportunity to build a virtual voice assistant.

25. Learn Code The Hard Way

Learn to Code with Learn Code the Hard Way

Python, Ruby, JavaScript, SQL and more. As of this writing, the Ruby course is the only one that is completely free, but each of the other lessons has some sizable free material that is worth checking out.

26. Free Code Camp

Learn to Code at free code camp

HTML, Git, JavaScript, databases, CSS and more. FreeCodeCamp is one of the biggest publications on Medium, and some of their YouTube videos have millions of views. When you learn with FreeCodeCamp it’s also a lot like Dash and Codecademy where you learn in the browser. And so, afterwards, you’ll want to learn how to use a text editor.

 

27. Code Avengers

Learn to Code with Code Avengers

Code Avengers offers Python, HTML, JavaScript and more. Code Avengers is a site which specializes in kids as well as adult learners, which makes it unique on this long list.

 

28. MySQLTutorial

Learn SQL with MySQL Tutorial

A tutorial page for learning SQL that features screenshots. It offers a number of steps to get into SQL, and a helpful tool called MySQL TryIt.

 

29. Vertabelo Academy

Learn SQL with Vertabelo Academy

Features basic interactive courses for a number of SQL topics including functions and queries. A helpful Course Advisor lets users know where to begin.

30. onemonth.com

 

Learn HTML for Free

Learn Computer Programming with One Month

Curious about coding? Want to learn to speak geek? Don’t be overwhelmed — this beginner course is the perfect introduction to web development with HTML, and CSS.

31. Intro to Programming: Chapter One

Skillshare

Deciding to learn a programming language can seem pretty daunting. That’s why this course is a good place to begin your journey—it’ll show you the basic concepts you need to know and give you that background knowledge so you can tackle coding with all your questions answered.

Length: 9 videos

32. How to Make Apps With No Programming Experience,

Skillshare

Have a great idea for an app, but don’t know how to turn it into a product? Here’s how you can start to make your own prototype today.

Length: 14 videos

 

33. AGupieWare

AGupieWare is an independent app developer that surveyed computer-science programs from some of the leading institutions in the U.S. It then created a similar curriculum based on the free courses offered by Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley and Columbia. The program was then broken into 15 courses: three introductory classes, seven core classes and five electives.

While you won’t actually receive academic credit, this is a perfect introductory program for prospective computer programmers.

 

34. Hack.pledge()

This is a community of developers, which include some high-profile developers such as Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent. Here, you can perfect your programming skills by learning from some of the leading developers in the world.

 

35. BitDegree

Learn coding online for free with BitDegree

BitDegree offers a ton of free courses that range from programming to game development.

They offer standard online courses and gamified courses. Gamified courses help to bring achievement and interaction into the learning process. All you have to do is choose your language and start learning.

There are a variety of programming languages covered, but the most popular ones are highlighted below:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Javascript
  • SQL
  • JQuery

BitDegree also does something unique by incorporating blockchain into the education process. There are transparent rewards and an achievement system that helps businesses recruit tech talent, and measure course success.

 

36. Pluralsight

Learn coding online for free with Code School

Code School is an online learning platform that offers both free and paid courses. It’s currently impacted over one million students across the globe.

The platform is organized into different learning paths and defined by languages and skills. Their approach to education is laid out as follows:

  1. You choose your education path that’s created by professional instructors and work through the material.
  2. You practice what you’ve learned directly in your browser window, and get immediate feedback.
  3. You rack up points as you complete each course level.
  4. You monitor your progress and keep track of all your achievements, badges earned, and material consumed.

Some of the learning tracks offered include:

  • HTML and CSS
  • Javascript
  • Ruby
  • Elixir
  • PHP
  • Python
  • iOS
  • Databases

37. Dash General Assembly

Learn coding online for free with Dash General Assembly

Dash is a free online course that’ll teach you the basics of web development, all within your web browser.

You’ll learn the basics of HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript, and how these languages work together to create a beautiful, modern website. In addition, you will have to build a series of small projects that all integrate together at the end to show you how to create a website of your own.

With Dash, you’ll come away with an understanding of the bigger picture of website development. It’s a great place for beginners with no previous development experience.

 

38. Code Conquest

Learn coding online for free with Code Conquest

Code Conquest is a great platform that’ll help you learn the basics of coding. Even if you’ve never written a line of code in your life, or don’t even know what coding is, this platform will help you get started from square one.

It’s designed to walk you through the process of:

  1. Learning what coding is.
  2. Choosing which languages to learn.
  3. Knowing how to improve your knowledge and skills.
  4. Applying these skills to real-life problems.

On the site, you’ll find a variety of tutorials that’ll help you learn programming languages like:

  • HTML and CSS
  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • Ruby
  • jQuery
  • Python
  • MySQL

Beyond everything above, you’ll receive specific recommendations to extend your education with different tools and platforms.

 

39. Codeasy.net

Learn coding online for free with Codeasy.net

Codeasy.net offers a very unique and fun way to learn how to code. You’ll be immersed in an adventure story that requires real-life programming skills to navigate your way through.

Throughout the story, you’ll be taught the basics of C#, all the way up to more advanced topics and functions. It’s designed with complete beginners in mind, so you don’t need any knowledge of software development to get started.

The best part about this educational experience is that it doesn’t feel like you’re learning. Your goal is to save the world from a machine invasion, and you’ll use your newly acquired coding skills to do it.

 

40. Upskill

Learn coding online for free with Upskill

Upskill is a free online boot camp that’ll take you from beginner to advanced developer. The main focus of the course is teaching you web development, and it’s a great place to start, even if you have no experience.

You’ll learn coding skills such as:

  • WordPress plugin development
  • WordPress best practices
  • Javascript
  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • PHP
  • MySql
  • Node.js
  • Ruby on Rails

The curriculum is 100% project-based, which means that you’ll be building a real-world portfolio as you progress through the course.

 

41. After Hours Programming

After Hours Programming has been around for the past few years and has lots of different tutorials for learning the basic concepts of Python, PHP and much more.

The above is only a short list of platforms or websites that enable you to learn coding or programming online for free.

There may be many other effective code learning tools.

If you have used any such tools with great success, please share your experience in the comments section below and thanks for reading!

YOUTUBE CHANNELS

42. LearnCode.academy

One of my personal favorites! This site features web-development-focused videos made by Will Stern. There are a ton of free cutooding trials on JavaScript and other languages, plus videos about the various tools developers use.

learn-code-academy

What free coding videos they offer: Sublime Text, Responsive Design, Node.js, Angular.js, Backbone.js, Deployment Strategies, and more

Subscribers: 483,460

 

43. thenewboston

Here you’ll find over 4,000 videos on a range of programming, game development, and design topics. It’s one of the more popular channels, with almost two million subscribers learning to code with them.

What free programming videos they offer: Android development, C programming, MySQL, Python, and more

Subscribers: 1,987,216

 

44. Derek Banas

Banas’ specialty is condensing information about coding languages into a single video per language. Good for viewers who like longer but more thorough videos instead of bite-sized chunks, or want to watch overview videos of languages before diving into courses/curriculums.

derek-banas

Free coding videos available: Java, Ruby, PHP, C++, HTML, Android, Python, Assembly language, and more

Subscribers: 818,955

 

45. ProgrammingKnowledge

A channel perfect for absolute beginners who want a foundation to learn to code. Step-by-step tutorial playlists cover various languages without assuming prior knowledge.

What free coding videos they offer: Java, Python, C, JavaFX, Android programming, Bootstrap, and more.

Subscribers: 645,122

 

BLOGS

46. David Walsh

This coding blog is run by David Walsh (a senior developer at Mozilla), although there are others who write on the site, too. Dive into free coding tutorials, how-tos, demos, and more.

 

47. Softwarehow

All about using software tools to solve common problems you encounter in tech. Tips, guides, and specific software reviews.

 

48. SitePoint

They have lots of writers and publish often. Topics range from HTML and CSS to entrepreneurship. Also have paid books and courses on their child site Learnable. Make sure to check out their newer “collections” – which include coding tutorials on topics like WordPress security, React.JS, and Swift. (And new ones are added daily!)

sitepoint

 

49. Tuts+

Tons of free programming tutorials, as well as paid options like actual courses. Has over 1,130 expertly-instructed video courses (on all topics, not just computer-related). Also publishes eBooks.

50. A List Apart

Lots of authors participate in A List Apart. They write books, have events, and run a great development/design blog. See all code topics here.

 

51. CSS-Tricks

Goes very thoroughly into CSS with their big, bad CSS almanac. However, the blog now goes beyond just CSS and talks about other things like Sass, JavaScript, PHP, and more. Explore tons of resources and check out their code snippets.

css-almanac

THE COMMAND LINE

52. Learn Enough Command Line to Be Dangerous

Free command line tutorial for complete beginners. Walks you through the basics of the Unix command line—no technical prerequisites required.

 

53. Command Line Power User

Free video series created by Wes Bos. More at an intermediate level, so not for total newbies.

command-line-power-user

54. Conquering the Command Line

Free online book by Mark Bates that goes very in-depth. You can purchase hard copy or screencasts.

GIT AND GITHUB

55. Git Immersion

A guided tour to teach you the basics of Git. Set preferences and create your own projects.

 

56. Try Git

An interactive series of challenges to learn about and experiment with Git. Created by Code School.

github-learning-lab

HTML AND CSS

57. HTML5 Dog

Start learning to code with one of the simplest languages. You can find an HTML beginner tutorial here. (They also offer intermediate and advanced HTML tutorials.) CSS tutorials are here.

 

58. Marksheet.io

An online coding resource for beginners. Broken down into four chapters: the web, HTML5, CSS3, and Sass. It’s like an online ebook, but under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, so you can adapt it for your needs.

 

59. Mozilla Developer Network

Free documentation on HTML and CSS (also JavaScript). Has tutorials for people of different levels, introductory to advanced.

learn-to-code-HTML-CSS

 

60. Learn to Code HTML & CSS

Online coding tutorials to help you build beautiful and intuitive websites. Covers a variety of web design and development topics, ranging from beginner to advanced.

 

61. HTML5 Rocks

html5-rocks

As the name suggests, this platform is mainly focused on learning the nuances of HTML5 which is widely used for website development and mobile application development.

The fascinating thing about this site is that it is a Google project. So, the contributions to this site and all the learning tutorials, including the resource guides and slide decks, offered to you are provided by Google professionals.

The details discussed by HTLM5 Rocks are more useful for those who are trying to improve their existing HTML5 skills. So, a basic understanding of HTML5 may be required before you start using this site.

JAVASCRIPT

62. JavaScript for Cats

It’s like a book on a single webpage, broken down into sections…with cats. Created by programmer Max Ogden. Filled with non-cat gifs but has cat pics at the end. Just because. Lol.

javascript-for-cats

 

63. NodeSchool

Has in-person workshops and events all over the world, as well as an active web presence. See online tutorials here.

 

64. Learn JS

Another hands-on way to learn code online! As you go through lessons, you can type in the window at the bottom. Created by the same folks who make learnpython.org.

65. Eloquent Javascript

Another online book, longer than most. it has big-tech financial backerslike Mozilla and Hack Reactor (“the Harvard of coding bootcamps”).

 

66. Javascript.com

9 mini-lessons created by Code School. Quick and perfect online coding tutorial for absolute beginners. (Warning: JS in real life is a lot tougher.) At the end, it points you to more in-depth JS learning materials.

javascript-tutorial

 

67. Watch & Code

Straightforward, no-nonsense JavaScript video tutorials. Designed to take you from zero to advanced level. Plus, participate in weekly live study sessions for community support as you learn to code.

WORDPRESS

68. WordPress.tv

Recordings of live WordCamp lectures around the world. Created by Automattic.

 

69. WPBeginner

Website for beginner WP users. Great WP glossary of terms, plus coupon deals, video tutorials, and a blog which publishes useful articles by different authors.

wordpress-tutorial

Bonus resource: WordPress is a great content management system for blogging. If you’re interested in creating your own blog, I highly recommend checking out my friend Ryan Robinson’s detailed guide on starting a blog.

PYTHON

70. A Byte of Python

Free online book for beginners learning to code. You can choose to download it for free as a PDF or spend money for a hard copy.

 

71. LearnPython.org

Learn to code Python for free in a hands-on way with this interactive online coding tutorial. It has a little window at the bottom where you can write your code as you go through the lessons.

 

72. Learn Python The Hard Way (Website)

The book costs money, but the website is free. Written by Zed Shaw. (I used the book when I first started learning.)

RUBY

73. Learn Ruby the Hard Way

Another book written by Zed Shaw. A free HTML version of the book is available online. Buying the hard copy also gets you access to videos.

 

74. Rails For Zombies

A quick, interactive way to learn Ruby on Rails right in your browser. Learn Rails basics like models, views, and controllers in just 1 hour. Created by Code School.

rails-for-zombies

 

75. Rails Tutorial

12-chapter book by Michael Hartl. You can purchase ebooks, screencasts from author, and more. Or just read it for free online.

 

76. RubyMonk

Entirely free resource, though you have the option to donate. Based on interactive online coding tutorials, where you read a lesson and type in code. Lastly, “run” it.

RubyMonk has one beginner course option, two intermediate, and one advanced.

 

77. Ruby In 20 Minutes

Created by the official Ruby website, this is a great option for beginners learning to code Ruby. You’ll learn the basics of the language in 20 minutes or less, giving you a solid starting point.

DATA SCIENCE / ANALYSIS

78. Dataquest

Hands-on free coding courses that teach you the skills you need to become a data scientist, data analyst, or data engineer. Build projects in your browser and work on real-life data science problems.

 

79. Springboard

A short but intensive intro to data analysis. Learn how to manipulate and analyze data with a carefully planned out curriculum made up of free online lectures, homework assignments, projects, and more. (Plus, no background in data analysis or programming needed!)

 

80. EliteDataScience

No-nonsense data science and machine learning guides, mini-courses, and tutorials for busy people learning programming online. You can also download code cheat sheets, checklists, and worksheets to shorten the data science learning curve.

MACHINE LEARNING / AI

81. Machine Learning Mastery

Created by professional developer and machine learning practitioner Jason Brownlee, PhD. Offers free tutorials and resources, including a free machine learning crash course, for getting started in machine learning and beyond.

 

82. Google AI

Learn from ML experts at Google. Offers resources—including tutorials, courses, videos, and exercises—to help you develop AI skills. Perfect for beginners all the way up to seasoned machine learning engineers.

google-ai

 
CYBERSECURITY

83. Cybrary

Free crowd-sourced cybersecurity and IT learning videos. Covers topics like computer and forensics, cryptography, and cyber threat intelligence.

 

84. O’Reilly Security Ebooks

Dive deep into the world of cybersecurity with these free ebooks. Learn about the dark net, privacy, cyber crime, and more.

MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT

85. Android Developers

Official site for Android app developers. Learn how to build your first Android app with detailed online coding tutorials and training courses.

 

86. Google Developers Training

Free, self-paced online coding courses for both Android beginners and experienced developers. Created by experts at Google and Udacity.

google-developers-training

 

87. Start Developing iOS Apps (Swift)

Part of Apple’s documentation archive, this is a perfect starting point for learning to code real-world iOS apps that run on iPhone and iPad.

 

88. Google Android Training

android

If you are interested in learning the nuances of Android application development from scratch, then Google can be greatly useful to you.

This technical giant offers numerous Android development learning classes, including those designed for absolute beginners. It also provides you with several code samples that can be reused by you for your own Android application development.

If that was not enough, Google even offers you access to different online video training courses related to Android development.

 

89. Swift Playgrounds

iPad app that lets you experiment with Swift through interactive mini-puzzles. Plus, you’ll get to see your code run in a beautiful 3D world.

swift-playgrounds

 
UI/UX DESIGN

90. The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction

An in-depth, 52-chapter look at UI/UX and interaction design. Covers everything you need to know about designing interactive products, like websites, software, smartphones, and even household objects.

 

91. UXPin

Tons of free UX e-books and guides covering mobile and web prototyping, wireframing, mockups, usability testing, and much more.

uxpin

 

92. UX Beginner

Subscribe to free weekly design training and dive into the world of UI/UX with free resources, blog articles, and curated lists of the best UX courses, podcasts, and books.

CONCLUSION

As you can see, there are a ton of options you can use to teach yourself to code for free. And certainly, taking advantage of all the free online coding resources out there is definitely the way to go when you’re just starting out.

However, sometimes even the best free coding courses will only get you so far.

START CODING NOW

So once you have the basics down, you’ll want to start exploring paid options. Check out some paid platforms, tools, and resources here.

If you’re looking for a place to ask beginner-level questions, share resources, and seek advice, join Learn to Code With Me Community—a free online community for self-taught coders.

 

 


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700,000 Choice Hotels customer records compromised

Cybercriminals took advantage of an open MongoDB database containing data from Choice Hotels and stole 700,000 customer records and then demanded a $3,800 ransom payment for their return.

The unsecured third-party database was first uncovered by Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko, but despite quick action on their part informing Choice of the problem, malicious actors also found the database and removed the data and left a ransom note demanding 0.4 Bitcoin, or about $3,856. The database actually contained 5.6 million records, but Comparitech reported that Choice said the vast majority were test data.

However, 700,000 were true records containing customer names, email addresses, and phone numbers.

Choice told Comparitech it will no longer work with the third-part vendor, which left it fully open not requiring either a password or other authentication method required to view the contents.

The database was first indexed on June 30 by the BinaryEdge search engine. Diachenko then discovered it on July 2 and he emailed Choice hotels about the issue. The server was secured on July 2, although not due to Diachenko’s action as the hotel said his email was filtered out and not read, but at this point the ransom note was already in place on the server.

Diachenko sent a second notification to Choice on July 28 and only then did the hotel chain launch an investigation into the incident.

Even though financial and detailed personal information was not exposed, Comparitech noted the information that was compromised poses a threat.

“Scammers can address users by name and include detailed personal information to make the message more convincing. Aside from emails, scammers might also send phishing messages to users’ phones through SMS texts. Choice Hotels customers should also be ready for an increase in targeted spam to their phones and email accounts,” the company wrote.



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A hacker gained access to 100 million Capital One credit card applications and accounts

In one of the biggest data breaches ever, a hacker gained access to more than 100 million Capital One customers’ accounts and credit card applications earlier this year.

Paige Thompson is accused of breaking into a Capital One server and gaining access to 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, in addition to an undisclosed number of people’s names, addresses, credit scores, credit limits, balances, and other information, according to the bank and the US Department of Justice.

A criminal complaint says Thompson tried to share the information with others online. The 33-year-old, who lives in Seattle, had previously worked as a tech company software engineer for Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, the cloud hosting company that Capital One was using, the Justice Department said. She was able to gain access by exploiting a misconfigured web application firewall, according to a court filing.

Thompson was arrested Monday in connection with the breach, the Justice Department said. Thompson’s attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Capital One (COF) said the hack occurred March 22 and 23. The company indicated it fixed the vulnerability and said it is “unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual.” However, the company is still investigating.

“I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right,” said Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank in a statement.

The breach affected around 100 million people in the United States and about 6 million people in Canada, according to Capital One.

However, “no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised and over 99% of Social Security numbers were not compromised,” the company noted.

Capital One said it will notify people affected by the breach and will make free credit monitoring and identity protection available. The company expects to incur between $100 million and $150 million in costs related to the hack, including customer notifications, credit monitoring, tech costs and legal support due to the hack.

Capital One’s stock was down 5% in premarket trading Tuesday.

How Capital One got hacked

The criminal complaint against Thompson paints a picture of a less-than-careful suspect.

Thompson posted the information on GitHub, using her full first, middle and last name, the complaint says. She also boasted on social media that she had Capital One information.

In a channel on Slack, a chat service often used by businesses as well as other groups, Thompson explained the method she used to break into Capital One, the Justice Department alleges. She claimed to use a special command to extract files in a Capital One directory stored on Amazon’s servers.

“I wanna get it off my server that’s why Im archiving all of it lol,” Thompson allegedly posted on Slack. One person was alarmed by what Thompson found, writing that the information was “sketchy,” adding, “don’t go to jail plz.”

Thompson made little effort to disguise her identity. She allegedly used the screen name “erratic” on Slack, which was the same handle she used on a Twitter account and a Meetup chatroom page.

The FBI special agent who investigated Thompson believes Thompson tweeted that she wanted to distribute Social Security numbers along with full names and dates of birth.

One person who saw the information on GitHub notified Capital One of the “leaked data” belonging to the company. Capital One notified the FBI, and an agent searched Thompson’s residence on Monday. They found devices in her possession that reference Capital One and Amazon as well as other entities that may have been targets of attempted — or actual — breaches.

The complaint indicates Thompson “recognizes that she has acted illegally.”

via:  cnn.com


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The 10 most in-demand programming languages across the globe

Companies are looking to hire developers skilled in these coding languages the most, according to a Hired report.

While developers have an opinion about their most loved and hated programming languages, companies have their own opinions, too, according to Hired’s 2019 State of Software Engineers report, released Thursday.

The report surveyed more than 700 software engineers on the Hired platform, and analyzed proprietary data reflecting more than 170,000 interview requests and job offers over the past year.

Here are the 10 most in-demand coding languages globally, and the number of interview requests a developer with that language in their skillset received over an average period of 2-6 weeks on the platform:

  1. Go (9.0)
  2. Scala (8.4)
  3. Ruby (8.2)
  4. TypeScript (7.7)
  5. Kotlin (7.2)
  6. JavaScript (6.8)
  7. Objective-C (6.6)
  8. PHP (6.5)
  9. Java (6.5)
  10. HTML (6.4)

Coming in lower down the list were Swift (6.3), Python (6.2), C++ (5.6), C (5.4), C# (5.4), and R (3.3).

Go was named the most in-demand programming language, likely because relatively few developers use it, the report found. Only 7% of those surveyed said they primarily work with Go. The same was true for Scala, Ruby, Typescript, and Kotlin—while all these languages rank in the top five most in-demand by companies, they are less familiar among developers, according to the report.

In terms of languages developers actually use, JavaScript leads the pack at 62%, which makes TypeScript particularly interesting, as it is a superset of JavaScript and therefore easier for JavaScript programmers to learn. Yet only 12% of developers use TypeScript. This presents an opportunity for JavaScript developers to expand their skillset and gain new in-demand job opportunities, the report noted.

To learn more about how to become a developer, check out this TechRepublic cheat sheet.

You may also want to check out:

Top 10 programming languages developers want to learn in 2019

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Businesses failing to meet California Consumer Privacy Act compliance goals

Set to go into effect on January 1, 2020, the CCPA will affect lots of companies doing business in California, but 86% have yet to meet compliance goals.

A new report on the state of California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) readiness should raise alarms for any tech firms that do business in California.

The report from privacy compliance company TrustArc finds that 86% of companies affected by the CCPA, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, have yet to meet compliance goals.

With less than 10 months to go until the CCPA goes live, this report is a critical look at what businesses need to do to become compliant before penalties start being assessed.

It’s important to note that the report’s 86% figure doesn’t mean all of those businesses have yet to start working toward compliance. Only 16% have yet to start, 28% said they are working on preliminary plans, 9% have made plans but not started implementation, 19% have begun implementation, and 16% are well on their way.

The study also found that companies who had to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are much farther along in their CCPA implementation. Some 21% of companies affected by both GDPR and CCPA are already compliant, as opposed to only 6% for those only affected by CCPA.

As noted by the Future of Privacy Forum, the GDPR and the CCPA have a number of similarities that make meeting compliance for the CCPA a simpler process for organizations that have already worked to meet GDPR rules.

The report makes clear the costs of implementing CCPA rules for affected organizations: 71% of them expect to spend more than $1 million to meet requirements.

As with compliance rates mentioned above, GDPR preparation has been a boon for companies affected by CCPA, with only 62% of them expected to invest $1 million or more on CCPA. Some 78% of companies concerned solely with CCPA will spend the same amount.

What companies need to do to meet CCPA compliance goals

If your organization is affected by CCPA, which covers how companies collect, store, and use user data, it’s time to get serious about meeting compliance goals. The CCPA is going to be the toughest privacy law in the US, and with California being the most populous state there’s a good possibility it affects you and your business.

The report makes clear that organizations need help to meet compliance goals, with 88% of respondents saying the need external help to understand what exactly they need to do to get in line with the CCPA.

TrustArc concludes that investing in CCPA-centric tech solutions and consulting services will be a must for those who still need to enact compliance plans. If you’re still in the exploration phase, or don’t know whether you’re affected, it’s time to start planning and looking for the budget needed to meet the January 1, 2020 deadline.


via: techrepublic


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