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ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights May 19, 2017

By boundless team in · Technology · May 19, 2017

ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights is a weekly roundup of relevant technology posts from around the web.

Ransomware attack: Amidst the chaos, the blame game begins  

The first wave of the ransomware attack that engulfed businesses around the world last week has apparently now passed, although it's quite possible more infections will occur. But the post-mortem on how it happened -- and how to stop it happening again -- has only just begun..

Our thoughts: Ransomware can be extremely costly, and it looks like the problems are just beginning.

The Facebook Wall is dead — and Facebook is struggling to get personal again


Those of us who have been on Facebook over 10 years can remember a time when the Facebook experience was defined by a singular feature: the Wall.

Our thoughts: As Facebook becomes larger, it's biggest competitor is often itself (other products).

The MP3 Is Officially Dead, According To Its Creators


But now, 22 years later, the MP3 truly is dead, according to the people who invented it. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, a division of the state-funded German research institution that bankrolled the MP3's development in the late '80s, recently announced that its "licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated."

Our thoughts: The technology isn't dead, but the copyrights are expiring so the licensing program is ending.

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