New York Times: Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge

New York Times: Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge. “Google unveiled an initiative on Thursday to help train Americans for jobs in technology and committed to donating $1 billion over the next five years to nonprofits in education and professional training.”

ZDNet: Researchers Find 450,000 Financial Scams Operating on Social Media

ZDNet: Researchers find 450,000 financial scams operating on social media. “Financial scams have doubled in the past year on social media but only a small pool of cyberattackers appear to be behind the surge. According to ZeroFOX researchers, around 250,000 finance and banking scams were lurking on social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook in 2016, but now, this estimate has almost doubled having reached a total of 437,165 fraudulent campaigns.”

Equifax Breach Fallout: Your Salary History (Krebs on Security)

Krebs on Security: Equifax Breach Fallout: Your Salary History. “In May, KrebsOnSecurity broke a story about lax security at a payroll division of big-three credit bureau Equifax that let identity thieves access personal and financial data on an unknown number of Americans. Incredibly, this same division makes it simple to access detailed salary and employment history on a large portion of Americans using little more than someone’s Social Security number and date of birth — both data elements that were stolen in the recent breach at Equifax.”

Mental Floss: This New Web Tool Shows How Your Favorite Film Franchises Stack Up

Mental Floss: This New Web Tool Shows How Your Favorite Film Franchises Stack Up. “Using data from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and box office totals, the finance website visualized the top 30 film franchises to see how the installments of each one stack up. The project yielded some surprising results, like that in longest franchises, the eighth title tends to make the most money on opening weekend. Harry Potter, Star Trek, and Star Wars all follow this trend. But according to the numbers, the same can’t be said for quality. The ratings of blockbuster franchises, both viewer-generated (IMDb) and critic-generated (Rotten Tomatoes), are lowest for the most recent installments. Mission Impossible is one exception, with the third and fourth films earning the most critical praise.”

MapLight: A Powerful New Tool to Search and Analyze Money in Politics

MapLight: A Powerful New Tool to Search and Analyze Money in Politics. “As Americans unite in frustration with the outsized influence of money in politics, the question of whose money is funding candidates for public office is more vital than ever. With the sheer quantity and complexity of campaign finance data increasing in recent elections, citizens need tools that respond to the challenge, like MapLight’s new Campaign Contribution Search.”

FedScoop: Inspectors general unveil new website for reports from across government

FedScoop: Inspectors general unveil new website for reports from across government. “The investigative work of inspectors general from across the federal government can now be found in a single digital location. … The website, launched officially Monday, features audits, investigations, evaluations and special reviews from the IGs of 67 agencies and includes more than 5,800 previously released reports.”

Bloomberg: Rich People Would Consider Google, Amazon to Manage Their Wealth

Bloomberg: Rich People Would Consider Google, Amazon to Manage Their Wealth. “Forget traditional wealth management firms. If Google, Apple, Facebook or Amazon offered financial services, more than half of rich people might sign up. Consulting firm Capgemini found that 56.2 percent of high-net-worth individuals would think about working with one of the four technology firms if they offered wealth management services, according to its World Wealth Report 2017.”