24 million: More than 24 million financial documents given to banks have been found online following a server security lapse. These documents — from mortgage agreements to tax documents — contained sensitive data such as Social Security numbers, names, addresses, credit history, and more. While fewer people have been affected than in other breaches, the amount of data available means the repercussions are potentially worse. The server, which was owned by OpticsML, was not password protected. Learn more about how data is stored and managed in our new Future of Data Centers report.
15%: It’s been a rough week for media workers. This week, a handful of companies announced layoffs across different divisions. BuzzFeed will be cutting 220 employees, or 15% of its total staff. Gannett announced layoffs across the nation, from journalists to editors to a high school reporter. Huffington Post began a round of layoffs as part of parent company Verizon Media Group’s larger restructuring plans (the company plans to cut 7% of its staff nationwide).
19g: Impossible Burger, creator of plant-based burgers, is upgrading its recipe. The “Impossible Burger 2.0” patty reportedly tastes better, has less fat, and is gluten free, as well as having a heartier structure that can be cooked in more ways. The meat-free burger is made from ingredients including peas, brown rice, and mung beans, and uses beet juice to get the juiciness of a meat-based burger. A 4oz patty has the same amount of iron (4.2g) and protein (19g) as a beef burger. (Editor’s note: a CB Insights employee didn’t eat her Impossible Burger today because she thought it was real meat.) We cover meatless startups — as well as insect protein, dairy replacements, fish-free seafood, and more — in our Meatless Future report. Check it out.
96%: Alzheimer’s may be related to gum disease, according to a recently published study. New evidence suggests a connection between Porphyromonas gingivalis, a key bacteria linked to chronic gum disease, and Alzheimer’s patients. Research shows this bacteria “invades and inflames brain regions affected by Alzheimer’s,” and uses toxic enzymes to feed on human tissue in 96% of the 54 brain samples that were looked at. The study provides hope for treatment of the disease that impacts nearly 5.7 million Americans. We recently looked at the big pharma players that are also working on treatments for Alzheimer’s’ here.
2023: Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has successfully tested its “flying car.” The company’s autonomous flying taxi prototype was able to takeoff, hover, and land during a test conducted in Manassas, VA. Boeing’s urban mobility arm, Boeing NeXt, enlisted Aurora Flight Sciences (which is developing flying taxis with Uber) to design and develop the prototype. While you may not be taking a flying rideshare to work anytime soon, here are the most important mobility trends to watch in 2019.