Weekend takeaway: Here’s to the world-changers

7 Apr 2017

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From women CIOs to cartoonists and Irish entrepreneurs making a dent in the universe, here is your essential sci-tech reading for the weekend.

 1. 25 leading women breaking the CIO mould

There are 25 women on this industry-spanning list of CIOs. That’s 10 more than the percentage found in all Fortune 500 companies.

2. Stripe’s Atlas now makes it easier for US entrepreneurs to start up

Stripe’s tool for helping global start-ups to do business in America is helping US firms grow locally, too.

3. Just Eat CTO: ‘We are at the beginning of the disruption of food technology’

At the recent Just Eat food innovation event at the Digital Hub, we met the tech companies transforming the business of food as we know it.

4. Maker Project will boost the STEM skills of thousands of Irish youths

The National Youth Council, TechSpace and Science Foundation Ireland join forces to bring STEM skills to young people all over the country.

5. ‘My Happy Robot Tom’ is today’s glorious Google Doodle

‘My Happy Robot Tom’ adorns Google’s Irish search page today (7 April), as this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition winner gets her moment in the sun.

6. AI company LogoGrab lands Google Adopt a Startup gong

Google’s Adopt a Startup programme has its latest winner, with LogoGrab adding to its recent haul of industry awards.

7. EU spooked by US moves to overhaul ISP privacy

Less than two weeks after US lawmakers made a stunning call on internet privacy, the EU has been forced into action.

8. Twitter sues Trump administration over freedom of speech

Twitter cites freedom of speech as basis for not turning over records of @ALT_uscis user.

9. AMBER researchers find way to print electronics in 2D with graphene

Researchers at AMBER have managed to crack a method of printing electronics in 2D for the first time using graphene, potentially leading to smart food labels.

10. Be careful downloading torrents, your WordPress might get hacked

A backdoor Trojan called Sathurbot is hiding in dodgy torrent download files, infecting computers and stealing WordPress administrators’ passwords.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years