This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes floor-scrubbing robots; Marriott’s data breach; and more.
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Marriott rocked by hack of Starwood database
Both the major tech news and hotel news of the last couple weeks was Marriott International revealing a years-long breach of the legacy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide systems that impacted information of as many as 500 million guests, which the company disclosed at the end of November.
Various reports pin the breach as one of the largest ever and the largest in the history of the hotel industry.
The breach opens Marriott up to various legal liabilities, according to HNN senior reporter Bryan Wroten.
All companies must prioritize tech
A new report from The Wall Street Journal loudly proclaims that “every company is now a tech company,” emphasizing how tech leadership has collectively climbed the ladder in corporate America.
The newspaper writes: “Fast-growing startups, of course, have technology bred into their bones. These companies could never have launched in the first place without a tech-proficient founder or co-founder. But now companies born before the first internet bubble also must realize they can no longer function as nontech businesses, says Sean O’Sullivan, an angel investor credited with helping coin the term ‘cloud computing.’”
Automated cleaning, coming to a store near you
The hotel industry has long flirted with the idea of automated cleaning to drive down operations costs, but a retail company will be the first to majorly move into leaning on robots to clean. According to Bloomberg, Walmart is “rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of January.”
The news agency reports “the robots, which look like a cross between a miniature Zamboni and a motorized wheel chair, already scrub floors at airports in Seattle, San Diego, Boston and Miami.”
Compiled by Sean McCracken.