By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From cybersecurity law to stores becoming public gathering places, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

California just became the first state with an Internet of Things cybersecurity law | Adi Robertson: Starting in 2020, IoT devices in California will need to meet specific security standards in order to be sold in the state. While many experts agree that this is an important first step, some are concerned that the proposed law won’t do enough to keep devices safe from malicious attacks.

Amazon debuts new Casper-style mattress in a box | Megan Barber: Amazon’s Basics line has been a popular stop for consumers needing power cords, home-wares, batteries, and the like. Now the e-tailer is introducing its own Basics branded mattress- sold in a box like many other online mattress companies, but undercutting them on pricing in many cases.

Can Apple Stores be public spaces? | Andrew Zaleski: Retailers know they have to present customers with compelling reasons to visit a physical store instead of browsing online. Some, such as Apple, want their stores to be gathering spaces (or a “third place”- a place to spend time that isn’t work or home). But this does beg the question- can a retail space be a public space?

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