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The Pivot | Asymco
Apple, since its inception, has always been oriented around its customers, not its products. The questions asked by management are “what can the company do to deliver experiences and satisfaction” rather than “what products can the company build”.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Technology Is as Biased as Its Makers
Google understands that an advertiser may not know which ad copy will work best, so an advertiser may give multiple templates for the same search string and the “Google algorithm” learns over time which ad text gets the most clicks from viewers of the ad. It does this by assigning weights (or probabilities) based on the click history of each ad copy. At first all possible ad copies are weighted the same, they are all equally likely to produce a click. Over time, as people tend to click one version of ad text over others, the weights change, so the ad text getting the most clicks eventually displays more frequently. This approach aligns the financial interests of Google, as the ad deliverer, with the advertiser.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Tall chip tale? Huawei's backup plans leave experts unconvinced - Reuters
The Trump administration officially added Huawei to a trade blacklist on Thursday, enacting restrictions that will make it difficult for the tech giant to do business with American firms, in its latest broadside against the company that U.S. officials have labeled a threat to national security.

The head of Huawei’s HiSilicon chip division on Friday shrugged off concerns about disruptions to supply, saying it has long been preparing for this kind of “extreme scenario”.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Google Antitrust Complaint Threatens Plan for Auto Dashboard Dominance | Fortune
However, Enel has a problem: Google won’t let it integrate Enel X Recharge into the Android Auto system, meaning people can’t use it to search for charging stations while driving—which is kind of when you’d want to do that. What can Android phone owners use to search for charging stations while driving? Google Maps.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Faulty database script brings Salesforce to its knees | ZDNet
However, out of an abundance of caution, the company decided to take down all other Salesforce services, for both current and former Pardot customers.

"As a result, customers who were not affected may have also experienced service disruption, including customers using Marketing Cloud integrations," Salesforce said.

The issue caused quite a ruckus on social media, where the company has been ridiculed all day. Some users reported being sent home from their jobs due to the prolonged Salesforce outage.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Our Legal Dispute With Shiva Ayyadurai Is Now Over | Techdirt
You may wonder how it could possibly take 18 months to negotiate a settlement about adding links to old articles -- and, indeed, I wonder that myself. The entire process has been quite a pain for us. I cannot and would not describe this result as a victory, because this has been nearly two and a half years of wasted time, effort, resources, attention and money just to defend our right to report on a public figure and explain to the world that we do not believe his claims to have invented email are correct, based on reams of evidence.
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8 days ago by leolaporte
The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones - Scientific American Blog Network
I encounter this shortcoming a lot in my own area of writing—technology and society. Our inability to understanding and tell sociological stories is one of the key reasons we're struggling with how to respond to the historic technological transition we're currently experiencing with digital technology and machine intelligence—but more on all that later. Let's first go over what happened to Game of Thrones.
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9 days ago by leolaporte
Can we all please stop using Medium now?
Just so we are clear. Medium takes your content, rolls it up into a pretty SEO friendly package for themselves and sells it. Oh, and turns us all into seals waiting for someone to throw us a fish in the process. If you are lucky, you might even get a cut. You know. Like the sort of cut artists get on Spotify. Profit share I think the cool kids call it.
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9 days ago by leolaporte
Third fatal Tesla Autopilot crash renews questions about system - Reuters
The vehicle was traveling at about 68 miles (109 km) per hour (mph) on a highway with a 55-mph (89-kph) speed limit, and neither the system nor the driver made any evasive maneuvers, the agency said.

Tesla said in a statement that after the driver engaged the system he “immediately removed his hands from the wheel. Autopilot had not been used at any other time during that drive.”
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9 days ago by leolaporte
Police Are Feeding Celebrity Photos into Facial Recognition Software to Solve Crimes - VICE
Often unbeknownst to the public, law enforcement is identifying suspects based on “all manner of ‘probe photos,’ photos of unknown individuals submitted for search against a police or driver license database,” a study published on Thursday by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology reported.
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9 days ago by leolaporte
The Trade Secret: Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers
As ransomware attacks crippled businesses and law enforcement agencies, two U.S. data recovery firms claimed to offer an ethical way out. Instead, they typically paid the ransom and charged victims extra.
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9 days ago by leolaporte
Hewlett Packard Enterprise to buy supercomputer maker Cray in $1.30 billion deal - Reuters
(Reuters) - Supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc said on Friday it would be bought by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co in a deal valued at about $1.30 billion, net of cash.
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9 days ago by leolaporte
Microsoft and Sony form cloud gaming and AI partnership - The Verge
Microsoft and Sony are announcing an unusual partnership today, allowing the two rivals to partner on cloud-based gaming services. “The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services,” Microsoft said in a statement. Sony’s existing game and content-streaming services will also be powered by Microsoft Azure in the future.
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9 days ago by leolaporte
Netflix Saves Our Kids From Up To 400 Hours of Commercials a Year | LocalBabysitter.com
A study conducted by the University of Michigan found that kids 2-5 spend an average of 32 hours per week in front of a television set. Children 6-11 spend 28 hours in front of a television set (there are some who believe the decrease between brackets is likely due to the slightly older kids now transitioning to phone time).
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10 days ago by leolaporte
Google agrees to pay owners of faulty Pixel phones up to $500 - The Verge
Google has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by owners of the original Google Pixel who said the company knowingly sold handsets with defective microphones. Pending the court’s approval, Google could pay up to $500 to certain Pixel owners for a total settlement of $7.25 million. Pixel and Pixel XL devices manufactured before January 4th, 2017, are covered by the lawsuit.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
Microsoft warns of major WannaCry-like Windows security exploit, releases XP patches - The Verge
Microsoft is taking the highly unusual approach of releasing patches for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 even though both operating systems are out of support. Windows XP users will have to manually download the update from Microsoft’s update catalog.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
YouTube’s Newest Far-Right, Foul-Mouthed, Red-Pilling Star Is A 14-Year-Old Girl
A 20-minute, unbroken, and hyperarticulate tirade ostensibly about ignoring criticism online, “Be Not Afraid” stars a high school freshman from the Bay Area who goes by the name Soph on YouTube. (She edits as well as scores the videos, which she says are comedic.) Through videos like these, she’s become a rising star — with more than 800,000 followers — in the universe of conspiracy theorists, racists, and demagogues that owes its big bang to YouTube.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
American Express has acquired reservation platform Resy
Resy is used by some 4,000 restaurants in 154 U.S. cities and 10 countries, and says it seats 2.6 million diners a week. But it remains a minor player compared with restaurant-booking behemoth OpenTable, which is in more than 51,000 restaurants.

Now, Resy is poised to enter the dining big leagues: It’s being acquired by American Express.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls - The Verge
The new rule would make it easier for carriers, like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, to automatically register their customers for call-blocking technology. As of right now, customers have to opt-in on their own. It would also allow customers to block calls coming from phone numbers that are not on their contacts list. Commissioners are expected to vote on the measure at their June 6th meeting.
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10 days ago by leolaporte

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