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Today, because of Android, there are more than 24,000 devices, at every price point, from more than 1,300 different brands, including Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish phone makers.
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AWS Extends AI Reach to Custom Algorithms
AWS Extends AI Reach to Custom Algorithms

Amazon Web Services (AWS) at an AWS Summit event revealed it is extending a managed service it provides for training algorithms to include custom algorithms developed by organizations investing in artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

Most AI applications are based on algorithms that are in some cases decades old. It’s only now that the cost of compute and storage in the cloud has made it cost effective to employ those algorithms to drive development of AI applications. However, now that those compute and storage resources are readily available, organizations are also starting to develop a new generation of custom algorithms.

An Amazon SageMaker Streaming for Custom Algorithms now makes it possible to train those custom algorithms using data stored on AWS. Previously, AWS only supported a narrower range of algorithms it had approved for use with the managed Amazon SageMaker service.

Dr. Matt Wood, general manager for AI at AWS, told conference attendees that Amazon SageMaker reduces the time required to train AI models by as much as 90 percent. That service can be invoked via application programming interfaces (APIs) that make the resources required for developing AI applications more accessible to a larger number of developers, says Wood.

AWS now offers a broad range of algorithms spanning everything from computer vision to deep learning algorithms that can all be embedded within an AI application. Those algorithms become more accurate as they get exposed to massive amounts of data in the cloud.

“Machine learning is experiencing a Renaissance in the cloud,” says Wood.

AWS also announced it has updated its Snowball Edge appliance by adding support for an instance of an EC2 virtual machine that makes it possible to pre-process data before physically shipping that appliance to AWS to upload data into the cloud.

It’s unclear at this point how many AI applications will wind up residing on-premises versus the cloud. But as more data is being generated in the cloud, chances are high that the algorithms required to apply AI to that data will follow suit.

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Google fined a record $5 billion by the EU for Android antitrust violations - The Verge
Google has been hit with a record-breaking €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine by EU regulators for breaking antitrust laws. The European Commission says Google has abused its Android market dominance in three key areas. Google has been bundling its search engine and Chrome apps into the operating system. Google has also allegedly blocked phone makers from creating devices that run forked versions of Android, and it “made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators” to exclusively bundle the Google search app on handsets.
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What Netflix’s Missing $9 Billion Tells Us About Spotify’s Business Model
Most relevant though, is Netflix’s content spend. One of the much-used arguments against Spotify in favour of Netflix is that Spotify has fixed content costs, hindering its ability to increase profits, because costs will always scale with revenue. However, Spotify’s advantage is in fact that content costs are fixed, there is a cap on how much it will spend on rights. Netflix has no such safeguard, which means that the more competitive its marketplace gets, the more it has to spend on content.
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Where's the fire? If you smelled smoke in Seattle, Tacoma, it's from this fire |
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Keep your ambitions in check - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)
Most problems in this world do not need to rev your ambition meter to the red line. You have to train your brain to see and take the detours.

Take “climb Mount Everest”. That’s a hard problem. Could “get a fantastic view from high in the sky” suffice? If so, you now have an easy problem with an array of easy solutions: Take the elevator to the top of the Sears Tower, fly a plane across snowclad mountains, or simply watch others do it on Flickr.

All problems are negotiable. Don’t solve before you settle.
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Dropped wife and daughters at airport for week-long trip.

Fantasy: I can watch movies and TV they don't like! Cook food they hate! Play computer games all night!

Reality: [cut to footage of Ken drooling into couch cushions by 8:45 pm]

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