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In The Mesh – Scuttlebutt, A Decentralized Alternative To Facebook

In The Mesh – Scuttlebutt, A Decentralized Alternative To Facebook

On July 15, 2014, I decided to delete my Facebook account. The social media behemoth had gone too far in using all our personal data for profit, psychological research, and crowd manipulation. I was done. I wanted to take back what was mine and leave the platform, which meant downloading all of my data. But…
Artificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet

Artificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet

Photo credit: Peg SkorpinskiArtificial Intelligence (AI) is the mantra of the current era. The phrase is intoned by technologists, academicians, journalists and venture capitalists alike. As with many phrases that cross over from technical academic fields into general circulation, there is significant misunderstanding accompanying the use of the phrase. But this is not the classical…
Fond – Principal Software Engineer

Fond – Principal Software Engineer

Fond (formerly AnyPerk) is a perks and rewards platform used by over 1,000 companies across the U.S. from startups competing for top talent to Fortune 500 companies strengthening their employer brands. Fond helps customers build cultures of appreciation and recognition, knowing that happier employees make for better business. Some of our current customers include Salesforce,…
Text Embedding Models Contain Bias. Here’s Why That Matters.

Text Embedding Models Contain Bias. Here’s Why That Matters.

Figure 4: Difference in average sentiment scores on the modified test sets where "reviewed by ______" had been added to the end of each review. The violin plots show the distribution over differences when models are trained on small samples of the original IMDB training data. The violin-plots above show the distribution in differences of…
Hard Questions: What Data Does Facebook Collect When I’m Not Using Facebook, and Why? | Facebook Newsroom

Hard Questions: What Data Does Facebook Collect When I’m Not Using Facebook, and Why?...

Hard Questions is a series from Facebook that addresses the impact of our products on society. By David Baser, Product Management Director Last week, Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the US Congress. He answered more than 500 questions and promised that we would get back on the 40 or so questions he couldn’t answer at the…
Microsoft built its own custom Linux kernel for its new IoT service

Microsoft built its own custom Linux kernel for its new IoT service

At a small press event in San Francisco, Microsoft today announced the launch of a secure end-to-end IoT product that focuses on microcontroller-based devices — the kind of devices that use tiny and relatively low-powered microcontrollers (MCUs) for basic control or connectivity features. Typically, these kinds of devices, which could be anything from a toy…
Earn.com joins Coinbase

Earn.com joins Coinbase

Paid email is already one of the first truly useful applications of the blockchain. With Coinbase, we think we can prove that at scale. As of today, Earn.com is being acquired by Coinbase! The Earn.com product is going to get bigger and better as a consequence of this deal. You can read more about the…
‘I Am Gay, Not a Pervert’: Furor in China as Sina Weibo Bans Gay Content

‘I Am Gay, Not a Pervert’: Furor in China as Sina Weibo Bans Gay...

The Beijing L.G.B.T. Center said in a post, “We are all gay tonight,” alongside photographs of young men and women. While some posts were censored, the hashtag that translates to #Iamgaynotapervert was viewed more than 1.35 million times. Many activists had harsh words for Sina Weibo, saying that its attempts to limit free speech had…
15 Types of Regression you should know

15 Types of Regression you should know

Regression techniques are one of the most popular statistical techniques used for predictive modeling and data mining tasks. On average, analytics professionals know only 2-3 types of regression which are commonly used in real world. They are linear and logistic regression. But the fact is there are more than 10 types of regression algorithms designed…
In a Leaked Memo, Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information

In a Leaked Memo, Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information

Apple Inc. warned employees to stop leaking internal information on future plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal charges, one of the most-aggressive moves by the world’s largest technology company to control information about its activities. The Cupertino, California-based company said in a lengthy memo posted to its internal blog that…
NEON is the new black: fast JPEG optimization on ARM server

NEON is the new black: fast JPEG optimization on ARM server

As engineers at Cloudflare quickly adapt our software stack to run on ARM, a few parts of our software stack have not been performing as well on ARM processors as they currently do on our Xeon® Silver 4116 CPUs. For the most part this is a matter of Intel specific optimizations some of which utilize…
Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case

Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case

A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google. The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine. The judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, ruled in…