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Google announces a new generation for its TPU machine learning hardware

As the war for creating customized AI hardware heats up, Google announced at Google I/O 2018 that is rolling out out its third generation of silicon, the Tensor Processor Unit 3.0. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the new TPU is eight times more powerful than last year, with up to 100 petaflops in performance. Google joins pretty much every other major ... Read More »

UK watchdog orders Cambridge Analytica to give up data in US voter test case

Another big development in the personal data misuse saga attached to the controversial Trump campaign-linked UK-based political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica — which could lead to fresh light being shed on how the company and its multiple affiliates acquired and processed US citizens’ personal data to build profiles on millions of voters for political targeting purposes. The UK’s data watchdog, the ICO, ... Read More »

Cambridge Analytica shuts down in light of ‘unfairly negative’ press coverage

Cambridge Analytica is done. In light of the sprawling controversy around its role in improperly obtaining data from Facebook users through a third party, the company will end its U.S. and U.K. operations. In a press release confirming the decision, the company said that “unfairly negative media coverage” around the Facebook incident has “driven away virtually all of the Company’s ... Read More »

Facebook tool warns developers of phishing attacks dangling lookalike domains

Phishing seems like a problem that will be here for the long haul, so I welcome any tools to combat it with open arms. Today Facebook announced one: a service for domain owners or concerned users that watches for sketchy versions of web addresses that might indicate a phishing attempt in the offing. The developer only needs to specify the ... Read More »

Facebook tool warns developers of phishing attacks dangling lookalike domains

Phishing seems like a problem that will be here for the long haul, so I welcome any tools to combat it with open arms. Today Facebook announced one: a service for domain owners or concerned users that watches for sketchy versions of web addresses that might indicate a phishing attempt in the offing. The developer only needs to specify the ... Read More »

Everything Facebook launched at F8 and Why

Day 1 of Facebook’s F8 conference was packed with announcements and updates. Here are 10 big takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote on Day 1. You can find full coverage and analysis of F8 here.  1. FaceDate Facebook is launching a dating feature where you can volunteer to make a profile that’s only visible to non-friends who’ve also opted in to ... Read More »

Facebook’s dark ads problem is systemic

Facebook’s admission to the UK parliament this week that it had unearthed unquantified thousands of dark fake ads after investigating fakes bearing the face and name of well-known consumer advice personality, Martin Lewis, underscores the massive challenge for its platform on this front. Lewis is suing the company for defamation over its failure to stop bogus ads besmirching his reputation with ... Read More »

WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in Europe ahead of GDPR

Tech giants are busy updating their TCs ahead of the EU’s incoming data protection framework, GDPR. Which is why, for instance, Facebook-owned Instagram is suddenly offering a data download tool. You can thank European lawmakers for being able to take your data off that platform. Facebook -owned WhatsApp is also making a pretty big change as a result of GDPR — ... Read More »

How to watch Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony online

Mark Zuckerberg today begins his second day of testimony. The Facebook CEO spent more than five hours yesterday answering the questions of U.S. Senators, and will now testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As was the case with the Senate, we expect to hear plenty about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Russian election meddling. Zuckerberg’s prepared statement was ... Read More »

How to watch Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony online

Mark Zuckerberg today begins his second day of testimony. The Facebook CEO spent more than five hours yesterday answering the questions of U.S. Senators, and will now testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As was the case with the Senate, we expect to hear plenty about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Russian election meddling. Zuckerberg’s prepared statement was ... Read More »

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