Supplier Report: 1/12/2018

The tech industry is still dealing with the fallout of the Spectre and Meltdown bugs as companies scramble to patch the vulnerability. A consequence of such hasty actions is that the patches are 1.) introducing new bugs, 2.) breaking some AMD-powered computers, and 3.) most computers that are patched will see permanent performance impact. There is a rumor that IBM… Read more →

News You Can Use: 1/10/2018

The Worst Job in Technology: Staring at Human Depravity to Keep It Off Facebook The well-being of content moderators “is something we talk about with our team members and with our outsourcing vendors to make clear it’s not just contractual. It’s really important to us,” says Mark Handel, a user research manager at Facebook who helps oversee content moderation. “Is… Read more →

SourceCast: Episode 102: Having a Meltdown

Intel and other CPU chip makers announced a major security flaw last week that could impact almost every internet connected device on the planet. This week’s episode focuses on that security bug and what it means for you personally and professionally. Photo: Sandeep Swarnkar Source: The Source Full Link: SourceCast: Episode 102: Having a Meltdown Read more →

Supplier Report: 1/5/2018

Here we go again… there is another security flaw that could impact almost all connected computers.  This time the issue is at the CPU kernel level and it could take some time to completely correct. Amazon is one of the companies impacted by this flaw, but on the bright side, their bets on home speakers, video and music services, and… Read more →

News You Can Use: 1/3/2018

The Google-Facebook Duopoly Threatens Diversity of Thought When virtually all online advertising goes through two companies, however, they have the power to harm websites arbitrarily. One political blog that posted an article trying to distinguish the “alt-right” from white nationalism received a warning email from Google’s AdSense team. An editor took the article down, explaining to readers that the blog… Read more →

SourceCast: Episode 101: Chatting about China

I am kicking off 2018 with a deep discussion about China’s plans for AI and automation with my friend and technologist John Drumm. We cover UBI, job displacement, and even capital availability for small businesses within the country. Photo: Nic Low Source: The Source Full Link: SourceCast: Episode 101: Chatting about China Read more →

Supplier Report: 12/29/2017

Amazon is still hustling late into the year. They announced the acquisition of wireless camera company Blink. There is also more information about Amazon’s plans to get into online advertising… Google and Facebook should be concerned. Uber gets another life-line as SoftBank purchases a 30% stake in the company. Microsoft is making a push to replace traditional passwords with bio-metric… Read more →

News You Can Use: 12/27/2017

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem —… Read more →