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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Interviews with key Microsoft staff shed light on its AI strategy, utilizing Cortana and chatbots, and the firm's plans to compete with Facebook and Google   —  Yoshua Bengio has never been one to take sides.  As one of the three intellects who shaped the deep learning that now dominates …
Jun 22, 2017, 9:40 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Experts warn that repeated cyberattacks on Ukraine, including mass power outages in Kiev, are evidence of Russia testing its offensive cyber capabilities   —  The clocks read zero when the lights went out.  —  It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the couch …
Jun 20, 2017, 1:50 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
North Korea's cyberattack strategy may seem erratic, but experts warn it can be effective at raising funds, creating chaos, and extending military aggression   —  NORTH KOREA IS arguably the least-understood nation on the planet.  And that also applies to its state-sponsored hackers whose global cyberattacks …
Jun 16, 2017, 2:00 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers say Crash Override, which took down Ukraine's power grid, is the only known malware to have attacked physical infrastructure other than Stuxnet   —  AT MIDNIGHT, A week before last Christmas, hackers struck an electric transmission station north of the city of Kiev …
Jun 12, 2017, 12:20 PMIn context
Klint Finley / Wired:
GitHub survey of 5,500 open source users and developers finds only 3% identify as female   —  Today's world runs on open source software.  The web, smartphones, the Amazon Echo, your car—everything high-tech depends on open source these days.  Where free, collaborative software projects …
Jun 4, 2017, 6:20 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht loses appeal to void 2015 conviction and life sentence for crimes including drug trafficking and money laundering   —  After more than five years, the saga of the Dread Pirate Roberts has ended, and the founder of the Silk Road has lost his last chance of escaping a lifetime in prison.
May 31, 2017, 7:20 PMIn context
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Inside DoD's Digital Defense Service, which revamps tools and procedures lagging behind the private sector, and draws Silicon Valley talent for two-year tours   —  A disembodied voice sounded over a loudspeaker.  “Incoming.  Take cover,” it warned to anyone within earshot.  Then, the sirens began to wail.
May 28, 2017, 11:35 AMIn context
Megan Molteni / Wired:
FDA to open a unit of 13 engineers including devs, experts in AI and cloud computing, to keep pace with changes to medical devices powered by machine learning   —  When Bakul Patel started as a policy advisor in the US Food and Drug Administration in 2008, he could pretty much pinpoint …
May 28, 2017, 1:00 AMIn context
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Intel to offer Thunderbolt 3 protocol specification to chipmakers royalty free next year and integrate Thunderbolt into its CPUs   —  Nearly two years ago, Intel gave a major boost to Thunderbolt, its zippy hardware interface, by embracing USB-C, the do-it-all port that will eventually eat the world.
May 24, 2017, 12:05 PMIn context
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
How Facebook conducted research, commissioned by an advertiser, on minors' emotional states, which was then shared in a presentation to potential advertisers   —  Data mining is such a prosaic part of our online lives that it's hard to sustain consumer interest in it, much less outrage.
May 21, 2017, 11:10 PMIn context

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