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April 2017

Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

By | April 29th, 2017|Technology|

 Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has been blocked by the Turkish government. News of the blockage was first reported by the website Turkey Blocks, at around 1AM Eastern this morning. Confirmed: All editions of the #Wikipedia online encyclopedia blocked in #Turkey as of 8:00AM local time — Turkey Blocks… Read More

How Echo Look could feed Amazon’s big data fueled fashion ambitions

By | April 29th, 2017|Technology|

 This week Amazon took the wraps off a new incarnation of its Alexa voice assistant, giving the AI an eye so it can see as well as speak and hear. The Echo Look also contains a depth sensor that’s being used, in the first instance, to create a bokeh effect for a hands-free style selfies [...]

City of Portland may subpoena Uber for details on Greyball program

By | April 29th, 2017|Technology|

 The Rose City isn’t happy with Uber… again. After the company failed to turn over details on its deeply sketchy “Greyball” software by Portland’s deadline, the city may seek to compel Uber to hand it over with a subpoena. Those intentions, reported by the Oregonian, were articulated by Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the city’s Bureau… [...]

Microsoft hires former FTC figure for new privacy role

By | April 28th, 2017|Technology|

 On Friday, Microsoft announced that it will create a new role for former Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill. Brill will take the lead on privacy, data protection and regulatory issues at Microsoft as the corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs group. An Obama nominee, Brill joined the FTC as [...]

Apple’s self-driving test Lexus SUV photographed on Silicon Valley roads

By | April 28th, 2017|Technology|

 Apple’s using a Lexus RX450h SUV for its autonomous vehicle testing program, as revealed by documents filed with the California DMV in accordance with licensing requirements for self-driving tests in the state. Now, Bloomberg has images of the vehicle in action, captured by a chance observer who saw the vehicle pull out of an Apple [...]

Netflix is playing down the significance of its first major distribution deal in China

By | April 28th, 2017|Technology|

 Netflix has played down the significance of its first major licensing deal in China, news of which was announced this week. The company’s share price surged nearly six percent after it announced that it had agreed to a distribution deal with iQiyi, one of China’s largest video portals which was started by internet giant Baidu. The [...]

For OpenGov, President Trump is proving a boon for business

By | April 28th, 2017|Technology|

 OpenGov, a company whose software helps local governments keep transparent financial records, has been picking up speed in a variety of ways, and co-founder and CEO Zac Bookman traces some of that momentum to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Read More

Tech employees quit their jobs mostly because of unfair work environments, study says

By | April 27th, 2017|Technology|

 Life isn’t fair. Work’s not fair. Tech isn’t fair. So it’s no surprise that unfairness or mistreatment is the most frequently cited reason for leaving a job in tech, according to the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s Tech Leavers study. The study looked at four main types of unfair treatment, behaviors and experiences: unfair people [...]

Scaleway thinks the future of cloud hosting is ARM-based servers

By | April 27th, 2017|Technology|

 Iliad’s cloud hosting division Scaleway is launching a new type of server today. In just a minute, you can launch your server with its own dedicated ARMv8 processor, 2GB of RAM, 50GB of SSD storage and unlimited bandwidth. And it only costs around $3.25 per month (€2.99). If you’re not familiar with processor atchitecture, your [...]