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And despite the companies own efforts at moderating its platform, it can’t seem to get its hands around the problem.A profile of the company’s CEO Susan Wojcicki published Wednesday by the New York Times captures in clear terms the extent to which the company struggles with policing the abusive, exploitative, or even moronic videos uploaded to its platform.“There’s no reason we want people putting any kind of plastic over their head,” she said, peering over the screen of her open laptop.These issues over content moderation, of course, aren’t limited to asinine challenges, and the ensuing damage control when the Google subsidiary does run into more serious issues often plays out before us in real time.The Times reported to the now infamous video by YouTuber Matt Watson that detailed a system by YouTube commenters that facilitated what he described as a “soft-core paedophile ring.”This certainly wouldn’t be the first time that YouTube has struggled with content that exploited children.
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Amazon's advertising business is growing, particularly in video advertising and measurement.But its ad business is spread across several teams, which can make it hard for advertisers to negotiate.Colleen Aubrey, global VP of performance advertising, said this structure keeps teams focused on specific products.Read more: Amazon's nascent ad business is bigger than it's ever been — and it's starting to make inroads with big brandsBut in an interview with Business Insider, Colleen Aubrey, global VP of performance advertising, said that Amazon's advertising business is intentionally organized this way to mirror the rest of the company, with teams of specialists each focused on specific products."We try to organize ourselves around teams that can be thinking day and night about a particular area," she said.
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Peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Circle saw loans under management soar to record highs in the first three months of this year, the firm announced today.Loans under management grew 44 per cent to £3.4bn compared to £2.3bn in the first quarter of the previous year, and revenue growth soared by 40 per cent.Read more: Funding Circle shares fall as it plans to wind down SME fundThe firm reported that loan originations were up 23 per cent from £525m in the first quarter of 2018 to £644m between January and March this year.Funding Circle co-founder and chief executive Samire Desai said: “Q1 was a period where Funding Circle reinforced its leadership position across each of its markets, reaching a new high of loans under management of £3.4bn.“We continue to implement our strategy of diversifying funding sources with a new commitment from the European Investment Bank, as well as launching two new institutional investor products.”
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For them, the outside world is an intensely dangerous place.XSCID was nicknamed "bubble boy" disease because of a young boy named David Vetter, who famously lived his entire life in a protective plastic bubble.Vetter died more than 30 years ago, at age 12, after a failed treatment.For babies born with the severe genetic condition known as "bubble boy" disease, a run-of-the-mill common cold can be deadly.A new experimental medicine is now being called a cure for the condition by researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Nearly all have been able to go home with their families and live normal lives, including attending day care, with one more recently treated child remaining at St. Jude for the time being.
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A bit more information about Rey’s parentage was revealed this week amid release of the New Star Wars 9 trailer.This movie, called Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, will be directed by J.J. Abrams, like The Force Awakens.In commentary this week at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Abrams lent some welcome insight into the future of the most important character of this trilogy.An interview with ABC News this week it was made clear that the answers given to the mystery of Rey’s parentage in The Last Jedi were not satisfactory.Kylo Ren is one with the Dark Side, after all – deception and deceit are weapons of his.When Ren (Ben) said that her filthy junk trader parents abandoned her and were dead in a pauper’s grave – that… might have been a stretch of the truth, at least.
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Not everybody loves the Fire TV interface, but if you don't mind it -- or are even a fan of it -- Amazon has some limited-time discounts on its media streamers and other Fire TV devices, including its Recast DVR and an Insignia 24-inch TV with Fire TV built-in.You'll also find the same prices on Best Buy.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Fire TV Stick for $30 (save $10)The Fire TV Stick isn't quite as good as Roku in our book, but it's better than Chromecast at the same price.If you're a fan of Alexa or deep into Amazon's ecosystem anyway and want to give one as a gift, this is a good deal.
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Kong offers a service that helps companies manage their application programming interfaces, or APIs, which are the snippets of code that are used to build apps.Kong's service can limit API requests, allow access to only specific developers, and monitor who's connecting with the APIs.Below is the pitch deck it used to secure the new funds.At the heart of most contemporary software development are application programming interfaces, or APIs, which are the bits of code that programmers use to build particular features into their apps or services.Its service acts as a kind of gatekeeper; it can restrict access to particular developers, limit the number of times particular APIs are accessed, and keep track of how often particular ones are being used.In recent years, there's been an explosion in APIs, "which creates the need for an API broker like Kong to exist," he said.
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Oppo has well and truly arrived in the UK, and we're pretty happy to have another brand making surprisingly inexpensive smartphones in the vein of Honor, Huawei, Xiaomi and co.The Chinese company's latest launch is the AX7, a £199 handset exclusive to Carphone Warehouse.It's only available in one colour, but rather than going for a dull black like a lot of brands, Oppo's chosen Glaze Blue, a gorgeous textured turquoise.We'd have preferred silver-toned accents to gold, but you can't win 'em all.The specs are pretty good considering the price: you get a 6.2-inch in-cell HD+ display with teardrop notch and Gorilla Glass, although it doesn't specify which version.The bezels are a little bigger than you get on the current flagships, but the screen-to-body ratio is 88.4 per cent, which is still good.
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Google usually has weeks or months to plan its Doodles, but sometimes scientific discoveries dictate a tighter schedule for the artists behind the familiar variations of Google's logo.As the scientific and tech communities marveled Wednesday at the first direct image of a black hole, Google jumped into action to mark the milestone.Reflecting the extraordinary gravitational pull of the black hole, Google's animated Doodle featured the black hole at the center of the Doodle, sucking the other letters into its abyss.The image of the black hole, which has been likened to an out-of-focus campfire, was revealed earlier Wednesday by scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration.Seeing the exact shape of a black hole for the first time is a big deal for science, possibly confirming or disproving the theory of gravitation proposed by Albert Einstein over a century ago that is fundamental to our understanding of the universe and the laws of physics that govern our daily lives.The power of such a discovery didn't escape the attention of Doodler artist Nate Swinehart, who drafted the concept for the Doodle in his car while driving to work Wednesday morning.
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They don't get why you cover your hair or why you don't eat during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.And they don't get how Muslim relationships work."We're the generation that was born with the rise of technology and social media," says Mariam Bahawdory, founder of Muslim dating app Eshq, which, similar to Bumble, allows women to make the first move."It's not like we can go to clubs or bars to meet people in our community, because there's a reputation to uphold and there's a stigma attached to going out and meeting people."As with all faiths, people follow more liberal or conservative rules around dating depending on how they interpret religious doctrines and what they choose to practice.Haroon Mokhtarzada, the CEO, says he was inspired to create the app after meeting several "well educated, highly eligible" Muslim women who struggled to find the right guy to marry.
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Exclusive King's College London has suffered an IT worry but this time not of its own making – yesterday it warned staff and students that some accounts have been "compromised" due to an apparent brute-force attack on password systems.The Register has been informed that the raid, which has been ongoing for several days, originates in China and is targeting accounts on the university's Microsoft Office 365-hosted systems.The attack comes just days after penetration testers from academic IT outfit JISC revealed that every single university they phished during a test exercise fell for the ruse.End users at KCL have noticed problems with accessing their university email account using certain clients as security was being beefed up, forcing administrators to issue a memo and explain what is happening.The KCL missive seen by The Register coyly admitted to the attack, informing some KCL account holders that their passwords had been reset by uni IT bods after the intrusion.Some of you may have recently experienced difficulties in accessing your email account or been notified by IT that your password has changed.
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Neo4j is supported by Google in the fight against Amazon and Microsoft.Now Malmöbolagets technology for graph databases available as a service via the sökjättens cloud platform.
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Leadfeeder, a Helsinki-based startup that helps B2B companies generate new leads from website analytics, has closed a €3.1 million in series A funding.Leading the round is Dutch growth capital firm Endeit Capital, with Finland’s Superhero Capital and Vendep Capital participating.The Finnish company says the new capital will be used to further develop its “AI-powered” lead automation tool, and to grow the Leadfeeder team with an eye on international expansion.I’m also told the Series A investment comes after a 12 month period that has seen the startup cross the €4M ARR mark and garner around 3,000 paying customers.“B2B companies try to generate sales leads through their website, but 98 percent of visitors never leave their contact information,” says Leadfeeder co-founder and CEO Pekka Koskinen, describing the problem the company has set out to solve.To remedy this, Leadfeeder uses Google Analytics data to reveal the names and behaviour of companies visiting a website.
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Ad-tech companies are moving into over-the-top advertising to chase money moving from TV to streaming TV.Ad-tech companies are clamoring for a piece of TV-sized ad budgets but face big challenges in shaking up a $70 billion industry.As consumers increasingly stream shows on connected TVs, ad-tech firms are racing to build out the technology stacks that enable advertising on OTT apps.Ad-tech companies and publishers want to shake up the hidebound way TV ads have been sold, but worry that as more ad dollars flow to OTT, digital's problems may follow.While ad executives spoke on stage about the promise of OTT, they also fretted that ad fraud, low-quality programming, and measurement challenges will hold back advertising from moving from TV to OTT and keep ad-tech firms from profiting.Read more: Ad-tech companies are moving full speed ahead to chase OTT ad dollars.
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Before meeting its end in a planet-circling dust storm, the Opportunity rover traversed nearly 30 miles over the perilous Martian surface.In some ways, we travelled along with Oppy thanks to the thousands of images it sent back to Earth.There weren’t microphones transmitting sounds the sounds of Opportunity or its partner, Spirit, but surely they must have kicked up a ruckus as their wheels ground over rocks and dry dust.Luckily for the curious among us, however, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US state of California has rover testbeds, including a large area designed to recreate Mars’ surface called the MarsYard.There, engineering models of rovers traverse the model terrain.Together with the science of sound, we can figure out what the rovers sounded like, both on Earth and on Mars.
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Microsoft today released the first Edge builds based on Google’s Chromium open source project, the same browser that Google’s Chrome is based on.Microsoft is even adopting the same naming scheme that Google uses for Chrome development: It is debuting Canary (preview builds that will be updated daily) and Developer builds (preview builds that will be updated weekly) today.We look at several sources, like user feedback, automated test results, performance metrics, and telemetry, to choose the right Canary build to promote to the Dev channel.In December, Microsoft embraced Chromium for Edge development on the desktop, announced it is decoupling Edge updates from Windows 10 updates, and said that Edge is coming to all supported versions of Windows and to macOS.Microsoft confirmed today that Beta builds are coming “in the future” and that support for 32-bit, other languages, and other operating systems “will also come over time.”Microsoft gave us access last week to an early build of Chromium Edge.
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the Production rate for Boeing's accident-prone aircraft model 737 Max 8 is pulled down by 20 per cent, announces flygtillverkarens ceo.An error in the aircraft's emergency system is confirmed to be the cause of two devastating rice markets in portugal over the past six months.From the middle of april will production be reduced by 20 per cent, which is equivalent to ten aircraft a month, says ceo Dennis Muilenberg in a press release.the News comes after countries around the world decided not to fly with the 737 Max 8 planes before the cause of the accidents identified and the errors corrected.the Decline in production will not mean dismissal of staff, according to Boeing.the Delivery of the Boeing 737 Max 8 was stopped after two fatal accidents with flygplansmodellen.
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Ambarella, a chip maker that specializes in computer vision, says its latest S6LM camera chip will improve the clarity of both professional and home security cameras.Night-vision images are often blurry and in black-and-white, while daytime images are often distorted because of shadows and bright sunlight.But the new chip improves both high-dynamic range (HDR, or both bright and shadowy lighting in the same image) and low-light processing, said Chris Day, vice president of marketing and business development at Ambarella, in an interview with VentureBeat.The company has samples of the S6LM camera SoC (system‐on‐chip) product for both professional and home security cameras.It’s going to raise the quality of those cameras.”The S6LM includes Ambarella’s latest high dynamic range (HDR) and low‐light processing technology, highly efficient 4K H.264 and H.265 encoding, multi‐streaming, on‐chip 360‐degree dewarping, cybersecurity features, and a quad‐core Arm central processing unit (CPU).
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A recent investigation by virtualization company Bromium has discovered that US-based web servers were being used by cybercriminals to host and distribute banking trojans, information stealers and ransomware.The firm analyzed its own threat data as well as public data between May 2018 and March 2019 to reveal that malicious threats were originating from web servers in Las Vegas, Nevada registered under the name PONYNET and hosted on BuyVM data centers.BuyVM is actually owned by FranTech solutions which is a hosting provider that has previously been found to have links to far-right websites.Bromium's team found at least ten types of malware that could be traced back to the servers including Dirdex, Gootkit, IcedID, Nymaim, Trickbot, Fareit, Neutrino, AZORult, Gandcrab and Hermes.Further investigation of the emails and infected documents used in the campaigns revealed that they all in English and targeted US companies.42 percent of the infected documents claimed to be job applications or resumes and an additional 21 percent posed as unpaid invoices.
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