Physics Explains Why Braves Fans Can’t Beat the Freeze

A spandex-clad superhero keeps beating Atlanta Braves fans…even when they have a huge head start.

Source: Wired Top Stories Physics Explains Why Braves Fans Can’t Beat the Freeze

Motorola Moto G6 and Moto E5: Price, Specs, Release Date

With the Moto G6 and E5, the king of budget phones has no plans to abdicate its throne in 2018.

Source: Wired Top Stories Motorola Moto G6 and Moto E5: Price, Specs, Release Date

Virtual Reality Takes a Political Turn in the Trump Era

From climate change to reforming white supremacists: At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, it’s about the medium and the message.

Source: Wired Top Stories Virtual Reality Takes a Political Turn in the Trump Era

Lansinoh Smartpump Review: A Solid Budget Breast Pump

This pump gives you more breast milk for your buck.

Source: Wired Top Stories Lansinoh Smartpump Review: A Solid Budget Breast Pump

Biotech Gets Some Silicon Valley Shine at Illumina’s New Campus

With tons of amenities, the DNA sequencing giant hopes to attract the Bay Area’s top life science talent.

Source: Wired Top Stories Biotech Gets Some Silicon Valley Shine at Illumina’s New Campus

Minds Is the Anti-Facebook That Pays You For Your Time

In the wake of privacy scandals, Facebook users are newly realizing their data makes the company rich. What if platforms paid them for their contributions?

Source: Wired Top Stories Minds Is the Anti-Facebook That Pays You For Your Time

The Clever Vine-Like Robot That Grows and Steers With Air

Vinebot is part of the first generation of advanced “soft robots,” which promise to go where no traditional robot can tread—literally.

Source: Wired Top Stories The Clever Vine-Like Robot That Grows and Steers With Air

Browser Standard WebAuthn Could Usher in a Password-Free Future

A new web browser standard may spell the end of passwords, but all the big websites will have to play along first.

Source: Wired Gear Browser Standard WebAuthn Could Usher in a Password-Free Future

How DNA Transfer Nearly Convicted an Innocent Man of Murder

We leave traces of our genetic material everywhere, even on things we’ve never touched. That got Lukis Anderson charged with a brutal crime he didn’t commit.

Source: Wired Top Stories How DNA Transfer Nearly Convicted an Innocent Man of Murder

Facebook moves to shrink its legal liabilities under GDPR

Facebook has another change in the works to respond to the European Union’s beefed up data protection framework — and this one looks intended to shrink its legal liabilities under GDPR, and at scale. Late yesterday Reuters reported on a change incoming to Facebook’s T&Cs that it said will be pushed out next month — meaning all non-EU international are switched from having their data processed by Facebook Ireland to Facebook USA. With this shift, Facebook will ensure that the privacy protections afforded by the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — which applies from May 25 — will not cover the ~1.5BN+ international Facebook users who aren’t EU citizens (but current have their data processed in the EU, by Facebook Ireland). The U.S. does not have a comparable data protection framework to GDPR. While the incoming EU framework substantially strengthens penalties for data protection violations, making the move a pretty logical one for Facebook’s lawyers thinking about how it can shrink its GDPR liabilities. Reuters says Facebook confirmed the change to it, though the company played down the significance — repeating its claim that it will be making the same privacy “controls and settings” available everywhere. (Though, as has been previously pointed out, this does not mean the same GDPR principles will be applied by Facebook everywhere.) At the time of writing Facebook had not responded to a request for comment on the change. Update: It’s now sent the following statement — attributed to deputy chief global privacy officer, Stephen Deadman: “The GDPR and EU consumer law set out specific rules for terms and data policies which we have incorporated for EU users.  We have been clear that we are offering everyone who uses Facebook the same privacy protections, controls and settings, no matter where they live. These updates do not change that.”  Critics have couched the T&Cs shift as regressive — arguing it’s a reduction in the level of privacy protection that would otherwise have applied for international users, thanks to GDPR. Although whether these EU privacy rights would really have been enforceable for non-Europeans is questionable. According to Reuters the T&Cs shift will affect more than 70 per cent of Facebook’s 2BN+ users. As of December, Facebook had 239M users in the US and Canada; 370M in Europe; and 1.52BN users elsewhere. It also reports that Microsoft -owned LinkedIn is one of several other multinational companies planning to make the same data processing shift for international…

Source: TechCrunch – Social Facebook moves to shrink its legal liabilities under GDPR

Amazon now has 100 million paid Prime subscribers, Jeff Bezos says

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the e-commerce giant has exceeded 100 million paid Prime subscribers and will continue to invest to meet “ever-rising” customer expectations. Bezos noted the milestone in his annual shareholder letter, published Wednesday. The letter is the founder’s opportunity to underline his long-term strategy for investors, seeking to bolster their confidence as he continues to plow Amazon’s money into expanding internationally, building a brick-and-mortar presence and introducing new products such as Echo speakers and the Alexa voice-activated digital assistant. Prime subscribers pay monthly or annual fees in exchange for quick delivery of online orders, music and video streaming and free online photo storage. The memberships encourage consumers to shop more with Amazon to get their money’s worth, similar to warehouse clubs like Costco. Amazon took its memberships a step further with additional digital perks, and sells add-ons including a more robust music catalog for an additional monthly fee. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Source: AdAge Digital Amazon now has 100 million paid Prime subscribers, Jeff Bezos says

Never say never: A Q&AA with Scooter Braun

Scooter Braun is best known as the manager of Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Psy and Ariana Grande, and founder of School Boy Records. But increasingly, the über-manager has been expanding his SB Projects entertainment and media company to include projects like the CBS procedural “Scorpion.” (Its 2011 Bieber documentary, “Never Say Never,” grossed $100 million worldwide.) Last month, Braun announced he has teamed with David Maisel, founding chairman of Marvel Studios, to form Mythos Studios. Together, the two aspire to make “hit comic-book movie franchises in live-action and animated formats.” We may be oversaturated with superhero movies these days, but if there’s one thing Braun’s career has suggested so far, it’s that it would be foolish to second-guess him. He sat down for a chat about how he got here. Our conversation has been edited. Your first sales job was brokering fake IDs at college. What did you learn from that? I was always kind of hustling. I had good ideas on how to market stuff. What I learned from party promotion was an even better lesson: In Atlanta [where Braun attended Emory University for two years before dropping out], I was in a cash business. Your word was your bond. If you broke your word, you had nothing to stand on. That taught me that if you made the wrong deal, you still had to stand by your word. Your reputation will set you up for your next six deals. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Source: AdAge Digital Never say never: A Q&AA with Scooter Braun

Drudge Report's ad broker discusses innovation — no, really! — and the brand-safety blues

Subscribe to us on iTunes, check us out on Spotify and hear us on Stitcher, Google Play and iHeartRadio too. This is our RSS feed. Tell a friend! Last October when Time magazine compiled its “most influential websites of all time,” it put the Drudge Report report squarely at No. 8. Eight! The conservative political news site hovers high in the top ten list of U.S. media publishers of the Marketers’ Intelligence Blog, too. And it’s true. Personally speaking, when an Ad Age story finds its way onto Matt Drudge’s bare-bones curated list of news links, the traffic spike is eye-popping. It’s drive-by traffic, sure, the quality of which is maybe questionable. It yields a few weird comments on our site. But the impact is undeniable: The badly designed Web 1.0 relic is a traffic monster, still. In 2018. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Source: AdAge Digital Drudge Report's ad broker discusses innovation — no, really! — and the brand-safety blues

Facebook has a new job posting calling for chip designers

Facebook has posted a job opening looking for an expert in ASIC and FPGA, two custom silicon designs that companies can gear toward specific use cases — particularly in machine learning and artificial intelligence. There’s been a lot of speculation in the valley as to what Facebook’s interpretation of custom silicon might be, especially as it looks to optimize its machine learning tools — something that CEO Mark Zuckerberg referred to as a potential solution for identifying misinformation on Facebook using AI. The whispers of Facebook’s customized hardware range depending on who you talk to, but generally center around operating on the massive graph Facebook possesses around personal data. Most in the industry speculate that it’s being optimized for Caffe2, an AI infrastructure deployed at Facebook, that would help it tackle those kinds of complex problems. FPGA is designed to be a more flexible and modular design, which is being championed by Intel as a way to offer the ability to adapt to a changing machine learning-driven landscape. The downside that’s commonly cited when referring to FPGA is that it is a niche piece of hardware that is complex to calibrate and modify, as well as expensive, making it less of a cover-all solution for machine learning projects. ASIC is similarly a customized piece of silicon that a company can gear toward something specific, like mining cryptocurrency. Facebook’s director of AI research tweeted about the job posting this morning, noting that he previously worked in chip design: Interested in designing ASIC & FPGA for AI?Design engineer positions are available at Facebook in Menlo Park. I used to be a chip designer many moons ago: my engineering diploma was in Electrical… https://t.co/D4l9kLpIlV — Yann LeCun (@ylecun) April 18, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js While the whispers grow louder and louder about Facebook’s potential hardware efforts, this does seem to serve as at least another partial data point that the company is looking to dive deep into custom hardware to deal with its AI problems. That would mostly exist on the server side, though Facebook is looking into other devices like a smart speaker. Given the immense amount of data Facebook has, it would make sense that the company would look into customized hardware rather than use off-the-shelf components like those from Nvidia. (The wildest rumor we’ve heard about Facebook’s approach is that it’s a diurnal system, flipping between machine training and inference depending on…

Source: TechCrunch – Social Facebook has a new job posting calling for chip designers

Why Can't We Fix Puerto Rico's Power Grid?

The only upside to Puerto Rico’s island-wide blackout is that engineers and aid groups could rethink it from the ground up. They may have to.

Source: Wired Top Stories Why Can't We Fix Puerto Rico's Power Grid?

Facebook moves to shrink its legal liabilities under GDPR

Facebook has another change in the works to respond to the European Union’s beefed up data protection framework — and this one looks intended to shrink its legal liabilities under GDPR, and at scale. Late yesterday Reuters reported on a change incoming to Facebook’s...

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Never say never: A Q&AA with Scooter Braun

Scooter Braun is best known as the manager of Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Psy and Ariana Grande, and founder of School Boy Records. But increasingly, the über-manager has been expanding his SB Projects entertainment and media company to include projects like the CBS...

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Facebook has a new job posting calling for chip designers

Facebook has posted a job opening looking for an expert in ASIC and FPGA, two custom silicon designs that companies can gear toward specific use cases — particularly in machine learning and artificial intelligence. There’s been a lot of speculation in the valley as to...

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Why Can't We Fix Puerto Rico's Power Grid?

The only upside to Puerto Rico's island-wide blackout is that engineers and aid groups could rethink it from the ground up. They may have to. Source: Wired Top Stories Why Can't We Fix Puerto Rico's Power...

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Data experts on Facebook’s GDPR changes: Expect lawsuits

Make no mistake: Fresh battle lines are being drawn in the clash between data-mining tech giants and Internet users over people’s right to control their personal information and protect their privacy. An update to European Union data protection rules next month —...

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Can data science save social media?

Bob Ackerman Jr. Contributor Robert Ackerman Jr. is the founder and a managing director of Allegis Capital, an early-stage cybersecurity venture firm, and a founder of DataTribe, a startup “studio” for fledgling cyber startups staffed by former government technology...

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Login With Facebook data hijacked by JavaScript trackers

Facebook confirms to TechCrunch that it’s investigating a security research report that shows Facebook user data can be grabbed by third-party JavaScript trackers embedded on websites using Login With Facebook. The exploit lets these trackers gather a user’s data...

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Search ads for 'GDPR' surge as strict new rules near

Companies offering help in meeting the European Union's onrushing General Data Protection Regulation are bidding up the price on search ads for its acronym, GDPR, ahead of its arrival May 25. GDPR requirements are complex, and each country is likely to have different...

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NBA video-game league to stream exclusively on Amazon's Twitch

The National Basketball Association's new professional video-game league has signed a multiyear broadcast contract with Twitch, the streaming service owned by Amazon. The NBA 2K League, a joint venture with Take-Two Interactive Software, will live-stream all its video...

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