It’s opening week in the major leagues, and that means it’s time to catch up on what’s been happening in baseball over this very odd offseason — and time to look forward to the season ahead. To do that, we’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model (publishing Wednesday), which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also gone through and highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) Play ball!
“It’s no good fighting an election campaign on the facts,” Cambridge Analytica’s managing director told an undercover reporter, “because actually it’s all about emotion.” To target U.S. voters and appeal to their hopes, neuroses, and fears, the political consulting firm needed to train its algorithm to predict and map personality traits. That required lots of personal data. So, to build these psychographic profiles, Cambridge Analytica enlisted a Cambridge University professor, whose app collected data on about 50 million Facebook users and their friends. Facebook, at that time, allowed app developers to collect this personal data. Facebook argued that Cambridge Analytica and the professor violated its data polices. But this was not the first time its policies were violated. Nor is it likely to be the last.
The United States Department of Justice has charged nine Iranian nationals for engaging in a massive phishing campaign on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The allegations include the theft of US$3.4 billion in research and intellectual property from 320 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as from 47 foreign and domestic companies, plus several federal agencies, state governments, and the United Nations.
The James Webb space telescope is certainly one of the most anticipated projects coming out of NASA, both because of its grand scale and its interminable gestation time. Well, the latter just got a little longer: The launch of the Webb, expected previously in mid-2019 (and before that in October 2018), has been delayed to at least May of 2020.
In the wake of the Facebook data scandal, many users are only now realizing just how insidious the social network’s data-collection techniques are. Facebook is collecting information on its users even when they’re not on the site itself, which is why Mozilla has introduced a new browser plugin for Firefox that blocks Facebook from doing just that.
Facebook is under fire in the UK and the US for its handling of user data, but other countries are taking notice as well, and Singapore’s Minister of Law Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam was not pleased when Simon Milner, Facebook’s Policy Director, tried to redirect questioning. His last line is a doozy.
Nvidia has taken the AutoSIM virtual environment for testing autonomous cars it originally showed off at CES, combined it with its Drive Pegasus AI in-car computer and created a virtual testing and validation loop that can handle billions of virtual driving miles in hyperrealistic environments, with the ability to model edge cases and recreate conditions that would be difficult to test exhaustively on real roads.
Have you ever noticed how often the phrase “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” has been muttered in the Star Wars universe? The running gag brings some continuity and a bit of humor and anticipation to the experience as you wait for the Easter egg/meme to pop up in each installment. My problem is, it doesn’t pop up much in everyday life.
Microsoft Office 365 prides itself on enabling dynamic, collaborative workplaces for its customers. Industry-leading security measures and attention to privacy, compliance, and accessibility support the robust functionality of the cloud productivity suite. Even so, research shows that data loss and protection are still major concerns for most businesses migrating to the cloud.
Is Mr. Zuckerberg going to Washington?
That’s the question facing 33-year old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who it appears is considering traveling to Capitol Hill to testify before Congress. A CNN report Tuesday, citing sources within the internet giant, said Zuckerberg had decided to attend at least one hearing. Meanwhile, a person familiar with the matter told CNET sister publication CBS News it’s “likely” he will testify, but timing and other details still need to be worked out.
Businesses have lost faith in the ability of traditional anti-virus products to detect and prevent ransomware. Fifty-three percent of U.S companies infected by ransomware in 2017 blamed legacy AV for failing to detect the ransomware. Ninety six percent of those are now confident that they can prevent future attacks, and 68% say this is because they have replaced legacy AV with next-gen endpoint protection.
Chris Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee turned whistleblower whose revelations about Facebook data being misused for political campaigning has wiped billions off the share price of the company in recent days and led to the FTC opening a fresh investigation, has suggested the scale of the data leak is substantially larger than has been reported so far.
temporarily suspending the testing of our self-driving cars on public roads
When it comes to augmented reality technologies, visuals always seems to be a pretty essential part of most people’s definitions, but one startup is offering an interesting take on audio-based AR that also calls on computer vision. Even without integrated displays, glasses are still an important part of the company’s products, which are designed with vision-impaired users in mind.
Composable infrastructure treats compute, storage, and network devices as pools of resources that can be provisioned as needed, depending on what different workloads require for optimum performance. It’s an emerging category of infrastructure that’s aimed at optimizing IT resources and improving business agility.
The UK’s data protection watchdog needs to hire more staff that “understand how databases work”, according to whistleblower Chris Wylie.
The United States National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into a fatal car crash involving a Tesla Model X car. On March 23, a Tesla car crashed into a freeway divider, killing the driver, causing a fire and shutting down two lanes of Highway 101 near Mountain View, Calif. It’s not clear if Tesla’s automated control system, Autopilot, was active at the time of the crash, the NTSB said in a tweet
Apple introduced a new way for teachers to hand out assignments and monitor student progress through an app called Schoolwork at its education event in Chicago on Tuesday.
Humans accounted for nearly 58% of website traffic in 2017 — the rest were bad and good bots.
Building a slide deck, pitch, or presentation? Here are the big takeaways: