Alex Hern

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    The two-pizza rule and the secret of Amazon’s success | Technology

    In the early days of Amazon, Jeff Bezos instituted a rule: every internal team should be small enough that it can be fed with two pizzas. The goal wasn’t to cut down on the catering bill. It was, like almost everything Amazon does, focused on two aims: efficiency and scalability. The former...

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    Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, MPs told | UK news

    Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser. Speaking to the Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, Kaiser said Cambridge Analytica had a suite of personality quizzes designed to extract personal data from the...

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    Facebook ad feature claims to predict user’s future behaviour | Technology

    Facebook has been criticised for hiding an advertising product that claims to be able to predict users’...

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    Cambridge Analytica scandal ‘highlights need for AI regulation’ | Technology

    Britain needs to lead the way on artificial intelligence regulation, in order to prevent companies such as Cambridge Analytica setting precedents for dangerous and unethical use of the technology, the head of the House of Lords select committee on AI has warned. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, Lord Clement-Jones said, reinforced the committee’s...

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    Facebook suspends Cubeyou over harvesting data claims | Technology

    Facebook has suspended a company from its site while it investigates claims it harvested user information under the guise of academic research, in a case with echoes of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Cubeyou, a New York-based data analytics firm that offers “fast, easy and accurate consumer insights” to customers, gathered some of...

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    Apple poaches Google’s AI chief in push to save Siri | Technology

    Apple has poached Google’s AI chief, John Giannandrea, to run its machine learning and AI operations, in...

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    Apple launches iOS 11.3 with raft of privacy features | Technology

    Apple is launching a major privacy push, with software updates across all its devices to introduce new data privacy information immediately, with an updated website offering new privacy management tools to follow in May. Thursday’s updates (macOS 10.13.4, iOS11.3 and tvOS 11.3) are prompted by the enormous new European data protection regulation...

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    Social networks may have to reveal how they target users with ads | Technology

    Facebook and Twitter may be forced to reveal detailed information about how and why users were targeted for political advertising, the information commissioner Elizabeth Denham has suggested. Speaking to the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) select committee, which is holding an inquiry into fake news, Denham said that transparency in political...

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    Growth of AI could expand security threats if no action taken, report warns | Technology

    Wanton proliferation of artificial intelligence technologies could enable new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and even physical attacks within five years, a group of 26 experts from around the world have warned. In a new report, the academic, industry and the charitable sector experts, describe AI as a “dual use technology” with...

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    Twitter and Pornhub ban ‘deepfake’ face-swap porn videos | Technology

    Artificial intelligence (AI) Films depicting celebrities’ faces superimposed on to adult film actors using AI also banned from Gfycat, but not Reddit ‘We do not tolerate any nonconsensual content on the site and we remove all said content as soon as we are made aware of it,’ said Pornhub. Photograph: Alamy Twitter...