Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

I know what the tech companies are doing is legal, but it’s still very concerning to me. It seems like the model of Stanford and the early days of Silicon Valley companies is gone for good.

Facebook is opening new A.I. labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, after hiring three A.I. and robotics professors from the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University. The company hopes these seasoned researchers will help recruit and train other A.I. experts in the two cities, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, said in an interview.

As it builds these labs, Facebook is adding to pressure on universities and nonprofit A.I. research operations, which are already struggling to retain professors and other employees.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com.

So, I have everything set up and running with my WordPress blog and micro.blog. It’s working quite nicely. I’m curious, though, how people are treating micro.blog post versus other blog posts? I’m using an aside format for micro.blog which doesn’t have a title. They show up fine as do standard posts. However, it looks odd on WordPress. I’m wondering if I should have two separate blogs, but I really like having everything together.

Any suggestions?

Leveraging Snapshots on APFS Volumes

Here’s some cool geekiness (or is it geeky coolness?). Advanced features of APFS are starting to become practical.

What is a snapshot? Snapshots are a new feature of Apple’s APFS filesystem, and they’re available on macOS High Sierra and later.

Read the full article at bombich.com.

Suspicious event hijacks Amazon traffic for 2 hours, steals cryptocurrency

Yikes! This is a problem that could only get worse. I can’t see changes to BGP happening any time soon.

Amazon lost control of a small portion of its cloud services for two hours on Tuesday morning when hackers exploited a known Internet-protocol weakness that allowed them to redirect traffic to rogue destinations.

Read the full article at arstechnica.com.

Facebook To Offer Users Opt-Outs That Comply With New European Privacy Rules

It will be interesting to watch how Facebook’s compliance with GDPR works and if it passes muster with the EU. Significant violations could result in a fine as large as 4% of gross revenue. That’s going to hurt.

Facebook on Wednesday announced it is introducing “new privacy experiences” aimed at complying with European Union regulations that will give users worldwide a chance to opt out of some features that could expose their personal data.

Read the full article at www.npr.org.

You Are What You Post

Here’s a hint for anyone trying to sell web design services, themes, plugins, etc.

If you are in this business, it’s probably a good idea to have a decent web site. I don’t need to have a “chat with us” box pop up as soon as I come to the site, scrolling feedback icons everywhere, and lots of loud colors proclaiming your greatness. It’s not a good look. Buh-bye.

11 Tips for Working on the iPad

Federico does it again. This is a great article for iPad users.

In a recent episode of Connected, we rounded up some of our favorite “iOS little wonders” and Myke was surprised by one of my picks: the ability to launch individual notes on iOS through shared links.

Read the full article at www.macstories.net.