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The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media

  • One way of framing the problem would be to say that he thinks like an engineer, in that his argument is an explanation of how a particular system, social media, operates, and how it might be improved by tinkering with certain aspects of it.
  • Bridle doesn’t want to convince you to delete your social-media accounts, although you might be more likely to do so as a result of having read his book than Lanier’s.
  • (The silver lining to this toxic cloud is that pretty soon we’ll be able to blame all our idiocies on climate change.) Bridle’s apocalyptic vision can itself be mind-numbing, in its way: it is a relentlessly gloomy book, and to read it is to risk suffocating any remaining hope you might have for the future, any sense that catastrophe might yet be averted or mitigated.

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Newly developed physics AI could lead to a quantum computing revolution

  • Currently IBM, Google, Microsoft, Rigetti, and a handful of other companies have quantum computing systems that are very much like the old room-sized supercomputers of last century.
  • But, just like the invention of the microprocessor, scientists in the quantum computing field may have found their eureka moment in recently published physics research conducted by an international team of scientists.
  • In a paper titled “Using Machine Learning for Scientific Discovery in Electronic Quantum Matter Visualization Experiments” the team explores a 20 year-old hypothesis that could lead to the creation of a room-temperature superconductor.
  • But, a deeper understanding of how superconductivity works could lead to the development of a “microprocessor” for quantum computers.
  • Wrangling qubits isn’t quite the same thing as ordering logic gates, but this research goes a long way towards clearing the fog-of-war that obstructs further development of quantum computers.

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Mark Zuckerberg's money manager invested $100 million in a hot startup — and it shows how Microsoft's $7.5 billion GitHub acquisition is sending shockwaves through Silicon Valley

  • When Microsoft announced its intention to buy GitHub for $7.5 billion earlier this year, it started something of a gold rush in Silicon Valley, as investors looked to get in on the booming market for software developer-focused startups.
  • The latest evidence: GitLab, one of GitHub's chief competitors and a hot startup in its own right, announced on Wednesday a mega-round of funding to the tune of $100 million, giving it a valuation of $1.1 billion.
  • GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij recently told Business Insider that over 100,000 code repositories were moved to his platform from GitHub following the news of the Microsoft acquisition.
  • With the GitHub acquisition, Microsoft attracted a lot of attention to the space, with companies like PagerDuty, Puppet Labs, CloudBees, and now GitLab taking in sizable rounds of funding in the aftermath.

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A Google programmer just published a book of hilarious cartoons that shows what it's really like to work at the search giant

  • Earlier this year, thousands of Google employees protested the company's work with the military and later the possibility that managers may launch a censored search engine in China.
  • The drawing appeared in The New York Times and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cited it on the first page of his book "Hit Refresh," writing that this was what convinced him to change Microsoft's culture.
  • That Google allowed Cornet to release the book could be a sign that regardless of the many changes at the company, managers and workers can still laugh at themselves.
  • In the above photo, Cornet suggests that not all Google employees are working during the commuter — or for that matter, supporting Google+, the company's less-than-ubiquitous social network.
  • It's best for Nooglers not to let on when they don't understand terms like "dog fooding," which refers to when Google's own employees test one of the company's products, wrote Cornet.

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Amazon Is Now the 3rd Largest Digital Ad Platform in the U.S.

  • Amazon is now the third-largest online advertisement platform, behind Facebook and Google.
  • The research firm said that while some of Amazon’s ad growth is due to an accounting change, the primary takeaway is that companies are increasingly buying ads on Amazon.
  • Because of its growth, Amazon has surpassed both Microsoft and Verizon’s Oath conglomerate as the third-biggest digital advertising firm in the U.S. One of the drivers for Amazon’s growth, eMarketer said, is that advertisers know that people who visit the online retailer do so to shop; they aren’t merely browsing the web or reading posts from families.
  • Still, Amazon’s online ad business is still a baby compared to Facebook and Google, which together account for 58% of the overall U.S. online advertising market.
  • The research firm previously said that Facebook’s U.S. online ad business would make $21 billion in 2018, while Google would make $39.92 billion.

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GitLab raises $100M from Iconiq, GV, and Khosla, at $1.1B valuation

  • Code collaboration and DevOps platform GitLab has raised $100 million in a series D round of funding led by Iconiq Capital, with participation from existing investors GV and Khosla Ventures.
  • The latest round of funding comes nearly a year after GitLab announced its $20 million series C round, at which point the San Francisco-based company revealed its valuation had more than doubled since its series B round a year earlier — but it didn’t give a precise dollar valuation at the time.
  • The company said that it plans to use its fresh cash injection to “become best-in-class in every DevOps software category,” according to a statement issued by the company.
  • This latest raise comes just a few months after Microsoft revealed plans to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion, coincidentally shortly after GitLab revealed it was ditching Microsoft Azure for Google Cloud.

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GitLab raises $100 million from Iconiq, GV, and Khosla, at $1.1 billion valuation

  • Code collaboration and DevOps platform GitLab has raised $100 million in a series D round of funding led by Iconiq Capital, with participation from existing investors GV and Khosla Ventures.
  • The latest round of funding comes nearly a year after GitLab announced its $20 million series C round, at which point the San Francisco-based company revealed its valuation had more than doubled since its series B round a year earlier — but it didn’t give a precise dollar valuation at the time.
  • The company said that it plans to use its fresh cash injection to “become best-in-class” in every DevOps software category.
  • This latest raise comes just a few months after Microsoft revealed plans to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion, coincidentally shortly after GitLab revealed it was ditching Microsoft Azure for Google Cloud.

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Alibaba's Jack Ma Says U.S.-China Trade War Could Last 20 Years. Here's Why America's Tech Industry Should Worry.

  • It’s hard to dispute Ma’s assessment given the tit-for-tat trade moves in Washington and Beijing this week.
  • On Monday, Trump announced new trade duties of 10% on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, effective September 24, and vowed to hike the rate to 25% next year if the U.S. and China can’t close a trade deal.
  • China retaliated immediately by slapping new duties on $60 billion of American goods.
  • On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that further action by China would provoke “great and fast economic retaliation” from the U.S., and later repeated his threat to impose 25% tariffs on all Chinese imports.
  • Amazon has only sliver of China’s e-commerce market, and Netflix has largely given up on China.
  • And as China runs out of U.S. imports on which to slap retaliatory tariffs, how long before Beijing takes a bite out of Apple?

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Sapho announces AI tools that suface ’prejudicial decision-making’

  • Its on-premises platform — the eponymous Sapho Employee Experience Portal — unifies disparate new and legacy software packages (without APIs, even) in a single, easy-to-use dashboard with machine intelligence.
  • The startup today announced a technical preview of three new tools coming to its experience portal: Sapho assistant, recommended cards, and unconscious bias detection.
  • (For example: “What is the status of the ACME deal?”) Cards monitor how groups of employees interact with Sapho’s feed and, leveraging that behavioral data, surface insights.
  • And unconscious bias detection monitors decisions made through services connected to Sapho (such as paid time off requests) and informs managers if there might be a pattern of prejudicial decision-making.
  • Sapo’s portal taps AI to sift through data from business applications and services including Concur, Workday, IBM Domino, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle’s EBS, Salesforce, SAP ERP, and Microsoft BI, and to notify workers with relevant info proactively.

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Microsoft releases two new Windows 10 previews ahead of October 2018 Update

  • Microsoft today released two new Windows 10 previews for PCs. The first build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release next month, and the second is from the 19H1 branch, which, as its name indicates, will arrive in the first half of next year.
  • This year, Microsoft has released two new builds on the same day more frequently than ever before (the last time was in July).
  • This build is for Windows Insiders who have chosen the Skip Ahead option, meaning they continue to receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.
  • In the 19H1 branch, this update bumps the Windows 10 build number for PCs from 18237 (made available to testers on September 12) to build 18242.

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