Google AI Researcher Says She Was Fired for Critical Views



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Google AI Researcher Says She Was Fired for Critical Views

A prominent Google artificial-intelligence researcher said she was fired over an email she authored expressing dismay with management and the way it handled a review of her research.

In a tweet, Timnit Gebru, 37, who is Black, claimed she was fired from Alphabet-owned Google for refusing to retract a research paper that said AI discriminates against darker-skinned people, and complained about the company in an email to colleagues.

She also criticized Google over its approach to hiring minorities and not doing enough to stamp out biases in AI systems. Gebru, a renowned scientist and one of the few Black women in the field of artificial intelligence, had been co-head of the team at Google examining the ethical ramifications of AI.

The email itself, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, began with “Hi friends,” and then proceeded

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Cloud-native benefits stifled by critical security and networking issues

While most organizations today are using cloud-native apps, Kubernetes and microservices, they struggle to secure and connect the complex environments resulting from them, a Volterra survey reveals.

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Respondents indicated that cloud-native apps and Kubernetes deployments are particularly difficult to secure and connect because of the growing number of APIs and microservices they incorporate, which make them more distributed and harder to protect.

“Cloud-native is no longer just a bold new idea for most organizations, it’s a reality. Enterprises have increasingly adopted cloud-native apps over the past couple years to achieve faster development cycles, greater scalability and less vendor lock-in. But their DevOps and NetOps teams are facing some serious security and networking hurdles they just didn’t anticipate,” said Mark Weiner, CMO, Volterra.

“Cloud-native apps rely heavily on a microservices architecture and use far more APIs than traditional monolithic apps, including deeply embedded and hidden APIs. This increase

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This critical software flaw is now being used to break into networks – so update fast

State-backed hackers and criminal gangs are now actively using a vulnerability in mobile device management (MDM) software to successfully gain access to networks across government, healthcare and other industries.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued an alert warning that a number of groups are currently using a vulnerability in MDM software from MobileIron.

MDM systems allow system administrators to manage an organisation’s mobile devices from a central server, making them a valuable target for criminals or spies to break into.

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In June 2020, MobileIron released security updates to address several vulnerabilities in its products. This included CVE-2020-15505, a remote code execution vulnerability. This critical-rated vulnerability affects MobileIron Core and Connector products, and could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a system.

The NCSC is aware that nation-state groups and cyber criminals “are now actively attempting to exploit this

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Percepto raises $45 million for robots that inspect critical infrastructure

Autonomous inspection solutions company Percepto today announced a $45 million round. The funds come as Percepto pivots from drone-based products to general robotics-driven inspections incorporating third-party platforms like Boston Dynamics’ Spot.

According to a report from Technavio, the inspection robot market has the potential to grow to $3.72 billion between 2020 and 2024, bolstered by industries spanning energy, oil and gas, and mining. Beyond their cost-effectiveness, robots have the ability to travel where humans can’t — either for safety or physical reasons. Machines like Spot can also be equipped with specialized hardware that delivers more detailed, consistent analytics and insights than an inspector could.

“The pandemic both highlighted and accelerated the need for many large industrial companies to consider remote autonomous data collection and autonomous analysis using our drones to mitigate some of the risk,” a Percepto spokesperson said in a statement. “[It also] highlighted the exposure of heavy industrial

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Millions Of Google Chrome Users Are Suddenly Making A Surprising Switch Because Of One Critical Feature

Google Chrome, reigning undisputed as the king of internet browsers for the last decade, has more-or-less cornered the market with billions of users around the world.

Chrome’s rivals, including Apple’s
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Edge, and Mozilla’s Firefox have so far failed to convince users to move away from Google but a growing desire for greater privacy has recently proven tempting for millions.

A new Chrome challenger—the cryptocurrency-powered, privacy-focused Brave— has said it’s attracted 20 million users away from the likes of Chrome, FireFox and Safari—with Brave users up 130% in just one year as people opt for its “privacy-by-default” model.

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High-speed broadband internet emerges as critical quality of life issue in Alabama

After wrestling with a public health emergency over the past months, Alabama consumers and businesses have learned that good, high quality and fast broadband internet is a necessity, not a luxury.



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Hu Meena is CEO of C Spire.

The need for a comprehensive statewide plan to provide high-speed, fiber-fed broadband internet connectivity to every Alabamian has never been more evident.

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As hundreds of thousands of the state’s schoolchildren and their parents grapple with adapting to online learning during the current COVID-19 pandemic, many struggle with limited choices or slow and non-existent service. Some rural Alabama school systems have even been forced to deploy school buses to provide mobile wi-fi hotspots for students.

Business owners and employees have encountered similar frustrations as they transition to remote work at home. Slow speeds or non-existent connectivity cause diminished productivity.

Alabama’s economic future depends on solving this digital divide

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How Social Media Is Critical To Succeeding In Real Estate In 2021

Industries that rely heavily on in-person, face-to-face contact have had to adapt quickly in order to stay relevant this year. 

One of those industries is real estate. Instead of hosting open houses and scheduling multiple showings in an afternoon, agents are now doing much more work behind the screen—whether that’s streaming video walk-throughs for multiple clients at a time or working with other videographers to develop 3D tours. 

While real estate already relied heavily on online platforms like Zillow and social media sites, the importance of these platforms has increased exponentially with everyone staying home. 

I recently spoke with one luxury agent, Philip Scheinfeld of New York’s Compass, about what he and his colleagues are seeing in terms of how social media is shaping the industry. Scheinfeld is one of the city’s most successful

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