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Do You Want The Government Buying Your Data From Corporations?

Bruce Schneier | The Atlantic | April 30, 2013

A new bill moving through Congress would give the authorities unprecedented access to citizens' information. Read More »

Docker And The Rise Of Open Source

Aaref Hilaly | LinkedIn | November 18, 2014

There’s never been a phenomenon like Docker. Eighteen months ago, the company took its core technology, which enables IT people to move software easily between different machines by enclosing it in “containers”, and made it open source...

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Doctors Promoting Treatments on Social Media Routinely Fail to Disclose Ties to Drug Makers

Sheila Kaplan | STAT | February 29, 2016

Physicians across the United States routinely offer medical advice on social media — but often fail to mention that they have accepted tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars from the companies that make the prescription drugs they tout. A STAT examination of hundreds of social media accounts shows that health care professionals virtually never note their conflicts of interest, some of them significant, when promoting drugs or medical devices on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The practice cuts across all specialties...

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Does Elon Musk And OpenAI Want To Democratise Or Sanitise Artificial Intelligence?

Theo Priestley | Forbes | December 13, 2015

As reported in Forbes yesterday, Elon Musk announced the OpenAI research initiative, with the explicit goal to "advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return." Details are sparse at this time given its recent inception, but Musk has a history of being outspoken about the dangers of artificial intelligence, calling it the biggest existential threat that humanity may face in years to come.

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Don’t Listen To Google And Facebook: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership Is Still Going Strong

Bruce Schneier | The Atlantic | March 25, 2014

If you’ve been reading the news recently, you might think that corporate America is doing its best to thwart NSA surveillance. Google just announced that it is encrypting Gmail when you access it from your computer or phone, and between data centers.

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DuckDuckGo Search Engine Gets Boost After PRISM Scandal

Cadie Thompson | CNBC | June 19, 2013

The 'anonymous' search engine DuckDuckGo is getting a boost off the PRISM scandal that is putting big tech companies like Google and Apple to shame. Read More »

EHRs Inflict Enormous Pain on Doctors. It’ll Take More Than Stopwatches to Learn Why

Jonathan Bush | STAT | September 6, 2016

Electronic health records slow doctors down and distract them from meaningful face time caring for patients. That is the sad but unsurprising finding of a time and motion study published in Tuesday’s Annals of Internal Medicine1. A team of researchers determined that physicians are spending almost half of their time in the office on electronic health records (EHRs) and desk work and just 27 percent on face time with patients — which is what the vast majority of doctors went into medicine to do. Once they get home, they average another one to two hours completing EHRs...

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Enterprise Adoption Of Open Source Is On The Rise

Alan Ho | ZDNet | November 18, 2014

Enterprises are moving into open source - and for good reason...Open source software, which uses an open development process, is proliferating across the globe given the advantages it offers over traditional forms of software. Open source solutions can be modified and adapted to fit the needs of various companies - something that's often not possible with proprietary software.

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Facebook Acquires ProtoGeo, Maker Of Activity Tracking App Moves

Aditi Pai | MobiHealthNews | April 24, 2014

Social networking giant Facebook has acquired Finland-based fitness app maker Protogeo for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post from ProtoGeo.  The company’s high-profile app, called Moves, passively tracks a user’s daily activity using the phone’s built-in accelerometer in order to provide all-day tracking without killing the phone’s battery.

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Facebook Adapts Open Compute For Colo Space

Rich Miller | Data Center Knowledge | October 25, 2012

We’ve been closely tracking the progress of the Open Compute Project, wondering if these uber-efficient open source hardware designs would ever be available at your local colocation center. Facebook has now shared details of its first use of Open Compute hardware in its third-party colo space. Read More »

Facebook And Conflict Data

Jonathon Morgan | Ushahidi | June 24, 2014

Facebook is quickly becoming the richest available source of real-time crisis reporting. Using CrisisNET we’ve been monitoring over 2,000 public Facebook pages focused on Middle East conflict since we launched the platform earlier this month. While data from these pages isn’t always perfect, it’s proven to be an invaluable resource for understanding conflict as it happens on the ground.

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Facebook Blows Up The Server Industry With New Open Source Hardware

Lucian Parfeni | Softpedia | January 17, 2013

It may seem a bit strange, but Facebook has some serious hardware chops these days. It started with the open hardware server designs, but this year the company is doing one better and unveiling a new standard server design that should allow for much more modular servers and racks. Read More »

Facebook Hands Motherboard Designs To Open Compute Project

James Dohnert | V3.co.uk | January 17, 2013

Facebook has agreed to add its designs for a new common slot architecture specification for datacentre motherboards into the Open Compute Platform (OCP) initiative. Read More »

Facebook Introduces ‘Hack,’ The Programming Language Of The Future

Cade Metz | Wired Enterprise | March 20, 2014

Facebook engineers Bryan O’Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other. Working alongside a handful of others inside the social networking giant, they fashioned a language that lets programmers build complex websites and other software at great speed while still ensuring that their software code is precisely organized and relatively free of flaws — a combination that few of today’s languages even approach.

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Facebook Is Expanding The Way It Tracks You And Your Data

Adrienne Lafrance | The Atlantic | June 12, 2014

The social giant is digging into information from your smartphone and tracking the other websites you visit.

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