One year as a Data Scientist at Stack Overflow — Variance Explained

It is widely believed that data scientists are people who are better at statistics than software engineers, and better at software engineering than statisticians. :) What is it like to be a data scientist? David...

Mark Zuckerberg has secured control of Facebook for years to come — Wired

Facebook shareholders have voted to approve a restructuring of the company’s stock offering, that makes sure founder CEO Mark Zuckerberg keeps his majority ownership, even if the company issues more stock. You...

How hired hackers got “complete control” of Palantir — BuzzFeed News

Cybersecurity firm Veris Group, brought in by Palantir to test the security of the company's information systems late last year, found gaping vulnerabilities. William Alden, of BuzzFeed News writes. Here is...

The fathers of the internet revolution urge today’s software engineers to reinvent the web...

“I’m frustrated on behalf of everybody using the Web at the moment,” says Tim Berners-Lee. The current web, as it is, has a lot of problems. The solution? Lets decentralize the web,...

Canada has been experimenting with a digital fiat currency called CAD-COIN — Forbes

The Bank of Canada, the Canadian Payments Association, and the Royal Bank of Canada are reportedly experimenting with a digital fiat currency called CAD-COIN. Laura Shin of Forbes writes. Here is the...

What happens when a 50-something journalist gets a week’s worth of news from Snapchat...

The founder of PolitiFact finds distracting soundtracks and stale headlines, but also a fair amount of lively and effective content. Bill Adair writes about his experience.

Solving paralysis using brain computer interfaces — Newsweek

Brain-computer interface technology (BCI) is a way to repair severe damage done to the mind-body bridge by injury or disease. The question is, can exoskeletons alone return full control of the body...

World’s first single-passenger drone to be tested in U.S. — International Business Times

EHang 184, the world’s first passenger drone, capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes, has been cleared for testing. International Business Times reports.

Ancient computer may have predicted eclipses and told fortunes — Wired

The Antikythera Mechanism, which dates to around 60 BC, was used to predict the colour of eclipses – information that could have suggested good or bad omens. Read Wired's coverage of...

NSA looking to exploit Internet of Things, including biomedical devices, official says — The...

Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA) says the agency is researching opportunities to collect foreign intelligence — including the possibility of exploiting internet-connected biomedical devices like pacemakers. A...

Singapore public servants’ computers to have no Internet access from May next year —...

All computers used officially by public servants in Singapore will be cut off from the Internet from May next year, in an unprecedented move to tighten security, reports The Straits Times. 

The evolution of cloud computing — Tech.pinions

The clouds, they are a changin'. Changes in server architecture and new chips will change the cloud ecospace. Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research writes.

Welcome to Larry Page’s secret flying-car factories — Bloomberg Businessweek

Google co-founder Larry Page is backing two companies working on flying cars; including one investment of $100 million. Read about it here.

Algorithm knows when corporate money is pushing memes online — New Scientist

Researchers are working on an algorithm that can detect whether an internet meme is trending on its own, or has the invisible hand of corporate money behind it. Read about it on...

How Intel makes a chip — Bloomberg Businessweek

How does Intel make its chips? The company says it makes its chips in rooms that are 1000x cleaner than hospital operating rooms. Here is a Bloomberg Businessweek report you may...