Why Alexa Won’t Light Up During Amazon’s Super Bowl Ad

Bloomberg: Amazon.com is advertising its Alexa-powered speakers in the big game on Sunday. It’s an amusing 90 seconds that features celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, Rebel Wilson, Anthony Hopkins, Cardi B and the world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos himself. The word “Alexa” is uttered 10 times during the Super Bowl spot, but thankfully, the Amazon Echo in your living room isn’t going to perk up and try to respond. Bezos and…

February 2, 2018
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Lightelligence raises $10M seed round led by Baidu Ventures for its AI chip based on photonic circuits (Mike Wheatley/SiliconANGLE)

February 2, 2018

Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE: Lightelligence raises $10M seed round led by Baidu Ventures for its AI chip based on photonic circuits  —  Boston-based startup Lightelligence has just landed $10 million in seed funding as it bids to accelerate artificial intelligence workloads with a new technology based on light. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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East, west coast trans-Pac spot rates notch first, dual 2018 rise

Retailers continue to restock their inventories and order merchandise for the spring shopping season at a measured pace. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Spot rates on imports from Asia increased 3 percent to the East Coast and 6.5 percent to the West Coast this week, the first time this year that spot rates… Source: http://www.joc.com

February 2, 2018
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Third-party Security Questionnaires Are Security Theater

February 2, 2018

You’ll like the typography better at Third-party Security Questionnaires Are Security Theater. — by Rob Donnely If you’ve been in InfoSec for a while you probably have significant experience with third-party security questionnaires. They’re the new firewall, basically. Everyone is asking everyone else if they have one. I’ve been troubled for years by the whole charade, but I just put my finger on the reason. Third-party security questionnaires are the…

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YouTube Warns of ‘Consequences’ For Creators Who Misbehave

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has announced that creators whose actions impact negatively on its community will face “consequences.” From a report: Wojcicki said the video-sharing platform is developing new policies that “would lead to consequences” if a content creator “does something egregious” that reflects unfavorably on other YouTube creators. YouTube’s CEO made the comments in a blog post that detailed a list of the Google-owned firm’s priorities for creators in…

February 2, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Information governance in the federal government

Several years ago, I arranged for a representative from the New York State Archives to provide training in e-mail and document retention for one of my government clients. The trainer did a fantastic job and here are a couple of takeaways she provided: Never use your personal e-mail account for official business. Never use your government account for personal communications. Never, ever send official, intra or inter-agency business e-mail to…

February 2, 2018
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Working From Home: What if You Never Saw Your Colleagues in Person Again?

Bryan Lufkin, writing for BBC: Throughout my career I’ve worked with people that I’ve never met in person. In theory, I could spend an entire day without meeting another human face-to-face. But could this kind of self-imposed isolation become standard working practice in the future? Studies show that in the US, the number of telecommuters rose 115% between 2005 and 2017. And in early 2015, around 500,000 people used Slack,…

February 2, 2018
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Analysts expect US resin exports to ramp in 2018

Despite last year’s dip, US resin export growth is up ahead in 2018, sector analysts say. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Exports of synthetic resins from the US Gulf were expected to begin a years-long rise during 2017. Instead, US containerized resin exports were down 10.2 percent through November.  What happened? Was the… Source: http://www.joc.com

February 2, 2018
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