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Google Chrome to start blocking intrusive ads February 15

Image: iStock Google Chrome will begin blocking intrusive advertisements on desktop and mobile websites that don’t meet “Better Ads Standards” starting February 15, 2018, Google said on Tuesday. The blocker will even purge Google’s own ads in a new version of Chrome. see also How to use Google two-factor authentication If you use Google services, and you don’t want anyone… Read more →

UPS reserves largest order yet of Tesla’s all-electric Semi

Image: Tesla UPS said Tuesday it has pre-ordered 125 of Tesla’s upcoming all-electric Semi, to join its alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet. Past a reduced cost of ownership and eco promises, UPS believes Tesla’s Semi could reduce crashes thanks to its automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and other safety features. Announced in November, Tesla said its Semi will… Read more →

Twitter introduces enterprise API to help boost customer engagement

Twitter Twitter has released an enterprise version of its Account Activity API, that will enable developers to better build apps for companies to engage with customers through direct messages, chatbots, and other tools. Twitter said Tuesday its enterprise version of Account Activity API is now available and designed for those who need data for a large number of accounts, multiple… Read more →

DocuSign acquires machine learning startup Appuri

DocuSign, an e-signature and digital transaction management company, said it has acquired the technology and core team members from machine learning startup Appuri. Financial terms of the deal, which included license to Appuri’s source code, were not disclosed. on techrepublic Windows 10: Here are the big new features to look out for in 2018 Due to the public way in… Read more →

Facebook will find your untagged photos using facial recognition

(Image: Facebook) Facebook announced Tuesday new face recognition features to help users find photos they’re not tagged in and help them detect when others might be attempting to use their image as a profile picture, in another use of machine learning on the world’s most popular social network. No hype, just fact: Artificial intelligence in simple business terms AI has… Read more →

HERE Technologies launches asset tracking service

HERE Technologies is launching a cloud platform designed for real-time tracking of goods, devices and people as it aims to expand in the enterprise asset management market. The company’s HERE Tracking is designed to work indoors and outdoors and will integrate with enterprise resource planning systems, and other supply chain touch points. HERE Tracking is built on the company’s Open… Read more →

Microsoft to shut down its Connect beta testing site by year end

Microsoft is phasing out its long-running Connect beta testing site. Microsoft has been transitioning its product teams from Microsoft Connect to a new site, Microsoft Collaborate, over the past year. “We value customer and partner input and Connect has been one tool that has enabled this. We’ve been working to move these forums to newer modern tools like Microsoft Collaborate… Read more →

Machine learning and the spectre of the wrong solution

Photograph of a scale model of old Fort Pitt in the 1760s taken at the Fort Pitt Block House Museum in central Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Fulton Technically, it should have been a brilliant idea: building up a fortress by building down the earth around it. The British built Fort Pitt at the convergence of three great rivers — the Ohio,… Read more →

Link for Google Chrome is now available in the Microsoft Store

Many Windows users have been wondering if and when Google might make a version of its browser available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10. The answer is likely not any time soon (and possibly never). But that didn’t stop Google and Microsoft from adding a download link for Chrome to the Microsoft Store today, December 19. This isn’t the… Read more →

Softbank leads $120 million investment in AI-based insurance startup Lemonade

Japanese giant Softbank is leading a $120 million Series C funding round in Lemonade, an insurance startup with an AI-based platform powered by bots and machine learning. Founded in 2015, the New York-based startup claims to be “a purpose-built, technology-first, vertically-integrated and legacy-free insurance carrier” as well as the first peer-to-peer insurance company in the world. Lemonade offers property and… Read more →

​France tells WhatsApp to stop sending user data to Facebook

Video: Broaching the security and privacy implications of the data age France’s privacy watchdog CNIL has ordered WhatsApp to stop transferring data to its parent company Facebook within 30 days. CNIL says WhatsApp has violated France’s Data Protection Act by sharing user data with Facebook for business intelligence purposes, intended to help improve the messaging app by analysing user behaviour…. Read more →