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  • Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple

     Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual experience, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in London — just a stone’s throw from the Apple flagship store. Read More

  • Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

     Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet with Google, Facebook and Microsoft. This follows an agreement in May for G7 nations to take joint action on online extremism.  Read More

  • Onēva expands platform for child and elder care, housecleaning

     Trust is one of the most important aspects of selecting a caregiver and Onēva believes that it has a vetting process that’s better than the rest. The San Francisco-based booking platform for elder, child and special needs care, screens its applicants with fingerprinting technology and FBI background checks as well as reference checks and interviews. Onēva touts a 6 percent… Read More

  • Twitter replaces board member who left for Microsoft with ex-Google CFO

     Crossing the social media divides isn’t common in Silicon Valley, so it’s notable that Twitter and Microsoft have played a spot of musical chairs with their boards. Twitter board member Hugh Johnston — day job: Pepsi vice chairman and CFO — has left Twitter’s board to join Microsoft’s board as of today. Johnston’s replacement at the microblogging… Read More

  • Facebook is the latest tech giant to hunt for AI talent in Canada

     Facebook is turning its attention to Canada with a new AI research office in Montreal. Google and Microsoft already have outposts in the city and countless other tech companies, including Uber, have researchers based in Canada. McGill University’s Joelle Pineau will be leading Facebook’s AI efforts in Montreal. Pineau’s research focus tends to lean heavily on robotics and… Read More

  • Microsoft’s AI camera app Pix is now a business productivity tool

     Microsoft Pix, the iOS camera app that leverages A.I. to help you take better photos, is venturing beyond being a tool for consumers with an update that now sees it able to assist with photos of business documents, whiteboards, post-it notes, and business cards. According to Microsoft, the additional support focused on office productivity made sense because people were already doing a lot… Read More

  • Microsoft Azure gets a new VM family for bursty workloads

     Microsoft today announced the preview launch of a new family of virtual machines for its Azure cloud computing platform that’s specifically geared toward bursty workloads. Microsoft argues that these so-called B-series machines, which are currently the lowest-cost Azure machines with flexible CPU usage, should work well for workloads like web servers, small databases and dev/test… Read More

  • Microsoft Teams adds guest access and support for more developer tools

     Microsoft today announced that 125,000 organizations in 181 markets now use Teams, its Slack competitor for Office 365 subscribers. That’s up from the 30,000 organizations in 145 markets that had adopted the service by the end of January. In addition to this momentum update, the company also announced a number of feature updates to the service. Starting today, you can add anyone with… Read More

  • It’s time to build our own Equifax with blackjack and crypto

     The private data of 143 million Equifax “customers” is now available for download. Have no doubt: This means you will be hacked. This means your SIM card can be spoofed. This means someone will try to get into your email and online accounts. This means someone will try to open a credit card in your name. This crass, callow, and lazy treatment of our digital data cannot stand.… Read More

  • Facebook and Microsoft collaborate to simplify conversions from PyTorch to Caffe2

     Facebook and Microsoft announced ONNX, the Open Neural Network Exchange this morning in respective blog posts. The Exchange makes it easier for machine learning developers to convert models between PyTorch and Caffe2 to reduce the lag time between research and productization. Facebook has long maintained the distinction between its FAIR and AML machine learning groups. Facebook AI… Read More