Partnership on AI adds new organizations to its network

The Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI) is strengthening its network of partners by welcoming new organizations to share their diverse, unique perspectives on AI. Earlier in the year, Partnership on AI brought in Apple and six nonprofit board members to serve on the board of directors. This week, the … continue reading

TypeScript 2.2 released, half the Internet uses HTTPS, and updates to the Google Play Developer Console—SD Times news digest: Feb. 23, 2017

Microsoft’s TypeScript team presented the latest release of TypeScript 2.2 this week, with new features and quick fixes to improve the TypeScript experience. With TypeScript 2.2 comes more improvements to the editor, including code actions, which can guide developers in fixing up errors. This includes adding missing imports, adding missing properties, and removing unused declarations. … continue reading

Net neutrality stands firm in the U.S.

Net neutrality won a major victory in the United States yesterday as the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in a 2-1 vote upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to categorize Internet access as a public utility. Kit Walsh, staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote a blog post explaining … continue reading

Tech companies worry FBI may get access to private data

The battle over how far governments can go to look at the private information of their citizens has started on a new front. The EFF, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and other civil society organizations, companies and trade associations have signed an open letter to the United States Senate opposing the expansion of the National Security Letter … continue reading

Amazon Alexa comes to Pebble Core, Y Combinator backs Women Who Code, and EFF opposes CFAA bill—SD Times news digest: June 3, 2016

Pebble has announced that Amazon Alexa is integrating with Pebble Core, which means Amazon’s voice services will go to a fully independent, 3G-connected wearable device for the first time. Pebble Core backers on Kickstarter will get to experience Alexa first on Pebble’s wearable device, which will start to ship in early 2017. “Experiencing Amazon Alexa … continue reading

EFF files lawsuit against DOJ, Intel to cut 11% of workforce, and Google.com might be dangerous—SD Times news digest: April 20, 2016

The Justice Department is seeing another lawsuit, this filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit to determine whether the government has used secret court orders to force technology companies to decrypt their customers’ private communications, according to an EFF announcement. The lawsuit against the DOJ states that it … continue reading

EFF hands out free certs for all

For years, securing your website meant paying a certificate authority for the privilege. But last summer, the Let’s Encrypt Project kicked off, led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It sought to provide a free source of SSL certificates, and as of yesterday, that goal has been met. In the time since Let’s Encrypt began its … continue reading

Google previews Android N, Let’s Encrypt gets a new name and home, and Docker Swarm outperforms Kubernetes—SD Times news digest: March 10, 2016

Google is giving developers an early look into its upcoming Android operating system: Android N. The company said it is giving developers the preview earlier than usual in order to give them more time to address feedback and make changes. “By releasing a ‘work in progress’ build earlier in development, we have more time to … continue reading

The EFF files amicus brief in favor of Apple

Multiple technology companies have been offering support to Apple during the FBI encrypted iPhone dispute, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is among the many organizations that disagree with the government’s request to break into an iPhone. Yesterday, the EFF filed an amicus brief in support of Apple’s fight against the court order. The brief is … continue reading

Google Code-in competition, Android OTA updates, and IBM Swift Sandbox—SD Times news digest: Dec. 8, 2015

Google wants students to go beyond an Hour of Code. The company has announced the Google Code-in competition, a seven-week competition where students work on real software projects and get help from mentors. Students can browse from hundreds of tasks from 14 open-source organizations ranging from healthcare, desktop and portable computing, to game development, and … continue reading

Google releases Cloud Vision API, EFF complains about Google tracking, patent shows Amazon has plans AR—SD Times news digest: Dec. 3, 2015

Developers can build applications that can see and understand what’s in images in Google Photos with the release of Cloud Vision API. It’s going to help all kinds of developers who make applications, according to Google’s blog. Using a REST API and advances in machine learning, Cloud Vision API can classify images, detect faces, and … continue reading

Cybersecurity bill brings backlash despite passing Senate

A controversial cybersecurity bill passed the U.S. Senate yesterday by a 74-21 vote, despite opposition from organizations and businesses that claimed the measure does not support the idea of a free and open Internet. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), if signed into law by President Barack Obama, would allow businesses and government agencies to … continue reading

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