Month: January 2019

VC funding of cybersecurity companies hits record $5.3B in 2018

2018 wasn’t all bad. It turned out to be a record year for venture capital firms investing in cybersecurity companies. According to new data out by Strategic Cyber Ventures, a cybersecurity-focused investment firm with a portfolio of four cybersecurity companies, more than $5.3 billion was funneled into companies focused on protecting networks, systems and data across […]

Identifying artificial intelligence “blind spots”

A novel model developed by MIT and Microsoft researchers identifies instances in which autonomous systems have “learned” from training examples that don’t match what’s actually happening in the real world. Engineers could use this model to improve the safety of artificial intelligence systems, such as driverless vehicles and autonomous robots. The AI systems powering driverless […]

Pentagon stands by finding of no conflict of interest in JEDI RFP process

A line in a new court filing by the Department of Defense suggests that it might reopen the investigation into a possible conflict of interest in the JEDI contract RFP process involving a former AWS employee. The story has attracted a great deal of attention in major news publications, including The Washington Post and The Wall […]

Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law

The federal government produces one hell of a lot of data, but despite desultory lurches towards usability there’s little guarantee that it’s available in a way that makes it useful to anyone. That may change for the better with the OPEN Government Data Act, which the President signed into law last night. The Act essentially […]

Will Crushing a Lithium Battery Start a Fire? | MythBusters Jr.

Rachel and Jess crush a lithium polymer battery to see if it will catch fire. Stream Full Episodes of MythBusters Jr.: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/mythbusters-jr/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/ Read more: youtube.com

A faster, more efficient cryptocurrency

MIT researchers have developed a new cryptocurrency that drastically reduces the data users need to join the network and verify transactions — by up to 99 percent compared to today’s popular cryptocurrencies. This means a much more scalable network. Cryptocurrencies, such as the popular Bitcoin, are networks built on the blockchain, a financial ledger formatted in […]

Traffic & Conversion Summit Has Been Acquired

It’s official, Traffic & Conversion Summit has been acquired by Clarion Events. That’s right, T&C, the largest digital marketing event in North America, is officially under new ownership. In late August 2018, DigitalMarketer finalized a purchase and partnership agreement with Clarion Events, a UK-based company that has been launching and growing exhibitions since 1947. Thanks […]

Netflix faces $25 million lawsuit over ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

If you watched Netflix’s latest ‘Black Mirror’ production, there’s no doubt it reminded you of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. Now, the publisher that owns the trademark to “Choose Your Own Adventure,” Chooseco, LLC, is suing Netflix. The publisher is alleging trademark infringement, The Hollywood Reporter first reported. In the complaint, Chooseco says Netflix […]

Study shows how specific gene variants may raise bipolar disorder risk

A new study by researchers at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT finds that the protein CPG2 is significantly less abundant in the brains of people with bipolar disorder (BD) and shows how specific mutations in the SYNE1 gene that encodes the protein undermine its expression and its function in neurons. Led […]