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Facebook suspends Harvard prof’s analytics firm amid privacy worries

“We hope these improvements will ensure that Facebook remains a platform for a wide range of ideas.”” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Facebook has suspended Crimson Hexagon, a Boston firm that analyzes social media posts to identify trends for both corporations and political campaigns, while reviewing how its data might have been used by government clients. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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How BARBRI modernized their platform with cloud technology

“The organization carefully considered a number of cloud computing platforms, but with leadership and the recommendation of Kaplan, BARBRI trusted Azure as their new cloud partner” reports microsoft.com. First, BARBRI was challenged with moving all of their database management systems to Azure’s more flexible cloud platform.With a new system in place, BARBRI has begun to optimize its operations with Azure’s easy-to-navigate environment and customizable platform.BARBRI had built its tremendous success on its previous data infrastructure, so the decision to move to the cloud wasn’t made in haste. Source: microsoft.com Share This:

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WhatsApp Pay nationwide launch in limbo: Govt wants more details

“Demanding more details about its payment services (WhatsApp Pay), the government of India has put Whatsapp payment service nationwide launch on hold” writes Jitendra Has Spent for entrackr.com. With 230 million users, Whatsapp payment service will pose threat to its rivals such as Paytm, Google’s Tez and Truecaller.Meanwhile, the messaging platform was expected to expand the service nationwide last month.Earlier, its rival Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma had alleged that the messaging platform is a security risk to India. “Everyone should be allowed to play the field.Doctored images and fake…

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Amazon’s Matt Wood on the major takeaways from AWS Summit 2018

“Formula 1 chose AWS as their machine learning platform, Major League Baseball chose AWS as their machine learning platform, and the National Football League chose AWS as their machine learning platform” writes Kyle Wiggers for venturebeat.com. SageMaker, the Seattle company’s full-stack machine learning platform, got two major updates: SageMaker Streaming Algorithms and SageMaker Batch Transform.VentureBeat: Today, you announced SageMaker Streaming Algorithms, which allows AWS customers to train machine learning models more quickly.The good news is that with machine learning, you can identify, measure, and systematically reduce those inaccuracies.Matt Wood, general manager of artificial…

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BBVA Compass Adds Corporate Payment Fraud, Accounting Tools

“BBVA Compass noted that businesses have 34 hours to make a decision on those exceptions, which is longer than the typical industry average of two hours” reports pymnts.com. Business users can customize alert guidelines and access an online dashboard in the BBVA Compass net cash platform to gain an overview of exceptions identified and to take action on those exceptions. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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Investments, Blockchain Dominate Payments Infrastructure Headlines

“Blockchain: The New(ish) Kid On The Payments Infrastructure Block No discussion of payments infrastructure would be complete without discussion of blockchain, especially as a conduit of enterprise payments” reports pymnts.com. Veerathai Santiprabhob has stated that blockchain may be used to manage its own supply chain (vendor) payments relationships, along with document management activities.PPRO, for its part, stated that it will use the money to expand its payments platform, including the international presence of its alternative payments-acquiring operations. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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Santander Adopts nCino Platform For Faster SMB Lending

“Santander Bank is adopting nCino technology to accelerate its business lending operations, the FI announced on Wednesday (July 18)” reports pymnts.com. Last year, nCino announced updates to its banking operating system to accelerate small business lending functionality, including underwriting and eSignature capabilities.Additional features will be added onto the nCino platform for Santander customers as the year continues, the bank noted, beginning with online loan application and customer relationship features.In another statement, nCino CEO Pierre Naudé said that Santander’s adoption of the nCino platform represents the bank’s understanding of the importance of…

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Neufund partners with Malta Stock Exchange and Binance to create a decentralized global stock exchange

“The aim is to create a regulated and decentralized stock exchange for listing and trading tokenized securities alongside crypto assets” writes Stewart Rogers for venturebeat.com. Berlin-based Neufund has announced today that it is collaborating with MSX, the innovation vehicle of the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) and is also partnering with cryptocurrency exchange Binance.The Malta Stock Exchange has recently announced a dedicated platform and a startup accelerator that will focus on DLT and blockchain technology initiatives, with financial support from Binance.According to CapLinked, the market cap of equity tokens alone is projected…

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Amid the 20th anniversary of open source, Tim O’Reilly warns that platform companies built …

“In their early days, these platform companies understood the collaborative benefits of open-source technology” writes Tom Krazit for geekwire.com. Coming out of the first dot-com bust in the early 2000s, “we ended up with a generation of entrepreneurs who aspire to have giant platform monopolies,” O’Reilly said.Lao Tzu was a ancient Chinese philosopher who is considered the architect of Taoism, and O’Reilly quoted a translation of some of his famous words as a warning to those big platform companies (several of which are major sponsors of OSCON 2018). Source: geekwire.com Share…

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