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  What can we do about Facebook?

Around 4 years ago, we have posted an article Is Facebook becoming Tencent like? to analyze the strategy Facebook adopted to build its technology empire at that time. Today, we would continue this discussion since the story seems not end there. Facebook is still on the way of copying others. The latest victim being copied is Snapchat where lots of its new features have been copied by Instagram -- an app owned by Facebook. This has helped Instagram acquired lots of active users, especi...

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  Alibaba launches NASA program

On March 9, the China E-Commerce giant Alibaba held its first internal tech conference in its headquarter Hangzhou. During this conference, Jack Ma, Alibaba founder, announced a new program code named "NASA" which aims to build up technologies serving 2 billion people in next 20 years by forming independent and powerful R&D department. On March 13, Alibaba formerly announced this program to the public. The research area of this program would include machine learning, chi...

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  Australian software engineer got asked algorithm question when entering US

The whole world knows that security and background checks get tighten for people to enter US since Donald Trump took office. But have you ever heard about getting algorithm question asked during the immigration check interview while entering United States? Recently an Australian software engineer David Thornton had such an experience when he tried to enter US. (Image from kaytlentravels.wordpress.com) David is a software engineer from Sydney and he is a 24-year-old studied computer sci...

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  Former Microsoft Executive Vice President Qi Lu joins Baidu

Former Microsoft Executive Vice President Qi Lu joined Baidu(The largest search engine in China) on January 1, 2017. Qi will be group president and COO at Baidu. He will be in charge of Baidu's products, technology, sales and marketing and operations. And he will be the second most powerful person in Baidu just behind Robin Li, the founder and CEO of Baidu. At the same time, Robin Li will step away from daily operation of Baidu. In a statement, Robin Li said “Dr. Lu possesses a ...

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  Yahoo to change name to Altaba and becomes Alibaba's father

Yahoo, one of the most successful Internet giants in later 1990s, is now becoming a company living with selling assets(offices, domain names) and holding the stocks from Alibaba. Its core business which it was proud of has been sold to Verison with $4.8 billion as disclosed in some document submitted to SEC. Now it's starting the process of changing its name to Altaba. After the acquisition, the current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will resign from the board. But the company will still keep some val...

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  Singapore ISP SingTel experiences nation wide service down

On 3 Dec, 2016, many people from Singapore found that they were disconnected from the world the moment they waked up. Their Internet Service Provider(ISP) SingTel, the largest ISP in the country, experienced a nation wide service down incident. The incident started at 8:21 am according to SingTel and all Internet service subscribers across the country are affected. The incident lasted for over 15 hours(The time this post is being written) and there is still no timeline for when the service will ...

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  Linus Torvalds apologizes for Linux 4.8 kernel bug

On Oct 2, Linus Torvalds proudly announced the release of Linux 4.8. But just days after the release, a bug was found in the kernel and Linus came out and apologized for this bug. I'm really sorry I applied that last series from Andrew just before doing the 4.8 release, because they cause problems, and now it is in 4.8 (and that buggy crap is marked for stable too). In particular, I just got this kernel BUG at ./include/linux/swap.h:276 and the end result was a dea...

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  When a CA becomes untrustable

Information security has become a vital part of people's life, especially for those people who spend much time online. Tons of data are being transmitted over the internet every second. These data include user ids, passwords, credit card information etc and some of them are sensitive information which needs secure way to transmit. Hence different protocols have been developed including SSL/TLS to encrypt data transmitted over the internet. The core of these security protocols is the certifi...

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