Shooting at YouTube in California wounds at least three, female suspect dead

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (Reuters) – A woman opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, sending employees scrambling into the street and at least three victims to local hospitals before taking her own life, police said.

Facebook deletes posts linked to Russian ‘troll factory’: CEO Zuckerberg

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook is expanding its response to people using the platform improperly and on Tuesday said it had deleted hundreds of Russian accounts and pages associated with a “troll factory” indicted by U.S. prosecutors for fake activist and political posts in the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

Spotify shares jump in record-setting direct listing

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of Spotify Technology SA ended up 12.9 percent on their first day of trade on the New York Stock Exchange, a smooth debut that could pave the way for other companies looking to go public without the aid of Wall Street underwriters.

U.S. top court suggests lower courts reconsider Tribune Co dispute

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday disclosed that it was unable to decide whether to take up a bid by creditors of Tribune Co to recover payments made to public shareholders in an $8 billion 2007 buyout of the former publishing company, apparently because some the justices may recuse themselves from the case.

In north Syria, British officials vow solidarity with Kurdish authorities

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) – British Labour officials visited the Kurdish-led authority in northern Syria on Tuesday, pledging to stand with it in the face of threats of attacks.

Apple Hires Google’s Chief of Search and Artificial Intelligence

Apple has snapped up John Giannandrea, who today stepped down from his position as the head of Google’s search and artificial intelligence unit, reports The New York Times.

According to Apple, Giannandrea will run Apple’s overall “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In an email sent out to employees and obtained by The New York Times, Cook had high praise for Giannandrea. “John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal,” he said. “Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear.”

Giannandrea’s hiring comes as Apple has recently faced criticism for Siri, the AI-based personal assistant built into products like Macs, iPhones, iPads, the Apple TV, and the HomePod. Many believe Siri has serious shortcomings in comparison to AI offerings from other companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google due to Apple’s heavy focus on privacy.

The Information, for example, recently shared an in-depth look at Siri and how it has become a “major problem” for the company due to rushed development and poor communication between teams.

At Google, Giannandrea, a senior vice president, was involved in the push to integrate artificial intelligence throughout Google products, including internet search, Gmail, and Google Assistant.

Prior to joining Apple, Giannandrea spent 10 years at Google, joining the company following Google’s acquisition of Metaweb, a startup where he worked as a chief technology officer.

In recent years, Apple has been bolstering its artificial intelligence team. In 2016, the company hired Carnegie Mellon researcher Russ Salakhutdinov to lead a team focused on artificial intelligence, and in October, Apple acqui-hired the team from Init.ai, a customer service startup focused on creating AI with natural language processing and machine learning to analyze chat-based conversations between humans.

There has also been an uptick in the number of positions Apple has recently offered on its job website that mention the term “Siri,” suggesting a ramp up in AI hires.

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Amazon finishes higher despite Trump’s new threat on shipping rates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s shares took another ride on the roller-coaster on Tuesday, falling as President Donald Trump repeated his unsubstantiated claim that deliveries for the world’s biggest online retailer cost the U.S. Postal Service money, then rising on a report that the White House is not considering any action against Amazon.

Panera accused security researcher of “scam” when he reported a major flaw

Eight months ago, Panera Bread was notified of a security flaw that was leaking customer information to anyone who knew where to look for it. But the company failed to fix the flaw until this week after the breach was made public in a report suggesting that it affected 37 million customer records.

Panera Bread said this week that the leak affected fewer than 10,000 consumers and that it has been fixed. But security reporter Brian Krebs and the security researcher who notified Panera of the breach last year disputed that. They say that millions of customer records were available online and that they remained available at publicly accessible URLs after Panera said the flaw was fixed. Those URLs appear to have finally been scrubbed of the customer information, as they now produce error messages instead of customer data.

The records “could be indexed and crawled by automated tools with very little effort,” Krebs wrote yesterday. Leaked data included Panera customers’ loyalty card numbers, “which could potentially be abused by scammers to spend prepaid accounts or to otherwise siphon value from Panera customer-loyalty accounts,” he wrote.

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