Day: November 5, 2019

How Microsoft, Amazon, & Airbnb avoid product experimentation pitfalls (VB Live)

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Experimentation is an incredibly powerful technique — but there’s some common techniques developers make when they’re testing. Learn how to make the most of your A/B testing, choose the right metrics, avoid the biggest testing pitfalls and more when you join this VB Live event!

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Every year, Netflix runs hundreds of experiments; Excitable Airbnb runs over five hundred a month, and Jeff Bezos says that Amazon’s success comes from the number of tests his teams runs not just yearly or monthly, but daily. Having a culture of experimentation is a competitive differentiator.


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Facebook comparing Libra to the open internet rings hollow

“The question that has been motivating us is: Can we do for money what the internet has been doing for information?,” said Kevin Weil, co-creator of the Facebook-led digital currency Libra and VP of product for Facebook subsidiary Calibra. “The financial system feels a little bit similar to what the telco system did 25 to 30 years ago — it’s a relatively closed system, high barriers to entry, not a lot of competition, it’s tough to innovate, and it’s expensive for people.”

This has emerged as a core part of the prevailing Libra narrative, as Facebook looks to convince the

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Dazey LA Fashion Brand Colorful House Tour

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Name: Dani Nagel and Phillip Butler
Location: Beachwood Canyon—Hollywood, LA
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

Tucked in the narrow and winding streets of the Hollywood Hills is the historic Spanish style apartment Dani Nagel and her boyfriend Phillip Butler call home, or rather, call the Dazeywood Penthouse. Dazey LA (headquartered in their home) is the name of the clothing line pioneered by Dani, a playful brand with bold graphic tees on a mission to get people talking about

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How to do an L-sit exercise like a champ

Everyone likes a good challenge. That’s why we all love to hate exercises like burpees. You might not think of isometric exercises—that’s planks and wall sits—as on the same level as those high-energy HIIT exercises, but static holds mean business. And if you really want to take things up a notch on the burn scale, meet the L-sit exercise, a move that works your entire body without moving a muscle.

Now the L-sit isn’t exactly on the same level as the dragon flag… but it’s close. It involves holding your entire body weight in your hands as you lift yourself

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Class of 2020: How Malene Barnett Called Out The Design Industry—And Made It Listen


After a Whirlwind Move, a ‘Transitional Contemporary’ New Jersey Home Is Worth the Chaos

Name: Nicole, Jerome, Jaxon, and Jaden ReidLocation: Sicklerville, NJSize: 4,230 square feet Years lived in: 1The Reids had been living in Nashville for nine years when Nicole’s husband Jerome landed his dream job: head trainer with the Philadelphia Eagles. Suddenly, this family of four found itself in a whirlwind move north. The whole process was swift as an all-star running back.

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Uplandme introduces Monopoly-like game based on real-world property and blockchain

Uplandme has unveiled Upland, a digital property buying and trading game based on addresses that bridge the virtual and real world.

Uploand uses blockchain to verify true ownership of the game’s virtual properties, enabling a Monopoly-like game where players can buy and sell real-world properties in a virtual world. To further developer Upland, Uplandme recently closed $2 million in funding, which Finlab EOS VC Fund and several prominent angel investors led.

This game uses the EOS blockchain and non-fungible tokens to confirm whether a particular player owns a given property or not. And using the decentralized ledger technology, players can

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How ‘adversarial’ attacks reveal machine learning’s weakness


The use of computer vision technologies to boost machine learning continues to accelerate, driven by optimism that classifying huge volumes of images will unleash all sorts of new applications and forms of autonomy.

But there’s a darker side to this transformation: These learning systems remain remarkably easy to fool using so-called “adversarial attacks.” Even worse is that leading researchers acknowledge they don’t really have a solution for stopping mischief makers from wreaking havoc on these systems.

“Can we defend against these attacks?” said Nicolas Papernot, a research scientist at Google Brain, the company’s deep learning artificial intelligence research team.

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Ecobee rolls out Eco+, an AI engine in your thermostat

Smart home thermostat company Ecobee today rolled out Eco+, a free suite of machine learning features, to all its thermostats with voice control. The other 1.5 million users with an Ecobee3, Ecobee3 lite, and Ecobee4 will get Eco+ starting in January 2020. Eco+ uses machine learning to tailor temperature settings and cut costs. It also helps you further reduce energy consumption and move to clean energy.

In July 2018, Ecobee kicked off a pilot called Peak Relief that aims to save energy and money by automatically heating or cooling your home when electricity is less expensive. Ecobee then expanded on

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Everything you need to know about skin care and exercise

Skin care and exercise have a complicated relationship. For every dermatologist out there who will tell you that sweat is amazing for your skin, there’s another who will caution you about the impending pimple risk it poses. So the real answer to the question of whether that gym sesh will help or hurt your complexion is, well, both.

Sweat does a lot of different things for skin: some of it good, some of it bad, and (if my own sweaty post-gym selfies are to be believed), some of it downright ugly. For the full 411 on how skin care and

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