For China’s Social Media Giants, It’s a Battle for the Ages

The fast-growing short video app TikTok regularly commands fearful headlines in the U.S., for everything from being fined by the FTC for illegally collecting personal data of American children, to the bipartisan concern it’s raising among U.S. senators who view the app as a “potential counterintelligence threat.”

Its speedy growth is also grabbing headlines in its native China, but for different reasons.

Owned by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., the world’s second-most valuable unicorn, TikTok is a spinoff of Douyin, a Chinese short video app with around half a billion monthly active users (MAUs). And just as TikTok has been framed … Read More

How to succeed with AI and machine learning at scale

Presented by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (BlueData)

You’ve heard all the great benefits that AI can provide for enterprises today. From detecting fraud to predicting machine failure to understanding customer behavior — AI has the potential to deliver game-changing business value in a variety of different areas.

You may have even dabbled with AI and machine learning (ML) models in a few pilot projects. But has your organization actually delivered on the promise of AI with tangible business benefits? If not, you aren’t alone; most of your peers are facing similar issues.

Gartner predicts that over the next year “80% of

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Taking a Stand: CEO Daily

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One of the most remarkable moments in the emergence of corporate social consciousness over the last few years was when Dick’s Sporting Goods made the surprise decision to stop selling assault-style rifles after the Parkland shootings. The backlash from NRA members was swift and severe. But Ed Stack, the CEO of Dick’s, was determined. In his new autobiography—It’s How We Play the Game: Build a Business. Take a Stand. Make a Difference—he says the tragic shootings made him realize that, as one of the four biggest U.S. sellers of firearms, his company was “part of the … Read More

Can This Taco Truck Roving the Slopes Help Stave Off Skiing’s Decline?

At Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado, hungry skiers and snowboarders can use an app to track down the “Taco Beast,” a roving food truck set atop a Snowcat. By the end of this ski season, they’ll be able to send taco and beer orders right from the chairlift.

Steamboat and its Taco Beast are part of a larger effort by parent company Alterra, which offers access to two dozen ski resorts through its Ikon pass, to bring tech to the slopes.

“You can use the app to map your day skiing, track total vertical feet, and see where your friends … Read More

China Slams Pence Human Rights Criticism, Saying U.S. Should Fix Its Own Inequality First

China fired back at Vice President Mike Pence’s criticism on human rights, calling his speech “lies” and chiding him for ignoring U.S. problems like racism and wealth disparity.

Pence on Thursday gave a long-anticipated speech in which he criticized China’s actions against protesters in Hong Kong while calling for greater engagement between the world’s two biggest economies. He said the U.S. stands with demonstrators in Hong Kong and accused Beijing of curtailing the rights and liberties of the city’s residents.

Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, blasted Pence’s “arrogance” and said no force would stop the country’s progress. … Read More

Facebook News launches for a subset of U.S. users

Facing accusations that it disseminated untruthful ads and allowed misleading news to slip through its filters, Facebook today recommitted to curation with a product — Facebook News — intended to spotlight top-quality daily news. The company describes News, which launches this morning for a subset of Facebook users (roughly 200,000) in the U.S., as a means of giving readers more control over the coverage they see and the freedom to explore a range of interests.

With a shortcut that appears in the toolbar at the bottom of Facebook’s mobile app, Facebook News highlights developing stories deemed relevant to the national

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Pixelbook Go review: Faltering on Google Assistant and apps

It’s kind of incredible that a Google-made laptop runs a hobbled version of Google Assistant. We’re referring to the Pixelbook Go, which begins shipping on November 15 as a sibling to the original Pixelbook. It’s a performant and sleek machine with an exceptional keyboard and all-day battery life, but there’s little to recommend it on the software side.

A fettered Assistant

When Google Assistant came to Chrome OS alongside the circa-2017 Pixelbook, the assumption was that it would match or best the robustness of Assistant on smartphones, smart displays, and speakers. Nips and tucks continue to arrive two years later,

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Amazon launches in-skill purchasing for Alexa kid skills

Back in June, Amazon previewed in-skill purchasing (ISP) — a feature that allows voice app developers to charge for digital content — for kid skill experiences in the U.S. Alexa Skills Store. Today, in-skill purchasing for kids skills launched in general availability alongside supporting APIs and parental purchase controls.

“Alexa developers have already created thousands of kid skills that provide fun and educational experiences for families, such as a skill that encourages kids to brush their teeth and one that teaches kids how to run their own lemonade stand business,” wrote Amazon developer BJ Haverkorn in a previous blog post.

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Dear Derm investigates: How to increase collagen production

Welcome to ‘Dear Derm,’ our new beauty series in which dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD shares serious skin-care realness. In each episode, she’ll answer your most burning beauty questions and give you all the tools you need to take your glow game to the next level. 

Collagen is a fibrous protein that basically holds our bodies together via our bones, connective tissues, and our skin—which is why zillions of products exist to boost it. But, even though it’s well studied, there are so many myths surrounding it.

This is why Mona Gohara, MD, board-certified dermatologist, is talking all about collagen

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VW Says It’s Committed to the Golf, Even While Rolling Out Serious In-House Competition

Two cars supported Volkswagen AG’s decades-long ascent to the top: The rotund Beetle, which laid the foundation for the company as a people carrier; and the Golf, a boxy hatchback that pulled VW from economic doom in the 1970s.

The Golf went on a record-breaking run of more than 35 million units sold to date. But in the 45 years since the first one rolled off the line, the ground has shifted under Volkswagen, particularly in recent times.

The diesel crisis that erupted four years ago cost the company $33 billion (30 billion euros) and counting. That forced VW into … Read More