from Pradodesign Waymo clarifies it actually wants $1.8 billion from Uber Last week Uber’s legal team told Judge William Alsup that Waymo was seeking $2.6 billion for an allegedly stolen trade secret related to the company’s autonomous vehicle efforts. Over the weekend, Waymo filed a document with the court noting that the correct figure was actually $1.859 billion. It’s not clear why this seemingly important detail was left uncorrected for nearly… Read More
from Pradodesign Target is adding Pinterest’s visual search tool to its app and website Pinterest today announced a partnership with Target to integrate its visual search technology known as Lens into Target’s apps, and later its desktop website. The deal, which represents the first time the company has integrated Lens into a retailer’s app, will allow Target shoppers to snap a photo of any product, and then find similar items available for sale at Target. The… Read More
from Pradodesign Traveler who refused to give device passwords to police found guilty of obstruction in UK court A UK court has reaffirmed the power for state agents to use sweeping counterterrorism legislation to require travelers hand over the passwords for their digital devices for their contents to be searched at borders. Read More
from Pradodesign Apple starts collecting browsing data in Safari using its differential privacy tech Today’s public release of macOS High Sierra brings with it some key updates to Safari — including the ability to disable cross-site cookie tracking and turn off autoplaying ads. Arriving alongside those features is a less publicized new addition to Apple’s proprietary browser: data collection. The company is using its newly implemented differential privacy technology to… Read More
from Pradodesign Researchers find that Twitter bots can be used for good According to Emilio Ferrara, a USC Information Sciences Institute researcher, not all Twitter bots are born bad. He should know. Ferrara created a “large-scale experiment designed to analyze the spread of information on social networks” and found that “good” Tweets spread just as quickly as bad Tweets. Further, they confirmed something the we already know: that… Read More
from Pradodesign Cloudflare’s Unlimited DDoS Protection Won’t Kill Off Botnets For Good Cloudflare’s unlimited DDoS protection should help the internet, but its broader ambitions of killing off DDoS for good remain out of reach. http://ift.tt/2wORoFC http://ift.tt/1P9I4xH
from Pradodesign Digitally Explore a Thousand-Year-Old Illustrated Guide to Plants and Their Medical Uses
Cotton MS Vitellius C III is the only surviving Old English illustrated book describing plants and their uses. Recently the British Library, along with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, digitized the 1,000-year-old illuminated manuscript. The ancient book features illustrations of plants and animals alongside various bodily issues that can be treated by their use or consumption. For example, a snake is illustrated by the passage on sweet basil, an herb that has been known to help fight poisonous bites.
Despite the manuscript being an extensive guide, there have been questions posed by several scholars regarding the piece’s exact use.
“Although it might seem like a practical guide to finding plants and preparing remedies, this manuscript’s uses are debated,” explains the the British Library’s Alison Hudson. “First, the illustrations are not always very useful for identifying plants and animals in the wild: take, for example, these depictions of strawberries and elephants [seen below].”
You can flip through the entirety of the guide’s illustrations on The British Library’s website. (via Open Culture and Hyperallergic)
from Pradodesign Uber rolls Driver Destinations back from six to two daily in four major cities Uber has been steadily releasing a series of updates to its driver-side product as part of its ‘180 Days of Change’ campaign, which kicked off with the introduction of in-app tipping. One of those changes, introduced in late August, allowed drivers to set up to six ‘Driver Destinations‘ per day, up from just two previously. Now, it’s reverting that change in four… Read More
from Pradodesign YouTube’s new ad tech automatically personalizes ads, can now target using Google Maps, app install data YouTube today introduced a series of new tools for marketers, one of the more notable being “Director Mix,” a technology that allows a company to create thousands of video ads tailored for different audiences all using a single creative asset. That is, the advertiser could upload a number of different voiceovers, backgrounds, and copy, and the system will then automatically… Read More
from Pradodesign macOS High Sierra is available now as a free download The latest version of of macOS just went live on the Mac App Store as a free download. Apple’s other operating system has taken a bit of a backseat to its mobile counterpart in recent years, and High Sierra’s no exception. That’s due in part to the bonanza features in iOS 11 and the fact that macOS 10.13 is a pretty unsexy update, mostly focused on infrastructural… Read More