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DAILY VIDEO: The Equifax breach leads to CIO and CSO departures as the investigation continues; Oracle unveils a new SPARC chip in the wake of layoff reports; Microsoft tackles fake news with Bing's new Fact Check label; and there's more.
DAILY VIDEO: DHS bans federal agencies from using Kaspersky security products; Yelp says Google is still using its content in violation of an FTC agreement; Bing image search gets a machine learning boost; and there's more.
It turns out that "But nobody uses Bing!" isn't actually true.
Go, Googlersquo;s open source, concurrency-friendly programming language, has soared to new heights with developers, cracking the top 10 in the Tiobe index of language popularity for the first time.With an all-time high rating of 2.363 percent, Go ranks as the 10th most popular programming language in this monthrsquo;s index, ahead of languages such as Perl, Swift, Ruby, and Visual Basic.

The Tiobe Programming Community index assesses language popularity using a formula based on frequency of searches for the languages in popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Baidu, and Wikipedia.[ Also on InfoWorld: Tap the power of Google's Go language. | The best Go language IDEs and editors. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Tiobe called Gorsquo;s latest rise an important landmark and pondered what was next. “Is Go really able to join the big stars in the programming language world and leave languages such as JavaScript and Python behind? We will see.” The language was ranked in 55thnbsp;place in the index a year ago.

Gorsquo;s previous high score was a 2.325 percent rating in January, when it placed 13th.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Boosted by its ties to Android mobile application development, Kotlin is a rising star in the Tiobe language popularity index.The statically typed language developed by JetBrains initially for the Java Virtual Machine, reached the top 50 in the index this month for the first time, ranking 43rd, although it has a rating of just 0.346 percent.
Still, this places Kotlin ahead of other more-established languages such as Groovy and Erlang. Kotlin was ranked 80thnbsp;just last month.[ Download the InfoWorld quick guide: Learn to crunch big data with R. | Tap the power of Googlersquo;s Go language. | InfoWorld looks at 6 best JavaScript IDEs and 22 JavaScript frameworks ready for adoption. ]Software quality services vendornbsp;Tiobersquo;s index assesses language popularity based on a formula that examines searches in popular search engines such as Google, Wikipedia, Bing, and Yahoo, looking at the number of skilled engineers, courses, and third-party vendors related to a language.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Windows 10 S won't let you change default Web browser or search provider.
DAILY BRIEFING: CA's Veracode deal not a sign of DevOps consolidation, analyst argues; Microsoft Power BI template enables intelligent Bing news searches; Google announces new SAP partnership, expands cloud support options; and there's more.
Deal struck after lengthy spat between search engines and entertainment industry.
If you want your apps to understand what someone’s saying or know if your user-content rules are being broken, Microsoft has you covered.Microsoft is expanding its portfolio of Cognitive Services—in-the-cloud APIs that provide out-of-the-box versions of useful algorithms—to include two new services that go into general availability next month: the Content Moderator and Bing Speech APIs.[ Jump into Microsoft’s drag-and-drop machine learning studio: Get started with Azure Machine Learning. | The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. ]Talk to me, and I shall hear Bing Speech converts audio into text and vice versa.
It’s also able to apply contextual understanding to that speech or text.

The Speech API’s demo page lets you try a limited sample of both text-to-speech and speech-to-text for yourself.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Hospitals advised to use Bing instead Exclusive  Google is blocking access to the entire NHS network, mistaking the amount of traffic it is currently receiving as a cyber attack.…
Enlarge / A Hollerith machine used in the 1890 US Census. Hollerith's company later merged with three others to create the company that later became known as IBM, and similar machines were instrumental in organizing the Holocaust.Marcin Wichary reader comments 84 Share this story Since Donald Trump's election, many in the tech industry have been concerned about the way their skills—and the data collected by their employers—might be used. On a number of occasions, Trump has expressed the desire to perform mass deportations and end any and all Muslim immigration. He has also said that it would be "good management" to create a database of Muslims, and that there should be "a lot of systems" to track Muslims within the US. In the final days of his presidency, Barack Obama has scrapped the George W.

Bush-era regulations that created a registry of male Muslim foreigners entering the US—the registry itself was suspended in 2011—but given Trump's views, demands to create a domestic registry are still a possibility. As a result, some 2,600 tech workers (and counting) have pledged both not to participate in any such programs and to encourage their employers to minimize any sensitive data they collect.

The goal is to reduce the chance that such data might be used in harmful ways. The fear in the tech community is of being complicit in some great crime.

The neveragain.tech pledge reads, in part: We have educated ourselves on the history of threats like these, and on the roles that technology and technologists played in carrying them out. We see how IBM collaborated to digitize and streamline the Holocaust, contributing to the deaths of six million Jews and millions of others. We recall the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War. We recognize that mass deportations precipitated the very atrocity the word genocide was created to describe: the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey. We acknowledge that genocides are not merely a relic of the distant past—among others, Tutsi Rwandans and Bosnian Muslims have been victims in our lifetimes. Today we stand together to say: not on our watch, and never again. Their concerns are not unfounded.
IBM, in particular, has a dark history when it comes to assisting with genocides.

The company's punch card-based Hollerith machines were instrumental in enabling the Nazis to efficiently round up Jews, seize their assets, deport them to concentration camps, and then systematically slaughter them. After Trump's election, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote the president-elect to congratulate him on his victory and offer IBM's services in support of his agenda. Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz has joined Trump's transition team, rank and file workers have been outspoken in their unwillingness to cooperate with programs that don't, in their view, respect the Constitution or human rights or which have disturbing historical precedent. Rometty's letter has provoked a petition from current and former IBM staff; Catz's role has resulted in at least one resignation. One company, however, stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to collecting personal data: Facebook.

Facebook's business is data collection in order to sell more effectively targeted advertisements. While massive data collection is not new or unique to Facebook—search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing have the same feature—Facebook is unusual in that it actively strives to make that information personally identifiable.

Facebook accounts tend to use our legal names, and Facebook relationships tend to reflect our real-life associations, giving the company's data a depth and breadth that Google or Microsoft can only dream about. Among the pieces of personal information that the site asks users for is religion.

As with most pieces of information that Facebook requests, this is of course optional.

But it's an option that many people fill in to ensure that our profiles better reflect who we are. This data collection means that Facebook already represents, among other things, a de facto—if partialMuslim registry.

Facebook has the data already; the company can provide a list of self-attested Muslims in the US simply by writing a query or two.

That data could be similarly queried for anyone who isn't straight. As such, government coercion of Facebook—or even a hack of the company—represents a particular threat to civil liberties.

Accordingly, Facebook should take a simple and straightforward protective step: delete that information. Remove the field from our profiles, and discard the historic saved data. Deleting the information will not make Facebook safe.
It will still be a treasure trove of relationships and associations, and an intelligence agency could make all manner of inferences from the data contained within. (Religion, for instance, is likely to be discernible from the content of posts and from images of holidays and religious gatherings, but this would be more difficult to do in bulk—though we know similar inferences are already made about race.) But it would mean that Facebook is no longer so trivially searchable, and it would mean that it ceases to be such a clear database of religious affiliation. Making a change like this should be trivial for Facebook. No doubt it would marginally reduce the company's ability to tailor advertisements to individual users—but it would serve as a clear statement against the threat such a database poses.
Fiddle with a URL and you can pop up and tell users to do anything Technical support scammers have new bait with the discovery that Microsoft's Edge browser can be abused to display native and legitimate-looking warning messages. The flaws exist in Microsoft's Edge protocols ms-appx: and ms-appx-web: which the browser uses to present warning messages when phishing or malware delivery sites are located. When Edge detects suspected Malicious sites it colours them red with a feature called "SmartScreen." Buenos Aires security tester Manuel Caballero says scammers can create warnings that replace SmartScreen text and phone numbers indicating that a nominated site also displayed in the address bar is infected. "When we place a telephone-like number a link is automatically created so the user can call us with a single click - very convenient for these scammers," Caballero says. By altering URL characters and appending a hash and a URL of a legitimate-looking site, a technical support scam page can be forged that is much more convincing than the deluge of fake Android and blue screen of death pages common to torrent sites. window.open("ms-appx-web://microsoft.microsoftedge/assets/errorpages/BlockSite%2ehtm?"+ "BlockedDomain=facebook.com&Host=Technical Support Really Super Legit CALL NOW\:"+ "800-111-2222#http://www.facebook.com"); Caballero found some of the Edge assets could be loaded directly through the address bar, albeit with errors, such as ms-appx-web://microsoft.microsoftedge/assets/errorpages/PhishSiteEdge.htm, while others would fail and perform a Bing search on the URL instead. The Edge proof-of-concept. Those errors could be avoided by changing a single character in URL, and the displayed address changed to a legitimate site by appending a hash. ® Sponsored: Flash enters the mainstream.
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