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JavaScript for squares: The incredible rise of TypeScript

JavaScript may be the language of the web, as Jon Udell wrote back in 2015, but itrsquo;s a language that forces us to “battl[e] the language itselfrdquo; as we try to apply it to more complex problems.

As Tom Dale, a senior software engineer at LinkedIn and a JavaScript luminary, more colorfully described it to me, “JavaScript is like the hippie parents who let you have premarital sex and smoke weed.” That sounds great, he notes, even liberating, but “eventually you resent that you didnrsquo;t have any structure and now yoursquo;re 32 and living in their basement.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant

Microsoftrsquo;s Cortana voice-based personal assistant has always seemed a little out of place in the enterprise.
Itrsquo;s a useful tool for search, for reminders, and for letting you know when you need to leave to get to that meeting on time.

But compared to Amazon Alexarsquo;s growing list of skills, itrsquo;s lagging in the personal assistant race.Yes, it connects to Office 365 and LinkedIn to give you some insight into your work, but then again so does Alexa.

But if Microsoft delivers the Windows promises made last week at its Build 2017 developer conference, thatrsquo;s all going to change.[ Put itnbsp;all together: Microsoftrsquo;s plan to one-up Applersquo;s Handoff. • Inside the Microsoft Graph APIs. • How to build Microsoft bots. • Reinventingnbsp;Microsoft Teams with private bots. • How to use Azure Functions. • Just what is Project Rome? ]As part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellarsquo;s rearticulation of his original “mobile first, cloud firstrdquo; vision as one of “an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge,” Cortana is getting a promotion. More than a basic piece of personal assistant software, with the next release of Windows 10 it will be the face of the intelligent agents that will populate Microsoftrsquo;s new blurring of the cloud and PC worlds.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

UploadVR set up “kink room” at the office, says ex-employee in...

UploadVR says the allegations are "entirely without merit."

LinkedIn received 150 government data requests in second half of 2016

LinkedIn said it complied with roughly 73 percent of government requests.

LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled ‘Tinder for marketers’

Pop-up requested permission to share data with nearby devices even when app not in use LinkedIn irked privacy advocates by dropping a Bluetooth-enabled "Tinder for marketers" feature into its mobile app on Thursday.…

Why we need to encrypt everything

If you've been paying attention lately, you've likely noticed that more of your everyday websites are going HTTPS by default: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even your favorite search engine.This is a good development.

For years, critics have derid...

Extradition Hearing Expected Soon for Alleged LinkedIn, DropBox Hacker

Yevgeniy Nikulin is wanted in the US for breaches involving LinkedIn Corp, Dropbox, and Formspring.

Four years later, Xbox exec admits how Microsoft screwed up disc...

Compare and contrast with Mehdi's marketing push for the plan back in 2013.

6 soft skills employers should be looking for in tech talent

Forget experience and hard skills—tomorrow’s best talent will need soft skills, and it’s fact that sourcing and recruiting pros need to be prepared to address.”From our own LinkedIn research last May, we know that, of 291 hiring managers we surveyed, their employers struggle to find candidates with the right soft skills for 59 percent of their open jobs, and 58 percent said the lack of soft skills among candidates was ‘limiting their company’s productivity,’” says Jennifer Shappley, senior director of talent acquisition at LinkedIn at a presentation at SourceCon, held earlier this month in Anaheim, Calif.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Amnesty International uncovers phishing campaign against human rights activists

Attacker targeted groups in Qatar, Nepal using extensive fake social media profile.

Threat Hunting Becoming Top Of Mind Issue For SOCs

Nearly 80% of the respondents in a LinkedIn poll said that threat hunting already is, or should be a top-level initiative.

Leave Spicer alone! (Or, why DNS registration is horrible)

He registered domains years ago, leaving personal data exposed—like lots of people.