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Today we start with a surprise announcement that Parse is shutting down at the end of this year. This sounds fairly odd given the popularity of the product and the potential increase in developer attention that Facebook gets. I am sure many developers are hoping that the product is just being integrated into some Facebook offering. On Conversation Agent, Valeria Maltoni talks about how good ideas are born and get done. Generally it is an interesting read, but my focus was drawn to the concept of “an idea is a network”. That could help people think about things in a different manner. On Martin Fowler’s blog, we get an introduction to the basics of web application security. There is nothing really new here, but it is a solid article that is very approachable.

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Leading the day is another story related to artificial intelligence. Google talks about AlphaGo, their new machine learning engine that can beat professional players in the game Go. This is a very interesting development given that Go was seen as an intractable problem for many years. Can skynet be far behind? On the Java product management blog, they announce the deprecation of the applet and Java browser plugin in version 9. This is not a huge announcement, but it is a good line in the sand for many companies still trying to use it. Datacritic MLDB shows us that sometimes the best machine learning model is not the best model in their post about machine learning meeting economics.

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Today’s top story is a sad one. Marvin Minsky, one of the fathers and innovators of AI, has passed away. The post by Philip Greenspun is one of the best that I could find. Given that it is yet another day, we have yet another security issue. The Next Web reports on another Uber issue where drivers’ social security and tax information was exposed. While Uber is a great service, their data practices definitely need some improvement. Microsoft Azure announced the first technical preview of the Microsoft Azure Stack. It will be interesting to see how this competes with all of the other offerings.

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Leading the day is yet another security issue, this one reported on Bits Please. They describe an Android privilege escalation to mediaserver from zero permissions. Some of the security issues that I list tend to be more research based than potential threats, and this falls into the research category. That does not mean that you should ignore them, always get as many updates as you can for your OS. On the morning paper blog, we get a distributed systems seminar reading list. I normally do not highlight the link collections that I share, but if you are remotely interested in distributed systems, this is a great list of papers to review. Immutable infrastructure is starting to become a real thing, and there is a great post at VCDXpert about using Amazon AWS and Ansible.

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There are a lot of good articles today, so set aside some time for reading. Leading the day we have TechCrunch reporting on the Docker acquisition of Unikernel Systems. It will be interesting to see how Docker uses the technology. Kaggle introduced Kaggle Datasets, so you can review and use some of the datasets from past competitions. There are not a lot to start, but they are supposed to increase over time. GM announced Maven, their take on car-sharing services. You need to read more about it to get a full understanding of what GM is planning, it is much bigger than just car sharing. On the fun side of things, XKCD’s What If has a great post on a focused Sunbeam.

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