Companies are struggling to fill data science positions, with many organizations experiencing a six-month or longer gap in the role, according to IQ Workforce CEO Corry Prohens. Some companies turn to contractors to fill the positions, but could suffer from contractors' lack of skills or remote working.
Constant communication, clear expectations and trust are key to making remote employees feel engaged, experts say. Whether interacting with employees through group-messaging platforms, video conferences or in-person meetings, communication "reminds staff there is a real person on the other side of an email and builds stronger relationships that motivate staff," says Taskeater founder Mikko Tamminen.
Swim.ai raised $10 million during a Series B funding round, which the company will use to develop real-time computing products for edge computing. Arm also contributed a strategic investment to the group, which now boasts a total of $18 million in funding.
Data ownership company Hu-manity.co is developing a blockchain-based data marketplace where consumers can opt to sell their medical information to selected drug companies and limit how that data is used. "We are pooling large communities together to be able to notify corporations that don't respect digital data streams of property, because they take a very business centric view of regulations to opt out, then invite them back into a property centric view of data within the new terms and conditions defined by the marketplace," explains CEO Richie Etwaru.
The European Union issued Google a $5 billion antitrust fine for allegedly using its Android operating system to keep competitors from succeeding in the market, with an appeal to Google to rewrite its partner contracts. The EU said Google's bundling of apps stymied competition, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai says its Android business model has created more competition, not less.
Cybersecurity incidents in the first quarter of the year were up 32% from the same period last year, a Positive Technologies report states. The report also states that malware attacks were up 75% from last year, while data theft rose 13%.
Instagram has confirmed that it is working to build a non-SMS two-factor authentication system to prevent SIM hacking. The system would work with apps including Duo and Google Authenticator to generate a unique code that can't be ported to another SIM card.
A group of former cybersecurity officials on Tuesday wrote a letter to Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross emphasizing the importance of securing 2020 census data. The letter pushes for the release of a cybersecurity plan surrounding the storage and collection of data.
Facebook has hired professors from top universities, such as Carnegie Mellon, Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley, to help improve its artificial intelligence research group. Company executives say the hires are working under a "co-employment model" that allows them to keep part-time positions at their universities.
Amazon Web Services is adding a feature to SageMaker that will allow developers to stream their own algorithms on the machine learning platform. Other SageMaker improvements include batch job updates and training enhancements.