Quantum Computing is a Viable Alternative to Encryption, Says Sundar Pichai

Google is going after Quantum Computing to consolidate its supremacy in the tech business. Though small in size, the Quantum Computing (QC) market is rapidly becoming mainstream. Data scientists have been discussing the potential of QC applications for over 30 years now. But, the technology got attention only after Google made its vision clear about the market.

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How Will Brands Engage Users in a World Without Likes

This fall, Instagram announced the platform is testing hiding “like” counts in the US after similar tests in countries including Australia, Japan, Canada, and Brazil. Facebook has also begun to trial this formula in Australia, and Twitter may come on board as they consider how to create “healthier conversations” on the platform. But what will this mean for brands and the $6.

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Best of 2019: How AI Killed Google’s Social Network

[February 4, 2019] Facebook turns 15 today, after announcing last week a record profit and 30% revenue growth. Also today, “you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events,” in anticipation of the complete shutdown in April of Google’s social network, its bet-the-company challenge to Facebook.

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The New Approach to Work-Life Balance

CareerBuilder found that nearly half of American workers check email after they leave work, and 45% say they do work during non-business hours.
Additionally, this phenomenon crosses global borders, prompting new laws in France and a campaign in Japan to limit working hours.
Of course, we’d all love a little more balance in our lives. But it’s more than that. We need it.

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Valence Media Acquires Nielsen Music Data and Insights Product Suite and Creates New MRC Data Division

Reunites Billboard and Nielsen Music After Decade Apart to Create Only Independent Global Provider of Comprehensive Data and Analytics for the Music Industry
Leading global media company Valence Media, which operates dick clark productions, Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group, MRC Film, MRC Television and MRC Non-Fiction, announced the establishment of its MRC Data division with the acqui

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Data Science 101 would like to welcome Community and Sponsored Posts

After receiving some interest, I have decided to open up the posting more to the data science community. There are more details on the Contribute Page.
If there is enough interest, I will be posting community contributed posts on Wednesdays and sponsored posts on Thursdays.
What is the difference?
Community contributed posts are free and are intended for individuals.

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The Ultimate Guide to Content Distribution

Year after year, hundreds of marketers report increased efforts and spending on their content marketing — or the intention to do so.
But great content is a waste if your audience doesn’t know it exists.
Content distribution is an integral part — if not the most important part — of your content strategy.
This guide will equip you with the tools you need to distribute the content you create.

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Benefit People: Thinking Through Culture and Values

After watching Michael Skok’s excellent talk on Culture, Vision and
Mission, I was tempted
to have a bash at defining the values that I care about. Here’s my
attempt.
Benefit People
Benefit as many people as much as possible. The best kind of benefit
is that which helps people benefit people.
Make it Easy
Make everything easy. Everything is a conversation. Make conversations
easy.

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11 Tips for Improving Customer Experience and Driving Conversions

Struggling to drive conversions?  The issue might be with customer experience. After having worked with several brands, big and small, I can assure you that you don’t have to make sweeping changes to drive better results. Many times even small changes and little bit process can lead to happy customers and big impacts. In this post I have complied 11 tips that you can use today.

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Double blind review at theory conferences: More thoughts.

I’ve had a number of discussions with people both before and after the report that Rasmus and I wrote on the double-blind experiment at ALENEX. And I think it’s helpful to lay out some of my thoughts on both the purpose of double blind review as I understand it, and the logistical challenges of implementing it.

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What’s new in PyMC3 3.1

We recently released PyMC3 3.1 after the first stable 3.0 release in January 2017. You can update either via pip install pymc3 or via conda install -c conda-forge pymc3.
A lot is happening in PyMC3-land. One thing I am particularily proud of is the developer community we have built. We now have around 10 active core contributors from the US, Germany, Russia, Japan and Switzerland.

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Key learnings from Strata Barcelona 2014

Immediately after PAPIs.io ’14 — write-up coming soon! — I spent a couple of days at Strata in Barcelona.
Strata has several tracks and I ended up going mostly to “business” sessions, but this synthesis of things I heard at the conference will be of interest to technical people as well.

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