Episerver Doubles Down on North American and Underserved B2B Markets with Acquisition of Insite Software

The Industry-Changing Acquisition of Insite Marks Episerver’s Third Major Announcement in Q4
Episerver, the customer-centric digital experience company, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire B2B commerce leader Insite Software.

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R Open Source and Commercial Support

With today’s announcement that Microsoft will acquire Revolution Analytics, it is worthwhile to consider the commercial support that has existed in different forms throughout the history of this open source language. R was based on S, which was initially developed by John Chambers at Bell Laboratories in the 1970s.R itself appeared in 1993 as a GNU open source project.

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I’m looking for data engineers

I’m interrupting the regular programming for a quick announcement: we’re looking for data engineers at Better. You would be the first one to join and would work a lot directly with me.
Some fun things you could work on (these are all projects I’m working on right now):
Building a forecasting model using MCMC to predict volume the next few months.

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Twitter Changes the Social Data Ecosystem

Today’s announcement that Twitter is buying Gnip raises big questions about the market for social media data. While it’s too early to know how things will fall out, the deal changes the shape of the playing field for everyone involved—publishers, data resellers, software developers, and corporate customers.

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OpenAI: A new non-profit AI company

A new non-profit artificial intelligence research company has just been founded. According to the announcement made from the company’s website, the goal of the company is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.

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OpenAI, AI threats, and norm-building for responsible (data) science

All of twitter is …. atwitter?… over the OpenAI announcement and partial non-release of code/documentation for a language model that purports to generate realistic-sounding text from simple prompts. The system actually addresses many NLP tasks, but the one that’s drawing the most attention is the deepfakes-like generation of plausible news copy (here’s one sample).

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Ballot order effects in the news; I’m skeptical of the claimed 5% effect.

Palko points us to this announcement by Marc Elias:
BREAKING: In major court victory ahead of 2020, Florida federal court throws out state’s ballot order law that lists candidates of the governor’s party first on every ballot for every office. Finds that it gave GOP candidates a 5% advantage. @AndrewGillum lost in 2018 by .

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