Fluid Player Adds VR and VPAID Features

Fluid Player, the free, open-source, HTML5 video player has released two new features: VR (virtual reality) support and VPAID (video player ad-serving interface definition) support.
Even though virtual reality is still in the early stages of ad format development and adoption, Fluid Player’s VR feature allows both publishers and advertisers to experiment with VR content/ad formats.

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Nielsen Report Finds Overseas Merchants Are Actively Exploring Digitalization via Chinese Mobile Payments to Boost Sales and Customer Traffic

Alipay and Nielsen have jointly released a new survey on the latest trends in Chinese outbound tourism and the consumption habits of Chinese travelers for the third consecutive year. This year’s survey also finds that overseas merchants are actively exploring digital operations via Chinese mobile payments to increase sales and customer traffic. This is demonstrated by nearly 8 out of 10 (78%) U.

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MoxiWorks and RealScout Tighten Partnership with New Integration

MoxiWorks, the leading real estate technology platform, has released a new, deeper integration with longtime partner, RealScout, an industry-best listing alerts and home search solution. This integration creates a seamless blend of MoxiWorks and RealScout workflows, without the barriers of signing in or manually transferring information from one platform to the other.

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Falcon.io Releases 2020 Digital Marketing Trends Handbook, Exploring Trends That Will Shape the Future of Digital and Social Media

Falcon.io, a Cision company, has released the latest edition of its annual Digital Marketing Trends Handbook. This is the fourth edition of the handbook, which lists the 15 trends most likely to affect marketers in 2020. The trends are based on industry research, Falcon.io’s expertise, as well as input from customers, partners and influencers.

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Ameriprise Financial’s New Customer Relationship Management System Helps Advisors Deliver Best-in-Class Service

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. released details on how its new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system further enables the firm’s approximately 10,000 financial advisors to deliver its award-winning customer service to clients and grow their practices.

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SCORR Marketing Releases 7th Annual Report on Life Science Industry Marketing Trends

SCORR Marketing, a global health science marketing and communications firm, has released its seventh annual survey on marketing trends in the life sciences industry. This free, 30-plus-page report delivers evidence that marketers can use to drive strategic planning, budgeting, and brand development decisions in 2020.

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Cision Releases ‘Choose Your Own PR Adventure’, An Interactive, Digital Game for Communicators

Cision, a leading global provider of earned media software and services, released Choose Your Own PR Adventure, a digital game featured on Cision.com. The game was built in-house by Cision’s own marketing and design teams and was created with communications professionals in mind.

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USA Has Highest Number of CCTV Cameras per Person in the World

According to a recent report released by PreciseSecurity.com, the USA has the highest number of CCTV cameras per person in the world.
This is despite China having four times as many CCTV cameras in total compared to the USA.
CCTV Cameras Expand All Over The World
Data shows China is a leading country in terms of surveillance.

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Dataiku Future-Proofs the Path to Enterprise AI with New Fully Managed Kubernetes Cluster Capabilities and White Box AI

Release of Dataiku 6 Delivers Features to Support Elasticity, Sustainable AI, and Cross-Team Collaboration
Dataiku released the latest version of its leading Enterprise AI and machine learning platform, Dataiku 6, which includes the ability for users to easily spin up and manage Kubernetes clusters from inside the Dataiku platform.

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Sendy is Insecure: How Not to Implement reCAPTCHA

EDIT: We did it – Sendy has released a patch (v4.0.3.3) for this issue! I recommend upgrading if you’re affected. Thanks to Sendy for the quick response to this blog post, and thanks to every reader who helped make this happen.
A few months ago, I switched from Mailchimp to Sendy, a self-hosted email newsletter alternative.

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Scraping Russian Twitter Trolls With Python, Neo4j, and GraphQL

Last week as a result of the House Intelligence Select Committee investigation, Twitter released the screen names of 2752 Twitter accounts tied to Russia’s Internet Research Agency that were involved in spreading fake news, presumably with the goal of influencing the 2016 election.

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namer, Automatic Labelling of R Markdown Chunks

We’ve just released a sweet package to save you stress from the hassle of unnamed chunks in R Markdown! namer will name all your chunks, so you can quickly debug in future. More details in this post!
Why name your R Markdown chunks?
When writing R Markdown documents, be it a single report or a whole book based on dozens of documents, it’s crucial to name your R Markdown chunks.

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Scraping Russian Twitter Trolls With Python, Neo4j, and GraphQL · William Lyon

Last week as a result of the House Intelligence Select Committee investigation, Twitter released the screen names of 2752 Twitter accounts tied to Russia’s Internet Research Agency that were involved in spreading fake news, presumably with the goal of influencing the 2016 election.

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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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A Docker Image for Graph Analytics on Neo4j with Apache Spark GraphX

I’ve just released a useful new Docker image for graph analytics on a Neo4j graph database with Apache Spark GraphX. This image deploys a container with Apache Spark and uses GraphX to perform ETL graph analysis on subgraphs exported from Neo4j. This docker image is a great addition to Neo4j if you’re looking to do easy PageRank or community detection on your graph data.

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Two papers released on arXiv, “Operator Variational Inference” and “Model Criticism for Bayesian Causal Inference”

Two papers of mine were released today on arXiv.
Operator variational inference, in collaboration with Rajesh Ranganath, Jaan Altosaar, and David Blei.
Model criticism for Bayesian causal inference, in collaboration with Francisco Ruiz, Susan Athey, and David Blei.
Last week, I gave a talk at OpenAI on operator variational
inference and Edward. I can now release those
slides online.

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