Puerto Rico might have wide-ranging cell service again soon
Project Loon, the weather balloon system by Google’s parent company Alphabet that can provide cellular data service, has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission to deploy to Puerto Rico.
Most of the Island has not had cellular data service since Hurricane Maria devastated the area when it struck as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 20. Seven in eight Puerto Ricans reportedly remain without electricity, while half of the population remains without water.
Alex Stamos heard the criticism toward Facebook and has responded
The head of security at Facebook went on a tweetstorm this past weekend in response to recent criticism toward Facebook regarding the company’s infamous algorithms.
Facebook has been chastised because some believe its algorithms promote false news stories, and because the company failed to properly respond to the well-documented threat of misinformation on its platform during the 2016 presidential election season.
Stamos said fighting false news stories is more complicated than it’s portrayed in the media, and that Facebook knows its algorithms carry risk. Here’s the beginning of his tweetstorm:
Nobody of substance at the big companies thinks of algorithms as neutral. Nobody is not aware of the risks.— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) October 7, 2017
Speaking of Facebook...
By now, it’s well known that AOL is shutting down its AIM instant messaging system after 20 years of service.
In response to the news, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a post this past weekend explaining how AIM helped him enhance Facebook Messenger when he created it.
Zuckerberg wrote that as an AIM user growing up, he did not like the feature on the instant messenger that told his friends he was online even when he wanted to log on without it being public. Zuckerberg, of course, hacked the system and fixed the issue.
That problem with AIM, he said, as well as others with the system, led him to enhance Messenger when he created it years later.
ICYMI: Open floor office plans are already starting to change
The New York Times this past weekend wrote about the newest office concept: a space for every type of worker.
Companies such as Microsoft and IBM are ditching open floor plans and creating offices that feature different types of work spaces such as group meeting areas, standing tables, movable walls, couches and private rooms.
The new office craze, reports the Times, is an attempt to destruct the one-size-fits-all mentality at companies.
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