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Dropbox’s Lepton lossless image compression really uses a ‘middle-out’ algorithm

It’s not Pied Piper, but there are similarities.<p>The “middle-out” algorithm that has its roots in the most infamous (and probably funniest) scene in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may have been fictional, but something like it can be found in Lepton, a cool new lossless image compressor created by …

Deep Learning

Germany issues bonds with negative interest

Investors are now paying to own German bonds, as they flock towards safe havens amid Brexit fears and turbulent stock markets. The ECB's quantitative …

Here's what the $9 billion fight between Google and Oracle is all about

At the heart of Oracle's lawsuit is the allegation that Google improperly used pieces of the mega-important Java technology in Android without paying properly for the privilege.<p>Google argues that the way it used Java constitutes "fair use," and that it's impossible to copyright the pieces of Java …

Silicon Valley

The inside story of Facebook’s biggest setback

The social network had a grand plan to connect millions of Indians to the internet. Here’s how it all went wrong<p>Until Mark Zuckerberg arrived in a bright orange helicopter in October 2014, Chandauli had never seen a celebrity visitor. One of 44,795 villages in the state of Rajasthan, Chandauli is …

Internet

The war within

WHEN Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot secretly drew their lines on the map of the Levant to carve up the Ottoman empire in May 1916, at the …