Africa Roundup: Canal+ acquires ROK, Flutterwave and Alipay partner, OPay raises $50M

Africa Roundup: Canal+ acquires ROK, Flutterwave and Alipay partner, OPay raises $50M

in July, French television company Canal+ acquired the ROK film studio from VOD company IROKOtv. Canal+ would not disclose the acquisition price, but confirmed there was a cash component of the deal. Founded by Jason Njoku  in 2010 — and backed by $45 million  in VC — IROKOtv boasts the world’s largest online catalog of Nollywood: a Nigerian movie…
Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe – The Verge

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe – The...

Starting in early 2020, Google will present a new search provider choice screen to Android users in Europe when first setting up a new phone or tablet. The selection will then be the default search provider that powers the search box on the Android home screen as well as the Chrome browser if installed. Search…
Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

Starting in early 2020, Google will present a new search provider choice screen to Android users in Europe when first setting up a new phone or tablet. The selection will then be the default search provider that powers the search box on the Android home screen as well as the Chrome browser if installed. Search…
Apple suspends the Siri program where people listened to your questions – Engadget

Apple suspends the Siri program where people listened to your questions – Engadget

Just last week a report by The Guardian dug into a program where third-party contractors listened in to anonymized recordings of Apple users asking Siri questions to judge the assistant's responses, and now Apple has shut it down. In a statement to TechCrunch, the company said that while it conducts a "thorough" review, it's suspending…
‘No one is immune’: Alaska’s scientists despair over plan to shrink state universities

‘No one is immune’: Alaska’s scientists despair over plan to shrink state universities

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the flagship of the state's higher-education system. Credit: Accent Alaska/Alamy Kat Milligan-Myhre, a microbiologist at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has simple advice for her current graduate students: get out as fast as you can.Milligan-Myhre is one of roughly 1,300 academics whose jobs are at risk after Alaska Governor…
Apple stops letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings

Apple stops letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings

Apple has said that it will temporarily suspend its practice of using human contractors to grade snippets of Siri voice recordings for accuracy. The move follows a report in The Guardian where a former worker detailed the program, claiming that contractors “regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex” as…
Apple suspends program in which humans review users’ Siri queries – Axios

Apple suspends program in which humans review users’ Siri queries – Axios

Apple is putting a worldwide hold on a program that had contractors listening to some Siri queries in an effort to grade the digital assistant on its responses. When the program returns, Apple says users will have the choice whether to participate.Why it matters: Apple touts privacy as a key selling point, making the idea…
UrbanClap, India’s largest home services startup, raises $75M

UrbanClap, India’s largest home services startup, raises $75M

UrbanClap, a marketplace for freelance labor in India and UAE, has raised $75 million to expand its business. The Series E round for the four-and-half-year-old India-based startup was led Tiger Global. Existing investors Steadview Capital, which led the startup’s Series D round, and Vy Capital also participated in the round. The startup has raised about $185…
Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

In response to concerns raised by a Guardian story last week over how recordings of Siri queries are used for quality control, Apple is suspending the program world wide. Apple says it will review the process that it uses, called grading, to determine whether Siri is hearing queries correctly, or being invoked by mistake. In…

(How to Write a (Lisp) Interpreter (In Python))

This page has two purposes: to describe how to implement computer language interpreters in general, and in particular to build an interpreter for most of the Scheme dialect of Lisp using Python 3 as the implementation language. I call my language and interpreter Lispy (lis.py). Years ago, I showed how to write a semi-practical Scheme…