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Understanding Search Queries through Vectors

The Query2Vec pipeline and a foray into word embeddings How do learners browse around as a result of different searches? What topics are they looking for that we currently don’t provide? By examining search queries and their patterns, we can gauge learners’ interests and improve the site experience. Sifting through queries to understand how our content is discovered, I quickly realized the difficulty of this task. Coursera gets millions of searches every day, so it’s hard to directly analyze them.…

A Letter from Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn

Cloudflare’s three co-founders: Michelle Zatlyn, Lee Holloway, and Matthew Prince To our potential shareholders: Cloudflare launched on September 27, 2010. Many great startups pivot over time. We have not. We had a plan and have been purposeful in executing it since our earliest days. While we are still in its early innings, that plan remains clear: we are helping to build a better Internet. Understanding the path we’ve taken to date will help you understand how we plan to operate…

The Gradual Design System: How We Built Slack Kit

In 2016, Slack was two years old and already used by millions of people. Our codebase had grown rapidly, and like many companies that focused on product/market fit, our code was built in a way that favored time-to-market over maintainability, consistency, or reusability. We never encountered a single breaking point in our user interface, but rather a slowly cascading series of inconsistencies, quirks, and discrepancies. Our internal product teams were growing to match the momentum of the business, and with…

Bringing Uber Freight to Chicago: A Conversation with Engineering Manager Tory Schober

Uber Freight has been gaining momentum ever since its launch two years ago, increasing sign-ups from carriers and shippers, and adding features to better help manage fleets and loads. Now, the San Francisco-based engineering team behind Uber Freight will augment their operations in Chicago, in a new hub for freight engineering, operations, and sales in the Midwest. Uber Freight is leveraging marketplace technologies developed for Uber’s rideshare business. Shippers can make requests via the Freight platform to move loads to…

MU’s Guidoboni pens unique, interdisciplinary textbook

Giovanna Guidoboni is an expert in computational modeling, particularly when it comes to fluids. She’s done extensive work related to fluids in the body, particularly blood flow in the whole cardiovascular and in specific organs, including the eye. Photo by Liz Lannin. What do you do when there’s no textbook that fits the exact, unique nature of your course of study and research? You write your own. Giovanna Guidoboni, MU professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and professor of…

Reflections on the Last Two Years of Spotify’s Bug Bounty Program

We recently surpassed the two year anniversary of our bug bounty program on the HackerOne platform. This gave us pause to take a look back at our successes and learnings in engaging with the security community to help improve security at Spotify.  What is a bug bounty program? The Internet was conceived as an open and accessible place for the exchange of ideas and discussion with people from all over the world. It accomplished this by connecting computers and networks…

WebDo Review – A Free Website Design Solution

If you’re looking for a free website design solution which also takes care of all the technical aspects, such as hosting, domains, and more, then Webdo.com might be what you need. Today we’ll take an in-depth look of the WebDo platform – a recently launched Cloud website builder. We’ll analyse its features and see what it has to offer especially for those of you who are just starting their online business and prefer a free hosting solution until the business…

How Castle is Building Codeless Customer Account Protection

This is a guest post by Johanna Larsson, of Castle, who designed and built the Castle Cloudflare app and the supporting infrastructure. Strong security should be easy. Asking your consumers again and again to take responsibility for their security through robust passwords and other security measures doesn’t work. The responsibility of security needs to shift from end users to the companies who serve them. Castle is leading the way for companies to better protect their online accounts with millions of…

Three Approaches to Scaling Machine Learning with Uber Seattle Engineering

Uber’s services require real-world coordination between a wide range of customers, including driver-partners, riders, restaurants, and eaters. Accurately forecasting things like rider demand and ETAs enables this coordination, which makes our services work as seamlessly as possible.  In an effort to constantly optimize our operations, serve our customers, and train our systems to perform better and better, we leverage machine learning (ML). In addition, we make many of our ML tools open source, sharing them with the community to advance…

RJI announces criteria for Student Innovation Competition 2020

  Team Six Flags won the 2019 Reynolds Journalism Institute Student Competition. Deepfake videos, fabricated photos and audio are among the biggest challenges the news industry faces today as it tries to keep the public informed with accurate information. In the U.S., lawmakers have considered legislation against false images, but how long will it take for policies to be implemented and will they be able to solve the problem? This year’s RJI Student Innovation Competition challenge is to create a program, tool or…