July 30, 2021
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A Chinese law scheduled to take effect this September requires companies to undergo risk assessments, if they handle "critical data," and turn over results to the government. The legislation also mandates annual reviews for companies whose data could affect the nation's security.
Full Story: Reuters (7/30) 
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Data in Use
UK-based startup Small Robot Company has raised approximately $2.77 million in its fourth crowdfunding effort. The company has created several robots to perform ag functions including mapping fields, analyzing images to gather plant data and eradicating weeds without chemicals.
Full Story: The Spoon (7/28) 
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Seeing the Big Picture
System architectures face dramatic changes
As data centers evolve to embrace data-centric approaches for bitcoin mining, video streaming and web searches, system architectures are changing to reflect the wider capabilities needed for increasing applications, this analysis notes. "The data center is moving from a model where each server has dedicated processing and memory, as well as other resources like networking and accelerators, to a disaggregated model that employs pools of shared resources that can be efficiently composed to the needs of specific workloads, whatever their requirements," says Anika Malhotra of Synopsys.
Full Story: Semiconductor Engineering (7/29) 
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The National Science Foundation is funding 11 institutes focused on seven artificial intelligence research areas. A Washington State University laboratory focused on agricultural use cases and the University of Washington's AI Institute for Dynamic Systems, which applies physics to machine learning and AI, will each get $20 million.
Full Story: GeekWire (7/29) 
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Data in Bites
Marketing Spotlight
The Audience Solutions feature of Google Ad Manager will soon feature new analytic tools to help publishers and brands with media networks manage first-party data. Audience Explorer shows audiences by factors such as browsers or platforms, Scorecard Table offers audience segment profiles and Segment Overlap and Comparison identify differences and points of commonality.
Full Story: Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (7/29) 
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View from the C-Suite
Dynasty names company's first-ever CDO
Taylor Howard has become Dynasty Financial Partners' first chief digital officer, and Frank Coates is the new chief technology officer. The company announced that Howard will lead artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital architecture initiatives, while Coates will work on data integration and both will improve information access.
Full Story: WealthManagement (7/29) 
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