– Nearly $1 million fine for Colonial Pipeline. Following the ransomware attack carried out by Darkside in May 2021, the distributor of petroleum products could receive a strong financial penalty. This is the request of the American regulatory authority for this industry (named Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) which considers that Colonial Pipeline has failed in its obligations to protect essential infrastructures. The penalty requested is $986,400. The regulator points out that the company failed to adequately plan and prepare for the manual shutdown and restart of its pipeline system.
– Pixel 7 Pro design leaked. Google’s next smartphone hasn’t been officially announced yet but, as always, that doesn’t stop leakers from all walks of life from giving their all to reveal the latest indiscretions. This time it’s the turn of the TechGoing site to stick to the exercise which spotted the leak from a prop specialist in phone cases, confirming a design in the end very close to that of its predecessor 6 Pro. “The front of the phone will feature a curved edge display. Although the case image doesn’t have a cutout for the camera, it should arrive with a center-positioned punch. The right edge of the device features a power key and volume buttons. The bottom edge of the case appears to have a cutout for a pair of speakers and a USB-C port,” TechGoing says. Known under the code name Panther, the Pixel 7 Pro (163X76.6X8.7mm) should have a 6.7 or 6.8 inch screen supporting QHD + resolution (3200X1800 pixels) for a refresh rate of 120hz. The 3 modules grouped in a horizontal block would integrate a wide angle, a telephoto lens and an ultra wide angle of respectively 50, 48 and 12 megapixels. The 2nd generation of in-house SoC Tensor will also be there.
– Apple’s ML director resigns. Ian Goodfellow, in charge of machine learning at Apple, resigned from his post just over three years after joining the company. He broke the news to other employees in an email, saying his departure is partly due to Apple’s plan to return to the office at least three days a week by May 23. “I am convinced that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team,” he said. Ian Goodfellow is also a former employee of Google and worked on the development of AI solutions within the firm. It remains to be seen whether this resignation will open the door to others in the face of the dissatisfaction of many employees with the return to office policy.
Ian Goodfellow spent just over three years as Apple’s ML director. (Credit: Ian Goodfellow)