GitHub previews new AI tool that makes coding suggestions

GitHub has unveiled a new product that leverages artificial intelligence to help you write code more efficiently. Named GitHub Copilot, today’s new product can suggest lines of code and even sometimes entire functions.
GitHub has partnered with OpenAI to develop this tool. It doesn’t replace developers, it’s just a tool that should improve productivity and make it easier to learn how to code. GitHub frames this new tool as an AI pair programmer.
The model behind GitHub Copilot has been trained on billions of lines of code — many of them are hosted and available publicly on GitHub itself. When you’re writing code, GitHub Copilot suggests code as you type. You can cycle through suggestions, accept or reject them.
In order to figure out what you’re currently coding, GitHub Copilot tries to parse the meaning of a comment, the name of the function you are writing or the past couple of lines. The


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2U set to acquire non-profit edX for deal north of $600M

2U, a SaaS platform that helps non-profits and colleges run online universities, plans to acquire all the assets of Harvard and MIT-founded edX for a deal north of $600 million, according to multiple sources. 2U did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and its unclear if this is an all-cash deal. The combined forces of edX and 2U could reach over 50 million learners.
Update: 2U confirmed the deal, expected to close within 120 days subject to regulatory and governmental approvals, in a press release post-publication. It also confirmed that the price of the acquisition which will be an $800 million all-cash deal. 
The deal gives 2U, a company that filed to go public in 2014 and continues to be one of the rare U.S. edtech companies listed on the stock market, a new wave of collaboratively-built content to its software. Plus, 2U just acquired with stronger name recognition thanks to


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2U, edX to combine to create online learning behemoth

Image: 2U and edX, two major players in the online learning ecosystem, announced Tuesday that they would combine to create an entity that would reach 50 million learners and serve most of the best universities in the United States and the world.

2U, the publicly traded company that is by far the largest of the online program management providers, said it would pay $800 million to buy the assets of edX, the nonprofit online course provider that Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology teamed up to create nearly a decade ago.

The assets of the transaction will flow to a new nonprofit organization managed by Harvard and MIT that will focus on “inclusive learning and education,” the new partners said in a news release. The new entity will operate as a public benefit entity.

“Guided by the efforts and insights from Harvard and MIT research on the dynamics of learning, the nonprofit


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Hackers exploited 0-day, not 2018 bug, to mass-wipe My Book Live devices

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Last week’s mass-wiping of Western Digital My Book Live storage devices involved the exploitation of not just one vulnerability, but a second critical security bug that allowed hackers to remotely perform a factory reset without a password, an investigation shows.
The vulnerability is remarkable not only because it made it trivial to wipe what’s likely petabytes of user data. More notable still was the fact that, according to the vulnerable code itself, a Western Digital developer actively removed code that required a valid user password before allowing factory resets to proceed.
Done and undone
The undocumented vulnerability resided in a file aptly named system_factory_restore. It contains a PHP script that performs resets, which allows users to restore all default configurations and to wipe all data stored on the devices.Read 22 remaining paragraphs | Comments


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