It is midnight on January 18, 2017, and the Outbrain Click Prediction machine learning competition has just finished. It has been three and a half months of working late. As I scroll through the leaderboard page, I found my name in the 19th position, which was the top 2% from nearly 1,000 competitors. Not bad for the first Kaggle competition I had decided to put a real effort in! One of the reasons why I managed to score well was the fact that Google Cloud Platform (GCP) made my life easier and I could focus on the data.
The European Union has imposed a record €2.42bn ($2.72bn) fine on technology giant Google, for abusing its dominance as a search engine by giving illegal advantage to its own shopping service. "What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate," Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, said in a statement. "And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation." Brussels has given the US tech giant 90 days to change its business model for Google Shopping, or face further penalty payments.
Google Cloud announces a Machine Learning Startup Competition in collaboration with venture capital firms Data Collective and Emergence Capital. The competition brings together promising early-stage startups using machine learning for an opportunity to receive up to $1M in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits and the potential to receive up to $1M of equity investment from our partners, Data Collective and Emergence Capital. Startups invited to participate in our final pitch-off event will also have an opportunity to meet and receive feedback from our supporting partners, a16z, Greylock Partners, GV, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. In keeping with Google's spirit of openness, teams don't need to use GCP to be eligible for the competition. U.S.-based startups working in any sector -- from health to financial services and from retail to mobile apps -- are encouraged to apply.