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Michaels Security Breach Affected Three Million Cards Michaels Security Breach Affected Three Million Cards

Michaels, North America’s largest specialty arts & crafts store, has confirmed that a security breach exposed data from millions of transactions from May 8th, 2013, to January 27th, 2014. “Our customers are always our number one priority and we are …

Baseball Fandom Map Based on Facebook Likes Looks Pretty Accurate Baseball Fandom Map Based on Facebook Likes Looks Pretty Accurate

Facebook is great for a lot of things, and it’s also really bad for a lot of things. If you hate babies, stay away. If you just had your heart broken, stay away. If you don’t want people to know …

Supply Chains To Be Significantly Impacted By Huge Growth Of ‘Internet Of Things’ Supply Chains To Be Significantly Impacted By Huge Growth Of ‘Internet Of Things’

Gartner is predicting a 30-fold increase in Internet-connected physical devices within the next six years, and says this will “significantly” alter how the supply chain operates, and create more “cyber-risk exposure”. So how much is a 30-fold increase exactly? We’re …

Kentucky Fans Still the Most Basketball Obsessed, Twitter Data Shows

When it comes to loyal and devoted college basketball fandom, there’s simply no place like my old Kentucky home. The University of Kentucky Wildcats have the most wins in the history of college basketball, and they also have the highest …

Microsoft Invests $15M in Foursquare, Acquires Location Data for Bing, Windows Microsoft Invests $15M in Foursquare, Acquires Location Data for Bing, Windows

Foursquare has just received a cash injection from Microsoft, and Microsoft products will soon sport billions of Foursquare data points. The two companies have just announced a strategic partnership that will see Windows OS, as well as Bing, receive location …

Facebook Sociology: You’re More Likely to Post a Status If You See a Bunch of Statuses from Friends Facebook Sociology: You’re More Likely to Post a Status If You See a Bunch of Statuses from Friends

Facebook is always screwing around with their news feed algorithms, or what they call “trying to show you better, more relevant content.” It’s not like Facebook isn’t constantly tweaking this, but they’ve been doing it a lot lately – or …

Target To Testify Before Congress Over Colossal Data Breach Target To Testify Before Congress Over Colossal Data Breach
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The House subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing during the first week of February to “examine data breaches and their effect on consumers” – and Target is the guest of honor. As you may recall, back …

Big Data Market to Hit $32 Billion in Four Years Big Data Market to Hit $32 Billion in Four Years
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As the world’s information grows at breakneck pace, business are more desperate than ever to parse the overwhelming volumes of data that they now have access to. The enterprise industry surrounding “big data” has grown significantly, but analysts are now …

Amazon’s Best-Selling Album of All Time Shouldn’t Surprise You Too Much Amazon’s Best-Selling Album of All Time Shouldn’t Surprise You Too Much
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It’s hard to believe that this is the first time that Amazon has ever compiled all the data on total sales to bring us the most-purchased albums and songs of all time, but that’s what they’re saying. Today, on a …

Personal Cloud Storage Hit 685 Petabytes This Year Personal Cloud Storage Hit 685 Petabytes This Year

In the past few years, the word “cloud” has become a buzzword for companies unsure of where their future markets are headed. Despite the word itself meaning whatever business want, the cloud storage industry has actually become a major tech …

Pope Francis Is Facebook’s Most Talked About Topic of 2013 Pope Francis Is Facebook’s Most Talked About Topic of 2013

It’s that time of the year again. Radio stations are playing the same twelve Christmas songs on repeat, you’ve already gained about ten pounds, and companies are starting to release their 2013 year-in-review wrap-ups. Life is so predictable. Today’s year-in-review …

This Reddit Top-200 Visualization Will Help You Waste the Day Away This Reddit Top-200 Visualization Will Help You Waste the Day Away

It’s almost the Thanksgiving holiday, so it’s not like you’re doing anything productive anyway. With that in mind, a new data visualization is here to kill hours, if not days of your life. It’s the 200 top-scoring reddit posts of …

People Really Do Give Up Porn for Baby Jesus People Really Do Give Up Porn for Baby Jesus
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Pornhub’s primary purpose is, well, streaming all the porn the public can handle. And usually, that’s a lot of porn. But recently, Pornhub has begun to fashion itself as amateur porn statistician – and why not? With all that data …

Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Be 100% Wind-Powered Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Be 100% Wind-Powered
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When Facebook first announced their newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, they said that it would be among the “most advanced and energy efficient facilities of its kind.” Now, the company says that it will powered, in full, by a …

Netflix Is Absolutely Dominating Data Traffic In North America [Report] Netflix Is Absolutely Dominating Data Traffic In North America [Report]

Data from a Sandvine report is making the rounds through the tech Blogosphere today, finding that together, Netflix and YouTube account for 50% of downstream traffic on fixed networks in North America, with Netflix dominating between the two. According to …

The Zuckerberg Files: Archiving Every Single Thing Mark Zuckerberg Has Ever Said The Zuckerberg Files: Archiving Every Single Thing Mark Zuckerberg Has Ever Said

Mark Zuckerberg has made a lot of money convincing people that they should contribute to a public, permanent record of everything they’ve ever said or done. Now, in a project that can only be described as the most poetic of …

T-Mobile Now Offers Unlimited International Data T-Mobile Now Offers Unlimited International Data

Traveling to other countries can be a once in a lifetime experience for most, but it can also be incredibly expensive. It doesn’t help when your wireless carrier gouges you for using data overseas. Unfortunately, international roaming fees are just …

4G Data Use to Overtake 3G Worldwide by 2016 4G Data Use to Overtake 3G Worldwide by 2016

Mobile providers in the U.S. are constantly waging marketing battles touting their 4G networks and speeds. High-end smartphone manufacturers have all moved past 4G as a differentiating feature for their handsets. Despite this situation, market research firm ABI Research estimates …

Big Data Spending to Surge This Year Big Data Spending to Surge This Year

As technology manufacturers deal with falling PC sales, many companies are turning to their enterprise solutions and services businesses to shore up revenues. One of the solutions that shows the most promise is the burgeoning big data industry. As the …

Data Use Now Beating Talk Time on Smartphones Data Use Now Beating Talk Time on Smartphones

Apple’s original iPhone was transformational in the sense that it brought handheld computing to the masses. However, the promise of on-the-go pocket computers is still slightly hampered (especially in the U.S.) by the need for a phone subscription. Now new …

Big Data Industry to Hit $114 Billion by 2018 Big Data Industry to Hit $114 Billion by 2018

As billions of people around the world pump massive amounts of information through the internet every day, business (and the NSA) are going to need solutions to parse their data. Some of the smartest people in the world are now …