All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Data’

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 working on so-called “big data” problems, and the market for such technology is now expected to skyrocket in the coming …

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When And Where You Watch Something On Netflix May Soon Play A Role In What You Watch

If you use Netflix regularly to stream movies and shows, then there’s a really good chance that its recommendations play a pretty big part in your viewing habits. This will likely be even more the case from now on, now that the user profiles are rolling out. Now, you won’t have the distractions of what Netflix thinks other people in …

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Fittest Cities in the U.S., According to Facebook

Do you live in one of the fittest cities in the United States? Facebook thinks that they can tell you which cities are up early running, pumping iron, and eating right – based on data collected over the last few months. Here’s how they did it: Facebook looked at fitness-related mentions and check-ins over the past three months – and …

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Twitter Turns Tweets into Crazy Elevation Maps

Twitter has just unveiled an awesome new data visualization. The premise is simple – they took billions of geotagged tweets and turned them into an elevation map. But the execution is beautiful. Right now, there are three cities available to explore: San Francisco, New York City, and Istanbul. There are also eight different styles of elevation maps that you can …

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See How Ubisoft Made That Creepy WeareData Website

Yesterday Ubisoft, the publisher of the upcoming Watch Dogs, introduced a new website named “WeareData.” The website shows all of the public data available in the cities of Paris, Berlin, and London in an interactive map. The data used for the website includes social media posts (Foursquare, Twitter, etc.), traffic lights, mobile phone networks, and running subway trains. The purpose …

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Ubisoft Launches Watch Dogs “WeareData” Website

The concept for Ubisoft‘s upcoming Watch Dogs is relatively simple. It’s a Grand Theft Auto-style open world game with the added benefit that the player can find and hack various electronic systems around a futuristic Chicago. The ability to hack can affect traffic systems, hinder police, create blackouts, and even spy on individuals’ smartphones. The concept isn’t too far-fetched, and …

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Facebook: We’re Not Giving User Data to the Turkish Government

Facebook wants to make it clear that they are not handing over user data to the Turkish government, even if some reports may suggests otherwise. Not only that but Facebook says that they intend to “communicate strong concerns” to Turkish officials when they meet in Silicon Valley this week over what they believe are unwarranted requests for user data. Turkish …

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Yahoo Joins Others, Reports Data Request Numbers

Like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and more, Yahoo is the latest tech company to release a transparency report in light of the recent allegations that they were involved in the NSA’s secret surveillance & data-mining initiative, PRISM. Yahoo reports between 12,000 and 13,000 individual requests in the past 6 months – those figures include national security requests as well as requests …

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Apple Also Reveals How Often the Government Asks for User Data

Apple has joined Facebook and Microsoft in revealing non-specific figures on governmental requests for user data following the PRISM leaks that have forced many tech companies to defend themselves against claims of playing fast and loose with user data. Apple’s statement, called a “Commitment to Customer Privacy,” once again denies any knowledgable participation in the NSA’s secret surveillance program and …

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Facebook Get Its Transparency Wish, Reports on National Security-Related Data Requests

On the heels of the leaked documents detailing the National Security Agency’s secret internet surveillance initiative, PRISM, companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were quick to deny any voluntary involvement in providing troves of user data to the U.S. government. Facebook and Google, most notably, went on the offensive – demanding the U.S. government that they be allowed more …

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Facebook’s Luleå, Sweden Data Center Goes Live

Facebook’s newest and most efficient and sustainable data center is now live. The data center in Luleå, Sweden has just begun to handle live traffic from around the world, according to Facebook. The Luleå data center is Facebook’s first center outside the U.S. Facebook first announced the data center way back in October of 2011. Facebook said that they chose …

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