Alteryx Acquires Feature Labs, An MIT-Born Machine Learning Startup

Data science is one of the fastest growing segments of the tech industry, and Alteryx, Inc. is front and center in the data revolution. The Alteryx Platform provides a collaborative, governed platform to quickly and efficiently search, analyze and use…

5 SEO Trends Digital Marketers Should Not Ignore in 2017

Anyone who has worked in the SEO field for a while would surely know that there is no fixed rule in the game. To consistently outperform your rival, it is necessary to master the trends as they come or be…

Google Could Easily Rig an Election with Search Results, Says Study

Search results wield the power to color one’s view of any person, place, or thing. This is a given. And being the far-and-away biggest search engine in the world, Google wields most of that power. Of course, in order to…

Facebook Might Give Users More Control over News Feed

Facebook is still testing ways to let users prioritize particular friends and pages in their news feed – something that could be good news for all the pages out there that continue to suffer from reach issues. TechCrunch spotted a…

Google Maps’ Racist Results To Get the Googlebomb Fix

This post contains language some may find offensive. Google says it screwed up and is sorry for pointing people toward the White House, historically black colleges, and other locations when shockingly racist search terms were entered into Google Maps. “We…

Twitter’s New ‘While You Were Away’ Feature Is a Smart Move to Keep People Interested

It’s easy to get lost in the Twitterverse. I’m not just talking about the the nearly 300 million-member community as a whole, but also your own Twitterverse – comprised of the people you follow. It could be 100 people, it…

If Online Media Is Decaying, Is Facebook to Blame?

You’d probably laugh if some higher up at Little Caesars posted an epic diatribe blasting the state of modern pizza. You might scratch your head if this exec, let’s call him Bob, ranted about lesser quality pizza, and how the…

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…

Facebook Promises More Relevant Ads with Algorithm Tweak

Ads are just a part of your Facebook news feed now. Whether they’re sponsored stories, page post ads, suggested posts, or whatever – the point is that they are there and they’re not going anywhere. With that in mind, Facebook…

StumbleUpon Looks To Get Better At Determining When Content Is Evergreen

StumbleUpon has an engineering contest going on, aimed at finding some help improving how it recommends content. Specifically, they’re looking for someone to develop an algorithm to make the service better at determining when a piece of content is evergreen…

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…

New MIT Algorithm Predicts Twitter Trends Hours in Advance

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced a new algorithm they say is capable of predicting Twitter trends far in advance. The algorithm is claimed to predict with 95% accuracy the topics that will show up on…

Science Finally Proves That Justin Bieber Sucks (really, pop music in general)

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke famously said that “the reason that people pirate, is they want access to good music. And they don’t get it because the radio is so shit.” Well, the blame may not rest entirely on the radio stations…

The Algorithm That Leads To The Robotic Revolution Has Been Found

It was both charming and frightening when Google made the robot brain that learned what a cat was just by watching videos of them on YouTube. The kind of artificial intelligence that makes these feats possible will obviously be the…

MIT Brains Work On “Smart Sand” Robots

Researchers at MIT are working on a project that could bring sci-fi fantasies to reality. But, then again, when aren’t they? Nowadays, if you want something built, you take wood or other materials and build or cut it out of…

Computer Models Help Predict Dementia Patterns

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed a computer program that has tracked the manner in which different forms of dementia spread within a human brain. They say their mathematic model can be used to predict where and approximately…

YouTube Now Recommends Videos Based On Engagement, Not Just Clicks

How many times have you finished watching a YouTube video, then clicked on a suggested video only to end up watching something that doesn’t interest you at all. YouTube is hoping to cut down on this scenario with a change…

Google Algorithm Testing – Search Giant Calls for Help Detecting Scrapers

Google announced that it is testing algorithmic changes for scraper sites – blog scrapers in particular. The company is calling on users to help them. “We are asking for examples, and may use data you submit to test and improve…

Google Provides Inside Look Into Algorithm Tweaking Process

Google tweaks its search algorithms over 500 times a year. You may have already known that, but Google is sharing a new video today designed to give people a “deeper look” into how Google makes “improvements” to its algorithms. I…

Human Content Creation Still Safe For The Time Being

An article at Harvard Business Review takes an interesting look at “seven things human editors do that algorithms don’t (yet).” They boil down to: anticipation, risk-taking, the whole picture, pairing, social importance, mind-blowingness, and trust. Clearly there’s still room for…