How Big Data Is Failing Us

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Big Data: The phrase conjures up images of nerdy techno-alchemists finessing valuable information about the universe with complicated and expensive computers. It is that, yes—but it's also a necessary progression in technological evolution, a term for any complex analysis of large databases that would have been… » 9/29/14 10:59am Monday 10:59am

Tim Cook Says Apple Has Never Shared Data: "You're Not Our Product"

As part of Apple's ongoing glasnost campaign, Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose last Friday. Part two airs tonight and it looks like it will be a lot meatier, just based on the clip released today: Cook will apparently talk more about the role of privacy at Apple, including their choice not to release or mine user metadata. » 9/15/14 7:30pm 9/15/14 7:30pm

Facebook's Messenger App Logs Way More Data Than You Realize

Ever since Facebook first started pushing users over to its standalone messaging app (whether they liked it or not), there have been cries of outrage over what's seemed like an inordinately large amount of required permissions. And while there's still no indication that Facebook has any sort of bad intent, the company » 9/11/14 10:25am 9/11/14 10:25am

OKCupid: We Experiment On You, Deal With It

"Experimenting on people" makes most of us feel uncomfortable, like we're rats in a lab being prodded with weird devices and fed food that makes our organs bloated. But today, OKCupid tried to put that notion to rest—or at least, it tried to explain that services need to experiment on you in order to make their… » 7/28/14 1:05pm 7/28/14 1:05pm

World map created by plotting out each terrorist attack since 1970

It's incredibly sad that we can basically paint the map of our world just by using the locations of all terrorism acts since 1970. The brightest parts of the map show the areas of the world that have to deal with so much tragedy. The darkest parts are 'safe' because so few people live there. » 7/25/14 9:16pm 7/25/14 9:16pm

New Super Software Tracks Every Cell in an Organism as It Develops

Imagine if we could track every single cell in an organism as it develops. The sheer volume of information about how life forms and works would be invaluable for scientific research. The only problem is the startling amount to computational power it would take to crunch that much data. At least, until now it was. » 7/21/14 4:14pm 7/21/14 4:14pm

Hospitals Are Using Credit Card Data To Predict People's Health

So, this sounds creepy: Some hospitals are identifying high-risk patients by buying loads of consumer data (i.e. credit card purchases, store loyalty programs, etc.) and plugging it into algorithms so they can step in before the customer gets sick. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it's currently being used by… » 7/05/14 3:37pm 7/05/14 3:37pm